By Cliff Rold
Convention Center, Washington, District of Colombia – As a warm-up for brother Lamont Peterson in the chief co-feature prior to the televised broadcast, 26-year old Lightweight Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KO), 137, of Washington, D.C., scored a lopsided eight round decision over 34-year old Nigerian former title challenger Daniel Attah (26-9-1, 9 KO), 136, also of D.C.
In a measured first, it was Peterson scoring hard with the right hand to catch the attention of a crowd already in his corner. Attah covered for long stretches with little offensive solution. The same was true for much of the second, a Peterson left to the ribs drawing a wary smile from the veteran’s lips.
Peterson was workmanlike in the third; boxing behind the jab and taking what little Attah would give him when not covering up. Peterson refused to sit before the fourth, already at mid-ring well before the bell. He was on Attah right away, ripping to the body and shooting rights at the head. Attah struck with a crowd impressing left off the ropes but Peterson walked through it. A flurry along the ropes from Peterson was accompanied by full-throated grunts as Attah buckled before firing two to the body to survive.
Attah came alive a bit in the fifth, absorbing a big right near the ropes and firing his own southpaw left with more authority than had been the case earlier in the night. Peterson ended the round with a booming right in his own corner. At the bell, he again kept his feet. In the sixth, a left hook to the head and right to the belly seemed to have Attah in trouble but he escaped, lunging forward and quickly holding. Eating more leather than he could dish, Attah was gamely firing back in the final minute.
Peterson’s bodywork continued to rule the fight in the last two rounds. A left to the body looked to have dropped Attah to a knee in the eighth but the referee ruled a slip. Attah finished to his credit. Peterson won easily to his on unanimous scores of 80-72.
In the Light Heavyweight swing bout directly preceding the HBO broadcast, 24-year old southpaw Thomas Williams Jr. (6-0, 4 KO), 174, of Fort Washington, Maryland, used bludgeoning lead rights and booming straight lefts to score two knockdowns in the first round and nearly another in the second. The corner of 33-year old Puerto Rican Reynaldo Rodriguez (6-3-1, 3 KO), 171, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island waved the white flag, the action halted at 56 seconds of round two.
21-year old Lightweight Jamie Kavanagh (8-0-1, 3 KO), 135, of Hollywood, California was fortunate to keep his undefeated mark intact, saved by a majority draw against 28-year old Ramesis Gil (6-3-5, 5 KO), 135, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Kavanagh had his hands full in the first as Gil stunned him with a hard shot and had him holding on tight. The second was closely contested, Kavanagh eating a big left late but answering with a hard left of his own. The fight slowed to a crawl from there with only the occasional threat of violence.
Round five brought the drama of crimson, a cut suffered earlier turning worse, leaking from the right eye. The referee had the doctor take a look ands action resumed. With the fight up for grabs in the sixth and final round, both men tried bombs to little avail. The final scores came in to a round of boos at 58-56 Kavanagh weighed against two scores of 57-57 for a majority draw.
Returning to the ring for the first time since a stoppage defeat at the hands of veteran Grady Brewer in June, 25-year old southpaw Middleweight Fernando Guerrero (22-1-1, 17 KO), 162, of Salisbury, Maryland, returned to the winner’s circle with a knockout of 24-year old Robert Kliewer (11-14-2, 5 KO), 161, of Maplewood, Minnesota.
Guerrero was methodical in the first, laced with a single hard right but able to control the action with lead lefts and stuff hooks the body. In the second, a right hand out of the clinch appeared to be ruled as landed behind the head. Kliewer hit the deck and was given time to recover. Guerrero attacked hard in the third but Kliewer was able to back him off, a force a clinch, with a hard right off the ropes. Guerrero resumed his attack but, stuck in a head hunting mode, struggled to land clean against the high, tight guard of his foe.
Guerrero would score a knockdown late in the fourth, Kliewer exhausted by the sustained pressure of Guerrero. A second trip the floor was ruled off as a slip at the bell. Two more knockdowns came in the fifth, the latter of which a leveling straight left that sent Kliewer onto his back and away from his senses at 45 seconds of the fifth.
17-year old Welterweight Dusty Harrison (3-0, 1 KO), 144, of Washington, D.C., brought a vocal cheering section along with a booming left hook and straight right. The former dropped Terrell Davis (0-5), also of D.C., the first time; the latter the third for a mercy stoppage at 2:46 of the opening round.
In an impressive performance, 21-year old Lightweight Terron Grant (1-0, 1 KO), 134, of White Plains, Maryland, wasted no time with Dashawn Autry (0-2), 134, of Garland, North Carolina. A furious series of right hands led to a referee stoppage at 1:10 of the first round. Grant showed off excellent speed and his punches were crisp and echoing from start to finish. Grant may be one to follow going forward.
In Lightweight action, 21-year old Joshua Davis (2-0, 1 KO) 134, of White Plains, Maryland, drew blood from the right nostril of 23-year old Chris Russell (2-8-1, 1 KO), 134, of Shattuck, Oklahoma, en route to an easy four round unanimous decision. Davis controlled matters with a stiff left jab and also showed off some nice lead hooks to the body. Scores for the contest came in at 40-36 and 39-37 for Davis.
Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He can be reached at [email protected]