Don't delay, Chavez-Taylor worth watching on replay

ON THE AIR

September 22, 1994|By MILTON KENT

Let's say you're a big boxing buff. Four or five of your buddies -- yes, even Stinky from down the street -- have plunked down 10 bucks each for the pay-per-view card, chips, salsa and beverages.

If you're lucky, there might be one or two good rounds among all the fights that evening. So, at the end of the night, you're out a sawbuck and you've rediscovered why you don't invite Stinky over more often.

The answer, of course, is to wait for the fight to make its way to cable, and if you chose to pass up last weekend's Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor super lightweight fight on pay-per-view, tonight's edited broadcast on Showtime at 9:30 should be right up your alley, said executive producer Jay Larkin.

"From a TV point of view, it's a spectacular event," said Larkin. "Sometimes, with these fights, it's hard to select the best moments for rebroadcast, but this is the best delayed broadcast we've ever done. This one edited itself."

Ferdie "The Fight Doctor" Pacheco, who shares the commentary duties with Steve Albert and Bobby Czyz, said he was surprised by the strong showing of Taylor, who lost an earlier fight with Chavez when the bout was stopped with two seconds left in the final round.

"He [Taylor] gave Chavez a magnificent fight and was ahead in the fight," said Pacheco. "But those people who were writing off Chavez had better wait awhile. He gave a tremendous example of intelligence."

Besides the Chavez-Taylor main event, won by Chavez on a technical knockout 1:41 into the eighth round, the Showtime program will contain highlights from three other fights, including the Frankie Randall-Juan Coggi junior-welterweight bout, a welterweight contest between Felix Trinidad and Luis Ramon Campas, and the Gabriel Ruelas-James Leija super featherweight fight.

Showtime viewers will not see Baltimore native Vincent Pettway wresting the International Boxing Federation junior welterweight title away from Gianfranco Rosi, because that fight aired live on Saturday. Another Chavez-Taylor replay runs Saturday at 1:35 p.m.

Flip a coin

Never say that programming a TV station is an easy job.

ABC is making available the Michigan-Colorado and Miami-Washington football games to its affiliates Saturday. The Wolverines and Buffaloes are ranked in the top 10, Washington is on NCAA sanctions and ranked 17th, and the Hurricanes are No. 6.

The choice may seem like a slam dunk, to mix a metaphor, but WJZ's chief programmer Michael Easterling went with the Miami game, for sound reasons.

"I'm just trying to show as many teams as possible. I'm not going to please everybody," said Easterling. "I thought about that [Michigan] game, but they don't have [injured running back Tyrone] Wheatley back yet. Besides, we have two more shots with Michigan."

Easterling made his decision before it was reported that Wheatley may play Saturday. Meanwhile, the Michigan-Penn State game on Oct. 15 was picked up yesterday to be carried nationally on ABC. It would seem the question for Wolverines fans would be: Do you want your cake now, or ice cream later?

Whoa, Nellie

Congrats to ABC's Keith Jackson, who yesterday was selected as the 1994 inductee to the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.

Jackson, in his 29th year as a play-by-play announcer on ABC-TV's coverage of college football, was among seven finalists on the ballot sent to the ASA's 500 members. He out-polled Baltimore's Chuck Thompson, ABC colleague Chris Schenkel, Los Angeles Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, NBC's Charlie Jones, as well as Ray Scott and Fox's Pat Summerall.

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