Maryland middleweight Alphonso Daniels proved his victory over Bernice Barber three years ago was no fluke by dominating their eight-round rematch last night before a crowd of 1,200 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
The left-handed Daniels (19-4) boxed masterfully, frustrating his stalking rival with quick combinations and elusive footwork.
Barber (14-9-2), a Virginia native fighting out of Tampa, Fla., never got untracked and was unable to put punches together. A reformed kick boxer, Barber had scored an impressive knockout victory over former middleweight champion Glenwood Brown in his previous appearance here in February.
But Daniels wisely elected not to brawl and managed to dance out of harm's way the few times Barber landed a solid blow.
Judge Gary Camponeschi gave every round to Daniels (80-72). Malik Waleed (80-73) called the last round even while Ken Chevalier scored it 78-74.
Five of the six bouts on the undercard ended in knockouts.
Washington welterweight Anthony Fields (7-0), one of the best young prospects in the area, stopped overmatched Julio Jiminez (3-6) of Virginia Beach at 1: 13 of the third round of a scheduled six-rounder.
The last time Baltimore welterweights John Lockett Mike McFail and John Lockett met, Lockett was leading on the cards, but a clash of heads resulted in a technical draw.
In a lively, six-round rematch, Lockett (3-0-1) landed more punches, but McFail (4-0-1), enjoying a six-pound weight advantage, landed most of the damaging blows, twice sending Lockett's mouthpiece flying.
But the three judges surprisingly backed Lockett, drawing a protest from the crowd.
Unbeaten Baltimore super-middleweight George Barksdale scored his fourth straight knockout, this one over Ken Emory (1-1) of Suitland.
Pub Date: 5/14/98