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51987$ Sun., Apr. 51987 12H Sports ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Ringside - Seat Costs' $700 IFoe Hagler-Leonard iout ' LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin . Hagler won't be the only ones getting 1 rich on Monday night's big fight. Promoter Bob Arum stands to make millions, Caesars Palace should take in a bundle from gamblers and resorts up and down the Strip are hoping to cash in on it. The fight is such a big event that even Caesars, which is host for the bout, must send some of its invited . high-rollers to other hotels to watch the action on closed-circuit television. '. "We've got 60,000 customers and we can put 2,500 in the fight," said Bill Doner, vice president of marketing for Caesars. "The hardest thing 1 for us is trying to appease everybody that wants to get in to see the fight." Caesars, which bought site rights from Arum for $7 million, sold out all of its tickets within 16 days last November. With ringside seats selling for $700 and average ticket prices of $513, the hotel will take in a live gate of nearly $7.9 million for the 15,366-seat outdoor arena. The hotel also sold out 6,100 seats, at $50 each, in its convention area and, with Arum, arranged for 31,000 closed-circuit seats at various Las Vegas hotels with prices ranging from $30 and up. "They expect 100,000 people in town for the fight and there's only 15,000 seats in the arena itself," Arum said. "We had to put up enough closed- circuit locations so these people could see the fight." Fight From page one hat, the monologues about the destroyer of men. Five years after they should have fought for the first time, when Leonard retired as a result of a detached retina in his left eye, Hagler still shows resentment. "Sure I do," Hagler said. "He has no business being in there with me. But that's great. It keeps me honest and makes me mean. He's on an ego trip; he sees me getting all the attention. That's great, though. It will enable me to make a lot of money." Leonard's reply to the ego accusation: "He's absolutely right." . With his $12 million cut from the $23 million purse, Hagler will make some of the money he never made in his early years as a fighter. Manager Pat Petronelli remembers the years when few would book Hagler, much less pay him large sums. Leonard, with his handsome face and sweet demeanor, captured imaginations, while Hagler was a brutal fighter who worked his way up slowly and incited relatively little response. "We had some terrible times," Petronelli said. "We couldn't do any Boxing Johnson, Retain U.S. By The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. - St. Louis-area boxers Arthur Johnson and Nick Kakouris successfully defended their titles Saturday in the U.S. Amateur Boxing Championships. Johnson fought with a broken right hand in scoring a split 3-2 decision over Sergio Reyes of Fort Worth, Texas, in the 112-pound final. Kakouris defeated St. Louisan Tony Robinson 5-0 at 139 pounds. The 12 titlists, in weight classes ranging from 106 pounds to super heavyweight, now become the early favorites for making the U.S. Olympic team in 1988. Johnson said he broke the knuckle on the index finger of his right hand while training for the Goodwill Games last July and re-injured it last week in the early stages of the tournament. "It hurt, but I had to just suck it up," said Johnson, who was not able to throw as many punches with his right as he ordinarily would. "He was a lot tougher than I thought. He could really take a punch." Johnson won the title for the third successive year. Other three-time winners were Kakouris and Brian Lonon, of Fort Hood, Texas, who won at 106 pounds. One of the few first-time titlists was Charlton Hollis, a 22-year-old 12th And Park's Finger Twins Retain Golden Gloves Titles Eighteen-year-old twins Lavell and Terrell Finger of the 12th ajid Park Boxing Club were winners -Saturday night in the St. Louis Golden Gloves Championships at Kiel Auditorium. Terrell Finger, the defending St., Louis champion at 125 pounds, edged Terronn Millett of Pagedale 3-2 in the 132-pound title bout. Finger and Millett also fought for the title last year at 125. "He's a veteran, I'm a veteran," said Terrell Finger. "He's a tough competitor." . Lavell Finger, St. Louis' lone defending national Golden Gloves champion, earned a 5-0 decision over Nathaniel Saulsberry of Pagedale. "I have a lot of confidence in