Daniels stops Dendy in rematch bid Junior middleweight eyes second shot at Vasquez

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

RICHMOND, Va. -- Former junior middleweight champion Carl Daniels, who lost his World Boxing Association title to Julio Vasquez last December, had little difficulty in stopping journeyman Tim Dendy on a sixth-round technical knockout on the undercard of the Terry Norris-Vincent Pettway championship card at the Richmond Coliseum last night.

Actually, Dendy's corner tossed in the towel after the fifth round when a left hook by Daniels (36-2, 23 KOs) floored Dendy and took the fight out of Tennessean.

Dendy (15-15-1) did his best fighting in the first two rounds when he seemed to surprise the left-handed Daniels with his aggressive, swarming style.

"He was tough and durable," said Daniels, who lives in St. Louis. "But I stopped trying to hit him in the head. Once I started going to the body, I knew I had him."

Daniels, who has lost only to Vasquez and Norris, had swept the first 10 rounds against Vasquez before running into a crushing right in the 11th that ended it.

Said Daniels: "I'm going back to the gym, and I'll be ready whenever they call me for a rematch. I know I can beat Vasquez."

Super-lightweight contender David Kamau (27-1-1), who came close to upsetting World Boxing Council champion Julio Cesar Chavez last September, had to settle for a second-round technical draw with Tony Valdez (35-23-2) in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Valdez stunned Kamau in the first round by decking him with a straight right hand. Kamau scrambled to his feet and boxed smartly to survive the round.

At the start of the second round, the two fighters butted heads, opening a deep gash over the bridge of Valdez's nose.

The ring doctor examined the Mexican and allowed the fight to continue. Moments later, Kamau, from Los Angeles, dropped Valdez with a right cross.

Valdez bounced up quickly, but the cut had reopened. Referee John Witt intervened at 1:01 of the second round, declaring it a technical draw since the fight had not gone six rounds.

Earlier, heavyweight Sam Hampton (15-2, 11 KOs) of Virginia Beach, who has fought several main events in Baltimore, knocked out Mark Johnson (5-2, 2 KOs) of Charlotte, N.C., at 1:25 of the second round of their scheduled six-rounder.

Hampton, scheduled to fight Jason Waller at Martin's West on March 20, withstood a first-round barrage by Johnson to floor him with a right cross early in the second round. Johnson regained his feet, but a brutal hook knocked him face down, and it took more than a minute before he was revived by the ring physican.

In a classic mismatch, unbeaten bantamweight contender Tim Austin of Cincinnati needed only 84 seconds to dispose of Mike Espinosa of Los Angeles.

Austin (14-0-1), who packs surprising power in his slender 118-pound frame, dropped Espinosa three times, leading to a mandatory knockout. Espinosa's record dropped to 26-11.

West Virginia native Christy Martin, considered the best woman fighter in the world, bolstered this reputation by demolishing Del Pettis of San Diego in 49 seconds.

Billed as "the coal miner's daughter," Martin (24-2-2) swarmed all over Pettis from the opening bell and did not stop punching until the referee came to Pettis' rescue.

The crowd of 10,000 gave Martin, now living in Orlando, Fla., the biggest hand of the night.

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