By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Heavyweight Duane Mobley of Upper Marlboro, MD remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Dennis Benson Saturday night at the Smith Gymnasium on the campus of the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA. Mobley came very close to knocking Benson out in the third and sixth rounds but Benson managed to hang on and stay upright. Mobley won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 58-56. Mobley is now 6-0, four KO’s while Benson loses for the second time to Mobley and is now 1-4, one KO. Mobley defeated Benson by four-round unanimous decision in his pro debut in February of this year.
Haymarket, VA junior welterweight Juan “The Savior” Rodriguez won a four-round unanimous decision over Damon Antoine of Akron, OH. Rodriguez scored a knockdown in the first round and battered the durable Antoine all over the ring for the rest of the contest. Rodriguez won all three scorecards by 40-35. The win breaks a three-bout winless streak for Rodriguez, who is now 5-2-1, four KO’s. Antoine falls to 10-41-2, five KO’s.
White Plains, MD lightweight Terron “The Kid” Grant won a close four-round split decision over Stephon Alexander of Norfolk, VA. Grant survived a first-round knockdown and faced a really competitive Alexander who hit Grant with some solid shots. Grant fought back very well, however and eeked out the win. Judges Scott Howard and John Gradowski saw the bout 38-37 and 39-37, respectively while judge Brian Costello scored the bout for Alexander 39-37. Grant remains undefeated with a record of 4-0, two KO’s. Alexander is now 4-5, four KO’s.
The opening bout saw Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Joseph Rector make a thunderous pro debut, stopping the equally-debuting Samson Townes of Richmond, VA at 1:03 of the first round. Rector dropped Townes twice — the first time with a blistering left-right combination.
Dr. Richard Ashby heads RBA Promotions. The matchmaker was Jay Pittman. The referee for the bouts was noted New Jersey referee “Double S” Steve Smoger.