Middleweight bout heads March 11 card at Michael's

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February 21, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Josh Hall and Victoria Savaliski, the Round One boxing promoters, have scheduled their next dinner/boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie for March 11.

Les "White Lightning" Johnson (26-2) of Rockville and Eric Rhinehardt (12-10) of North Carolina will headline the card.

Johnson, a crowd-pleaser with a punishing style, will face Rhinehardt in the middleweight division in a scheduled eight-rounder.

"Les is tall and rangy, an up-and-coming young boxer," said Hall, whose last show in January took on a big-time atmosphere with the appearance of Lou Duva.

Duva, who trains ex-heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and current lightweight world champion Pernell Whitaker, flew in from Texas to see a promising young heavyweight in "Terrible Thomas" Williams of Laurel.

To everyone's surprise, Duva worked Williams' corner as the impressive 22-year-old stopped Pasadena's Butch Kelly 58 seconds into the third round of the scheduled six-rounder.

A host of familiar faces also will return March 11 in Alfonzo Daniels, Jake "The Snake" Smith, Irish Carson McCourry and Boyar "Sugar Boy" Chew.

Daniels, an exciting young boxer, is off to a 2-0 start as a pro, training under Jeff Novotny at his Crofton gym. Hall expects Daniels to be tested by Floyd Seymour of the Sugar Ray Leonard Gym in Takoma Park.

"That should be a great fight because Daniels has really come on and will be facing a well-coached boxer in Seymour," said Hall.

Daniels had an easy time at the last show in January taking Michael "Himbad" Dunbar of D.C. out in 2:55 of round two in their scheduled six-rounder.

Smith, a graduate of Meade High, will fight Cecil Sims of Baltimore. McCourry and Chew train at the Harding Lowry gym in Pasadena where McCourry resides. Chew is an Annapolis High grad.

An interesting scrap at the super welterweight class finds Eddie Sauerhoff of southwest Baltimore making a ring comeback at age 34. Sauerhoff, who hasn't fought in nine years, is paired with Michael Duncan of D.C.

"I went and watched Eddie work out the other night and he didn't look bad," said Hall.

Hall also said that the popular Chuck Sturm, the former state wrestling champion at Old Mill, might return to Michael's in May.

"The impossible happened Tuesday night at Martin's Champagne Room, Josh and Frank [Gilbert, Sturm's trainer] shook hands and seem intent on working things out," said Novotny on the 24-Hour Sportsline.

Hall said Novotny was right and that he and Gilbert were ending their feud.

"Frank and I had a long talk and we hope to get Chuckie back here by the next show in May," said Hall, who had differences with Gilbert over the purse.

Hall also has received word that Duva and company might return to the area later in the year.

"Lou said he wants to get Williams about 10 more fights and then may bring him to Baltimore for a big show, possibly at the Arena and would give me the chance to promote it," said Hall.

In other boxing news, a couple of shows are coming up this week at Michael's.

On Wednesday, Novotny and Scott Wagner have an amateur show set for 7 p.m.

"This will be the last amateur show before the National Gold Gloves tournament starts in D.C. next month," said Novotny, who expects 10 to 12 three-rounders.

On Thursday Glen Burnie's Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson will bring his first kick boxing show to Michael's at 8 p.m.

"Awesome Dave" Floyd headlines the Hammer Productions' kick-boxing card. Floyd, who trains at Hammer's Super Kicks Gym in Pasadena, is a 6-foot, 205 pound heavyweight with an extraordinary reach.

Floyd (7-0) is from Calvert County and will face a boxer from New York.

Also on the card is 30-year-old Mark "The Ice Man" Owens (4-1) of Glen Burnie. The Hammer said, "The Ice Man is fun to watch, the fans will love him."

Other kickers will be coming from Canada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and D.C. to take part in the Hammer's show. The U.S. Kick Boxing Alliance of Pennsylvania, the Professional Kick Boxing Federation of New York and the Amateur Kick Boxing Federation of D.C. are sanctioning the card.

Tickets will be sold at the door for both shows Wednesday and Thursday. Both shows will be set up arena/concession style.

"The kick-boxing tickets have been going fast, and I would suggest getting there early," said Wagner.

For more information on the two shows, call Michael's at (410) 768-7901 or Hammer's at (410) 766-8077.

Finally, Wagner and Hall are considering staging an arena/concession style boxing show in the near future. That would mean no sit-down dinners as being done now.

"We've been wondering how many tickets we could sell for something like that," said Hall, who can pack 700-800 in Michael's for dinner, but possibly could double that with just chairs.

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