By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Smithsburg, MD lightweight Dean “Pit Bull” White battled Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough of Pittsburgh, PA to an eight-round draw tonight in the main event of the Fight Night charity boxing event at the Washington Hilton in DC.
White did a nice job of counterpunching throughout the contest, seemingly beating Kimbrough to the punch. Kimbrough suffered a cut that was directly between his right eye and the bridge of his nose. White stepped up the pace in the last three rounds but it apparently was not enough to sway the judges completely. Judge Tammye Jenkins saw the bout 77-75 for White while Judge David Jordan scored the contest 77-75 for Kimbrough. Judge Paul Wallace saw the draw at 76-76. The Fightnews.com card scored the bout for White, 78-74.
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White is now 15-10-2, seven KO’s while Kimbrough is 21-2-3, seven KO’s. The bout was for the honorary Fight For Children title and was a rematch of a six-round bout that Kimbrough won by majority decision in 2007.
The first contest on the three-bout card also ended in a draw as DC cruiserweight Venroy July battled four rounds with Fred McClinton of Winston-Salem, NC. This was a very close contest with both men trading good shots throughout. McClinton dropped July with about two seconds to go in the first round but July bounced back well and managed the draw. Judge Wallace saw the bout for July at 38-37 while judge Jenkins scored it for McClinton 39-37. Judge Jordan scored the draw at 38-38.
July remains undefeated at 2-0-1, one KO while McClinton evens his record at 1-1-1, one KO.
In the closing bout, Palmer Park, MD super middleweight Robert “Rated X” Reed made short work of the debuting “Double J” Jason Johns of Danville, VA, landing a right hand midway through the first round to drop Johns. Johns made it back to his feet but referee Joe Cooper stopped the contest at 1:45 of the first. Reed is now 2-0 with two first-round knockouts.
This was the 20th Anniversary of the Fight Night charity boxing card. The event has raised millions of dollars for DC-area children’s charities. One of the huge highlights of Fight Night was the annual Parade of Boxing Legends. Sugar Ray Leonard received a great hometown ovation as he joined Aaron Pryor, Ray Mancini, Jake La Motta, Joe Frazier, Gerry Cooney, James “Buster” Douglas, Ernie Terrell, Earnie Shavers, current legend Roy Jones, Jr. and Ken Norton, who was this year’s inductee into Fight Night’s Hall of Fame.
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