Journeyman Dean Moore scored a mildly surprising majority decision over Rockville cruiserweight Phil Gilberti last night as controversy enveloped what likely will be the last boxing card at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Rockville.
Promoter Don Elbaum announced to the crowd before the fights that the management company that runs the hotel would permit no more boxing there. He said the decision had been made late last week.
"They said they thought the hotel was too involved with boxing," Elbaum said. "It just doesn't make sense to me."
He is seeking a site for the monthly card, which began last May. His next one is scheduled for Feb. 25.
Last night's six-fight card shrunk to four when the Maryland Boxing Commission refused to sanction two fighters. Washington junior welterweight Vincent Thompson was scheduled to fight Calvin Moody. Moody, however, fought in Lanham Wednesday and must rest 14 days.
Welterweight John Bizzaro was to fight Paul Gentry, but Gentry failed a neurological examination.
Gilberti, the Maryland cruiserweight champion, tired early when Moore landed several fierce blows. Gilberti (12-6) put together occasional flurries but could not put away Moore (10-15-2).
Gilberti was best when fighting in the center of the ring, but all too often retreated wearily to the corners.
On the undercard, Baltimore's Donnie Parker scored a split decision over Rockville lightweight Wilfredo de la Cruz, then Washington featherweight Cecil Thompson lost his professional debut in a split decision to Richard de Jesus of Wilmington, Del.
In the oddest ending of the night, Washington fashion designer/light heavyweight David Izegwire upped his record to 3-0 when Dexter Nicholson retreated to his corner and asked for time out.
He got it: Referee Carl Milligan stopped the bout immediately, at 1:30 of Round 1.