New bout, same result: Sturm batters Commings Baltimore welterweight runs record to 34-4-1

October 08, 1997|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Last December, Baltimore welterweight Chuck Sturm won an eight-round decision over Roland Commings. The only difference last night was that the match lasted two more rounds as Sturm pummeled his Ohio rival with monotonous regularity to win a unanimous decision at the Pikesville Armory.

Sturm (34-4-1) staggered the taller Commings (22-20-2) with an uppercut in the eighth round but could not finish the job. Judge Gary Camponeshi seemed on the mark with his 99-91 card, Bill Holmes voted 97-93 and Jodi Wingfield had it surprisingly close at 96-94.

Sturm, who usually cuts, survived without a bad bruise and now can look forward to a November date here with former lightweight champion Joey Gamache.

Unbeaten Yonkers middleweight Joe Hughes (10-), who has fought all but two of his professional bouts in Baltimore, used David Dawson (4-1) as a punching bag before referee Bill Holmes stopped the one-sided match at 2: 43 of the third round.

Hughes rocked Dawson in the second and third rounds with left hooks and straight rights, but the Virginian refused to go down. Holmes simply saved Dawson from a further beating.

Left-handed lightweight Garland Johnson (1-1), of Capitol Heights, Md., handed Baltimore's Andy Glassmyer (3-1) his first loss as a pro in a rousing four-rounder. Both fighters were floored in the second round and the fight was much more competitive than Camponeshi's 40-36 vote for the winner.

Featherweight Ernesto Rodriguez (3-) of Lanham dropped neighborhood rival Paul Freeman (0-1) twice in the first round and was declared the winner after Freeman thumbed him in the second round.

Yonkers light-heavyweight Gabriel Hernandez (5-0-1) appeared to win every round but had to settle with a four-round draw against Elkridge's Walter Linkins (4-2).

They had to go to the rule book before declaring the welterweight bout between John Lockett and Baltimore rival Mike McFail a four-round technical draw.

Lockett, making his pro debut, was ahead on the cards going into the final round when he accidentally butted McFail over the right eye. Ring doctor Ian Weiner ruled McFail (1-0-1) was not fit to continue.

Paul Garland (3-0-1), Suitland, Md., stopped Julio Jiminez (3-4), Virginia Beach, at 1: 04 of the fourth round of their middleweight bout.

Pub Date: 10/08/97

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