Baku brothers sweep before melee erupts Police restore order at Glen Burnie bouts

October 30, 1997|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

The battling Baku brothers from Azerbaijan, now living in Pikesville, scored impressive victories in the boxing card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie last night, but were later forced to wage an additional altercation outside the ring.

After Rufat Baku scored a unanimous decision in an eight-round light-heavyweight bout with Roland Pelt of Temple Hills to complete the sweep for the brothers, a Pelt backer apparently took exception. As Rufat was being interviewed outside the ring for a future HTS telecast, his brother Emil was punched in the face.

Several spectators joined in the melee, and police had to be called to help the overmatched security force restore order. There were no arrests reported.

Minutes before, Rufat, 21, sent Pelt flying through the ropes in the second round of their bout. Under the rules, Pelt was allowed 20 seconds to climb back into the ring and beat the count.

Pelt (8-2) survived the rest of the round, but Rufat dominated the remainder of the bout, raising his record to 12-1-1.

Emil, an unbeaten 25-year-old middleweight, raised his record to 10-0 but failed to record a knockout for the first time in whipping Robert Mohammed (5-4) of Atlanta in a six-round bout.

Bowie heavyweight Garth Hedger (7-2-1) used 336-pound Jeff Bailey (4-2) of Orlando, Fla., as a heavy punching bag for three rounds before Bailey quit in his corner.

Two Baltimore boxers making their pro debuts benefited from mismatches. Two-time Golden Gloves super middleweight champion Dana Rucker stopped Joe Holman of Blackville, S.C., at 58 seconds of the second round.

A flash knockdown convinced referee Gary Camponeschi that he had seen enough.

Heavyweight Robert Anderson, from Mack Lewis' Gym, dropped Eric Jackson of Charleston, S.C., four times before referee Malik Waleed ended it at 2: 55 of the second round.

Baltimore bantamweight Mo Rites (1-1-1) made giant strides in winning a four-round majority decision over Jerry Smith (0-2) of Charleston, S.C.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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