By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Three east coast prospects captured knockout victories during the United Nations II card at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD Saturday night. This was a card of all four-round contests that featured up and coming boxing talent.
The main event saw Silver Spring, MD lightweight Alexandru Marin score a shocking first-round knockout over the normally durable David Warren Huffman of Cincinnati, OH. The Romanian-born Marin jumped on Huffman with left hands to the head. Thirty-one seconds later, the bout was over as Huffman dropped to the canvas from one of Marin’s left hooks and did not beat referee Dave Braslow’s count.
Marin is now 2-0, two KOs. Huffman falls to 4-18-1, one KO.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight Rolando “Iron Man” Chinea of Lancaster, PA stopped DC’s Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga at two minutes of the fourth round. Chinea battered Olinga all over the ring during this contest. Although Olinga tried to fight back and was given every opportunity to do so, he was outgunned throughout the contest. At one point, Olinga stretched his arms out across the ropes. At that point one of the ringside physicians decided enough was enough and stopped the contest.
With the win, Chinea remains undefeated at 5-0-1, three KOs. Olinga, a native of Cameroon, is now 1-4.
Laurel, MD middleweight Demond “D Best At It” Nicholson is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting prospects in the Washington, DC area. Nicholson needed just 57 seconds to stop the debuting Ayei Lama of Silver Spring, MD by way of the Republic of Congo.
Nicholson dropped Lama with a counter left hook and then followed it up with a shot to the solar plexus that knocked him out for the count. Nicholson is now 4-0, four KOs with his last three stoppages coming in the first round.
In other bouts on the card, the “Lion of Sri Lanka” Nuwan Jayakody scored a first-round stoppage over Frankie Garriga of the Bronx, NY in a junior lightweight contest. Jayakody, who now battles out of DC, dropped Garriga with a vicious left hook. Jayakody pressured Garriga until Garriga turned to the side, walked towards his corner and quit the bout. Garriga later complained of a hurt jaw. The bout was stopped at 2:09.
Jayakody is now 2-3-1, two KOs. Garriga is now 0-1-2.
In what was a very good action contest, Baltimore welterweight Kevin “The Scarecrow” Womack, Jr. and “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Yurii Polischuk of DC fought to a very spirited draw.
Both boxers had their moments. Womack landed some great body shots while Polischuk landed good shots over the top.
Judge Brent Bovell scored the contest 39-37 for Polischuk while John Gradowski went in favor of Womack by the same score. Kenny Chevalier saw the draw, 38-38. The bout begs for a rematch.
Womack’s record is now 4-2-1, two KOs. Polischuk is now 2-1-1, one KO.
Silver Spring, MD light heavyweight Shaborn Ryals won a relatively easy four-round unanimous decision over Lamont Capers of Lancaster, PA.
Ryals looked to finish the bout in the first round as he landed a wicked left to Capers’s body that dropped Capers to his knees. To his credit, however, Capers stayed tough in the bout but could never rally back. All three judges scored the bout 40-35.
Ryals, who made his pro debut on November 9 in Tunica, MS, is now 2-0. Capers falls to 1-3.
A relatively ugly heavyweight contest opened the card as debuting boxers “King” Charles Jerome of Washington, DC and William “The Blueprint” Monroe of Forestville, MD lumbered their way through four-rounds. Both guys were big (Jerome 274, Monroe 266 1/2), slow and very inexperienced. Jerome won the bout by unanimous decision.
Hardwork Promotions, led by pro boxer, Venroy “Hardwork” July, promoted the card. The matchmaker was Chris Middendorf. Terrence “TNT” Crawford handled the ring announcing duties.