Passero lasts 2 rounds vs. Sturm

March 21, 1996|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

It took aggressive, 5-foot-5 Baltimore welterweight Chuck Sturm only two rounds last night to cut lanky Jeff Passero of Glen Burnie down to size in the scheduled eight-round main event at Martin's West before a sellout crowd of 2,000.

A straight right hand by Sturm all but closed Passero's eye in the first round. Passero (20-11-1) was groping around the ring in the second round while Sturm (3l-4-1) continued to pummel him at will.

Ring physician Marilyn Boitano examined Passero after the second round and stopped it despite the fighter's protests to go "one more round."

"I really wanted to go five rounds," said Sturm, "but once I nailed him with that right, he was stumbling around, and I knew I had him."

The semifinal was even more brief and decisive.

Faced with a last-minute replacement for another substitute, heavy-fisted heavyweight Sam Hampton of Virginia Beach did not anticipate much of a workout against Caseny Truesdale (5-16-1) of Greensboro, N.C.

And Hampton (15-2-2) hardly broke a sweat in finishing Truesdale at 2: 15 of the first round.

Hampton was originally slated to fight Jason Waller. But Waller disappeared. His replacement, Tim Bullock, failed the pre-fight physical.

On the undercard, Baltimore middleweight Stan Braxton (5-1-1) rallied in the last three rounds to avenge a loss to Val Testovsky (1-4-1) of New York City.

Rufat Baku, the Russian native fighting out of Pikesville, raised his record to 7-0 by stopping Ray Collins of Virginia Beach at 2: 41 of the second round.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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