By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Maryland State Super Featherweight champion Tyrell “Da Show Shock A” Samuel of Baltimore won by fifth-round technical decision over Gustavo “The Pit Bull” Dailey of Philadelphia during the main event at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.
In this bout, the third meeting between the two boxers, Samuel was able to use his jab and strong body attack to back Dailey up in almost every exchange. Dailey tried to come forward but for every punch Dailey landed, Samuel seemed to land two that were harder.
In the fifth round, the two boxers accidently clashed heads, forcing a gash over Samuel’s right eye that was dangerous enough for the bout to be stopped. Since the scheduled eight-round encounter was more than halfway over, the judge’s scorecards came into play. Judge Gary Camponeschi scored the bout 48-47. Judge John Gradowski saw the bout 49-46 and Judge Malik Waleed witnessed the contest as a shutout for Samuel, 50-45.
With the win, Samuel is now 14-3, six KO’s while Dailey falls to 4-7, one KO.
In the co-feature, Baltimore heavyweight “The American Dream” Mike Dietrich took just 55 seconds to knockout fellow Charm City boxer Kevin “The Journeyman” Johnson. Dietrich started immediately landing power shots, knocking down Johnson twice. The second knockout came on a blistering right hand that made Johnson crumble in his own corner. Referee Gradowski wasted no time stopping the contest.
Dietrich raises his record to 12-1, six KO’s while Johnson is 3-2, two KO’s.
DC heavyweight Abodunrin “Bo” Akinyanju raised his record to 2-0, two first-round knockouts with a crushing stoppage of Wilson, NC’s Octavius Davis. Akinyanju dropped Davis twice in the bout, the second knockdown was a vicious body shot that stiffened Davis before he fell to the canvas.
With the loss, Davis is now 1-4-1, one KO.
Also on the card, undefeated cruiserweight Daniel Kooij of Vero Beach, FL scored a fourth-round TKO over veteran William “The Storm” Bailey of Chesapeake, VA. Kooji used a powerful left jab to keep Bailey at bay. By the fourth round, Bailey was completely broken down and referee Waleed called of the bout at 2:46 of the fourth. Kooij is now 6-0, three KO’s while Bailey is 10-18-2, five KO’s.
The bout between “The American Child” Nick Kisner of Ferndale and Glen Williams of Catonsville was scratched because Williams was not medically approved by the Maryland State Athletic Commission.