Those are just the breaks: Sturm-White title bout delayed

SIDELINES

April 25, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Chuck Sturm won't be fighting for the Delmarva lightweight championship at Michael's in Glen Burnie after all, but he is still the main event for the May 6 card.

"[Dean] White [Sturm's scheduled opponent] broke his nose in the gym this week," said Round One Promotions matchmaker Josh Hall of Point Pleasant.

It was to be the first title bout at Michael's staged by Hall and his promoter/wife, Victoria Savaliski.

"It's unfortunate, but you can't fight with a broken nose. Chuck is still going to fight the main event, and we have rescheduled the Delmarva title bout with White for June 17 at Michael's."

White (9-0) of Falls Church, Va., is 21 and 5 years younger than Sturm, and the two share the same nickname, "Pit Bull." Their rescheduled bout for June 17 is going to be arena style -- chairs only -- not the usual dinner/boxing show.

With White being placed on hold, Sturm (26-3-1), a graduate of Old Mill, instead will duke it out with journeyman Glen Randolph (7-9) of Jeff Novotny's Crofton Gym in a lightweight bout.

Sturm's last fight resulted in a unanimous decision over Tracy Muse of Baltimore at Martin's West in February.

Four other bouts on the Sturm card include Pasadena's Irish lTC Carson McCourry; Baltimore's Mark Padelletti who trains in Pasadena; Eddie Sauerhoff of Baltimore; and Crofton's Bobby Haarhoff.

The 22-year-old McCourry (7-1) will take on 37-year-old Wayne McClanan (7-10) of Virginia in a junior light heavyweight bout, and Padelletti (4-2-1), a McCourry stable mate at the Harding-Lowry Gym will meet Derrick Johnson (2-4) of Laurel in a junior welterweight battle.

Sauerhoff, who has a lot of relatives in Brooklyn Park, was scheduled to come out of a near 10-year retirement at age 35 in March, but his fight was canceled when his opponent didn't post. Sauerhoff is slated to go against Michael Duncan (3-6) of Washington in a four-round junior super-welterweight bout.

Haarhoff, another Novotny protege, will make his pro debut in the 175-pound light heavyweight division against veteran Cecil Sims (5-10) of Baltimore.

For ticket information for the May 6 show, call Round One Promotions at (410) 760-2699 or Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

* For those of you into kick-boxing, a 10-bout full-contact karate -- amateur show is set for Wednesday at Michael's.

Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson of Glen Burnie, the International Kickboxing Federation world champion, has a team from Maryland set to kick it out with a team from Virginia.

The 10-bout card will start at 8 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door. For advance ticket information, call McPherson at (410) 766-8077 or Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

* Because communicating with the media is a county requirement for high school coaches, how is it that Southern softball coach Marti Woodfield can tell a reporter seeking her team's scores for a composite roundup of all teams, "My girls don't want to see that?"

Isn't that a great attitude? Are the Southern parents aware of Woodfield's policy of not giving stats and scores to the media? Is it too much work, is she a sore loser (0-5) or is she transferring her Rec and Parks (she is a full-time employee and umpire scheduler) intramural attitude to high school sports?

* Why am I now wondering why Northeast athletic director Roger Stitt did not make a formal announcement about his new softball coach, Ron Price, in February until a reporter called to ask him who had been named to succeed Lynn Pitonzo?

* Isn't it great news to hear that Ferndale's Lew Holmes is doing remarkably well in his comeback from a stroke?

"Tell everybody that I'm free as a bird and can take visitors at my home now," said Holmes, former founder and president of the Anne Arundel Amateur Baseball Association.

Holmes recently went through rehabilitation at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore.

"I can do anything I want, exercise wise and am seeing a therapist twice a week," Holmes said.

* Did you hear that former Maryland governor and Arnold resident Marvin Mandel was honored last week at the University of Maryland for his term as past president of the Maryland Terrapin Club?

Hasn't Mandel been an ambitious fund-raiser for the Terps dating to his days as governor to the present?

* Isn't the Terps' annual Spring Sports Night on May 11 at Crofton Country Club a can't-miss for Anne Arundel County Maryland alumni?

Sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Terrapin Club, the sports night will feature Terp football coach Mark Duffner, basketball coach Gary Williams, lacrosse coach Dick Edell and athletic director Andy Geiger. Call Dick Rice at (410) 263-4371 or John Lamon at (410) 280-2477.

* Finally, for those of you who have been calling my 24-hour Sportsline (410) 647-2499, the 11th annual banquet for the All-County Academic-Athletic Team will be May 6 at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, and the team will be announced next week.

The 10 boys and 10 girls on the Academic-Athletic Team will be notified this week for a photo session.

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