myself," said Lavell. "I came here looking to win and I'm going to Knoxville with the same idea." Saturday's 12 open-division winners will representf St. Louis in the Doner said Caesars distributed 3,500 fight tickets to other Las Vegas hotels for their own big spenders, then gave 2,500 tickets to Arum and the two fighters and their entourages. ' After setting aside another 2,000 for Caesars customers, there were fewer than 8,000 tickets available for sale. "There's no bad seats in the stadi-' urn but we can't get all the people we want in there," Doner said. "You tell a customer he can't get a room in the hotel and when he gets done yelling and screaming you say I have more bad news no ticket. And then the other hoteis complain we haven't given them enough tickets." The attraction for Caesars and other resort hotels, of course, is that the fight attracts high-rollers gamblers who might bet $50,000 a hand for most of the evening at the baccarat or blackjack tables. There were reports of a $25 million casino handle the night Lafry Holmes beat Gerry Cooney in 1982 at Caesars. "The big guys will be there," Doner said. "It's why we do this stuff." Don Guglielmino, Caesars' publici-. ty chief, said he turns down 50 ticket . requests a day and that the ticket office turns down 300 callers daily. "Unfortunately, I've even had letters from people saying they have terminal cancer and it's their last request to get tickets to the fight," he said. "These guys are such celebrity figures that people feel they have to be .ringside. The response we have from thing with him; no one wanted to hear his name." On June 10, 1977, Leonard fought just his third pro fight against a nonentity named Vinnie DeBarros in Hartford, Conn., knocking him out in the third round and making $50,000. On the undercard, Hagler fought his 36th pro fight, against Roy Jones. He knocked him out in the third round and received $1,500. "It's been in the back of his mind for 10 years," Petronelli said. "He was always hoping someday to close that gap, in money and prestige." The disparity continued in 1979. On Nov. 30 at Caesars Palace, Leonard received his first title shot after three years as a professional. He received $1 million for his bout with Wilfred Benitez to win the World Boxing Council welterweight title. On the undercard again, after six years as a professional, Hagler received his first title shot but the fight was judged a draw, and champion Vito Antuofermo retained the middleweight title. Hagler's cut was just $40,000. A poster promoting the fight is a tribute to Kakouris construction worker from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who won a unanimous decision over Warren Williams in the super heavyweight division. Hollis, who has been fighting with a coach's supervision since only January, said he never had a doubt about winning the title. Champions who won for the second time included Kelcie Banks of Chicago at 125 pounds; Michael Collins of LaPorte, Texas, at 119 pounds; Kenneth Gould of Rockford, 111., at 147 pounds; Anthony Hembrick of Fort Bragg, N.C., at 165 pounds; and Micahel Bent of Cambria Heights, N.Y., at heavyweight. Curry Wins LAS VEGAS, Nev. Former welterweight champion Donald Curry moved a step closer to a world junior middleweight title fight when opponent Carlos Santos was disqualified for head butting in the fifth round of their scheduled 12-round fight. It was the second successive fight Curry has won on a disqualification. On Feb. 7, Tony Montgomery was disqualified in the fifth round for repeated butting. Referee Carlos Padilla, who had warned Santos twice for butting and taken away points in the fourth and fifth rounds for repeated fouls, stopped the bout at 2:25 of the fifth round. national tournament April 13-18 in Knoxville, Tenn. Steve Young (119) of Mathews-Dickey and Randy Cross (147) also defended their St. Louis titles. Defending St. Louis champions Charles Oliver (156) of Wellston and Paul Carlo (178) of North County didn't fare as well. Ray Lathon (156) of Mathews-Dickey and Paul James (178) of the Bombers scored 4-1 upset decisions. Other open-division winners Saturday included Antwoun Williams (106) of the Northside Bombers, Carl Daniels (112) of North County, Derrick Walker (125) of Mathews-Dickey, Roy Richie (165) of 12th and Park, Kevin Bozada (heavyweight) of the Warriors and Tommy Dailing (super-heavyweight) of Hannibal. In sub-novice special, Tommy Gage (125) and Ray Kube (132) of