Club-show promoters take their lumps For Baltimore's Satosky, no card is etched in stone

March 20, 1996|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

For high-powered fight promoters such as Don King and Bob Arum, staging boxing events featuring such superstars as Mike Tyson or Oscar De La Hoya is a simple matter: Announce the date and the people will come.

But it's hardly that easy for such local boxing promoters as Baltimore's Stuart Satosky, whose club shows are built around promising, young fighters who provide the lifeblood for the sport.

For tonight's card at Martin's West, Satosky started planning five weeks ago, booking nine matches and more than 50 rounds of boxing.

Through attrition because of injuries, family problems and miscommunications, only three of the original fights remain intact, including the eight-round co-feature pitting area welterweights Chuck Sturm (30-4) and Jeff Passero (21-9).

A week of frantic phone calls to out-of-town managers netted substitutes and several new preliminaries to provide an eight-bout program.

"A former promoter in town once told me: 'The mark of a good promoter is when he can make last-minute changes to keep his show alive.'

"I've learned the truth of that," said Satosky, who, with a strong number of regulars, averages close to 2,000 fans for his semimonthly cards. "Now I expect weird things to happen and I just kind of go with the flow."

One of the major problems Satosky had to deal with this time was finding a replacement to fight popular heavyweight Sam Hampton, who has won three previous fights here by knockouts.

Hampton (14-2-2) was booked to fight Jason Waller, who represented his toughest test. But Waller, without Satosky knowing, fought and won in Hawaii on March 1, then dropped from sight.

"Waller has a habit of disappearing," said Satosky. "When I hadn't heard from him last week, I started looking for a new guy."

He found journeyman Tim Bullock (11-13-2) of Decatur, Ga., who has lost his past six fights. Bullock, however, has faced better competition than the lightly tested Hampton. Recently, he was stopped by Henry Akinwande and Lionel Butler, both in the rankings.

Pub Date: 3/20/96

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