Dietrich tries to make it 19-0

July 12, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Dundalk's Mike Dietrich likes to talk of the promising future he could have as a basketball player if he were to devote as much time to that sport as he does to boxing.

"When I was like, 8 years old, I'd be jumping around in the living room, hanging my tongue out and pretending to slam-dunk the ball," said Dietrich, recalling his imitations of his favorite player, Michael Jordan.

"I can dunk the ball right now. I'm telling you, I can stick it."

The muscular, 5-foot-11, 201-pound Dietrich will try to slam-dunk yet another amateur opponent tomorrow night at Michael's Eighth Avenue.

Dietrich will put his 18-0 record (14 knockouts) on the line against Cincinnati's Isaiah Tye (15-2) on an amateur card sponsored by U.S.A Amateur Boxing and Baltimore's Danny Kisner.

Dietrich, who will turn 17 next month, said he still is recoverng from torn right-ankle ligaments suffered early last month in a pickup basketball game.

For the past two weeks, the Patapsco High senior said he has sparred three or four rounds, three days a week, at the Brooklyn Boxing Club. "My ankle was stiff at first, but it feels pretty good right now," he said.

Kisner said Dietrich's punching power and reputation caused three opponents to pass on offers to face him tomorrow night. And Dietrich should face a difficult task in his effort to dispatch Tye, a highly touted, 220-pounder whom Kisner secured on Tuesday night.

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