By Gary “Digital” Williams and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker has captured the vacant USBO (United States Boxing Organization) Light Heavyweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over a tough Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl of Las Vegas in front of a raucous crowd of 2,900 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD.
The 21-year-old Tucker almost scored a knockdown over the 38-year-old Strohl in the opening seconds of the contest, landing a right hand that forced Strohl to hang on. The two became tangled and both went down. Referee John Gradowski ruled that there was no knockdown. Tucker continued to dominate the action in the first round.
Strohl fought back bravely in the contest despite suffering a cut on the nose and a welt under the left eye. Tucker used his right jab very well throughout the contest. As Strohl continued to move forward to force action, Tucker used good lateral movement to stay out of harm’s way.
Judge Malik Waleed scored a shutout for Tucker, 100-90. Judge Gary Camponeschi saw the bout 99-91 and judge Dave Greer scored the contest 98-92.
Tucker remains undefeated and picked up a regional belt in just his 12th pro bout. Tucker is 12-0, seven KO’s and won his second straight 10-round contest. Strohl falls to 27-8, 21 KO’s.
In the co-feature, Maryland State Super Featherweight champion Tyrell “Da Show Shock’A” Samuel won a measure of revenge by evening the score with Gustavo Dailey of Philadelphia, PA, capturing an eight-round unanimous decision. Dailey won the first matchup between the two in Westminster on July 17.
This time, a different, more determined Samuel faced Dailey and was much quicker and more accurate than in the first bout. Dailey tried to come forward but was met by a barrage of Samuel uppercuts and jabs, that Dailey had no defense for. Judge Gradowski saw the bout 79-73. Judge Greer scored it 78-74 while judge Camponeschi scored a shutout for Samuel at 80-72.
Samuel is now 13-3, six KO’s while Dailey is 4-6, one KO.
In other bouts on the card, Edgewood, MD junior welterweight Emmanuel “Transformer” Taylor raised his record to 3-0, three KO’s with a powerful first-round TKO over Amaury Torres of Miami, FL. Taylor scored three knockdowns in the contest, the first with a right cross, the second with a left hook. The third came with another right hand that forced referee Camponeschi to stop the contest at 2:49 of the round. Torres’s record fell to 4-10-2, one KO.
In a spirited curtain-raising bout, Baltimore middleweight Omar Sims won a four-round unanimous decision over Frederick, MD’s Alan “Pit Bull” Perkins. Sims was very accurate with his jab while Perkins was very game as he fought through a very bloody nose.
Wilson, NC’s Jamar “The Truth” Freeman and Manuel Guzman of Lancaster, PA fought to a four-round majority draw. Freeman had trainer George Peterson and three-time world champion Paul Williams working with Freeman. Freeman is now 4-0-2, one KO while Guzman is 6-8-2, two KO’s.
TNT Promotions and the Maryland Boxing Club promoted the card. Rick Glaser served as matchmaker.