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Tucker-Thompson on Friday!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker will face his most experienced opponent in the Friday, April 24 main event contest at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. Tucker (8-0, seven KO’s) will take on veteran Ross “The Boss” Thompson (27-12-2, 17 KO’s) of Buffalo, NY in an eight-round contest.

Tucker is coming off a first-round knockout over another well-worn warrior in Juergen Hartenstein on March 24 in Dorchester, MA. In fact, the 21-year-old Tucker has done well against veteran boxers. Tucker also scored a first-round knockout over Richard Stewart on the last Westminster card on February 20.

However, Thompson is a former title contender who has fought a who’s who of champions and contenders throughout his 16-year career including Kelly Pavlik, Jeff Lacy, Fernando Vargas, Aaron Davis, Mads Larsen and Antwun Echols. Thompson went the distance with Pavlik, Lacy and Echols and lost by fourth-round stoppage to Vargas for the IBF Junior Middleweight title. Thompson has only been stopped inside the distance three times in his career and it hasn’t happened since 2003.

The co-feature will be a battle of Washington, DC-area featherweights. Laurel, MD’s Ikem “The Warrior” Orji will battle DC’s Ron “Teflon” Boyd in a six-round contest. Orji (4-1, one KO) will try to bounce back from suffering his first pro loss — a six-round unanimous decision to undefeated Anthony Flores on February 27 in East Rutherford, NJ. The last outing for Boyd (6-5, two KO’s) saw him break a four-bout losing streak by winning a six-round split decision over Dean White on the last card in Westminster on February 20.

In other bouts on the card, undefeated Baltimore welterweight Lenwood “Mr. Composure” Dozier (5-0-1, two KO’s) will take on Damon Antoine of Akron, OH (9-28-2, four KO’s) in a four or six-round contest.

Baltimore junior middleweight Omar Sims (1-0-1, one KO) battles Jamar Freeman of Westminster (2-0) in a four-round contest. Sims is coming off one of the best bouts of 2009 in the area on March 19 in Woodlawn, MD when he survived two knockdowns to battle Marcus Williams to a four-round draw.

DC super middleweight Robert Reed will make his pro debut against Ohio’s Zaid Malik (0-1) and Geneva, NY super middleweight Nick Brinson (2-0, two KO’s) will take on veteran Micky Stackhouse of Spartansburg, SC (6-18-1, five KO’s).

This is a TNT Promotions card with Josh Hall serving as matchmaker.

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