Originally created 08/28/99

Ziglar wins a quick KO



The dance was longer than the fight.

In the blink of an eye Dominick "the no limit soldier" Robinson-Neal knocked Derrk Ziglar unconscious with a right cross on Friday night at the Bell Auditorium. Mr. Robinson-Neal won the light heavyweight bout in 47 seconds in front of a half-packed Bell Auditorium.

Mr. Ziglar, an sergeant at Fort Gordon, laid motionless on the canvas long past the 10 second count and while his opponent attempted to regain his senses, Mr. Robinson-Neal entertained the crowd with a celebration dance.

"I wanted to box a little and show them I can box," Mr. Robinson-Neal said. "I'll take (victory) like this, though."

The first-round knockout improved Mr. Robinson-Neal's professional record to 2-0. He sent the hometown crowd into a brief frenzy with his "Ride that donkey" dance.

The Bell Auditorium housed a boisterous, if not sell-out, crowd as ESPN2 broadcast the seven-bout card in front of a live national audience. The return of Augusta native Vernon Forest, attracted local basketball stars William Avery and Ricky Moore as well as heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Mr. Moore, who guided the University of Connecticut to the 1999 national championship, knew Mr. Forest from his boyhood days working out at the Augusta Boys Club.

Mr. Forest's championship fight in Augusta was a good excuse for Mr. Moore to come home.

"I've known Vernon a long time," Mr. Moore said. "We all grew up together. I was supposed to be in Charlotte working out but I had to come down and check him out."