Ailing Backer Forces Kisner To Cancel 'Comeback' Show

September 14, 1990|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Due to a heart attack suffered by a major backer from Anne Arundel County two weeks ago, promoter Max Kisner has canceled his "comeback" Classic Boxing Entertainment Show scheduled for Sept. 26 at LaFontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

"Everything was falling into place and ticket sales were moving. Things were looking up -- then this," said Kisner, referring to his latest stroke of bad luck.

Kisner's backer was advised by his physician not to get involved in any business ventures and to rest.

"With the loss of him, I absolutely have no resources to put on a show," said Kisner, who rejuvenated pro boxing in the metro area three years ago only to have his unique dinner/boxing show concept financially ruin him.

Kisner had hoped to repay those who didn't get their money back from a previous show canceled at the last minute, but the latest cancellation makes that impossible, he said.

"I feel really bad about that, but most people have been so understanding, and I hope to one day find a way to pay them back," said Kisner. "If this show had come off, we could have done it.

"But for now, boxing shows are over for me. I've got to think of my family, who have had to suffer because of the money I've lost in these ventures."

Cancellations by out-of-town boxers and promoters after commitments were made and tickets sold have thwarted Kisner's attempts to keep his shows in the black.

Copyright The Baltimore Sun 1990

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