Rosi, Pettway to go head-to-head for title again

June 14, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Gianfranco Rosi of Italy and mandatory challenger Vincent Pettway of Baltimore, who fought to a technical draw March 4, will meet in a title rematch Aug. 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Their first fight was stopped early in the sixth round when a clash of heads led to a deep cut over Rosi's left eye. Ring physician Flip Homansky ruled the champion was unable to continue.

Under IBF rules, if a butt ends the fight before the end of the sixth round, a technical draw will be declared. This decision benefited Pett- way, who was trailing on all three officials' cards.

IBF president Bob Lee ordered the rematch.

Rosi, 36 (57-2-1), has been IBF champion since 1989. Pettway, 28 (36-4-1), has not fought since March.

The rematch again will be promoted by Don King. It will be part of a three-championship cable-TV card on Showtime.

Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico, who regained his World Boxing Council super-lightweight (140 pounds) crown in a disputed decision over Frankie Randall last month, will meet World Boxing Association champion Juan Coggi of Argentina.

WBC middleweight champion Gerald McClellan of Detroit will defend his title against either Segundo Mercado of Ecuador or Quincy Taylor of Campo. Texas.

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