Butler dominates Edmondson Baltimore cruiserweight wins in second round

December 17, 1997|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Anytime a fighter from one of the Carolinas appears on a Baltimore card, he should be forced to wear "Buyer Beware" on the seat of his trunks.

Last night at Martin's West, an estimated crowd of 1,200 saw three imports from Tobacco Road last a total of four rounds against local boxers.

The last to fall was cruiserweight Frank Edmondson, who was stopped in the second round by Baltimore's Courtney Butler.

Fighting for the first time since losing a bid for Don Poeder's World Boxing Union Intercontinental title, Butler (9-5-1) rocked Edmondson (8-6-1) with every right hand he landed. A bristling right dropped Edmondson in mid-ring in the second round. He barely beat referee Ken Chevalier's count. Butler followed the Carolinian to the ropes and pummeled Edmondson until his corner waved a towel in surrender at 1: 57.

"I was just trying to set up the right hand with my jab," said Butler, who hopes to fight title contender Torston May of Germany next year. "My trainer, Alvin Anderson, told me to be patient, and I waited for an opening."

Super-middleweight Stan Braxton (10-1-2) of Baltimore lacked his usual aggressive style but used his superior power to hand Shun Lewis (5-1-1) his first professional loss in a slow-paced six-round bout.

Baltimore lightweight John Lockett (1-0-1) won a spirited four-round bout with Garland Johnson (1-3) of Waldorf. Lockett took a round to figure out Johnson's left-handed style, but forced the action the last three rounds.

Two of the preliminary bouts were mismatches. Baltimore middleweight Charles Clark (3-1-1) finished David Scott (0-4), Raleigh, N.C., with the first flurry of punches at 47 seconds of the first round. Super-middleweight Dana Rucker (2-0), a two-time Golden Gloves champion, toyed with clowning Cassius Caldwell (0-4), dropping the backpedaling South Carolina boxer twice before referee Cary Campaneschi signaled an end at 1: 44 of the first round.

Junior middleweight Anthony Fields (3-0, Waldorf) survived a flash first-round knockdown to stop Paul Garland (2-1-1, Suitland) at 2: 04 of the second round. Fields pinned Garland on the ropes and landed a dozen unanswered punches before referee Malik Waleed stopped it.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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