Andrew Maynard seemed almost too calm and too composed as he began his bout last night against Robert Curry. The 1988 Olympic light heavyweight champion from Laurel had a more trying time than seemed necessary, finally scoring a knockout at 2:45 of the fifth round at Painters Mill Theatre in Owings Mills.

By the fateful round, Curry -- his face swollen -- could barely stand. He managed to trade punches with the taller Maynard, then went down in a heap twice, leading referee Frank Kelly to stop the bout.

"I hit him twice, then with a third hook," Maynard said. "He was already on his way down when the referee stopped it."

Maynard (14-1, 11 knockouts) connected with fierce knockdown punches at the end of each of the first three rounds, but the overmatched Curry (23-14) was thrice saved by the bell.

An increasingly frustrated Maynard was angered by Curry's constant clinching.

"I couldn't get punches off," Maynard said. "I looked at {trainer Junious} Hinton and had to bite my tongue. He told me to calm down."

Maynard, the North American Boxing Federation champion, wore down his opponent with relentless body shots, but he could not put away the Clarksburg, W.Va., native.

Curry, paunchy and out of shape, surprised the raucous crowd as well as Maynard by surviving as long as he did. Each time Curry wrapped his arms around Maynard's neck or waist meant valuable seconds of respite from the punishment he was taking.

Longtime Orioles public-address announcer Rex Barney served as ring announcer. He introduced the Shae Laurel-Pony Matador undercard bout as one of "four rounds or less." Okay, much less.

Matador (3-0) put Laurel (1-1) on the canvas 15 seconds into the fight, then knocked him down again seconds later. Referee Milton Green halted the bout at 1:05 of Round 1.

Baltimore junior middleweight Willie Galliwango (14-1) suffered the first defeat of his professional career, to Mark Buchanon (11-2).

Rockville welterweight Glen Randolf (1-1) scored a unanimous decision over Washington's Lorenzo Whitehead (0-2-1).

Atlantic City super middleweight Edwin Newby (5-3) unloaded on Baltimore's Cecil Sims (4-2) in the second round, ending it at 2:25.

Middleweight Gerry Walker (4-2-1) had no trouble with Tracey Brown (2-2), scoring a knockout at 2:10 of Round 1.