By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
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Baltimore’s Cory “Black Ice” Cummings overcame mounting adversity to score a ninth-round TKO and capture the Maryland State Super Middleweight title over Demetrius Davis of Clinton at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Cummings did not get a minute out of the first round before the two veteran warriors clashed heads, causing a gash over Cummings’s right eye. In the eighth round the two clashed heads again, causing a cut on his left eye.
While the ringside physicians were closely examining the cut in the corner after almost every round, Davis was showing superb ring generalship, switching from conventional to southpaw and showing slick veteran tricks.
Sensing urgency, Cummings quickly picked up the pace and landed some hard shots in the last minute of the eighth round. Davis was still boxing well but Cummings was shortening the distance and Davis was starting to trade more with the powerful Cummings.
In the ninth, Cummings caught Davis coming in with a right hook that dropped him. Davis beat referee Gary Camponeschi’s 10-count but was deemed unfit to continue. The bout was stopped at 1:45 of the ninth.
Cummings is now 17-4, 13 KO’s while Davis falls t0 19-15-5, seven KO’s.
In the co-feature, Baltimore’s James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson went the distance in a bout for the first time in his pro career but managed to remain undefeated with an eight-round unanimous decision over Manuel Guzman of Lancaster, PA.
Early on in the bout, Stevenson fought well at a distance and worked to give Guzman different angles. But the native of Puerto Rico managed to do well and, at times, draw Stevenson into a close quarter, phone-booth bout. Stevenson showed he was able to adapt during the bout and went on to victory in the only bout on the card that went the distance. Judge Gary Camponeschi said Stevenson pitched a shutout, 80-72. Judge Don Risher saw the bout 79-73 and Dave Greer matched the Fightnews.com scorecard at 78-74.
Stevenson is now 9-0, eight KO’s while Guzman falls to 6-7-1, two KO’s.
Baltimore’s Steve “The Show Stealer” Wheeler won by third round TKO over Winchester, VA’s Dan Shull in a cruiserweight contest. The bout was stopped at 1:03 of the third. Wheeler is now 2-0, one KO while Shull is 1-6.
Heavyweight Maurice “The Freight Train” Byarm of DC scored a second-round TKO over Darius Whitson of Winston-Salem, NC. The bout was stopped at 2:55 of the second. Byarm rises to 2-0, two KO’s while Whitson is now even at 1-1.
Barry Trotter of Columbia, MD won by TKO at the end of the first round over Baltimore’s Justin Blackwell when Blackwell could not answer the bell for the second round due to a hand injury. Both men were making their pro debuts in the junior middleweight contest.
The promoter was Baltimore Pro Boxing. The matchmaker was Josh Hall.
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