With the prospect of another shot at the U.S. Boxing Association junior middleweight title within reach, Andrew Council of Landover pounded out a unanimous 10-round decision over journeyman Anthony Ivory of Chicago last night at Martin's West.
Council (19-3-1), who lost his first title try against Keith Holmes last September, lacked his usual ferocity but was too busy for the counterpunching Ivory (15-18-1), who did his best fighting in the late rounds.
The stocky Marylander established his dominance early and the standing-room crowd of 2,014 grew restless watching Council pile up points in monotonous fashion.
Judges Larry Barrett and Leo Schumaker both favored Council by 96-94 margins, and Bill Holmes voted 98-92.
Meanwhile, it was almost a repeat performance for Washington heavyweight Mel Foster (17-1-1), who knocked out Ron Gullette (6-12) of Charlotte, N.C., after five seconds of the second round of a scheduled eight-rounder. Two years ago, Foster stopped Gullette in two rounds.
A roundhouse right followed by several solid punches dropped Gullett flat on his back, and he hardly stirred as referee Larry Barrett counted him out.
Baltimore welterweight Ed Griffin (11-0), who won a dubious decision in his last fight, took no chances this time, winning every round of his six-round bout with durable Justice Carter (6-7-1) of Washington. Carter complained of being hit low in the opening round, but he simply lacked the firepower to hold off the heavy-fisted Griffin.
Laurel super middleweight Joe Blyther (4-4) won a wild slugfest with Butch Bartlett (2-1) of Baltimore in a scheduled four-rounder. Bartlett decked Blyther in the opening seconds, but Blyther recovered and floored Bartlett three times in rapid order for an automatic knockout at 2:44 of the first round.
Baltimore heavyweight Hasim Rahman (2-0), who had a promising amateur career, made an impressive home debut by stopping Dennis Cain (2-3) of Temple Hills at 2:22 of the second round.
The two clashed heads in the first round, and both spurted blood. But a straight right by Rahman early in the second round floored Cain, who showed little propensity for fighting after beating the count.
Light heavyweight Courtney Butler (5-1-1) of Baltimore displayed his knockout potential by pummeling Barry Butler (3-2) of Greenville, S.C., into submission after 2:44 of the third round. Courtney floored Barry with a left hook. He beat the count, but referee Leo Schumaker wisely stopped the lopsided match.
Baltimore cruiserweight Courtney Bridget (2-0) had a point deducted for a low blow in the fourth and final round but landed enough solid punches in the first three rounds to win a split decision over Cecil Pannell (0-1-1) of Laurel.
Unbeaten Jamaican middleweight Lloyd "Jabba" Bryant (4-0) used a relentless attack to dominate Alhonso Dyer (5-13-3) of Washington before referee Karl Milligan stopped it at 1:32 of the fifth round.