Barber-Scottland brawl, upset in state title bout a treat for fans

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September 29, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was everything Scott Wagner had hoped. Well, almost.

Wagner, the young Ballroom Boxing promoter, predicted his main event on Thursday's pro-boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue would be "one of the best fights we've ever had," and it truly was.

Bernice "The Heat" Barber (13-4-2, seven KOs) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Bee Scottland (10-1-2, four KOs) of North Brentwood, brawled non-stop for 10 rounds. The bout ended in a majority draw with spectators giving the fighters a standing ovation.

The excitement soothed the disappointment that Wagner and his father, Mike, suffered in the co-main event.

The Wagners own part of Crofton's Alfonzo "2 Good 4 You" Daniels' contract. And in the bout to decide the Maryland super-middleweight championship, Danielswas upset.

Daniels (15-2, five KOs) lost a split decision to Baltimore's 36-year-old Stan "The Man" Braxton (6-1-1, two KOs) in 10 rounds. Two controversial standing eight counts taken by Daniels, who is 26, on apparent slips that referee Gary Camponeschi ruled were falls may have cost him the fight.

Daniels was easily the crowd's favorite, but Patrick Pannella, the Maryland State Athletic Commission's executive director, carefully reviewed the three judges' scoring.Braxton clearly won, and the judges won respect by avoiding a "homer" job.

"No, I don't feel Daniels fought a good fight, but those slips cost him, and I might lodge a protest with the commission," said Scott Wagner, who had hoped for Daniels to take home the new title belt. "Take away those so-called knockdowns, and Alfonzo probably wins the fight."

The five-bout card's lid-lifter also resulted in an upset. Russian Rufat Baku (9-1-0, five KOs) suffered his first pro defeat at the hands of Anthony Perry of Virginia Beach. Perry (2-0-1, one KO) took a unanimous decision fromBaku, the former two-time national amateur champion of the Soviet Union.

A couple heavyweight bouts drew raves, as one Ballard went down and another prevailed.

Virginia Beach's 239-pounder Sam "The Hammer" Hampton (16-2-2, 14 KOs), trained by Baltimore legend Mack Lewis, knocked out 302-pound Joe "King Grizzly" Ballard (9-2, 8 KOs) of Durham, N.C., in Round 3.

The other Ballard, Jerry "The Technician" Ballard (16-1, 16 KOs), the IBO Heavyweight champion from Washington won when Ron "Stingray" McCarthy of Allentown, Pa., didn't answer the bell for Round 7.

McCarthy (7-8-1, four KOs) apparently had his mind made up to go no more than six rounds in a match-up of 221-pounders. When the ring announcer said in the pre-fight intros it was an eight-rounder, McCarthy's corner squawked and insisted it was six. The commission said eight, but McCarthy quit after six.

Home Team Sports will air the show at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 with Larry Michaels and John Saracino on the microphones.

Sideliners

St. Mary's High is solicitingnominations from the classes of 1950 to 1986 for its Athletic Hall of Fame. Deadline: Oct. 25. Those previously nominated also will be considered. Information: Fred Kramer, (410) 263-7958. Arundel High inducted its 1965 boys' basketball state championship team, former coach and athletic director, the late Steve Carroll, Larry Stocks (football, track and baseball), Cathy Stocks Bielawski (gymnastics) and Jerry Nieves (football, wrestling) into its Hall of Fame at a dinner in Odenton last night. Meade's girls basketball coach Phil Popielski may have set a record, applying for coaching positions at Arundel, Glen Burnie and South River. Brian Barber, a 6-foot-7 senior forward at Annapolis who meets all the NCAA Division I basketball academic requirements, has had home visits from Towson State, St. Francis (Pa.), Robert Morris and Dayton. "They've all offered Brian scholarships to sign early," said Annapolis coach John Brady. Annapolis and Broadneck are considering an alumni game against each other this year, which would be something to see, considering the number of great players from the two schools.

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Pub Date: 9/29/96

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