Maryland super middleweight Beethoven Scottland, who recently began working for a pest control company, proved a bit of a nuisance to title contender Thomas Tate, of Detroit, in the main event at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie last night.
But in the end, Tate's experience and ring savvy proved too much to overcome as he pounded out a unanimous 10-round decision to keep his quest for a third championship challenge on track.
Using a powerful straight right as his main weapon, Tate (37-6) scored a flash knockdown in the first round and dropped the left-handed Scottland again in the seventh with a barrage of punches.
Tate, who was bouncing back from an unsuccessful title challenge of Germany's Sven Ottke last October, won the judges' favor by scores of 98-90, 96-92 and 96-92.
Scottland (18-6-2), who was making a big step up in class, said: "I hadn't gone 10 rounds in two years. He just had too much experience for me, but it was a great learning experience."
Junior lightweight Lamont Pearson, of Capitol Heights, showed little passion but enough boxing ability and a timely punch to outpoint Ghana's Russell Stoner Jones (12-7). Pearson (11-0-1), seeking a fight for a minor title, scored a flash knockdown near the end of the third round and also staggered Jones just before the bell sounded to close the ninth.
Pearson's stablemate, junior welterweight Del Matchett (10-1-1), of Laurel, was more impressive in stopping Tyrone Jackson (4-7), of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., after the third round of their scheduled six-rounder. The battered Jackson was declared unfit to continue. Welterweight Johnnie Hayes, of Newtonville, N.J., remained unbeaten by keeping constant pressure on Capital Heights' Lawrence Brooks (3-6).
Junior welterweight Luis Rosales (4-6-1), of Washington, won the hearts of the fans and the support of the judges by outhustling a more-experienced Ed Griffin ((16-8), of Baltimore, to win a unanimous six-round decision.