Van Kirk sees fight with Boston welterweight as step to WBO title

March 12, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

After staging his first championship match last month, local boxing promoter Stuart Satosky will return to a club fight format, April 15, at the Pikesville Armory.

Baltimore welterweight Eddie Van Kirk (24-7,12 KOs), who scored a last-round knockout of Jose Torres in the semifinal to the Vincent Pettway-Gilbert Baptist title fight last month, will headline the show against Edwin Curet (26-11, 11 KOs), of Boston.

Most of Curet's losses have come against former champions or top contenders such as Greg Haugen, Livingston Bramble and Johnny Duplessis. Van Kirk hopes to use this fight as a springboard for a World Boxing Organization title bout.

In a companion 10-rounder, Baltimore cruiserweight Lou Benson (18-9-2, 9 KOs), "the Fighting Sheriff," will battle slugger Jamie Waller (11-4-1, 9 KOs), of Stafford, Va. Waller is currently ranked No. 14 by the IBF.

Promising Rockville middleweight Les Johnson (13-1, 10 KOs), who looked impressive in stopping William Galliwango last month, is matched against Timmy Knight (6-4), of Norfolk, Va., in an eight-rounder.

Johnson, a rangy 160-pounder with an explosive right hand, is developing a strong following in the Baltimore area.

Tickets are priced at $30, $25 and $15 and may be reserved by calling 528-1932.

NOTES: Pettway is ranked No. 2 world in the IBF's latest junior- middleweight rankings. That represents the highest ranking of a local fighter in more than 30 years. Gianfranco Rosi, the champion from Italy, will defend his title against top-ranked Gilbert Dale, of France, this summer, with Pettway waiting to challenge the winner. . . . Fellow Baltimorean Percy Harris is ranked No. 7 by the IBF among the middleweights. Harris will fight fourth-ranked Lamar Parks, of Greeneville, S.C., at Madison Square Garden, April 16. . . . Tommy Hearns defends his WBA light-heavyweight crown against Iran Barkley in Las Vegas, March 20. TVKO will carry the bout. Barkley bombed out Hearns in their last meeting in 1988, but Hearns is a 3-to-1 favorite. . . . Former lightweight king Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, who has fought only twice in the last seven years, faces Haugen in Reno, April 3, in his latest comeback bid. Said Haugen, "This ain't bowling. You don't take off three years and just come back into the ring, not against a guy like me." . . . Ex-lightweight champ Hector "Macho" Camacho, idle since last May, will challenge undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez. No site or date has been announced. Said Chavez of his fast-lipped rival, "I want to fight him to end his speech impediment."

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