F.O.C.U.S. Foundation

MARYLAND SCENE

March 04, 2001|By Sloane Brown

Food and fisticuffs were the main features at Fight for a Cure. Some 430 boxing fans gathered at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor for cocktails, dinner and seven professional matches -- raising $5,000 for F.O.C.U.S. Foundation, a nonprofit children's service charity established by Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Rob Burnett.

The evening's fight card featured bouts in various weight classes, but only one in a separate gender. The fight between IBF Women's Lightweight World Champion Isra Girgrah and challenger Melinda Robinson, not surprisingly, also seemed to generate the most interest. Girgrah made her entrance into the Hyatt Ballroom to fanfare and with the aid of a smoke machine, with members of her entourage holding her title belts high. At the end of the fight, those belts were still hers.

Among the evening's fight fans: Rob Burnett, F.O.C.U.S. Foundation chair; Nick Garone, F.O.C.U.S. co-chair; Lou Duva, boxing trainer; Tony Siragusa, Anthony Poindexter and Rod Jackson, Baltimore Ravens football players; Ernest Byner, Ravens director of player development; John Coulson, Ravens Radio manager; Richard Azrael, Chateau Builders president; Mark Sassler, Mid-Atlantic Isotopes president; Tricia Murty, Murty Associates manufacturers representative; Richard Swirnow, Harborview Development chairman; Charles Graves, Baltimore City planning director; Dr. Edna Hirsch, Harford County dentist; Dick Gilbert, MedStar Health corporate director; Lauren Jensen, WQSR-FM Radio account executive; David Berman, Berman Financial Group president; Billy Yerman, Fountainhead Title executive vice president; Paul Dorr, the Traffic Group senior designer; Liz Edelstein, Robnet Inc. president; Scott Baglio, Millstream Inn owner; Reese Tibbs, All Stretched Out Limousine Service chauffeur; and Morry Zolet, Salomon SmithBarney senior vice president.

One question. Since scantily clad, well-formed young ladies paraded round-number cards during all the male matches, why weren't they replaced by buff young gents during the female fight? Hey, fair is fair.

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