Hampton drops opponent, referee in 6th-round KO


Sam Hampton scored a rare "double knockout" in the heavyweight co-feature at Martin's West last night.

He knocked down Baltimore rival Warren "Chico" Thompson and referee Larry Barrett in the sixth round of their scheduled eight-rounder.

Thompson (4-10-1), a former amateur standout, was the first to fall, taking a brutal right cross on the chin. He beat the count, but was obviously shaken. When Hampton (8-2-2), from Virginia Beach, moved in to end it, Barrett got in the way of a hook to the midsection that put him flat on his back.

But Barrett gamely regained his feet and intervened as Hampton continued to pound Thompson.

In a non-stop battle, Baltimore light-heavyweight Courtney Butler (11-1-1) took a major step up in class by out-punching veteran Lenzie Morgan of Youngstown, Ohio, to win a unanimous decision in the other feature.

Morgan (12-15-2), who has fought fought the likes of Nigel Benn, Merqui Sosa and Tim Littles, took a pounding from Butler and managed some spirited rallies of his own.

But Butler's youth and superior power proved the difference.

"I just want to keep improving, and this took me to the next level," said Butler. "Morgan was a real warrior, but now I should be in the rankings."

Baltimore heavyweight Scott Jones (5-5-1) had too much firepower for Ali Fountain (1-2-1)) of Capital Heights to win a majority decision.

Super-middleweight Stan Braxton of Baltimore wore "Qawi" on his trunks in honor of his brother, former light-heavyweight champion Dwight Qawi. But he lacked his brother's passion in fighting Valery Pestrovsky (1-2-4) of Russia and had to settle for a draw.

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Hasim Rahman (5-0) of Baltimore floored Eric Valentine (1-4) of Philadelphia twice and the bout was stopped after only 75 seconds.

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