Samuel KO's foe in 90 seconds




Baltimore lightweight Tyrell Samuel was supposed to face Fred Fleming two months ago at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, but a scheduling mismatch forced their bout to be postponed.

Last night, before a boisterous crowd at the same venue, Fleming (0-3) of Cincinnati took 90 seconds to discover the fate that likely awaited him on March 9.

That's how long it took Samuel to nail his winless, 32-year-old rival with a sharp left to the body that sent him to the canvas.

Samuel, 24, rose to 6-0 after earning his fifth knockout.

"I saw that I could hit him to the body from the opening bell, so I set him up by going up top with my jab," said Samuel, whose trainer is former world welterweight champion Vincent Pettway.

"It was open, and I hit him with a perfect shot. This is my third time fighting here, and the crowd really gets behind me. I'd like to keep fighting here at least five or six fights, then up the competition for possible title shots."

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