Paschal beats Martinez in 3 rounds

165-pounder captures Golden Gloves crown

Boxing

April 27, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Baltimore's Mike Paschal, a 165-pounder, out-boxed Mike Martinez, a U.S. Marine who is ranked No. 2 nationally, en route to a three-round decision last night at Du Burns Arena.

It was Paschal's 17th straight victory, earning him his second regional Golden Gloves title and a berth in the Golden Gloves nationals in Las Vegas from May 26 to June 1.

"I figured the first two rounds I could out-box him, but then it got tough," said Paschal, who improved to 55-12 with 25 knockouts.

"He was digging some hard body shots, and I had a little trouble with that, so I just went back to stick-and-move, stick-and-move, and that worked out well for me."

Paschal's previous trip to the Las Vegas nationals, in 2001, ended after he had earned two victories and a berth into the quarterfinals.

Another local winner last night was 152-pound Edgewood resident Maxell Taylor.

Taylor, 18, a runner-up in last year's nationals, easily defeated an old rival in Virginia's Orazio Robinson for his 256th career win in 276 bouts to go along with his sixth regional Golden Gloves title.

"I've beaten him about six times, he's beaten me twice, and he's always tough," said Taylor, who, like Paschal, can earn a shot at the Olympic trials to be held in May 2004. Taylor won a national title in 1998.

"I remember crying after I lost last year, and I've worked hard to get back to this point. This year, there's no losing for me."

Earlier last night, Marcus Henry scored a second-round knockout of the U.S. Marines' Lee Crisp, raising his record to 8-0 with eight knockouts and earning the heavyweight title in the novice division.

A computer programmer, Henry, 26, who fights out of the Baltimore Boxing Club, is a former honors student with a master's degree in computer science from the University of London.

John Adkins (7-1, four knockouts), a 152-pounder out of the Baltimore Boxing Club and a Highlandtown resident, scored a three-round decision in the sub-novice division over Edson Daniels of Norfolk, Va.

Adkins, who took the bout on two days' notice, had to play catch-up with the slick-boxing Daniels.

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