Hampton KO's Frazier in 3rd

January 25, 1996|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Fighting before a sellout crowd of 2,034 at Martin's West last night, heavyweight Sam Hampton put "the Glenn Davis incident" behind him and knocked out Tony Frazier of Upper Marlboro at 2:56 of the third round.

Hampton (13-2-2), of Virginia Beach, Va., had spent the better part of the last two weeks in a Norfolk courtroom as a co-defendant in Davis' civil suit. In a brawl outside a Virginia Beach bar three years ago, Hampton, then working as a bouncer, was charged in the incident during which the former Orioles slugger's jaw was shattered.

Last week, the jury awarded Davis $1.6 million in settlement, which is expected to be covered by the club's insurance policy.

The stocky Hampton missed several days of training because of the trial. But he didn't need to be in tiptop condition to finish Frazier (6-7), who appeared to quit after receiving several solid punches.

After Hampton shook his taller rival with a left hook, Frazier staggered backward and then went down on one knee. He watched referee Larry Barrett count to 10 before a halfhearted attempt to get to his feet.

"Man, I was on jury duty all day today," Frazier said. "How do you expect a man to fight? I saw the last punch coming, but my legs were gone. It's not your head but your legs that keep you up."

A tough self-critic, Hampton said: "I hurt him in the second round, but he fought back and caught me with some shots. By the end of the second round, I could tell he was running out of gas.

"I didn't fight smart against a guy that big.. . . . But now with the Glenn Davis thing behind me, there will be no more distractions. It's just back to fighting and trying to improve."

In a companion eight-rounder, welterweight Ed Griffin (8-2) of Baltimore used his superior punching and a seventh-round knockdown to gain a unanimous decision over Ray Goddard (4-9-3) of Washington.

Goddard's punching ability kept the fight close; he lost by a point on two scorecards but Barrett's card gave him a five-point margin.

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