Ward captures decision over Smith


WASHINGTON -- Fort Washington's Michael Ward started off the six undercard fights by winning a unanimous six-round junior welterweight division over Anthony Smith.

The following bout between junior welterweights Luke Cooper and Anthony Suggs ended somewhat strangely.

The victim of a barrage of hard rights and lefts to the head, Cooper (4-2) walked away at the 2:47 mark of the second round with Suggs (7-2, 5 KO's) moving in to deliver more damaging blows.

In a junior welterweight bout between a pair of Washington area boxers, the ring announcer mistakenly awarded Steve Frederick a majority decision over Tony Pressley. Frederick had been bombarded by several stinging jabs to the head in their four round slugfest.

However the ring announcer inadvertently called out the USA cable television results, which had Frederick (2-1) as the victor. But the judges card clearly had Pressley (4-5) ahead.

There was no misunderstanding in the next bout as United States Boxing Association lightweight champion Fred Pendleton battered Eric Podlak in a non-title fight to win by a technical knockout 2:59 into the fifth round. Pendleton (30-17-3, 20 KO's), swiftly moved in, dazing Podlak (14-3) with fierce blows to the head before knocking his helpless opponent's mouthpiece out, forcing referee Marshall Cunningham to stop the fight.

The next fight featured two relatively unknown Washington area junior middleweights slugging it out for four rounds with the judges declaring it a majority draw between Lanham's Andrew Council and Washington's Mpush Mapule.

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