Pettway gets his date with Trinidad May 29

Welterweight title bout was postponed from March

April 27, 1999|By Jerry Bembry

Vincent Pettway was supposed to get a shot at International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Felix Trinidad a month ago, but a hand injury forced the Baltimore fighter to withdraw. Pettway is healthy now, and next month he will get his shot at a second title.

Mack Lewis, Pettway's trainer, said yesterday that his fighter will get in the ring with Trinidad on May 29 in Puerto Rico. The bout originally was scheduled for March 7 in Mexico City, but Pettway injured his right hand in a tuneup fight with Gerald Reed on Dec. 13.

Details of the fight are being worked out, according to Lewis. Pettway is a former junior middleweight champion.

"He's paid his dues in boxing, and he deserves a shot," Lewis said. "I feel he can beat Trinidad. But when you get an opportunity like this, you have to take advantage of it. [Pettway's] got to fight."

Pettway (42-6-1) appeared sluggish on Feb. 6 when, after 13 months away from the ring, he struggled to a unanimous decision in a return bout against Reed at the Washington Convention Center. He will face a tougher opponent in the undefeated Trinidad (34-0), who won a unanimous decision over Pernell Whitaker earlier this year.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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