By Gary “Digital” Williams
After just 11 pro bouts, undefeated 21-year-old light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker of Eldersburg, MD will challenge for his first regional title when he faces Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl of Las Vegas for the vacant USBO light heavyweight title on Friday, September 25 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. In his last few bouts, Tucker (11-0, 7 KOs) has faced veteran opposition, some who have more wins than Tucker has bouts. That trend will continue with Strohl (27-7, 21 KOs). In Tucker’s last outing, he won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title contender Rubin Williams at the last Westminster card on July 17. Strohl has lost his last four bouts by stoppage to quality boxers Joe Spina, Zach Walters, Tavoris Cloud and Rob Calloway.
The co-feature will be a rematch between Baltimore super featherweight Tyrell “Da Show Shock’a” Samuel (12-3, 6 KOs) and Gustavo Dailey of Philadelphia, PA. Dailey (4-5, 2 KOs) scored an upset in the first bout on the July 17 Westminister card with a six-round split decision over Samuel, the Maryland state featherweight champion. The rematch is slated for eight rounds.
Also slated for the card will be undefeated Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson, who is looking for an opponent. Stevenson (11-0, 10 KOs) recently won two regional titles in July and then stopped Sebastian Hamel in the third round on August 27 in Hagerstown, MD.
Rookie welterweight, Emmanuel “Transformer” Taylor (2-0, 2 KOs), will take on veteran Amaury Torres of Washington Heights, NY (4-9-2, 1 KO) in a four-round contest. Another rookie, middleweight Allen “Pit Bull” Perkins (1-0), will take on Baltimore’s Omar Sims (2-1-2, 1 KO) in a four-round contest. Also, two undefeated middleweights: Jeremiah Wiggins (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and Jamar Freeman (4-0-1, 1 KO) are scheduled to be on the card in separate bouts.
The card is promoted by the Maryland Boxing Club and TNT Promotions. The matchmaker is Rick Glaser.