Gamache takes it easy at Hyatt, overwhelms Enna Record is now 41-2 after charity event

November 09, 1995|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Former lightweight champion Joey Gamache of Bath, Maine, had little more than a sparring session at the Hyatt Regency last night before stopping overmatched Tony Enna of Kansas City, Mo., at 1:01 of the eighth round in the main event on the Save-A-Heart charity boxing show.

Looking ahead to an elimination title fight with Greg Haugen next spring, Gamache (41-2) used all his boxing savvy to outclass and punish Enna (21-6-1) in every round.

He scored the only knockdown of the scheduled 10-rounder with a short right in the fourth round. The quick-handed Gamache continued to punish his opponent until referee Leo Schumacher mercifully ended it.

Weighing 147 1/2 , Gamache said he felt a bit sluggish.

"I had a hard time getting up for this fight," he said. "I guess you fight up to the level of competition, and this wasn't a championship performance. I should have ended it sooner, but this guy's a survivor."

Two years ago, Sam Hampton of Virginia Beach, Va., became a cult hero of sorts in Baltimore after scoring an unofficial knockout of former Oriole Glenn Davis in a bar fight.

But Hampton, 28, is now a full-time boxer and earning a fast reputation as a promising heavyweight with knockout power.

He gave an impressive display of his potential in stopping Kenneth Meyers (4- 8-1), of Columbia, S.C., in the third round of a scheduled eight-round bout.

After striving too hard for a first-round knockout, Hampton got to work in the second round, decking Meyers with a short uppercut for an eight count and again, just before the bell, with a three-punch combination.

A booming left hook dropped Meyers again early in the fourth round, and referee Jodi Wingfield intervened.

"I was a little sloppy at the start," said Hampton. "Once I concentrated on going to the body, I knew I hurt him. It's still a learning process."

Mack Lewis, the legendary Baltimore trainer who is now helping Hampton, was impressed.

"My, he's strong," said Lewis. "He hurts a guy even when he hits him on the arms, just like Rocky Marciano used to do."

Unbeaten welterweight Raymond Joval of The Netherlands, a protege of Lou Duva, stretched his record to 16-0 by stopping journeyman Alphonso Dyer (5-18-4) , of Washington at 2:08 of the fourth round of an eight-rounder.

Joval dropped the wearying Dyer with a body shot in the fourth. Dyer beat the count but referee Larry Barrett saved him from further punishment.

Baltimore junior middleweight Kenny Blackston (7-3) came close to pitching a four-round shutout over Ray Collins of Virginia Beach, Va. Collins, 42, and in only his second pro bout after an extensive amateur career, showed surprising stamina.

Zuru Lawrence (2-2-3) of Newburgh, N.Y., proved too strong and busy for Mike Whitfield (4-8) of Baltimore in a six-round heavyweight match. Whitfield did not get untracked until the final round.

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