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Battle set for, to ight

Hearns vs. Cuevas
for welter crown

DETROIT-The waiting is finally
over. All of the preparations have been
completed. All of the training, build-up,
hype and formalities are done with. All
that remains is for WBA welterweight
champ Pipino Cuevas and challenger
Thomas Hearns to step in the ring and
commence pounding on each other.
After months of anticipation, the
long-awaited bout between Cuevas and
Detroit's Hearns will finally happen.
The title match, being billed by
promoters as "World War II," in
reference to last month's WBC welter-
weight championship bout between
Sugar Ray Leondard and Roberto
Duran, will take place tonight in
Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
FOR HEARNS, dubbed "the Hit-
man" and "the Motor City Cobra," the
fight is the chance of a lifetime. The
lanky puncher carries an amazing
record of 28-0 into the match. 26 of those
wins have come on knockouts. Hearns
is regarded by many experts as the top
fighter in boxing's toughest division.
His powerful right hand has earned him
the respect of virtually everyone in the
boxing world.
Tonight's fight is Hearns' chance to
finally get a shot at the championship
he has dreamed of for so long. And the
oddsmakers have made him a good bet
to realize that dream. Despite the fact
that he is the challenger, Hearns has

been installed as a slight favorite en-
tering the fight.
That fact doesn't seem to bother
Cuevas, however. The Mexican has
shown a great deal of confidence en-
tering the bout, although he admits it
will be "one of his toughest fights." He
amazed the crowd watching his final
public workout at Cobo Hall on Thur-
sday by literally knocking two punching
bags off the wall.
ONE REASON for Cuevas being in-
stalled as the underdog is his height
disadvantage. Hearns, at 6-2%, is 5%"
taller than the 5-9 champion. Hearns
also has a 5" reach advantage.
Because of this, Cuevas' strategy will
be to fight Hearns in close, to neutralize
the difference in size between the two.
He plans to punish Hearns with his
lethal left hook-his greatest weapon.
The bout tonight is especially impor-
tant for the woe-befallen sports fans of
the Motor City, who are yearning for a
champion amid their bevy of last place
pro teams.
The other bouts are Earnie Shavers
vs. Randy "Tex" Cobb in a 10-round
heavyweight bout; WBA lightweight
champ Hilmer Kenty, of Detroit, vs.
Yong Oh Ho of, Korea; WBA junior
lightweight champion Sammy Serrano
of Pureto Rico vs. Yasutsune Uehara of
Japan; Davey Armstrong vs. Miguel
Flores; and Jose Palacios vs. Danny
Paul ina welterweight bout.

AP Photo
MEXICO'S PIPINO CUEVAS holds his WBA World Welterweight Champion-
ship belt aloft during the weigh-in ceremonies Thursday at Detroit's Hart
Plaza. Cuevas, a national sports hero in Mexico, has been established as
the underdog entering tonight's title fight against the pride of the Motor
City, Thomas Hearns.


Tigers take- two from Mariners

DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers
came through with a sweep of yester-
day's doubleheader with the Seattle
Mariners, winning the first game 1-0,
and taking the nightcap 5-2.
A bases-loaded single by Al Cowens
with one in the bottom of the ninth in-
ning scored the first game's only run
and gave the Tigers their 1-0 win in the
Tiger starter Jack Morris was 'the
beneficiary of the late rally as he
recorded his twelfth win against nine
Morris turned in a masterful perfor-
mance against the Mariners in hurling
the six-hit shutout. He retired the last
fourteen men to face him.
Seattle's Floyd Bannister was almost
as effective against the Tigers. Ban-
nister retired the first fourteen Bengals
to face him, as he breezed through the
first six innings facing the minimum
number of enemy batters. The Tigers
could muster only two hits off of the

Seattle starter through the first eight
Bannister ran into trouble in the nin-
th, however, when Duffy Dyer led off
with a single to center. After Bengal
manager Sparky Anderson put Rick
Peters in to run "for Dyer, Seattle
manager Darrell Johnson brought in
reliever Shane Rawley to replace Ban-
Stan Papi then walked, and Jim Len-
tine laid down a picture-perfect
sacrifice bunt, putting runners on
second and third with one out. Johnson
then opted to intentionally pass Alan
Trammell and pitch to Cowens. The
strategy backfired, however, as
Cowens delivered the game winning hit.
In the nightcap, the Tigers got all the
runs they needed in the bottom of the
second. This rally, combined with the
efforts of pitchers Dan Petry, Pat Un-
derwood and Aurelio Lopez was enough
to give the Tigers their 5-2 victory.
Petry went 7% innings, gave up one
run and picked up the win, his sixth
against six losses. Lopez was called on

to retire the last two Mariners in the
ninth to pick up his 14th save on the
Champ Summers got things started
in the second with a double to center-
field. After a ground out to the pitcher,
Cowens' sharp single to right put run-
ners on first and third with one out.
Lou Whitaker followed with a sharp
grounder back to pitcher Rob Dressler
Dressler knocked the ball down, but his
throw to first base ended up in the
Mariner bullpen. On the throw, Sum-
mers and Cowens both came home and
Whitaker ended up on third.
Mark Wagner then laced a sharp
single, scoring Whitaker for the third
Bengal tally. Peters then belted a long
triple to right-center, scoring Wagner.
Trammell's sacrifice fly scored Peters
with the fifth and final Tiger run.
The Mariners could only get to Tiger
pitching with single runs in the third
and ninth innings.
In the third, catcher Bob Simpson led
off with a double, and advanced to thid
on a wild pitch. Bob Stinson's sacrifice

fly scored Simpson with 'the first
Mariner run.
Ex-Tiger Leon Roberts' solo home
run off Underwood in the ninth accoun-
ted for the other Mariner tally.
The Tigers have now won three
games in a row, and have raised their
record to 54-44 on the year. They meet
Seattle again tonight and Sunday to
conclude the four-game series.
American League
Detroi1-5,seattle 0.2
Balimore 3, Minnesota 2
oakland 2, Cleveland 1
Toronto8, California 1
Kansas City 4, Chicago3
Natioali League
San Diego 1, Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati1
NewYork5, Houston4




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