Barksdale ends up with six-round draw Baltimore light heavy tires after early rounds

November 13, 1998|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Unbeaten Baltimore light heavyweight George Barksdale got a valuable boxing lesson at Michael's Eighth Avenue last night. He learned that every fight can't end in a knockout. Barksdale (5-0-1) tried to take out ring-wise Arnold Fountain, of Washington, with a barrage of punches in the first two rounds. But Fountain (4-13-5) weathered the storm and used his jab and boxing ability against his tiring rival in the last three rounds to earn a well-deserved six-round draw.

"George was trying to take him out quick," said his veteran manager-trainer Mack Lewis. "In the last few rounds, he had nothing left in the tank."

Barksdale did not argue the point.

"I was loading up too much," he said. "You can't do that against a fighter with Fountain's experience. I should have been boxing instead of slugging."

Remember the name Gary Jones. A protege of former champion Sugar Ray Leonard, the unbeaten Washington welterweight displayed a lightning jab and dazzling combinations to boost his record to 9-0 by winning a unanimous eight-round decision over rugged Anthony Perry (8-5-2), of Virginia Beach, Va.

Jamaican middleweight Lloyd "Jabba" Bryan, who once had title aspirations, showed how far he has slipped in struggling to beat trial horse Robert Muhammad (6-12-1) of Atlanta in an eight-round bout.

Bryan (18-2-1), who had lost his last two fights, was dropped in the second round, but outboxed his shorter rival in the middle rounds and scored a knockdown in the final round.

Baltimore heavyweight Scott Jones (6-8-2), carrying 20 pounds of excess baggage around his waistband, still showed enough stamina to dominate the last two rounds and win a unanimous six-round decision over Gary Tompkins (7-4) of Virginia Beach.

Two unbeaten lightweights, Jermaine Fields of Washington and Ernesto Rodriguez of Lanham, had easy pickings in their four-round bouts.

Fields' mismatch with Derik Able of Suitland was stopped in the third round. Rodriguez (6-0) easily outboxed Washington's Anthony Hardy, who dropped to 3-19-1.

Maryland super middleweight Beethoven Scottland (13-4-2) sliced and diced lanky James Gatlin (12-29-2) of Atlanta before stopping him at 1: 20 of the fifth round.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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