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21 NOVEMBER 2018

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Atlantic City Undercard: Egorov Blasts Out Smith

By J.R. Jowett reporting from ringside: A 10 rounder at the Boardwalk Convention Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday was over in a snap with the heavy hands of Alexey Egorov, 199 ¾, Obninsk, Russia, 5-0 (4), bombing out no slouch in dangerous Luther Smith, 199 ½, Bowie, MD, 10-4-1 (9), at 2:31 of round one. Like so many former Soviet boxers, Egorov performed beyond expectations for a four-bout pro. The hard-punching southpaw Smith is no soft touch, but the sturdy Egorov walked through him. During routine feel-out sparring, Smith circled into his own corner and Egorov struck with a right and left hook that didn’t appear like booming punches, but suddenly Luther was on his seat! The Russian was then after him with cool pressure, Smith trying to duck and cover but getting battered. When he was spun halfway ‘round through the ropes, referee David Fields called a halt.


Likewise, a promising six was over quickly with a good show by Greg Outlaw, 136 ¾, Bowie, 5-0-1 (2), against Dan Murray, 138 ½, Lanoka Harbor, NJ, 3-2. Both standup boxers executed well in a disciplined first round. But Outlaw quickly discovered that the straight-up Murray could be reached with quick rights. A combo sent Dan suddenly down in early second, and then twice more he was nailed and dropped with quick-strike rights before referee Ronald Ali Bashir stopped it, at 1:47 of round two.


The much awaited pro debut of amateur star Sacred Downing, 121 ½, Trenton, may prove to have been too long coming, but she did win convincingly against an experienced opponent in a women’s four (two minutes). Downing faced willing and slightly bigger Britain Hart, 121, Bedford, VA, 2-3 (2). Sacred drew praise from the crowd with slick defensive moves as Hart tried to attack in round one. The middle two rounds were cautious, with Downing’s quickness and mobility dominating. Then Sacred closed the show with a lovely fourth, first by styling and then vigorously attacking to the final bell. Hart’s face was covered in blood, but she cavorted around the ring at final bell like a winner, possibly pleased to have gone the distance with such a touted foe. Downing won by unanimous shutout. Sparkle Lee refereed.


The most wide open action came in a wild four between Alejandro Jimenez, 117 ¼, New hope, PA (the only boxer ever from New Hope?), 2-0 (1), and Dallas Holden, 117 ½, AC, 1-3. The two compact battlers were so aggressive that they tended to miss punches wildly, spin off balance, careen this way and that, fall in and tangle up, and land enough punches to make it a war. Jimenez forced the action out of a squared stance while the shifty Holden tried to duck and counter but had trouble drawing a bead on his lurching target. Alejandro’s left eye was cut in round two, probably a gonging of heads in the wild lunging. Early in round three, Bashir held up the festivities to caution them both about the roughhouse. It didn’t change anything. Jimenez put his body behind a lunging right to gong Holden and then came right back with another to send Dallas down. If anything, the action then became wilder, with Alejandro trying to finish it and Dallas trying to get back in. Finally, Jimenez went to the canvas, more from his own momentum than a clean blow, but the referee called a knockdown. Jimenez finally settled it in the last round when he charged across the ring at first bell and muscled Holden to the floor for a knockdown, then followed with another by a chopping right to the back of the head as Dallas tried to duck away. Jimenez got the unanimous decision, 40-34 from Lindsey Page and 39-35 from Robin Taylor and Ron McNair. Phew!


Debuting Daiyaan Butt, 139 ¾, Phila., won a unanimous shutout over Samuel Forjoe, 141 ¾, Bronx, 0-3, four. The tall, standup Butt took immediate control behind left hooks to head and body, with Forjoe spending most of the first ducking to stay in the fight. It settled down after that, but Butt had made his mark. Forjoe was reduced to mainly trying to hit the home run while Butt boxed well and controlled the fight. By the fourth, Forjoe was giving ground and just lasting.


A four between Poindexter Knight, 148 ¾, Phila., 4-0 (2), and Juan Carlos Sepulveda, 143 ½, Bronx, 0-1-1, didn’t produce a lot of sustained action but was legitimately contested. They just weren’t a good mix, with Knight cautiously stalking and Sepulveda circling and reluctant to engage. Juan Carlos lunged ineffectively in round two while Poindexter had difficulty timing him. Action heated up in the third, with the southpaw Knight finding the range with lead lefts. Poindexter was in full control by the final round and won the unanimous decision, 39-37 from Taylor and a shutout by McNair and Page.

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