Paschall back at Du Burns looking for 2nd win


August 12, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In his professional debut nearly three months ago at Du Burns Arena, Mike Paschall won fans with an array of moves, including the bolo punch.

The middleweight also won the judges, who awarded him a unanimous decision over Mike Guttrick on May 14.

But thanks to a deep gash over his right eye from the accidental head butt he suffered during the fight, Paschall looked like anything but the winner.

"They closed it with six stitches, but I took them out myself after a week," said Paschall, 24, who did not spar for 30 days after the fight. "I've been training now for about three weeks. You'll see [tonight] that I'm back in business."

Paschall (1-0) returns to Du Burns Arena tonight against Washington's Ed Graves (0-1), who lost to Baltimore's Tony Cygan by knockout on May 14.

Others on the card are Baltimore heavyweight Jed Phipps (12-2, eight knockouts), Owings Mills heavyweight James Thompson (3-2, two KOs), Ellicott City lightweight Mike Ricasa (1-0) and junior lightweight Joey Van Daniker (3-1, two KOs), a Laurel resident who trains in Baltimore.

Phipps, 26, has stopped his past two opponents since being KO'd twice after being 10-0. He meets 33-year-old Jason Waller (26-23-3, 19 KOs), who has experienced knockout losses to former world champion Matthew Saad Muhammad and contenders Shannon Briggs, Vassiliy Jirov and Andrew Golota.

Thompson, 31, and Ricasa, 38, each earned decisions in their last fights on May 14 at Du Burns. Thompson takes on Atlantic City's Al Torres (1-10-2), and Ricasa faces Atlantic City's Leon Williams (0-1).

Van Daniker, who knocked out Williams in the first round of his last fight June 4, meets Philadelphia's Kevin Carmody (1-1).

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