Lightweight Fields shows style, stops Holland after five rounds

October 01, 1999|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

They fought for the state lightweight title at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie last night, but stylish Jermaine Fields proved he was from a higher league in outclassing Theon Holland, stopping him after five rounds.

The left-handed Fields (8-0) consistently beat the shorter Holland to the punch and kept bouncing his Maryland rival off the ropes with bristling combinations. Holland (9-16), from North Beach, displayed only a strong heart in surviving the relentless pounding by Fields, a 1996 Olympic Games alternate. Fields wobbled Holland in the fourth and fifth rounds but failed to finish the job.

Holland's trainer, Charles Mooney, decided his fighter had suffered enough, tossing in the towel after the fifth round.

Fields' female manager, Kelly Swanson, should now be prepared to test her fighter against sterner competition in order to gain a world ranking. Said Swanson: "We will see what's out there, but we are not rushing. When he wins a title, I want him to keep it awhile. That's where the big money is."

An unmarked Fields said: "I felt in total control tonight. I hurt Holland by going to the body and coming back out on top.

Popular junior middleweight Jimmy Lange (9-1-1), from Great Falls, Va., again displayed his natural punching power by dropping journeyman Drew Hayes (3-1), from Smithville, N.J., three times on the way to a knockout at 2: 04 of the fifth round.

Junior middleweight Anthony Fields (14-1), from Landover, the younger of the fighting Fields brothers, won a "foul" affair with Venezuela's Lewis Carmona (15-6). Few clean punches were landed in the scheduled eight-rounder in which referee Bill Holmes deducted four points for violations. Carmona, guilty of holding, hitting low and on the break, was finally disqualified at 1: 25 of the fifth round.

The first three preliminary bouts ended early, but Hyattsville heavyweight Desean Harper's four-round victory over Carl Brown (1-2-1) of Washington was the most surprising.

Philadelphia super middleweight Jameel Wilson dominated Gus Rahming of Miami before referee Malik Walleed wisely stopped the bout at 1: 40 of the fourth.

Washington welterweight Ricardo Edmunds (1-1) needed only one solid right at 95 seconds of the first round to spoil the pro debut of Baltimore's Kenny Bailey.

Cruiserweight Darryl Hollowell (11-7), from New Carrollton, gained a six-round decision over Roy Payne (9-11-4) of Worcester, Mass.

Pub Date: 10/01/99

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