Promoter King hit by three title-bout changes

March 02, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Promoter Don King is probably glad to still have a boxing card for Showtime cable television at the MGM Grand on Friday night after injuries and a dropout forced changes in three of his five scheduled championship fights.

The first casualty of the show billed as "Global Warfare," was Julio Cesar Vasquez's defense of his World Boxing Association junior-middleweight crown against Rafael Pineda.

A King spokesman blamed Pineda's absence on "domestic problems." He was replaced by Acmand Picar, of the Philippines.

Then, World Boxing Council light-heavyweight champion Jeff Harding last week told the Nevada Athletic Commission and King that he could not defend his title against Randall Yonker, of Mobile, Ala., because of a training injury -- a three-stitch gash over his left eye.

WBC president Jose Sulaiman then approved an "interim championship bout" pitting Yonker against former middleweight king Mike McCallum. The winner is to make his first defense against Harding.

The third change is in the scheduled Gerald McClellan-Lamar Parks match for McClellan's WBC middleweight title. Parks suffered a shoulder injury, according to his matchmaker, Bobby Goodman.

McClellan will now fight Gilbert Baptist, of San Diego.

The two championship bouts that remain intact are Italy's Gianfranco Rosi's defense of his International Boxing Federation junior-middleweight title against top-ranked contender Vincent Pettway, of Baltimore, and WBA cruiserweight champion Orlin Norris, of Campo, Calif., defending his title against Arthur Williams, of Las Vegas.

NOTES: Some 50 Pettway supporters will arrive in Las Vegas today to attend the bout, headed by local promoter Stuart Satosky. Pettway is listed as a 3-1 underdog in the sports book. . . . King has planned a show at the MGM in May featuring three rematches: Frankie Randall vs. Julio Cesar Chavez, Simon Brown vs. Terry Norris and Azumah Nelson vs. Jesse Leija.


Who: Vincent Pettway (36-4, 29 KOs), Baltimore, vs. Gianfranco Rosi (57-3, 17 KOs), Assisi, Italy.

What: For Rosi's International Boxing Federation junior-middleweight title.

When: Friday, approximately 9 p.m.

Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

TV: Showtime. The Pettway-Rosi fight will be shown on tape delay Saturday. Four other championship bouts will be split between Friday and Saturday for cable viewing.

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