Maryland's Mitchell in spotlight No. 3 lightweight on Bowe undercard

November 05, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Unbeaten Maryland lightweight Sharmba Mitchell, one of the brightest young prospects in professional boxing, finds himself fighting on the undercard of the Riddick Bowe-Evander Holyfield championship match tomorrow night at a time when the high rollers still are shooting craps or playing blackjack.

Mitchell (30-0), who meets Chad Broussard (34-0), of Lafayette, bTC La., in a 10-round bout, has been exceedingly patient waiting his turn in the spotlight. Ranked No. 3 in the world by both the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council, he repeatedly has been promised title bouts that failed to materialize.

"It's been frustrating waiting my turn, but I just have to keep my head on straight," said Mitchell, now being managed by Rock Newman, who handles Bowe.

"Hopefully, something will happen by February. [International Boxing Federation champion] Freddie Pendleton keeps ducking me. My best shot is probably against the Russian [WBA champion Dingan Thobela]." Financial adviser Jeff Fried said one of the major problems in getting Mitchell a title match is that would-be promoters are demanding options on him.

"They'll offer us more money," Fried said, "but then they try to tie up the fighter forever."

Lewis still in distance

If Bowe repeats against Holyfield, co-promoter Dan Duva of Main Events Inc. doubts that he will fight a unifying title match against WBC champion Lennox Lewis of England any time soon.

Duva, who has promotional ties to both Holyfield and Lewis, said: "I don't see it happening next year. Right now, I'd say it's 50-50 Bowe-Lewis will ever happen."

Should Holyfield spring an upset, Duva says there will be no difficulty making a match with Lewis in the spring.

Lewis was to have fought Tommy Morrison in Las Vegas, but that match fell through when Morrison was knocked out by unsung Michael Bentt in the first round in Tulsa, Okla., last week. Lewis must ponder taking a match with Bentt and risking a major payday down the road.

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