Daniels-Braxton bout heads Sept. card

On the Sidelines

September 15, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After taking the summer off, Ballroom Boxing promoters Scott and Mike Wagner and matchmaker Josh Hall are back with a knockout. A Maryland pro title fight is the main event for Sept. 26 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

Crofton's Alfonzo "2 Good 4 You" Daniels, ranked No. 15 by the North American Boxing Federation, will take on Stanley Braxton of Baltimore for the Maryland Super Middleweight title.

The Maryland State Athletic Commission and executive director Patrick Pannella have sanctioned the 10-round championship bout, one of six fights on the pro card.

"We're pretty excited about it," said Scott Wagner, who with his dad and co-promoter, Mike, and Hall, are playing host to their first title bout.

It's the first title fight for Daniels (16-1, five KOs), who is expected to box at 163 pounds against Braxton (7-1-1, three KOs).

After serving time in prison, Braxton, 36, began his pro career at 34 and has come on strong.

Daniels, a 25-year-old left-hander, last fought at Michael's in June at 161 1/2 pounds, scoring a fourth-round TKO over Kevin Tillman of Philadelphia. Tillman (14-8, four KOs) suffered a broken thumb and could not answer the bell for Round 5 of their scheduled eight-rounder.

Glen Burnie super middleweight, Bobby "The Maryland Mauler" Haarhoff and Pasadena's junior middleweight Kevin Johnson also are on the card.

Haarhoff (8-0, five KOs) will fight his first six-rounder against Chet Scott (4-1) of North Carolina and, in another six-rounder, Johnson (3-3) meets unbeaten 20-year-old Russian Rufat Baku (8-0), who trains in Baltimore.

Also, Elvis Yero (15-2) of Virginia Beach is scheduled to go six rounds against Baltimore's D. J. Turner (16-8) in another junior middleweight fight.

For ticket information call (410) 766-7474.

Turkey & field hockey

Anne Arundel County will be well represented on the first Team Maryland at the U.S. Field Hockey Association Festival, Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando, Fla.

The state coaches association expected about 80 girls to try out in Harford County in late August because the girls have to pay their own expenses (about $400). However, nearly 150 showed up and two 15-player teams were selected for the event, which will draw a host of college coaches.

Defending Class 4A state champion Severna Park will be represented by Krista Bowerman, Jen Dunham, Lauren Hancock, Abigail Robison and Sara Zuckerman. Other players on Team Maryland include Wendy Isom (Chesapeake), Natalie Brookman (St. Mary's) and Amy Galebach (Severn). Spalding's Amanda Gibboney is an alternate.

Sports smorgasbrowse

Severna Park field hockey coach Lil Shelton received a dozen roses from the school's booster club after her Falcons lost their season-opener, 1-0, to Severn, ending the area's longest winning streak at 54. Falcons football coach Andy Borland and boys soccer coach Don Gregg are still waiting for their flowers. Borland and Gregg also lost their season-openers. Todd Poorman, a Severna Park senior who started as a freshman on the basketball team but missed the last couple years because of injuries, is expected to play this season and has been shooting hoops with his parrot Rocky looking on. Rocky sits in a chair, watches as Todd practices alone and curses a blue streak when Poorman misses a three. Arundel coach Bill Zucco might have another Jon Norsworthy, the graduated LB-RB who was the county Defensive Player of the Year last season, in junior Jimmy Lazzaro. "Jimmy reminds me of Norsworthy, tough little kid [5-11, 190], runs hard and is a tough hitter," said Zucco after Lazzaro turned in a Norsworthy-like performance Thursday in the No. 9 Wildcats' 32-12 victory over Northern with 80 yards rushing and a dozen tackles. Ray Pack, a bulky junior lineman/kicker who boomed kickoffs inside the 10-yard line all night, booted an unusual extra point for Annapolis Monday in its 32-28 loss to Mount St. Joseph -- a 35-yarder after a penalty was assessed. Add UCLA to the growing list of colleges interested in Arundel pitcher Kurt Light, who also is a bona fide pro prospect.

Pub Date: 9/15/96

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