March 19, 2000
Besides the consumption of corned beef & cabbage and an unlimited amount
of Guinness devoured, St. Patrick's Day wouldn't satisfy me enough without
witnessing a boxing event headlined by a couple of angry Irishman. After
watching last week's Micky Ward-Shea Neary battle several times, I decided to
travel to the Roseland Ballroom in Taunton, MA to watch two heavyweights get
it on. Unfortunately after the 8 Round contest for the Massachusetts
Heavyweight Title was finished, I still wasn't satisfied. In what was
advertised as a thrilling and relatively easy fight for unbeaten Brian
McDonough, of Stoughton, MA, Dan Conway of Dorchester, MA scored a lopsided
unanimous decision over "Iron Brian" in front of a few hundred people last
McDonough entered last night's bout with a 6-0 record and 4 KO's before
Conway, 225 used somewhat effective movement and a jab to keep McDonough at
bay throughout the bout. The only actual fighting that had taken place
between them occurred during their clinches as the two exchanged a number of
rabbit punches. Though the rabbit punch fight was fairly even, Conway seemed
to get the better of the match on the outside as
McDonough, 240 pursued Conway to no avail. The win not only brought Conway
the Massachusetts Championship Belt but his 11th win against two defeats.
The co-feature was originally to match cruiserweights, Darrel "Pee Wee"
Flint against Tim Flamos of Brockton. Instead Flamos was matched with Jose
Torres of Milford, CT and won a unanimous six-round decision. Torres landed
the more hurting blows throughout, but threw only few. Most of the match
took place on the ropes where Flamos, now 11-2 would press Torres and try to
find openings. Torres made more gestures to the crowd to indicate that he
wasn't hurt than elect to win the fight.
In the late 80's and through the 90's, a successful kickboxer joined the
ranks of boxing and enjoyed similar success. Unfortunately for Troy Dorsey,
the former IBF Featherweight Champion had a tendency to cut in nearly all of
his bouts. As a result many of his bouts were stopped due to cuts incurred
during his ferocious battles. Reigning U.S. pro lightweight champion,
Christina Rondeau of Warwick, RI made her professional boxing debut only to
have the fight declared a technical draw when she and her opponent, Dawn
Wimer suffered severe lacerations above their eyes. The action started
quickly as Rondeau would attempt to land leaping shots. During an exchange,
the two combatant's heads collided drawing blood over Rondeau's right eye and
Wimer's left eye. The action was stopped at 1:12 of the first round due to
the one-inch gash over Rondeau's eye. As Dorsey's fights were exciting and
sometimes abbreviated, so was Rondeau's first.
At one time, Danny Phippen, of Whitman, MA was being talked about as a
potential opponent for worn out ring legend, Sugar Ray Leonard. That talk
ended when Phippen didn't show up for his 19th bout and later served a jail
sentence for drug charges. Four years later, Phippen who weighed in at 161
returned last night against Rick Zola, of Springfield, MA to earn his 19th
victory by unanimous 4-round decision. Phippen who looked rusty and
reasonably so remains unbeaten.
In other bouts, Ryan "Bubba" Conway of Dorchester, MA won his second bout
in as many starts by decisioning Jimmy Combs of Vermont over four rounds.
Marcus Davie, of Lewiston, ME scored the evening's only stoppage victory by
halting Randy McGhee of Youngstown, OH.