BOXING Maldonado, Howe triumph
They won undercard matches at Wednesday's Pavlik-Bleakley fight.
By BILL SULLIVAN
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
LIBERTY -- Nearly 2,000 fight fans celebrated an early Thanksgiving Day feast of boxing Wednesday at the Holiday Inn-MetroPlex.
Based on the early results of the "Bad Intentions" boxing card featuring Youngstown boxer Kelly Pavlik, the fans went home satisfied as there were no turkeys among the preliminary fights.
In the opening bout, Kentucky's Daniel Maldonado improved to 7-0 with a unanimous decision over Canadian Bob Rishea.
Maldonado landed many punches on Rishea in the four-round featherweight match, but could not finish his attack for a knockout.
The three judges had Maldonado winning, 40-36.
In his defense, Rishea accepted plenty of punches to his body, but was resilient and looked no worse for wear after the bout.
Round two: The second fight among two 160-pound boxers was marked by conservative tactics rather than risk-taking.
Charlie Howe of Grelton needed all eight scheduled rounds to post a unanimous decision over Mark Norge of New Castle.
Howe, who also defeated Norge a year ago, improved to 12-3.
In the third round, Howe connected on a straight hand to send Norge to his knee. Norge bounced up, took the 10 count and continued. However, Norge never mounted a serious threat.
Two judges had Howe winning, 80-71. The third scored the fight, 79-72.
In the other undercard matches, Joey Bullock (5-1) of Campbell was to fight Ed Wisdom (3-4) of Canada in a six-round, 120-pound bout.
E.T. Whittaker (22-5) of Warren was to fight Kenny Snow (34-17) of Columbus in a six-round, 175 pound match.
In the headliner, Pavlik was to take on Rob Bleakley.