Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Keith Broom improved his professional boxing record to 13-0 with a unanimous eight-round decision over Billy Jerome Goodman of Camden, N.J., at D.C. Armory Friday night.
Although the outcome was never in doubt, Washington middleweight Broom was not totally satisfied with his performance.
"I'm ny worst critic," "I'm pleased that I won but I felt that I should have stopped him. Goodman is a veteran fighter and extremely dirty. He continually held me and butted me, making me skeptical of coming in close."
Broom assumed control of the fight early, after feeling out Goodman in the opening rounds. Broom began scoring with left jabs and opened a gash over Goodman's left eye in the third round.
"Take a look at his eye," Broom said. "The fight should have been stopped. The doctor wanted to stop the fight but Goodman's corner wanted to continue. I don't know why."
Light-heavyweight Biff Cline and Jerome Pratt fought to a six-round draw in what can be best described as an all-out war.
During the bout, western fight trainer George Johnson suffered a heart attack while working in Pratt's corner. He was pronounced dead at D.C. General Hospital.
C.J. Faison won an unpopular split decision over Butterfly Hughes in a six-round welterweight bout and, in the heavyweight division, Dave (Bigfoot) Johnson turned in a lackluster performance in winning a unanimous eight-round decision over Malik Dozier.
Local featherweight favorite Derrik Holmes had the 2,500 fans at Starplex on their feet most of his six-rounder, a unanimous decision over tough Robert Matos of New York.
Both fighters were knocked down at least once. Holmes relied on flashy footwork and a lightning-quick left jab to overcome the hard-punching Matos.