By Gary “Digital” Williams and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Mike Greenhill
Baltimore, MD welterweight prospect James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’ Stevenson remained undefeated and captured the WBF US Welterweight and NABC Welterweight titles with a third-round TKO over Ken Dunham of Rock Hill, SC at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.
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Buoyed by a large and vocal contingent of supporters, Stevenson went on the offensive early as he did the first time he faced Dunham and stopped him in the second round in March of this year in nearby Woodlawn, MD. However, Dunham was a little more elusive and managed to stay away from Stevenson’s punches.
Eventually, however, Stevenson caught up to Dunham and began to swarm him, finding a home for his left hand. In the third round, Stevenson started a barrage of punches with a right hand that dropped Dunham three times before referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the contest at 1:31 of the third.
“I wanted to use the same game plan I used the last time against him,” Stevenson told Fightnews. “I did what I had to do.”
With the win, Stevenson is now 10-0, nine KO’s and has won three regional titles this year. Stevenson captured the East Coast title in January. Dunham falls to 6-9, four KO’s.
Baltimore welter Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman won an eight-round unanimous decision over “Magnificent” Martinus Clay, now fighting out of Norristown, PA. This was a rematch of a December 2007 10-round contest in Pikesville, MD that ended in a draw.
This bout was fought at close quarters throughout and Coleman fought very well inside against the always-tough Clay. As the bout wore on, Coleman seemed to get a little stronger despite suffering a welt above his left eye early in the contest. Judge Dave Greer scored a shutout for Coleman 80-72. Judge John Gradowski saw the bout 78-74 and Judge Gary Camponeschi saw the bout 79-73, the same as Fightnews.
Coleman raises his record to 16-1-1, four KO’s while Clay falls to 13-21-4, five KO’s.
In other bouts on the card, Baltimore cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler made short work of late sub Lamar Foreman of Wilson, NC, scoring a first-round knockout at 50 seconds. Wheeler remains undefeated at 3-0, two KO’s. Foreman is 0-2.
DC heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm suffered an injury to his right arm but managed a four-round majority decision win over Maurice Winslow of Wilson, NC. Byarm started off very aggressively but in the second round, Winslow was able to trap the rookie against the ropes. Byarm won the bout with timely and hard uppercuts that did enough to keep Winslow at bay. Byarm told Fightnews that he had no idea when he hurt his arm during the contest.
Byarm is now 3-0, two KO’s while Winslow is 3-9-1, three KO’s.
And in a rather ugly-looking contest, Vero Beach, FL cruiserweight Daniel Kooij won a six-round unanimous decision over Rodericka Ray of Paris, TN. Kooij (pronounced KOY) is now 5-0, two KO’s while Ray is 2-3, one KO.
During the card there was a 10-count tribute to former boxing champions Alexis Arguello and Arturo Gatti as well as former NFL quarterback Steve McNair, who played part of his career in Baltimore and local ringside doctor Karl Hammonds.
Also there was an interesting bit of family unity during the card. Maryland referee/judge John Gradowski was not only joined by his son Joe, who regularly serves as the timekeeper, but was also joined by daughter Emily, who gave a beautiful operatic-style rendition of the National Anthem. Supporting them all was proud wife and mother, Elaine.
Baltimore Pro Boxing, headed by Jake Smith served as promoters of the card. The matchmaker was Josh Hall.