Baku's bout to be on ESPN2

Boxing

June 22, 2000|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After five years of fighting professionally and a perfect 18-0 record, Baltimore junior middleweight Emil Baku will make his first appearance as a feature attraction on national television tomorrow night when he battles Derrick Graham (11-6-1), of Newark, N.J., at the Grand Casino in Biloxi, Miss.

It is part of ESPN2's regular Friday night series.

"I realize it's a big fight, but I'm trying to stay calm," said Baku, a native of Azerbaijan. "I'm treating it as the next step on the way to a championship fight."

Baku, 28, recently cracked the rankings - he is No. 14 by the International Boxing Federation.

If Baku succeeds in stopping Graham, he is scheduled to appear on Arnie Dansicker's club card at Martin's West on July 12.

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