Boulware wins decision over Waller

April 14, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

It was labeled a make-or-break fight for veteran Houston cruiserweight Vincent Boulware, who has lost in three title bids in the 175- and 190-pound divisions.

But Boulware, 30, looking for one more championship shot, found a surprisingly stubborn rival in Virginia slugger Jason Waller in the main event at Martin's West last night before he survived with a 10-round majority decision.

Judge Chris Wolleson called it a 95-95 draw, but Leo Schumaker favored Boulware 96-94 and Larry Barrett cast a 98-92 vote for Boulware.

Waller (22-5) used his natural punching power to send Boulware's mouthpiece flying three times in the early rounds. But he tired in the closing rounds and began bleeding from the mouth.

"I made what should have been an easy fight a real hard fight," said Boulware (29-5), who is expected to face Robert Daniels for the U.S. Boxing Association crown in June.

"I didn't listen to my corner. I should have boxed this kid and set him up with my jab. Instead, I got into a rumble."

Waller, who has shown his commitment to boxing by shedding some 30 pounds in the past few months, was even more distraught.

Fighting tears, he said: "I just have to work harder. I hate losing. With all the solid punches I hit him with, I should have been able to finish the job."

But it proved a crowd-pleasing finish to a boxing card that attracted 1,850 fans.

Rockville middleweight Les Johnson (20-2) scored a fourth-round technical knockout of Tyrone Haywood of Washington in the scheduled eight-round semifinal.

In other bouts, unbeaten Baltimore welterweight Ed Griffin (9-0) stopped Julio Merino (4-3) of Plainfield, N.J., at 2:49 of the first round; welterweight Matt Phillips (6-5) of Easton, Pa., beat Baltimore's Mark Padeletti (5-4) when referee Chris Wolleson stopped the fight at 1:35 of the third round; Crofton light-heavyweight Bobby Haarhoff (5-0) gained a majority vote over Steve Gurley (2-5) of Philadelphia in a lively four-rounder; Baltimore middleweight Kevin Johnson (1-1) knocked down Tyrone Jones of Philadelphia three times on the way to a second-round TKO; and Kenny Blackston (1-1) of Baltimore won a unanimous four-round decision over James Petty (0-1) of Washington.

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