Irish Mike Baker of Falls Church and Robert (Jack of Hearts) Jackson of Hampton, Va., fought to a controversial draw in the feature bout last night at the Westpark Hotel at Tysons Corner.
Baker was ineffective throughout and constantly on the ropes. In round nine, the referee yelled, "start boxing; that's what you came here for."
Baker is 46-15-2 and Jackson 16-12-1.
The feature fight was overshadowed by the Scott Farmer-Sam McDougal welterweight bout that resembled a street-fight brawl typical of Rocky III. From the outset, the boxers returned punch after punch and neither fell. Farmer, apparently bothered by a sore leg, slipped four times. McDougal was cut above his right eye and upper lip.
Farmer won a split decision. Two judges voted for Farmer (57-56 and 58-55). The third judge voted 57-56 McDougal.
The only TKO came in the fifth bout, won by Tony (Witch Dr.) Ojo of Reston over Philadelphia's Richard Moore. In the first round, Ojo had his hands filled with Moore, a last minute replacement who wore tennis shoes and the blood-stained shorts of a boxer who fought earlier.
After the even first round, Ojo quickly turned the fight in his favor. Following a cheap punch by Moore during a referee's separation, Ojo became stunned Moore with a series of combinations.
Backed into his own corner, Moore finally went down at 2:24 and the referee stopped the fight.
Featherweight Keeley Thompson of Washington won a four-round split decision over Hardie Coffee of Chesapeake, Va., and middleweight Ivory Teague of Washington won a unanimous decision over Robert Thomas of Philadelphia.
Ernest Perry of Hampton, Va., won a split-decision upset over local favorite Irish Mike James in a junior welterweight bout, and Chuck Bittle of Washington drew with Richard Jackson of Atlantic City in a super lightweight kick-boxing bout.