Green not impressive in KO of Ford

January 30, 1998|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Maryland's super-lightweight Reggie Green, who has aspirations of winning a world championship, will have to step it up several notches judging by his unspectacular ninth-round knockout of journeyman Dezi Ford of Akron, Ohio, at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie last night.

Fighting for the first time since winning the North American Boxing Federation title by outpointing Ray Oliveira last August, Green (27-2) showed signs of rust early in the bout, trying to put punches together against Ford (21-14-2), who quickly adopted a survival mode in the scheduled 10-rounder.

Fighting on rubbery legs, Ford offered little resistance as Green pummeled him in the corner in the ninth round before Holmes intervened.

In other bouts, Bowie heavyweight Garth Hedger (8-2-1) defeated Robert Mitchell (3-4) when the referee stopped the match at 2: 21 of the third round; featherweights Moe Rites of Baltimore and Jerry Smith battled to a six-round draw; junior middleweight Anthony Fields scored his fourth straight knockout by stopping Robert Muhammad (5-9) at 2: 20 of the second round.

In four-round bouts, Charles Clark (4-1), 154 pounds, of Baltimore, stopped Lawrence Brooks (1-2), 150 pounds, of Capital Heights, at 2: 56 of the second round; George Barksdale (2-0), 168 1/2 pounds, of Baltimore, won a unanimous decision over Dennis McKinney (2-2); Robert Anderson (2-0), 232 pounds, of Baltimore, won by a second-round disqualification after being bitten by Eric Jackson (2-2), 132 3/4 pounds; and Kevin Emory, 174 pounds, of Suitland, stopped Andre Light-el, of Oxon Hill, at 2: 24 of the fourth round.

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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