D.C. Boxing Commission Chairman Jeffrey Gildenhorn yesterday suspended DeWayne Chambers from promoting fights in the District for six months and fined the promoter $1,000 for what he termed "mismatches" on Saturday night's card at the Washington Convention Center.

"I looked at the tapes of the bouts late Saturday night and was not happy with what I saw," Gildenhorn said. "An action like this might give promoters and matchmakers something to think about when they bring boxers into the District."

Two of the six bouts on the undercard of the Keely Thompson-Enrique Sanchez feature ended in first-round knockouts, as Rockville welterweight Les Johnson floored James Nash and Fort Washington's Michael Ward knocked out Odis Vereen. Vereen and Nash traveled from South Carolina to fight.

Gildenhorn said the $1,000 fine was equal in total to the $500 payments Vereen and Nash each will receive for their bouts. A battered Vereen was taken to George Washington University Hospital after his fight as a precautionary measure, but did not stay overnight.

Though Vereen and Ward passed physicals on Saturday, Gildenhorn said he and ringside physician George Branche agreed afterward they "were not in good physical condition."

"There's no difference here between this and {the Buster Douglas-Evander Holyfield heavyweight bout}," Gildenhorn said. "Douglas was chastised by the press for being out of shape, but he was never hurt in the pocketbook. I want to send a message here."

Gildenhorn said Chambers was apologetic during their meeting following the completion of the card. "He acted like he was embarrassed by the whole thing and sat there like a spanked child. He had no argument."

Chambers blamed the high rate of turnover on the card for the early knockouts. Several veteran fighters, including two-time lightweight champion Livingstone Ras-I Bramble, dropped off the card last week due to illness or injury.

"I lost too much time," Chambers lamented. "I had dropouts as late as {Saturday} morning. I was just as upset as Gildenhorn was. I don't want blowouts; I want competitive fights."

Gildenhorn said he did not think his decision -- the first sanction of its kind handed down by the D.C. Boxing Commission -- would adversely affect future cards in the District.