By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Baltimore welterweight prospect James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson remained undefeated with a solid eight-round unanimous decision victory over tough veteran “Magnificent” Martinus Clay of Wilson, NC at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Stevenson was able to keep Clay at bay with good boxing skill and power. The power shone through when Stevenson dropped Clay with a short left hook in the sixth round. Clay managed to beat referee Kenny Chevalier’s count but any hope of winning the contest evaporated for him. Judges Gary Camponeschi and Don Risher scored the bout at 79-72 while Malik Waleed saw the contest at 78-73. Stevenson is now 12-0, 10 KO’s while Clay is 13-22-4, five KO’s.
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In the other eight-round bout, Front Royal, VA junior welterweight Andrew “The Doo Man” Farmer won a workmanlike unanimous decision over “Rockin’” Ryan Belasco of New Castle, DE.
Both men showed good boxing skills with Belasco ultimately not getting enough credit for his defense in the early part of the contest. Farmer showed toughness by fighting through a cut near his right eye. Farmer tipped the bout in his favor in the sixth round when, after catching a Belasco right hand, managed to throw one of his own that caught Belasco off balance and dropped him. Belasco got right back up and finished the contest. Judge Camponeschi scored the bout 79-74. Judge Risher saw the contest 77-75 while judge John Gradowski witnessed the contest, 78-73.
With the win, Farmer is now 13-1, seven KO’s while Belasco falls to 11-4-3, three KO’s.
Two Baltimore fan favorites made successful returns on this card. Heavyweight “The American Dream” Mike Dietrich won a four-round unanimous decision over Octavius Davis of Wilson, NC. Dietrich pitched a shutout (40-36) on all three judges scorecards as he used powerful looping shots to batter the much taller Davis.
Dietrich is now 11-1, five KO’s while Davis is 1-3-1, one KO.
Super middleweight “The Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis returned with his knockout abilities still intact as he scored a first-round TKO over Joseph Montgomery of Clover, SC. Bouloubassis landed powerful shots that battered Montgomery throughout the round until referee Camponeschi stopped the contest at 2:24 of the round.
Bouloubassis is now 4-0-4, four KO’s while Montgomery is 2-7-1, one KO.
In other bouts on the card, Baltimore cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler put together his most demonstrative performance as a pro as he scored a first-round knockout over Maurice Amaro of Philadelphia, PA. Wheeler was very accurate in the contest, battering Amaro with both hands. The accuracy culminated with Wheeler landing a stunning left that dropped Amaro to his knees. Amaro was unable to beat referee Gradowski’s count and the bout was halted at 2:40 of the first.
Wheeler remains undefeated at 4-0, three KO’s while Amaro is 0-2.
DC heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm also remained undefeated with a third-round TKO over Tyyab Beale of Orange, NJ. After a back and forth first round, Byarm took control of the contest in round two when he was able to get Beale on the ropes and land his power shots. Byarm maintained his success in the third when he dropped Beale twice before the bout was stopped at 2:55 of the round.
Byarm is now 4-0, three KO’s while Beale’s record evens at 2-2, one KO.
Two Baltimore boxers made pro debuts on the card with mixed success. Middleweight Devin Butcher won a four-round unanimous decision over John “The Baptist” Terry of Portsmouth, VA. Butcher showed unorthodox defensive skills as he continually moved backwards to evade Terry’s looping shots. Terry falls to 2-15-3, one KO.
Heavyweight Joe “Diesel” DeLawder lost by second-round TKO to Billy Greenwalt of Youngstown, OH. The 43-year-old DeLawder made his pro debut for a special cause — to raise money for the medical care for a local nine-year-old girl who is suffering from leukemia. Greenwalt landed crushing shots in the second round that stopped DeLawder at 1:51 of the round. Greenwalt is now 2-6, two KO’s.
Baltimore Pro Boxing, led by Jake Smith, promoted the card. Josh Hall served as matchmaker.