By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect “Swift” Jarrett Hurd had two adjustments to make going into his contest Saturday night at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD. After only six contests, the Accokeek, MD native was venturing into his first six-round contest and, because another bout fell through, he would be competing in the main event.
Adding to the situation, Hurd would face one of the more awkward boxers around in Philadelphia, PA’s Greg Hackett. Hurd adjusted well in this situation and won a six-round unanimous decision.
“He’s a crafty fighter,” Hurd said of Hackett. “He’s very slick and hard to hit. Just a crafty fighter.”
Hurd did achieve a shutout (60-54) on two of the three judges’s scorecards. The other scorecard read 59-55. Hurd is now 6-0, three KO’s. Hackett is 2-11, one KO.
In the co-feature, Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed needed just 31 seconds to stop Cassius Clay of Las Vegas, NV. Reed landed a left hand to the body that Clay could not recover from. Reed is now 2-0, two KO’s while Clay is 0-8.
Junior lightweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. of Palmer Park, MD stopped Carlos Alcala of Hillside, IL in the third round. Rivers dropped his opponent twice in the second and then forced the referee to stop the contest at 1:39 of the third. Rivers is now 6-0, five KO’s while Alcala was making his pro debut.
Baltimore, MD featherweight Gervonta “Rambo” Davis won by second-round TKO over the debuting Jacob Ninow of Wheaton, IL. Davis d”ropped Ninow with a solid uppercut early in the second and a later flurry stopped the contest at 2:04. Davis is 2-0, two KO’s.
Frederick, MD middleweight Devar “The Warrior” Ferhadi won a tough, four-round unanimous decision over PJ Cajigas of Franklin Park, IL Ferhadi made nice adjustments to his game plan against a very game opponent. Ferhadi is now 3-0, two KO’s. Cajigas is 0-1-1.
Cruiserweight Mario Murphy of Capitol Heights, MD won a four-round majority decision over Damion Reed of Danville, VA. Murphy showed solid defense throughout the contest. Murphy is 2-0 while Reed is 2-11-1, one KO.
Alexandria, VA junior welterweight “The Baby-Face Assassin” Yurii Polishchuk made his pro debut a successful one with a first-round TKO over the equally-debuting Alexandria boxer Demetrius Winbush. Polishchuk opened the bout with a flurry of punches that dropped Winbush and made the bout pretty easy, eventually stopping Winbush at 2:36 of the contest.
There was another bout slated for the card that did not take place and there is a rather unique story as to the reason given for the bout’s cancellation. Indirectly, this reporter may have been part of the reason why the bout was cancelled.
The first bout was slated to feature two debuting heavyweights –Deverine Miner of Capitol Heights, MD and Glenn Thomas of East Stroudsburg, PA. Thomas was originally slated to take on the Ecuadorian heavy Ytalo Perea but Perea had to back out of the fight Miner was a late addition.
Thomas was offered the bout and took it on one condition — that he be put on the “A” side of the card. This means he would be listed as fighting out of the red corner as if he was a hometown boxer. Again, Thomas was slated to fight Miner who actually IS a hometown boxer.
Now, here’s where this reporter comes into the picture. When I saw the weights, I did what I normally do — put the hometown or local boxers on the left side or “A” side of the scale watch, regardless of what corner they actually are in. I was unaware of any deal made to the contrary. The scale watch was posted on Fightnews as well as Boxrec, with Thomas on the “B” side.
When Thomas saw this, apparently, he went crazy, leaving nasty messages everywhere (he did not contact me, however) and then backed out of the fight.
After all is said and done, speculation says the real reason the bout is off may be that Miner weighed in at 296 1/2, not to mention he is 6’9″ and Thomas is just 237.
The card was promoted by Keystone Boxing. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon. Henry “Discombobulating” Jones served as ring announcer.