Wagners hope female fighters prove to be hit with boxing fans


April 10, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN Staff

Hoping for a February encore, the Wagner father/son promoting duo of Mike and Scott Wagner and matchmaker Josh Hall have middleweight Alfonzo "Too Good For You" Daniels headlining a seven-bout card that features two female fighters for tomorrow night's pro boxing show at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Under the moniker of Ballroom Boxing, the Wagners drew more than 1,000 fans at their last show in February. The record crowd watched Daniels (13-1, three knockouts) skillfully record a unanimous eight-round decision over Keith Kemp (8-1, seven KO's) of Capitol Heights, Md.

Daniels, a left-hander who trains under Crofton's Jeff Novotny, fights Anthony "The Beast" Bradley (10-6) in the eight-round main event.

Highlighting the undercard are Chris "Tuff Enough" Kruez (32-2, 23 KOs) and Angela Buchanon (23-3, 17 KOs). The two lady boxers are slated for four rounds.

"We expect a great fight and this is something a lot of the guys [fans] started asking for after the Mike Tyson and Frank Bruno show," said Scott Wagner, referring to the world heavyweight bout that featured two women boxers on the undercard.

With Tyson knocking out Bruno in the second round, most ot those who paid for or watched the cable telecast later, felt the girls stole the show. The Wagners are hoping Kruez and Buchanon will draw similar raves.

Doors open at 7 p.m. tomorrow and the fights should begin at 8 p.m.

For ticket information call (410) 766-7474 or (410) 768-7901.

Wildcats flex county muscle

Despite a misty rain and winter-like conditions, a large crowd showed up at Mount St. Joseph High in Irvington Saturday for an expected showdown between then-No. 4 Arundel and top-ranked St. Joe (now No. 3) in the 13th annual Jack Conley Tournament.

The two teams didn't disappoint, advancing to the final with easy first-round victories. The host Gaels defeated Glen Burnie, 7-2, while Arundel beat Fallston, 8-3, to set up the showdown.

Arundel (now No. 2) prevailed, 7-4, under adverse conditions. As Arundel coach Bernie Walter said in his best Yogi Berra impression, "this is the worse winter we've ever had in the spring."

Walter was smiling afterward while the man the tournament was named after was not. Jack Conley, a former St. Joe player who also had three sons -- Jeff, Jack and Kevin -- graduate from his alma mater, is a resident of Linthicum but bleeds the Gael's purple and cream.

Conley, who served as the PA announcer for the games, has been active in the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association for nearly two decades, but his allegiance is to the Gaels and Saturday's result hurt.

However, it might not have hurt Conley as much as it did St. Joe coach and Pasadena/Lake Shore resident Dave Norton. Recent remarks by Norton which hinted that Anne Arundel County baseball was overrated, matched the county against the MIAA A Conference in which St. Joe plays.

Norton graciously gave credit where it was due afterward while Walter refused to gloat and took the opportunity to praise the maligned open state playoff tournament concept.

"Both teams were really psyched up to play this game," said Walter. "We're able to play them without putting our season in jeopardy. That's what the open tournament is all about."

Walter was referring to the old postseason qualifying system in which points for victories determined playoff teams. Victories over 4A (per enrollment) teams were worth the most points and St. Joe was only worth 2A points. Thus, Walter's reason for previously not playing St. Joe.

Around the horn

Did you notice that top-ranked Old Mill (17-0 over Curley) and No. 17 Broadneck (6-0 over Loyola) eliminated two MIAA A Conference teams in Broadneck's Easter lacrosse tournament? . . St. Joe had three county residents in its starting line-up vs. Arundel in pitcher Ryan Baker (Linthicum), first baseman Mark Teixeira and designated hitter Jason Funk, both Severna Park. . . . Former Spalding coach Tom Lind is an assistant on Norton's Gaels staff. Spalding is 0-5 without Lind. . . . No. 13 Severna Park's right-hander Scott Vane, who lost a 2-1 heart-breaker to Arundel last week while pitching with a dislocated left shoulder, is expected to miss all this week.

Severna Park players are wondering why the office of physical education on Riva Road would not allow them to play Good Friday in the Cambridge-South Dorchester Tournament while South River was the only county team allowed to play that day.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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