By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Henry “Hurricane” Mayes captured the Maryland State Light Heavyweight championship with a 10th round TKO over fellow Baltimore boxer Willie “For Real” Williams in a Beltway Bout of the Year candidate at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The third bout in this trilogy looked like the first two bouts between these two warriors — even — during the first five rounds. Both men had advantages with Mayes using his ring generalship in the early going and Williams picking up the pace as the bout headed to the middle rounds. Mayes turned the tide of the bout for good late in the ninth round by landing a crushing left-right combination that dropped Williams to the canvas with 10 seconds remaining in the round. Williams barely beat referee Malik Waleed’s count. Mayes sealed the victory early in the 10th when he rocked the game Williams with lefts and rights, forcing the stoppage at 20 seconds of the round. With the win, Mayes raises his record to 8-6-3, five KO’s while Williams falls to 12-4-2, three KO’s.
Other results on the card:
Tim “Pitbull” Coleman of Baltimore scored an impressive third-round TKO over Carlos “El Perro” Cisneros of Mount Rainer, MD in a junior welterweight matchup. Coleman was on top of Cisneros from the opening bell, making the bout a lot easier than their first matchup in 2007. The Cisneros corner threw in the towel and the bout was stopped at 2:50 of the third. Coleman is now 15-1-1, four KO’s while Cisneros is 9-17-1, six KO’s.
Waldorf, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell won a workmanlike six-round unanimous decision over Andrew Greeley of Monroe, LA. Mitchell used nice inside work and pitched a shutout on all three of the judge’s cards, winning 60-54 and raising his record to 11-0-1, seven KO’s. Greeley falls to 14-26-1, eight KO’s.
Ellicott City, MD cruiserweight Robert “Mack Attack” McConnell registered a fourth-round TKO over Fred McClinton of Wilmington, NC. McClinton was rocked late in the contest and was trying to hold on for dear life before referee John Gradowski stopped the bout at 2:08 of the fourth. McConnell, who donated his purse to the Wounded Veterans Foundation at Fort Meade, MD, raised his record to 4-2, two KO’s while McClinton lost for the first time in his career and he falls to 1-1, one KO.
Severna Park, MD junior middleweight Shelly Seivert won a tough, four-round majority decision over Rachel Clark of Fayetteville, NC. This was a solid, give-and-take battle wih both ladies landing crushing shots. Seivert won 39-37 on two of the judge’s cards and raises her record to 4-1, one KO with the win. Clark falls to 2-1-1, two KO’s.
Gary “Digital” Williams Feature Writer, Fightnews.com For the latest in DC-area boxing news,visit Boxing Along The Beltway at http://boxingalongthebeltway.blogspot.com