Harris bows out of Sosa bout with just three days' notice

July 14, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

Three days before he was scheduled to appear on ESPN's regular Thursday night fight card, Baltimore middleweight Percy Harris decided to pull out of his scheduled 10-round match against Merqui Sosa of New York at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J.

Harris informed Ron Katz, matchmaker for Bob Arum's Top Rank, Inc., of his decision yesterday. Katz named Ohio middleweight Lenzie Morgan as a late replacement.

"The money just wasn't right for that hard of a fight," said Harris (15-3). "I was coming off a tough loss fourth months ago to Lamar Parks [a 10th round knockout]. I needed an easier fight at this time. Plus, I really haven't trained hard enough for a guy like Sosa."

Harris, the IBF Intercontinental champion and ranked seventh by the IBF in the world rankings, said he hopes to defend his title in Baltimore this fall.

"I'm not sure if I can still make 160 pounds," he said. "If it's a problem, I'll just start campaigning as a super-middleweight in the future."

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