Hall sets stage for first arena show


July 11, 1993|By PAT O'MALLEY

Josh Hall is eager to see what kind of turnout he gets Thursday for his first attempt at an arena-style boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

For the past three years, Hall and his promoter wife, Victoria Savaliski, have staged dinner and boxing under their Round One Promotions company at Michael's, some successful, some not. Now for the first time, no food, just concessions and the biggest card Hall has ever assembled are on tap.

"I really don't know what's going to happen, but we've decided to give an arena show a shot and see how many fans we draw," said Hall. "Eight bouts is the biggest card we've ever had and I think we've got some very good match-ups."

Alfonzo Daniels (3-0), a 22-year-old middleweight who trains under Jeff Novotny at the Crofton Boxing Center, is the jewel of five local fighters on Thursday night's card. Daniels will take on North Carolina's Mike Knight (4-1) in a scheduled six-rounder.

Daniels' last fight was a unanimous decision over Floyd Seymour (in his pro debut), who hails from the Bahamas and trains in the Sugar Ray Leonard camp. That was in March at Michael's and Daniels since has completed a military hitch in San Antonio, Texas.

Despite having just three pro fights, Daniels already has emerged as a hometown favorite with his smooth technique and superb defensive skills, not to mention his congenial personality outside the ring.

Other local fighters on the card include middleweight "Irish" CarsonMcCourry of Pasadena's Harding-Lowry Gym, light heavyweights Jake "The Snake" Smith, a Meade High grad, and Boyor "Sugar Boy" Chew, an Annapolis High grad, and junior middleweight Eddie Sauerhoff of Baltimore, but who has lived in the county.

McCourry (8-1) will go against Lavon Rouse (11-7) of Kinston, N.C. Rouse gave the highly touted Demetrius Davis a battle recently.

Jake the Snake (8-2-1) will tangle with John Keyes (9-12-1) of Baltimore, and Chew (4-3-1) jumps in the ring opposite Andre Sherrod (5-1) of Laurel.

Sauerhoff (3-5-1), 35, who recently came out of retirement, took a four-round unanimous decision over Mike "Himbad" Duncan (1-7) Laurel at Michael's in May and will face Tracy Cofield (1-1) of Virginia.

Four D.C. area fighters, including middleweight William Joppi (3-0), complete the card. Joppi, a National Gold Gloves runner-up as an amateur, faces Rasheed Muhammad (1-0) of Virginia.

Marcus Jackson of D.C. is making his lightweight pro debut against Laurel's James Furr (1-4), and the opponent for junior middleweight Alphonso Dyer (4-3-3) is to be announced.

For ticket information, you can call Round One Promotions at (410) 760-2699; Michael's, (410) 768-7901, or Joy's Sub Shop at (410) 760-4708.

In other county sports news, Joe Gillespie and his Anne Arundel Waves girls basketball team returned home this week from the Amateur Athletic Union 16-and-under National Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., as the 17th best team out of 69 teams from all over the country.

Gillespie's girls went 2-1 in the prelims to qualify for the double-elimination championship round where they won their first game, but dropped the next two.

The Waves' team featured three Baltimore Sun All-Metro picks from this past high school hoop season, including Old Mill's Stacy Himes, one of six local girls on the team. Himes was joined by Sandy Jenkin (Severna Park), Emma Ketterle (North County), Jackie Bardelli (Old Mill), Megan VanWambeke (Chesapeake) and Julie Musitano (Arundel).

In addition to the 5-10 Himes, the other All-Met players on the talented team were Western's 6-foot junior Chanel Wright and Hammond's 5-6 junior Kacy Williams.

"Finishing 17th out of 69 top-notch teams is not bad," said Gillespie, who is the girls junior varsity coach at Severna Park High.

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