Rucker quickly turns lights out on Knight Local super middleweight scores 1st-round knockout

October 31, 1998|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

WALDORF -- Fighting in the main event on the first professional card ever held in Charles County, Baltimore super middleweight Dana Rucker made his own historic footnote last night at the Jaycee Community Center by knocking out Timmy Knight of Norfolk, Va., at 2: 18 of the first round.

What looked like little more than a hard jab by Rucker sent Knight (12-9) flying to the canvas. He made little effort to beat the count of referee Gary Camponeschi.

"I wasn't expecting it," said Rucker, the former National Golden Gloves champion who improved his pro record to 5-0. "I really wanted the work, some hard rounds under my belt."

Rucker's trainer, Alvin Anderson, echoed his thoughts. "We want to fight guys that stand up. We don't want any walkovers. But a win is still a win."

Maryland lightweight Joe Fitzpatrick, who had built a 13-3 record against lesser competition, found another willing foil in Muhammad Ali Muhfooth (3-28-4) of Philadelphia.

The light-punching Fitzpatrick was credited with a second-round knockdown on a half-punch, half-push, but never had Muhfooth in serious trouble in the last four rounds.

Junior lightweight Fred Muteweta, a two-time Olympic performer for his native Uganda, proved too slick and quick for Dean White of Sterling, Va., handing White his first professional loss in 11 fights.

White's left-handed stance hardly bothered Muteweta, now fighting out of the Bronx. Muteweta used a swarming style to keep White off-balance throughout their six-rounder.

Flabby-looking super middleweight Arnold Fountain of Washington, D.C., who had won only three of his previous 20 fights, survived an early body barrage by Baltimore's Gerry Walker (10-11-1) and used his light but effective combinations to gain a unanimous six-round decision.

Haru Carter (4-0) of Washington won every round in dominating journeyman Terry Parham of Petersburg, Va., in their six-round middleweight bout.

Featherweight Hassan Wasswa of Uganda made a successful pro debut by outpointing Pedro Santos (1-1) of Reading, Pa., in the opening four-rounder.

Crowd favorite Sean Carrigan of Vienna, Va., showed little except for his fighting spirit in his pro debut, gaining a four-round draw with Don Colbert (0-4-1) of Philadelphia.

Promoter Bobby Magruder announced a crowd of 660.

Pub Date: 10/31/98

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