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 swithering 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."

Fountain, who is much better than his record shows, said, "I thought I won, but I knew I was fighting Barksdale in his hometown and he has a famous trainer. I'd like to do it again, but for a lot more money than the $600 I got tonight."

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

For some reason, Fields (12-0), a 1996 Olympic alternate, was allowed to fight Derik Able, of Suitland, making his pro debut. Able fought gamely for one round, but tired quickly. He was dropped in the second and again in the third when referee Bill Holmes stopped the mismatch 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. Gatlin suffered a deep gash on the bridge of his nose.

Pub Date: 11/13/98

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