After their car broke down at 2 a.m. yesterday, Russian heavyweight Alex Moskiev and some members of his camp were stranded near the Harbor Tunnel en route to last night's main event at Martin's West.
Moskiev's opponent, Mike Whitfield (3-7) of Baltimore, may wish he had stayed there. Moskiev trained under New York-based Peter Kahn at Gleason Gym in Brooklyn, hammered out a unanimous eight-round decision, busting up Whitfield's left ear in the process.
The square-jawed and muscular Moskiev, 25, is 2-0 or 14-0, depending on who you ask. The former is according to the Maryland State Athletic Commission, the latter to the 224-pound Russian's handlers, who contend that 12 of his fights took place in his homeland.
In one stretch of the third round, Moskiev pinned Whitfield on the ropes, measured him with his left and unloaded 10 successive straight right hands off his left jaw.
In the co-feature, Virginia Beach heavyweight Sam "The Hammer" Hampton (7-2-2), best-known for breaking the jaw of former Oriole Glenn Davis in a bar fight, won by unanimous decision against Nathan Fitch (10-10) of Spring Lake, N.C.
"In the fourth and fifth round, I let my tank run a little low and abandoned my jab and body attack and went head-hunting," said Hampton. "But I went back to what I was doing at first and I think I finished well overall considering his experience."
In other bouts:
* Little-known Russian super-middleweight Valery Petrovsky (1-2) was penalized a point for a low blow in the first round but recovered to score a technical knockout of Laurel's Joe Blyther (3-7) at 2:44 of the fourth round.
* Middleweight Lloyd "Jabba" Bryant (7-0) of Jamaica, who lives in Capitol Heights, survived a first-round knockdown to win by TKO in the fifth round over Ben Singleton (7-14) of Charlotte, N.C.
* Junior middleweight Kenny Blackston (4-3) of Baltimore lost a four-round decision -- 38-37 on all three judges' cards -- to Ray Goddard (2-7-3) of Washington.