Bowe's manager wants Ferguson for next defense in RFK fight BOXING

March 11, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

Rock Newman, the manager of heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, said yesterday that he favors unranked Jesse Ferguson as Bowe's next challenger, with RFK Stadium as the likely site for the May 21 fight.

Newman has spent the past few days conferring with George Brown, deputy commissioner of development for Washington Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly.

"The city is primed for an event like this," Newman said. "And I believe the stadium would be the perfect place to hold it."

Asked about the possibility of inclement weather, Newman said there would be no rain date.

"The fighters would be protected by a canopy," he said. "If it rains hard, it would only affect our walk-up sale."

Newman met Tuesday with Abe Pollin and other Capital Centre executives. "It was a very upbeat meeting," Newman said, "but I let them know I'm leaning toward the stadium."

Financial terms were not discussed at length, Newman said.

The Capital Centre has not held a major boxing event since the early 1980s when Ray Leonard had knockouts of Davey "Boy" Green, Johnny Gant and Bobby Haymon.

"We just tried to sell Newman on the idea that we've held every kind of major event, including the presidential gala," said Bob Zurfluh, the director of communications. "We just wanted to show Rock Newman we're sincere about wanting a championship fight."

Newman said that he has not ruled out Portland, Ore., as a site and that California heavyweight contender Alex Garcia will be considered as an alternate opponent if an agreement can't be reached with Ferguson's representatives by next week.

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