By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Before an estimated 2,000 fans, Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker remained undefeated with a stunning first-round TKO over Richard Stewart of New Castle, DE at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster, MD.
Tucker came out strong and landed a good jab, but Stewart did land a shot of his own. The shot didn’t seem to faze Tucker, Stewart then started to clown a little bit and he paid for it as Tucker landed a hard left-right combo. Later in the round, Tucker landed a powerful right hand that sent Stewart crashing to the canvas on his knees. Stewart never recovered and referee John Gradowski waved off the contest at 2:30 of the round.
Tucker is now 7-0, six KO’s. Five of Tucker’s six knockouts have come in the first round. Stewart’s record falls to 14-8-2, eight KO’s.
In other bouts on the card:
The co-feature saw DC lightweight Ron “Teflon” Boyd win a six-round split decision over Dean “Pit Bull” White of Smithsburg, MD. This was a tough fight to watch as the two styles of the boxers made it difficult. White was penalized one point for holding in the sixth round.
Judges Gary Camponeschi and Malik Waleed scored the bout for Boyd, 59-54 while judge Don Risher had the bout 57-56 for White. Fightnews scored it 59-55 for Boyd, who breaks a four-bout losing streak and raises his record to 6-5, two KO’s while White falls to 14-10-1, seven KO’s. White has now lost five in a row.
Junior middleweight Lenwood “Mr. Composure” Dozier, now fighting out of Laurel, MD, captured a close, four-round majority decision over Westminster, MD based Ken Dunham to remain undefeated. Dozier battled a cut along his right eye as well as a solid performance from Dunham. Camponeschi called the bout even at 38-38 while judges Gradowski and Risher scored the bout for Dozier at 39-37. Fightnews saw the bout 39-37 for Dunham, who is originally from Rock Hill, SC.
Dozier is now 5-0-1, two KO’s. Dunham is 5-7, three KO’s.
Junior middleweight Jamar “Da Truth” Freeman of Wilson, NC won a four-round unanimous decision over Cambridge, MD’s Dontre “Pound For Pound” King. Freeman is now 2-0 while King is 1-3-1.
Otganbayer Daivii of Annandale, VA lost a four-round unanimous decision to Mechanicsville, VA’s Francois Ambang in a cruiserweight battle. Daivii is now 2-2-1, one KO while Ambang is 1-1.
In a hard-fought battle, Norfolk, VA middleweight Jeremiah “The Bounty Hunter” Wiggins won a four-round unanimous decision over the debuting Ron Reaves of Tampa, FL. Wiggins is now 2-0. The card was the maiden voyage promotion for TNT Promotions and the Maryland Boxing Club. The matchmaker was Josh Hall.
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