Michael's lands winner with boxing show

SIDELINES

April 14, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's become a hot ticket, professional boxing at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

A county record 1,400-plus attended Thursday's six-bout show at Michael's. Promoters Mike and Scott Wagner (father and son) drew more than 1,000 for their February show, and broke all county attendance records for boxing Thursday with Alfonzo "Too Good 4-You" Daniels and a pair of female boxers stealing the show.

Daniels (14-1, three knockouts) posted a TKO of South Carolina's Anthony (10-7, no knockouts) in the eighth and final round of the main event. The skilled Daniels put on a boxing clinic for seven rounds, piling up the points with nifty combinations.

When the bell rang for the final three minutes, the left-handed Daniels, who is an impeccable trainer, had a lot of spring in his legs and a lot of thunder in his left. Just over a minute into the round, Daniels sent Bradley to the ropes and finally to the canvas.

Referee Bill Holmes stopped the fight and Daniels, who appears headed for bigger things, jumped up on the ropes to celebrate his 14th victory.

The Daniels win came right after Chris "Tough Enough" Kruez-Christopher put away Angela Buchanan in the second round of the first women's bout ever held at Michael's.

Christopher (34-2, 25 KOs), a 31-year-old Chicago policewoman and graduate of the University of Chicago-Illinois, took the junior welterweight bout after Buchanan (24-4-1, 11 KOs) of Asheville, N.C., hit the canvas three times. TV cameras from the Chicago Fox network taped the bout and Kruez-Christopher gave them more than one highlight punch.

Kruez-Christopher unleashed a barrage of punches in the first round that floored Buchanan with a bloodied nose. But $l Buchanan, 28, popped up and went after her opponent, but could not land a solid blow.

In the second round, Kruez-Christopher was too quick and powerful for Buchanan to hold off and referee Ken Chevalier stopped the bout.

Scott Wagner got the idea to schedule the ladies after watching Christy Martin take out Deidre Gogarty on the pay-per-view undercard of the Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno heavyweight championship.

Kruez-Christopher is looking for a rematch with Martin, who scored a TKO in the fourth round of their only battle.

Wagner said that Kruez-Christopher will return for the next Michael's show on June 20.

Glen Burnie super middleweight Bobby "The Maryland Mauler" Haarhoff (8-0, four KOs) took a hard-earned, unanimous decision in four rounds over Baltimore's Troy Jackson (2-1, one KO) in a matchup of unbeatens, and veteran Victor Davis, formerly of Crofton, was also a winner.

Davis (24-12-1, 14 KOs) wasted little time in knocking out North Carolina's Eric "Bam-Bam" Rhinehardt (12-27-1, eight KOs) at 2: 11 of Round 1.

Ring notes

The Wagners' new 7,000-square-foot boxing gym adjacent to Michael's is set to open next month, and anyone interested in learning the sport should call (410) 768-7901.

Pat Pannella, the executive director of the Maryland State Athletic Commission, was elated over the reception the female boxers got. Pannella and the commission are looking into establishing state championships, but it may be difficult to pull off because of the chance for a bigger purse in a non-title bout.

Among the dignitaries at Michael's were Sen. Mike Miller, president of the Maryland Senate; Keith Holmes, the WBC middleweight champion; and Richard Hall, IBF No. 6-ranked light heavyweight.

Renowned bodybuilder Kevin Levrone, who recently opened The New World Fitness Center in Severna Park, also was on hand.

Glen Burnie's most famous kick boxer, Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson, a three-time world champion in full-contact karate, is at it again.

McPherson (24-4-2, 13 KOs) will headline a kick boxing show on May 17 at the Pikesville Armory when he takes on Gary Best (23-3, 10 KOs) of Baltimore in a 12-round cruiserweight bout. Some of the proceeds from McPherson's show will go to the Maryland Special Olympics.

Pub Date: 4/14/96

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