Pendleton notches TKO on undercard


LANDOVER -- On a night when promoter Don King aimed to resurrect boxing's reputation at USAir Arena, several former champions and contenders set out to jump-start their faltering careers on the undercard of the International Boxing Federation title fight between Vincent Pettway and Simon Brown.

The 12-fight card, which included two world and one USBA title fight, also featured the return of former undisputed heavyweight champ Mike Tyson to ringside as color commentator for the Showtime cable telecast. Still, only about 7,052 fans witnessed the undercard.

Another Tyson -- USBA junior welterweight champ Darryl Tyson (45-7-1) of Washington, D.C. -- drew a supportive roar from his followers. But Tyson, 34, lost by technical knockout at 2:41 of round 10 to former IBF world champ Freddie Pendleton (38-20-1, 26 KOs).

Tyson (23 knockouts), a loser by decision to WBC champ Miguel Gonzalez in a world title opportunity, was hammered by four straight rights -- the latter depositing him through the ropes. He stood up at the count of seven, but appeared delirious and bled badly from a gash over his right eye. Neither he nor his corner protested when referee Leo Shumacher stopped it.

Pendleton, 32, led on two cards with a draw on the third. But he did not escape unscathed.

His left eye was bloodied and swollen from Tyson's repeated straight rights and right crosses, one of which dropped him in the sixth. But he rebounded by flooring Tyson late in the seventh and early in the eighth -- both times with short right crosses.

The night's first fight featured former IBF welterweight champion Maurice Blocker (36-4), of Washington D.C., now boxing as a junior middleweight. Blocker, nicknamed Thin Man, stopped journeyman Bobby Butters (12-9-1) with a blistering left hook at 2:40 of the fifth round. It was scheduled to go 10.

Blocker, 30, registered his 20th knockout against the light-hitting Butters (four KOs). Blocker's career began a downward spiral after being he lost the title to Simon Brown, a close friend.

Blocker -- previously known for his granite chin and polished skills -- was later knocked out by Terry Norris and present World Boxing Council champ Felix Trinidad.

In the second fight, welterweight Oba Carr (33-1) dropped Alfredo Rojas in the second round, then overwhelmed the Venezuelan with a fierce body attack and forced him to quit after being knocked down a second time at 2:55 of the fifth.

Carr (21 KOs) once was a promising boxer-puncher who routinely fought in main events on USA and ESPN before losing his only title bout by late-round knockout to present World Boxing Council champ Felix Trinidad.

Perhaps Carr's most notable victory was a decision over former lightweight champ Livingstone Bramble.

Former WBA middleweight champ John David "Action" Jackson (33-1, 19 KOs) of Los Angeles floored James "Hard Rock" Green (22-9-1) in the fourth round and won every round on all three cards of the eight-round bout.

Jackson, 30, sporting gold-sequined trunks with "JDJ" inscribed on the right thigh, was knocked out in his only loss, to Jorge Castro on Dec. 10, on the Showtime undercard of Julio Caesar Chavez' knockout victory over Tony Lopez.

Green made his run as a junior middleweight run in the early 1980s.

Another Washington fighter, William Joppy (15 KOs), 24, used a rapier-like jab and superior boxing skills in a unanimous decision over journeyman Joaquin Velazquez (20-10-1) of Newark, N.J. Joppy, who nearly stopped Velazquez in the eighth, won by 11 points on one card, nine on a second, and six on a third.

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