Ill Rosenblatt pulls out Holmes stops Council

September 24, 1994|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer

UPPER MARLBORO -- Baltimore boxing promoter Stuart Satosky may think twice before bidding for another national cable television show.

For the second time in four years, Satosky's scheduled main event was canceled the day of the fight. Last night, unbeaten middleweight Dana Rosenblatt of Malden, Mass., became ill before his World Boxing Council Intercontinental title match with Frank Savannah of Brick, N.J., at the Show Place Arena.

ESPN elevated the U.S. Boxing Association junior-middleweight title bout between Washington-area rivals Keith Holmes and Andrew Council to the main event. Only 92 fans in the crowd of 2,140 sought refunds.

Holmes (23-1, 14 knockouts) won a unanimous decision,

benefiting greatly from three points that were deducted from Council (18-3-3) by referee Chris Wollesen for low blows in the fifth, sixth and 11th rounds.

Judges Joseph Cooper (117-108), Vaughn LePrade (115-111) and Baba Ecton (114-111) awarded Holmes the title vacated by new International Boxing Federation world champion Vincent Pettway of Baltimore.

Rosenblatt was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital at 7 p.m., after complaining of severe stomach cramps. He had experienced nausea and diarrhea during the day at his Clinton motel.

"Dana couldn't stand up, let alone fight 12 rounds," co-trainer Joe Lake told Rosenblatt's manager, Leon Weinstein.

ESPN also came close to losing the Holmes-Council fight. Holmes, a Bladensburg boxer, was arrested by the FBI Thursday afternoon and charged with assault and attempted murder in connection with a drive-by shooting in Washington in May 1993. Holmes was released on $100,000 bail and allowed to fight.

"This whole thing has been a nightmare," said Satosky.

In 1990, the promoter had his first setback when the Maryland Athletic Commission would not allow featherweight Julio Solis to fight Calvin Grove in the main event for USA Cable at Painters Mill Theater. Solis failed a motor-skills examination, but his fight with Grove took place a month later in Philadelphia.

On the undercard, Baltimore welterweight Ed Griffin (9-0) stopped Benjy Singleton (5-6), of Charlotte, N.C., at 2 minutes, 25 seconds of the first round. Baltimore light-heavyweight Courtney Butler (4-1-1) couldn't solve the left-handed style of New York's Richard Frazier (7-1) in suffering his first pro loss. Altoona, Pa., middleweight Brian Hallihan (7-0) survived a severe first-round battering by Baltimore's Kenny Blackston (2-2) to score a knockout after one minute of the third round.

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