By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
The record of Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson remained perfect tonight with a second round TKO over Westminster, MD’s Ken Dunham in the main event of the Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. Stevenson dropped Dunham four times using a strong barrage of body shots before referee Gary Camponeschi stopped the contest at 2:35 of the second round. Stevenson is now 7-0, seven KO’s while Dunham is now 5-8, three KO’s. The knockout earned Stevenson the East Coast Championship and an extra $500.
“I knew I could hurt him to the body and I went to that right away,” said Stevenson.
The co-feature saw Baltimore middleweight Cecil McCalla score a six-round unanimous decision over Anthony “Quick” Little of Akron, OH. McCalla used his poise well to offset Little’s slick moves. McCalla is now 6-0, two KO’s while Little is 7-11-1, one KO.
Long-time amateur standout Emmanuel “Transformer” Taylor of Edgewood, MD made his long-awaited pro debut and scored a solid first-round TKO over the debuting Damien Butler of Glenarden, MD. Taylor dropped Butler, an amateur standout in his own right with solid body and head shots. The second knockdown saw Butler recoil from Taylor’s shots and take a knee. During referee John Gradowski’s eight-count, Butler got to his feet, but immediately took another knee forcing Gradowski to stop the bout at 2:50 of the round.
“I think my amateur experience prepared me for tonight,” said Taylor, who is scheduled to be on a card in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 31. “I was a little nervous at first because of all the people, but I have a pro style anyway, so I was prepared.”
Another local made a solid pro debut — Baltimore lightweight Angelo “Seek and Destroy” Ward, who won a four-round unanimous decision over Dwayne Martin of Laurel, MD.
Ward managed to turn the seemingly lost skill of body punching into an art form and he landed continuous blows to Martin’s stomach and torso. Ward did land enough upstairs to drop Martin in the second round, but it was the body shots that did the damage. Martin is 0-2.
In the bout of the night (and an early candidate for Beltway Boxing Bout of the Year) Baltimore junior middleweight Omar Sims and Suitland, MD’s Marcus “Spidey” Williams battled to a four-round majority draw. Sims survived two knockdowns in the first minute of action before coming back strong and landing shots against Williams for the bulk of the bout. Judges John Gradowski and Malik Waleed scored the bout even at 37-37 while Judge Dave Greer saw the contest 37-36 for Sims, who is now 1-0-1, one KO. Williams in now 3-0-1, two KO’s.
In the opening bout, Laurel, MD’s Hannibal Otey won a four-round unanimous decision over Baltimore heavyweight Kevin Johnson. The bout was Otey’s first win as a pro and he evens his record at 1-1. Sims is even at 1-1, one KO.
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