Sunday, June 1, 2003

Siler eyes 3rd Golden Gloves title in a row



The Enquirer and wire reports

LAS VEGAS - Cincinnatian Ron Siler moved one step closer to a third straight championship, this one at 112 pounds, with a four-round decision over Roberto Benitez on Friday night in the Golden Gloves of America Tournament of Champions.

Siler bounced back from a loss to Benitez of Wisconsin in the U.S. Championships at Colorado Springs, Colo., last March to advance into the final bout Saturday against fighter Noel Mendoza.

Mel Crossity of Cincinnati lost his semifinal bout in the 125-pound class to Mickey Bey of Cleveland.

BRAWL MARS BOUT: Olympic super-heavyweight champion Audley Harrison improved to 11-0 as a pro, stopping Matthew Ellis in the second round of a fight in London marred by a ringside brawl involving former WBO champ Herbie Hide.

Harrison, gold medalist in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, knocked down Ellis three times in the second round before referee Terry O'Connor stopped the fight at 1:35 of the round.

Minutes later, Hide and his handlers got into a shouting match with Harrison and his entourage.

Hide appeared to throw a punch at one fan, setting off a melee. Chairs were thrown and tables broken as spectators scurried for cover.

The brawl started after Harrison grabbed the ring microphone and asked fans whether he should next fight Hide or Frank Bruno, the former WBC champion who also was at ringside.




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