Boxing -- Buddy McGirt was incorrectly identified in Tuesday's editions; he fights as a welterweight. (Published 7/19/90)
Victor Davis calmly stepped aside as the referee stopped his welterweight bout with Pat Cutaneo 2:48 into the second round. By winning, he stepped right back into contention for a possible title fight with International Boxing Federation champion Simon Brown.
Davis landed almost every punch he aimed at his New Jersey opponent in the first round at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Rockville. He continued his furious pace well into the second until referee Larry Barnett stopped the bout.
Davis had been a top contender to battle Brown until he was upset June 15 by the District's Daryl Lattimore, who remains on a list of potential opponents for Brown.
Said Don Elbaum, Brown's promoter, when asked if Davis was back in line to fight Brown: "If someone comes up with money, yes." Elbaum said Brown probably will fight IBF junior welterweight title holder Buddy McGirt in October; negotiations on that bout have been ongoing several weeks.
In an undercard bout that some of the 500 in attendance probably mistook for a wrestling match, Washingtonian Tim Hillie (9-0) defeated Ric Lainhart when Lainhart's corner stopped the fight at 1:50 of the fourth round.
Rockville lightweight Wilfredo De La Cruz won a unanimous decision over Germantown native Benny Collins, a member of Brown's camp now winless in two fights. Heavyweight Phil Gilberti (11-4), also of Rockville, scored a second-round technical knockout of George Wilson of Wilmington, Del.
John Bizzarro (Erie, Pa., 8-1-1) decisioned fellow welterweight Chris Lucas of Frederick, Md. Stafford's Jason Waller beat Robert Jackson of Hampton when the referee stopped their cruiserweight bout at 2:58 of the fourth round.