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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, October 27, 1982

Page 9

P maCrisler:

Detroiter Goodwin will fight at
U of M campus 'Fight Night'
"WE'VE BEEN selling-out for close- arrangement, Goodwin is a partner in that if this one is successful, there will:
ircuit fights," said Michigan athletic GWS Limited, Watson's firm and be future bouts at Crisler."

By RICHARD DEMAK
"Fight Night on Campus" is a phrase
which conjures up various images. For
the Universtiy student, the last scene
imagined may be professional boxing
at Crisler Arena.
On Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30
p.m., Crisler will host a scheduled' 48
rounds of professional boxing, and the
evening's main attraction will be the
former World Boxing Association

(WBA) fifth-ranked middleweight,
Mickey Goodwin.
GOODWIN has not fought for nearly
a year due to a hand injury which oc-
curred while training for a bout with
champion Marvin Hagler. He wasto
receive a guaranteed purse of $100,400
for the fight. Goodwin's injury forced
him to cancel the fight and forfeit his
share of the purse. Doctors report that
his hand now has healed completely,

allowing Goodwin to resume his quest
for the middleweight championship.
Goodwin's opponent for "Fight
Nights" 10-round main event will be
Rocky Stevens of Jacksonville, Fla.
Stevens has a 24-10 professional record.
One of those defeats was to former world
junior middleweight champion Elisha
Obed.
The six bouts on the undercard
feature: Ralph Twining (20-4) of Grand
Rapids versus Danny Paul (20-3) of
Detroit in a 10-rounder; Darnell Knox
(8-0) of Detroit versus William Key (6-3)
of Grand Rapids in an eight-round
fight; John Boggiano (5-1) of Grand
Rapids versus Rick Spencer (4-4) of
Parma, Ohio; and Brett Lally (8-0) of
Westland versus Sammy Young (4-4) of
Troy, N.Y., in six round matches. Two
four round bouts pit Spencer Chavis (2-
0) of Dearborn Heights against Curtis
Rose (0-0) of Detroit and Al Jones (1-0)
of Detroit against Jake Riley (2-4) of
Troy, N.Y.
THE ROLE of the Michigan athletic
department in this boxing venture is
unclear. Boxing promoter and former
chairman of the State Athletic Board of
Control ("Boxing Commission"), Bob
Watson said, "The athletic department
and I are partners in promotion."
However, associate athletic director
Will Perry stated, "We're not in the
promoting business. Our facility is
being used for a top-notch fighter and a
top-notch kid (Goodwin)."
While it was Watson who arranged
the card, the athletic department is
providing th'e facility, publicizing the
event, and receiving a share of the
revenue.
Why is Michigan and its autonomous,
independent; and incorporated athletic
department becoming involved in
professinal boxing? For the same
reason it engages in most activities:
the event's potential for making money.

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director Don Canham. "There seems to
be a great deal of student interest in
boxing." "We've tried to make the
ticket prices low enough for students to
afford," added Perry.
The prices are $10 for ringside, $8 in
the blue section, and $6 and $4 in the
yellow. Tickets are available at all
Sears, CTC outlets, and the U of M
ticket office. The card will also be
tlelecast by ON-TV. If Crisler Arena
sells out, gate receipts could total
$90,000 - "a bonanza for the Univer-
sity," said Watson.
Benefactors of that "bonanza" could
include Goodwin. In an unusual

promoter of "Fight Night." As a par-
tner, if the promotion makes money,
Goodwin will receive additional money
because of his position as a stockholder.
NOVEMBER'S "Fight Night" may
only be the first bout in a series.
"We've already been contacted by CBS
and ESPN, who are interested in a
'Fight Night on Campus' series," said
Canham..
Watson said he is also optimistic
about the chances of more boxing at
Michigan. "We have no other commit-
ments (besides November's fight
Night) at the present time, but hope

One future bout is already in the early'
stages of planning. Although contracts
have yet to be signed, in December or:
January, Crisler may be the site of a
Hilmer Kenty-Greg Coverson fight.
Kenty, the world lightweight champion
before losing his crown to Sean.
O'Grady, is 2-1 since suffering a torn?
retina: an injury which has threatened'
and ended some prominent boxers'
careers. Kenty's one loss while on the
comeback trail came last Sunday in a
bout with Roberto Elizondo, in which Ken-'
ty could not answer the bell for the third
round.

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Mickey Goodwin (right) displays his hard-hitting right in a prior bout at Joe
Louis Arena. Goodwin will fight at Crisler Arena on November 17.

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