Punching out some boxing questions


After watching Thursday night's wild Round One Promotions Dinner and Boxing Show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, I've come up with a batch of questions without answers.

Any comments or answers you may have are always welcome on my 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

* Were you surprised that junior welterweight Glen Randolph (3-11) of Monrovia lasted all eight rounds before being decisioned in the main event by Old Mill grad Chuck Sturm (28-3-1)?

* Wasn't light heavyweight left-hander Bobby "The Maryland Mauler" Haarhoff, who trains under Jeff Novotny at the Crofton Boxing Center, impressive in his pro debut with a TKO of Baltimore's Cecil Sims (5-14-1) at 2:40 of the second round?

Didn't the 21-year-old Haarhoff show a quick and powerful left to go with his aggressive style in dominating the journeyman Sims from the beginning?

Also, how about the following Haarhoff brought to the show? Were they excited or what as they mobbed the triumphant Haarhoff?

* Wasn't that a blood bath with D.C.'s Derrick Johnson (1-1) scoring a unanimous decision over Baltimore's Mark Padeletti (3-3-1)? Both guys were bloodied and in the fourth and final round of their welterweight bout fell through the ropes in each other's arms.

Johnson was still wailing away in the final seconds while Padeletti was hanging on.

But as bloody as the two fighters were, didn't referee Leo Schumacher's shirt look even worse? If you looked at Schumacher's shirt, you would have sworn he had been in a fight.

* On the lighter side, how about the Eddie Sauerhoff (2-5-2) comeback victory and Irish Carson

McCourry's unanimous decision over Wayne McClanan of Virginia Beach?

Sauerhoff, 35, took a unanimous four-round decision over Mike "Himbad" Duncan (1-7) of D.C. in a middleweight scrap. Before the fight Himbad arrived in his corner first and to the amazement of the fans, two young women with him got into the ring and danced around with gloves on.

McCourry (8-1), who trains at the Harding/Lowry Gym in Pasadena, jumped in the ring with McClanan (5-23) for a light heavyweight bout that lasted all six rounds and provided more laughs than it did boxing skills.

McClanan, 38, played hide and seek, covering his face and head with his gloves and peeking up every once in awhile to make faces at McCourry, 27. The Virginia Beach journeyman had McCourry laughing with the crowd throughout the six rounds.

McCourry kept hammering away at the sides of McClanan who kept clowning as if nothing bothered him. There is no question that McClanan took away McCourry's concentration and intensity.

Referee Larry Barrett's attempts to get McClanan to box failed repeat

edly and most of the crowd seemed to enjoy McClanan's antics.

"I'll bet he [McClanan] hasn't landed two good punches the whole fight," said veteran State Athletic Commission member John Fowler in the sixth round.

* Some other tidbits from the boxing show: Glen Burnie grad Tim Koenig did another great job singing the national anthem before the main event.

Steve Sandusky, the son of ex-Baltimore Colt Alex Sandusky, sponsored the ring card girls, Leslie Glass and Lynn Paris, and gave away a couple of free games at his Riviera Bowl Center.

Jerry Mills, ex-Arundel High All-County pitcher now pitching at Catonsville Community College, attended to see Haarhoff. Mills got into amateur boxing about a year ago under the tutelage of Novotny and said Thursday that he intends to pursue boxing after baseball.

"I think I would like to give pro boxing a shot one day," said Mills. "I really enjoy the combat."

Also, in attendance was former Old Mill state wrestling champion Charlie Royer, who came to watch Sturm, his old teammate.

"I'm thinking about getting into boxing," said Royer, who with his brother Bill, Sturm and Greg Wise started Old Mill's statewide wrestling dominance under coach Mike Hampe.

The next pro boxing show is set for June 17 at Michael's and it will be an arena-style show without dinner. Chairs will be set up as Josh Hall and his wife-promoter, Victoria Savaliski, try another way to draw boxing fans.

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