Tyson will top two-title-fight program on TV

January 19, 1991|By Alan Goldstein

Promoter Don King will launch his new Kingvision pay-per-view fight series March 18 with a dual championship card at The Mirage in Las Vegas featuring former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in a 12-round match against Donovan "Razor" Ruddock of Canada.

But King's two biggest coups were in signing International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Simon Brown and World Boxing Council super-lightweight king Julio Cesar Chavez for title defenses on the same show.

Brown is matched against WBC welterweight champion Maurice Blocker, his Germantown neighbor and best friend.

Blocker is managed by Butch Lewis, who once served as a co-promoter with King, but since has sued him over business dealings involving ex-light-heavyweight champion Michael Spinks.

Chavez, an unbeaten champion from Mexico who has bounced between King and rival promoter Bob Arum, will defend his 140-pound title against fifth-ranked Johnny Duplessis of New Orleans.

The Mirage card, which calls for an $800 price for ringside tickets in the 15,000-seat arena, also will feature former world welterweight and lightweight champion Roberto Duran of Panama against Pat Lawlor of San Francisco in a 10-round super-middleweight bout.

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