Laurel's Matchett is awarded unanimous decision over Abduli

Welterweight benefits from hometown judges

January 28, 2000|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Promising Laurel welterweight Del Matchett appeared to benefit greatly from the generosity of hometown judges last night in winning a unanimous eight-round decision over rugged Awel Abduli, of Ghana, at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Save for the fourth round when Matchett (9-1-1) scored with four quick right hands, Abduli (6-5), now fighting out of Las Vegas, matched Maggett in most of the heated exchanges and was beating him to the punch in the middle rounds.

But the three officials obviously preferred Matchett's darting style. Don Rischer voted, 77-75, Gary Camponeschi, 78-74, and Bill Holmes a stunning 79-73 in favor of the Maryland boxer.

The snowstorm forced promoter Scott Wagner to do a major juggling act with his card, cancelling the scheduled appearances of area fighters Jimmy Lange and Charles Clark. Only three of the original bouts remained intact.

In a companion eight-rounder, Lamont Pearson (9-0-1) of Capitol Heights remained unbeaten, outpointing Reggie Sanders (8-12-3) of Fort Wayne, Ind.

After surviving three knockdowns to win his previous fight, Baltimore super-middleweight Dana Rucker (9-1) was given a relative night off against overmatched Gordon Finnie (4-14-1), of Parkersburg, W.Va.

Rucker rocked the 37-year-old Finnie with almost every punch he landed before referee Bill Holmes wisely stopped the scheduled eight-rounder at 41 seconds of the third round.

In the best fight on the undercard, Baltimore welterweight Mike McFail rallied in the closing rounds to win a unanimous six-round decision over clever Marlon Haynes, of Hyattsville, Md.

McFail (8-3-1) had trouble solving Haynes' elusive left-handed style before dropping him with a combination just before the end of the second round. Haynes used his superior hand speed to remain in contention.

Baltimore heavyweight Robert Anderson (4-0) won a sloppy four-rounder over Don Colbert (4-7-1), of Philadelphia.

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