Pettway beaten up in return

`Speed gone,' ex-champ absorbs sixth-round KO


September 01, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After nearly two years of boxing inactivity, former world champion Vincent Pettway of Baltimore had hoped to regain some glory with a victory over New York's Luis Rosado before a hometown crowd at Du Burns Arena last night.

Instead, the 35-year-old heard the fans scream, "Stop the fight!" as he absorbed a bloody beating that left him teetering around the ring en route to a sixth-round knockout in a scheduled eight-round junior middleweight bout.

Pettway (43-7-1, 32 knockouts) was knocked down in the third round, had his right eye bloodied by a vicious left hook in the fifth round, and generally was beaten around the ring before Dr. Doug Frankel called an end to the fight at 2:05 of the sixth round.

Pettway, who trailed 49-45 on two judges' cards and 49-46 on the third, had hinted at retirement before the fight, saying, "If I can't do what I want to do in this game, then there's no need hanging around."

Afterward, he hedged.

"The speed was gone, I couldn't reach the guy like I wanted to, but that's what can happen when you're as inactive as long as I was," Pettway said as he sat in a chair being examined by Frankel after the fight.

"I went in there against a guy who was like the fourth or fifth replacement. He was a tough guy. ... Maybe that was a little bit more to chew on than I should have taken. He dazed me, yeah, but it was never to the point where I didn't know where I was."

Many ringsider observers said Pettway, who was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for a CT scan, was allowed to absorb too much punishment by Maryland State Athletic Commission officials, referee Ken Chevalier, the two doctors on hand and his corner - all of whom have the power to end the fight.

In fact, Dr. Steve Manekin tried to stop the fight in the fifth round, throwing a towel into the ring, but Chevalier threw it back out.

"Referees and doctors can stop the fight. I did stop the fight. I threw in the towel," Manekin said. "I yelled repeatedly to stop the fight. He was stumbling, and I thought he was at severe risk for neurosurgical emergency."

Pat Pannella, executive director of the state athletic commission, said: "We will review the incident and talk to the referee and do an evaluation of this shortly. We'll talk to the referee, talk to the doctors and find out exactly what went on."

Rosado, who improved to 28-5 with 20 KOs, dropped Pettway at the end of the third round. At that point, Rosado said, "They should have stopped the bout."

In three bouts that were televised by ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, junior middleweight Jimmy Lange (15-1-1) scored his 13th knockout at 2:35 of the second round against Sam Harvey (12-9, six KOs); Nate Campbell (14-0) earned his 13th knockout in the eighth round of his scheduled 10-round, 130-pound bout with Victor Adadia (18-1, eight KOs), and Teddy Reid (19-4-1, 13 KOs) knocked out Joe Hutchinson (20-3-2, six KOs) in the first round to win the USBA junior welterweight title.

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