Little escapes tough Butler on draw Knockdown, penalty cost Baltimorean vs. ex-champ

November 04, 1998|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Former super middleweight champion Steve Little of Reading, Pa., looking to position himself for another title shot, got more than he bargained for in his fight with Baltimore cruiserweight Courtney Butler at Martin's West in Woodlawn last night.

Little (25-17-3) needed a sudden knockdown and a penalty for holding against Butler (19-4-2) in the sixth round to salvage an unpopular draw.

The 10-7 advantage given Little by the three judges in that round managed to offset the aggressiveness and harder punching of Butler, who was stopped by Daryl Hollowell only a month ago.

Gary Campeneschi favored Butler, 78-73; Malik Waleed backed Little, 76-75; but Ken Chevalier created the draw with his 75-75 vote.

"I thought I won," said Butler. "The knockdown was more of a slip. I'm back now. I showed I could beat a guy who was a world champ."

Little took the decision philosophically. "Give Butler credit," he said. "He weathered several storms. It's tough beating a guy in his hometown."

Butler, a mechanic, started the fight looking as if he had a train to catch. He stood toe-to-toe with Little and won most of the heated exchanges.

The pattern continued until Little used a looping left to deck Butler in the sixth. That seemed to take some of the steam out of Butler, although the Baltimorean rallied to win the last round.

There is an old boxing adage that styles make fights, but Brooklyn middleweight Lonnie Davis' effective hit-and-run style turned his eight-round match with Bernice Barber of Tampa, Fla., into a one-sided affair.

Early on, the left-handed Davis (13-1-4) toyed with the plodding Barber (15-12-2), who did not land a solid punch until the sixth round.

It was similar to the frustration Barber faced in failing to win a round recently against Alphonso Daniels, another clever lefty. All three judges backed Davis, 80-74.

Elsewhere, Baltimore middleweight Charles Clark fired punches from every angle against left-hander Shawn Garnett. The few times he connected were enough to earn Clark (6-2-1) a unanimous, four-round decision.

Bowie heavyweight Ted Megginson, making his pro debut at 39, wasted little time in disposing of Edward Townsend, Ladson, S.C., at 1: 40 of the first round.

And Laurel welterweight Del Matchett (2-0) stopped Baltimorean Donny Parker (12-42-1) in 1: 40.

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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