Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Middleweight Sugar Ray Seales and featherweight Derrik (Holmes Sweet) Holmes won the feature bouts last night before a crowd of 3,500 at the D.C. Armory. But when it came to crowd-pleasing only Holmes was a winner.
Holmes, a 22-year-old from New Carrollton with poise and style, was too much for opponent Jimmy Jones while registering a TKO in the professional debut of both fighters.
Although Seales, the North American middleweight champion from Tacoma, Wash., clearly outpointed Johnny Heard, he did not elicit an emotional response from the boxing fans of the city he wants to make his home.
By the fourth round the fight was all Holmes. He forced his opponent from corner to corner, unloading several combinations to the head and body and finalizing his debute with a half-bolo punch that produced the TKO at 2:40 of the round.
Seales, 25, seemed to disappoint those in attendance with his inability to knock out the 35-year-old Heard. Seales launched heavy attacks to Heard's head in the middle rounds, but the fatigued veteran avoided the canvas and lost a 10-round unanimous decision.
In the battle of the cities, Washington, D.C., took a complete sweep of the four fights against Cleveland.
In the lightweight division, Otis Hooper knocked out Willie Williams with a right to the chest 2:51 into the second round.
C. J. Faison decisioned Ronnie Pettigrew in the welterweight category, Henry Bunch, making his pro debut as a middleweight decisioned Charlie Williams, and light heavyweight Slim Ali Wilson defeated Stanley Scott by technical knockout when Scott was unable to answer the bell for the fourth round.