Rahman pounds his way to 15th straight victory Works opponent's body for four-round triumph

June 05, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

Tom Knight, a substitute for a replacement, had trial horse written all over him when he climbed into the Martin's West ring to take on Hasim Rahman last night.

Meanwhile, Rahman looked very much like an unbeaten fighter on the way to his 13th knockout in 15 victories as he belabored Knight through three rounds and 2: 43 of the fourth before the bout was halted.

"The guy covered up well," said Rahman, who landed just about every punch he launched. "I landed my right real well, but I never got him on the chin. Mostly I was hitting him high on the forehead. Otherwise, it would have been over sooner."

Even though the fight was stopped, Knight (15-20) figures to have sore shoulders and arms for about a week. He covered well, yes, but the stiff punches from Rahman landed anyway.

"Knight was a real gladiator," said Rahman's trainer, Steve Nelson.

Rahman, a Baltimorean with a strong local following, hopes for a 10-rounder, possibly on USA cable, in his next bout. He showed quick hands, fought the full three minutes in every round and was willing to work the body -- a rarity among young fighters. His 230 pounds are finely chiseled.

Curtis Peoples ran his record to 17-4 in the co-main event eight-rounder, the fight being stopped between the second and third rounds when Ed Goins (12-8) complained of an arm injury.

Controversy sparked the undercard, half the house voicing extreme displeasure when David Palaganas (8-1-1) of Baltimore was awarded a majority decision over Ali Mohammed of Philadelphia.

"I got robbed," said the visitor. "My trainer told me it was coming and he kept telling me to get the guy out of there early. I should of listened, but I don't like to hurt anybody."

Mohammed (2-7) and Palaganas, who fought to a draw several months back, went at each other fiercely from the opening bell. Both showed classy jabs and diversified attacks and defended well. The scoring went 60-55, 57-57, 59-57.

In the women's four-rounder, Andrea Deshong of Beckley, W.Va., ranked third in her weight class, had an easy time of it with Jackie Rodgers of Utah, making her pro debut.

The victor showed clever moves and combinations, had a stinging left hook and a finishing right, which she proved by finishing off Rodgers in the third round.

Theon Holland, booked into a fight against Antonio Pressley just a half-hour before the show was to start, ran his record to 7-3 (five KOs) with a knockout at 2: 47 of the third round. He decked Pressley a round earlier.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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