By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Baltimore boxers Cecil “AK-47” McCalla and James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson remained undefeated with victories Thursday night on the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD.
In the main event, middleweight Cecil “AK-47” McCalla scored an eight-round majority decision over a very tough John “No Mercy” Mackey of Montgomery, AL by way of Washington, DC. McCalla stayed in motion on the outside and landed punches. Mackey tried to come forward and was successful at times with his aggression, but didn’t seem to be forceful enough. Judge Don Risher saw the draw at 76-76, but judges Kenny Chevalier and John Gradowski scored the bout for McCalla at 78-75 and 78-74 respectively. Fightnews scored the bout 77-75 for McCalla.
“He was a tough opponent,” McCalla said. I had to be more active in the fight.”
McCalla is now 7-0, two KO’s while Mackey falls to 10-3-1, five KO’s.
The co-feature saw welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson keep his perfect record intact with an impressive second-round TKO over Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton of Bumpass, VA. Stevenson was all over Shelton from the opening bell as his offense was solid. In the second round, Stevenson dropped Shelton with a left hand and finished him off shortly after that. The bout was stopped at 2:33 of the second round.
Stevenson rises to 8-0, eight KO’s while Shelton loses for the first time in his pro career and he is 2-1.
Two Beltway Boxers made successful pro debuts on this card. Baltimore cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler won by second-round disqualification over Kareem “The Dream” Wilson (0-3) of DC. Early in the second, Wheeler and Wilson got into a clinch and Wilson started raining rabbit punches on the back of Wheeler’s neck. Without a previous warning, referee John Gradowski stopped the bout and disqualified Wilson at 18 seconds of the round.
Also Maurice Byarm, now fighting out of DC, made an impressive pro debut stopping Baltimore’s Hanibal Otey at 2:02 of the third round. Byarm showed power with both hands as he dominated Otey throughout the contest. Otey is 1-2.
Byarm, a native of Philadelphia, PA, is the son of 1980’s cruiserweight Lionel “The Boiler” Byarm who was the opponent for Evander Holyfield in Holyfield’s pro debut at Madison Square Garden in New York in November of 1984. Holyfield won by six-round unanimous decision.
In the opening bout, Kevin “The Journeyman” Johnson of Baltimore won by third-round TKO over Ellicott City, MD’s Robert “Mack Attack” McConnell. Johnson didn’t land a lot of punches but he threw a solid right hand that dropped McConnell. After McConnell beat the count, referee Gradowski thought McConnell could not continue. The bout was stopped at 40 seconds of the third.
Johnson is now 3-1, two KO’s while McConnell falls to 4-3, two KO’s.
The card was promoted by Baltimore Pro Boxing. The matchmaker was Josh Hall.