Paschall and Ricasa both earn victories



Mike Paschall loves to put on a show. "That's my job," he'll say.

Last night at Woodlawn's Martin's West, the Pasadena super middleweight (168 pounds) entered the ballroom for his bout against Temple Hills' Carlos Jones wearing red and white trunks with sequined tassels, to the tunes of rapper Eminem.

Meanwhile, Jones, nicknamed "Headbanger," more resembled rapper "Busta Rhymes," the name ringsiders screamed as Paschall's punches sent his dreadlocks swinging.

Their frenzied brawl caused a cut over the nose of Paschall, who was penalized by referee Bill Holmes in the second and third rounds for holding and head-butting. But the left-hander boxed from a distance in the fourth and final round, as his lead lefts, counter left hooks, right hands and uppercuts pulled out a 38-36 victory on all of the judges' scorecards.

"I stayed inside way too much and made it a lot harder than I had to. Plus, I wasn't the one doing the head-butting - he was. And his dreads were flying around, getting in my eyes and generally driving me crazy," said Paschall, who rose to 6-0 with two knockouts, while Jones slipped to 3-7. "In the end, my hooks hurt him to the body. That was the difference."

Paschall's bout was on the undercard of a fight between Ellicott City lightweight (130 pounds) Mike Ricasa, 39, and Smithsburg's Dean White.

Ricasa scored a six-round majority decision to improve to 6-1 with two KOs. White slipped to 11-3 with six KOs.

In other bouts, Baltimore super middleweight Tony Cygan (8-0) scored his sixth knockout in the second round over Lanham's Larry Brothers (6-16-3, four KOs), and Parkville heavyweight Adam Bloom (2-0) scored his second knockout just 19 seconds into the second round over Robert Monroe (0-1) of Front Royal, Va.

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