Roger (the Dodger) Leonard raised his junior middleweight record to 12-0 and showed an enthusiastic crowd of 5,500 at the D.C. Armory last night that younger brother Ray isn't the only classy boxer in the Leonard family.
Roger scored a third-round TKO over Tyrone Phelps of Philadelphia in the main event of the Schlitz Parade of Future Champions fight card.
Leonard, cut above his right eye in the second round, said, "The guy I fought tonight was an old veteran, so I had to try and take him out before he made me look bad."
He had no problem getting to Phelps. From the opening bell on, he kept Phelps off balance with sharp jabs. After handily winning the first two rounds, Leonard caught a tiring Phelps on the ropes and the referee stepped in to end the fight.
Leonard views this as a beginning. "I'm getting some notice now and fighting main events. I'm not in the shadow of my brother now," he said.
In the evening's cofeature, Odell Leonard lost a hard-fought split-decision to Willie (Caveman) Lee of Philadelphia in a crowd-pleasing, action-packed eight-round middleweight bout.
In other bouts, Warren Fortune beat welterweight Kenneth Lomax on a TKO at 2:30 of the first round. In a middleweight contest, Henry Bunch stopped Malik Muhammad with 49 seconds remaining in the third round.
Jeff Passero conducted a clinic before scoring a TKO over Clifford Smith at 1:55 in the third round in another welterweight contest. Javon Pratt stopped Al Wilson in the second round of a light heavyweight bout. Bill Tuttle recorded a TKO in the third round over Mike Grant in another light heavyweight contest.