The post-fight interview lasted longer than the main event on the Save-A-Heart charity boxing card at the Hyatt last night as former heavyweight contender Alex Stewart disposed of trial horse Samson Cohen at 2: 53 of the first round in their scheduled 10-rounder.
The English-born Stewart, who has fought the likes of Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and George Foreman, needed an impressive performance to erase the memory of his disaster against journeyman Craig Peterson, who stopped him in Tokyo three months ago.
Stewart (40-6, 39 knockouts) floored Cohen (13-8-1) with a seemingly harmless right hand after one minute of probing. He dropped Cohen again with a shot to the ribs. The native of Hilton Head, S.C., sat on one knee and made no effort to get up as referee Bill Holmes counted him out.
"I just had to get back in the ring after losing to Peterson when I wasn't really prepared," said Stewart, now living in Florida. "I wanted to lay Cohen out and hit him with some clean shots, but that rib shot finished him."
Stewart's manager, Jim Fennell, who hopes to restore his fighter to the rankings, has been discussing possible future bouts against Francois Botha, Axel Schulz, current NABF champion John Ruiz and Lou Savarese.
"None of the big-name fighters want to fight Alex because he's still a big puncher," said Fennell. "At this point, we just want to keep Alex as busy as possible."
Chuck Sturm, seeking a fight this year with former junior middleweight champion Vincent Pettway, suffered a major setback when he had to settle for an eight-round draw with Paul Lyndon Walker of Washington.
Sturm (34-4-1), who turns 32 tomorrow, deserved better. He survived a badly cut eye in the first round and staggered Walker (11-14-5) repeatedly in the last three rounds.
That earned Sturm the nod of Malik Waleed, but judges Gary Camponeschi and Bill Holmes both voted for a 76-76 draw.
Unbeaten middleweight Joe Hughes (6-0) of Stony Point, N.Y., proved he was ready for tougher competition after stopping Rocky Salome (3-4) of New York at 2: 07 of the first round.
Baltimore cruiserweight Scott Jones (6-7-1) used his jab to rally in the closing rounds and gain a draw with Craig Tomlinson (14-4) of Reading, Pa.
Pub Date: 3/07/97