By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
In front of an excited, partisan crowd, Undefeated Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett captured the vacant WBF (World Boxing Foundation) All-America’s Cruiserweight title with an eight-round majority decision over Bronx, NY’s Newton “The Butcher” Kidd at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Shiflett came out very aggressively in the first couple of rounds, but the Jamaican-born Kidd used strong counter-punching to work his way back into the bout.
The bout turned Shiflett’s way for good in the seventh round when he began to batter Kidd all across the ring. Shiflett did not score a knockdown in the round but he gained complete control of the contest.
Judge Gary Camponeschi saw the draw at 76-76 while judges Kenny Chevalier and Don Risher scored the contest 78-74 and 78-75 for
Shiflett, who is now 12-0-1, five KO’s. Kidd is now 7-8-2, four KO’s.
In the light heavyweight co-feature, Baltimore’s Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall won a six-round split decision over Nathan Bedwell of Lexington, TN. Paschall is now 22-1-1, four KO’s., Bedwell is 4-8, three KO’s.
Reisterstown, MD’s “The Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis captured a four-round unanimous decision over Stephen Franklin of Inwood, WVA by way of DC in a junior middleweight bout. Bouloubassis, who normally fights as a super middleweight, won all cards by shutout, 40-36. Bouloubassis remained undefeated at 6-0-5, four KO’s. Franklin is 1-5, one KO.
Lonnie Kornegay and Martinsburg, WVA’s Donald Crawford fought to a four-round majority draw. Kornegay is now 0-4-2 while Crawford is now 1-1-1, one KO.
The promoters were Bang Time Boxing, headed by John Rallo. The matchmaker was “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken.