Paschall comes away winner in pro debut

May 15, 2004|By Lem Satterfield

Pasadena resident Mike Paschall did a bit of everything to please the crowd at Du Burns Arena in his middleweight pro debut against Baltimore's Mike Guttrick last night.

He went with hard left and right hands, going for the early knockout. When a deep gash opened over his right eye, he changed gears and outboxed his rival. He even hit Guttrick with a bolo punch, then taunted him.

In the end, he won the crowd, along with the opinion of all three judges, who awarded him a unanimous, four-round decsion over Guttrick (3-4).

"First two rounds, I was sitting down on everything. Then he head-butted me in the second round. My vision got blurry," said Paschall, 24, who was 82-15 as an amateur.

In other bouts, Dundalk cruiserweight Russ Shifflet (6-0) floored Joe Blyther (3-8, two KOs) five times en route to his second-round knockout, and Middle River middleweight Tony Cygan (1-0) won his pro debut with a second round knockout of Eddie Graves (0-1).

Ellicott City lightweight Mike Ricasa (1-0) won a four-round decision over Ronie Cabili, and Baltimore heavyweight James Thompson (3-2) decisioned Everard Ramage (1-6).

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