Jeter records 1st-round KO over Fuller in pro debut

Ex-amateur standout ends night's work at 1:50


January 26, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Columbia's Tony Jeter had been anxious to turn pro for the past seven months after a 76-18 amateur boxing career. But before his pro debut last night at Michael's Eighth Avenue, in the first fight on a six-bout card, he was just plain anxious.

"The butterflies before the fight, they were a feeling I never had before," said Jeter, a graduate of Laurel High School. "But when I threw my first jab, everything was back to normal."

Jeter got the night -- and his professional career -- off with a bang, knocking Suitland's Ervin Fuller straight onto his back and out of the fight at 1:50 of the first round.

Fuller's demise was the result of a wicked, three-punch combination by the 25-year-old, 152-pound Jeter. Fuller fell to 1-2, with one knockout.

Fuller, who never landed a punch against the slick-boxing Jeter, was nailed with a right to the body, followed by a left to the head and a straight right that knocked him flat on his back.

He rose at the count of seven, but was unsteady as referee Gary Camponeschi peered into his eyes and waved the end to the fight.

"It seemed like I was hurting him with a real stiff jab," Jeter said. "It shook him a little bit, then I noticed he was open to the body. I dazed him with a hook, and the right hand finished it."

In the main event, Manuel Rodriguez (11-1, eight knockouts) of Austin, Texas, knocked out Laurel junior welterweight Del "The Hatchet" Matchett (14-2-1, eight knockouts) at 2:46 of the 10th and final round when he cornered Matchett and launched several unanswered blows. The referee, Malik Waleed, waved an end to the fight.

In the co-main event, Baltimore super middleweight Dana Rucker (12-2, nine) won a 10-round unanimous decision for the Maryland state championship over Derrick Whitley (13-15, six), who knocked out Rucker in a previous meeting.

Georgia junior welterweight Ebo "The Extreme Machine" Elder improved to 8-0 with his fifth knockout -- over Luis Rosales (5-8-1). Elder knocked down Rosales twice in the fight before cornering him and landing several unanswered blows, at which point referee Kenny Chevalier waved an end to the fight at 2:20 of the round.

Jeter, a two-time Golden Gloves champ, is trained by Robert Crawford, out of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club.

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