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BOXING Whittaker's TKO win steals the show



Published: Mon, June 25, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



E.T. Whittaker boosted his record to 21-4 to highlight Sunday's show at the Eastwood Expo Sports Complex.

By SAL MARINO

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

NILES -- Warren's E.T. Whittaker stole the show at the Eastwood Expo Sports Complex Sunday with a sensational fourth-round stoppage of Kevin Vining.

Whittaker (21-4) will be getting an NABF light heavyweight title shot in the near future.

Before a large crowd, Whittaker waited for Vining to make his mistake by jabbing and then leaving his head exposed, when Whittaker caught him with a right hand to the jaw. Vining went down for an eight-count, got up at the count of nine and was met with a barrage of lefts and rights before the referee stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 22 seconds.

"It wasn't as pretty as I wanted it to be, but after I dropped him I stepped in to finish the job," said Whittaker. "I am going to get better, especially for bigger and better fights coming up in the future. I feel I'm better than I showed tonight."

Bailey wins: In the first of the co-main events, John "Macho Midget" Bailey of Calcutta pounded out a unanimous decision over John Scalzi of Altoona.

Bailey used a punishing body attack and excellent combinations for his 18th professional victory.

"Scalzi made me work," said Bailey. "I wanted to set him up by landing a solid left hook to his liver and then follow up with a right hand to the jaw."

In the other co-main event, Lou Bizarro of Erie, Pa., gained a unanimous decision over Rasheem Abdul, of Columbus.

Abdul seemed intent on waiting for a good right hand opening, but the elusive Bizarro used his jab to offset any threat.

"He was awkward and he was wild," Bizarro said of Abdul. "I had the better of him and in the last round we exchanged some shots. It was a good win for me, coming off a disappointing loss."

McClendon in draw: Youngstown's James McClendon fought to a one-round technical draw with Paul Nevele of Akron. McClendon sent his opponent to the canvas with a solid right hand, but during a brief exchange he slipped, injuring his knee.

Charlie Howe, of Grelton, Ohio, won a unanimous decision over Brian Thacker of Gallipolis in a four-round middleweight bout that opened the card.

In a light-heavyweight bout, Micah Acord (2-0-1) of Lancaster defeated Sam Hawkins of Toledo by unanimous decision.

Koval pads skein: Austintown's Chris Koval extended his winning streak to 21 straight fights, scoring a unanimous decision over Lee Nickleson of Howland. The toughman contest saw Koval winning the second and third rounds.

"It was a good show," said matchmaker Gregg Augustine. "The crowd liked what we gave them and that's a good sign for future bouts."




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