the. Southside Warriors wye victorious. celebrities is also about double what we normally have for fights." Guglielmino said casino hosts will work around the clock, escorting players and celebrities throughout the weekend. Minimum bet limits at many casino tables wilt be upped for the expected crowds. "There will be a couple of $2 ta-blesj but you'll have to look for them," he said. Rossi Ralenkotter, tourism director for the Las Vegas Convention Authority, said most hotels, are sold out from Friday through Tuesday. He said the economic impact could top $100 million for the town, double what the Cooney-Holmes or Leonard-Thomas Hearns fights did. "This has the potential to be the biggest yet," he said. "In addition, the publicity not only for Caesars Palace but for Las Vegas as a destination is very positive." More than 1,100 press credentials will bp issued for the fight, far more than can be accomodated in the traditional press ringside seating area. "Some are going to be in the press room watching it on closed circuit," said Caesars spokeswoman Debbie Munch. "Others will be up in the bleachers." The economics of the fight itself are staggering. Arum said net revenues have already passed $27 million and that the fight could "realistically" gross $80 million to $85 million. Half of those proceeds will go to Arum's Top Rank. Hagler Leonard Age 32 30 Weight 160 160 Height 5-9V2 5-10V2 Reach 75 74 Chest (normal) 40 39 Chest (expand) 42 41 Biceps 15 15 Forearm 12 11 Waist 30 30 Thigh 22 21 Calf 15 13 Neck 16 15V2 Wrist 7 7 Fist 12 11 Ankle 9 9 Official weigh-in will be Monday. Leonard. In a small box in the corner, Hagler is shown as an added attraction. ."That poster tells the whole story," Top Rank promoter Arum said. "He feels that rage Even though he's not conscious of it, Leonard looks and treats Marvin with something like disdain. Marvin detects this attitude. When Ray says he likes and respects Marvin, what Marvin thinks he's saying is, you don't count for that much." PS0D Golf Compiled From News Services GREENSBORO, N.C. Scott Simpson warmed up on the back nine with ' three birdies and finished with a 3-under-par 69 and sole possession of first place Saturday after the third round of the Greater Greensboro Open golf tournament. Simpson, who tied for fourth in last week's Tournament Players Championship, has a three-day total of 4-un-der-par 212 after watching potential leaders and challengers fade in the cold weather. Tom Byrum, starting Saturday's frigid round at 3-under-par 141, fired a par 72, going to 213, just one shot back of the leader. Byrum's best effort this year has been a tie for 15th at Pebble Beach. While the tournament was promoted as North Carolina's spring spectacular, the 77 players in the final two rounds had to deal with a temperature of 39 degrees when they teed off just after noon. With winds gusting to 30 mph, the wind-chill factor dropped to 21 degrees. The day started with a morning snow shower as players attempted to Missouri Wins 1 8-2, College Baseball Special to the Post-Dispatch Greg Brecht's single in the bottom of the ninth scored pinch-runner Bron Husted on Saturday as Iowa State topped Missouri 3-2 in the first game of a Big Eight doubleheader in Ames, Iowa. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Tigers. In the nightcap, a, bases-loaded double by Missouri right fielder Tom Ciombar in the third keyed a six-run inning as the Tigers swamped the Cyclones 18-?. Doug Bock hit his fifth home run of the year for Missouri in the seventh as Tony Russo picked up his fifth win in seven decisions. Missouri improved to 19-11 overall and 5-1 in Big Eight play. Iowa State is 12-12 and 1-1. Meramec 10-8, East Central 1-2: In Union, Mo., Meramec Community College ran its winning streak to 22 consecutive games with a sweep of East Central Junior College. Meramec (28-2) has not lost since it dropped a game to Vincennes University in the Gulf Coast Tournament in early March in Panama City, Fla. Danny Hitt from Pattonville High was the winner in the second game, allowing only a third-inning double as he upped his record to 6-0. Washington U. 1 3-1 1 , Princip-ia 8-1: Washington University ,i Marvin Hagler, 62-2-2 with 52 KOs, wants another chance to raise Yet Leonard actually does like Hagler, and Hagler has some feeling of affection for his opponent as well. In the now oft-told story, the two began discussing the possibility of this fight over a year ago, when Hagler came to Leonard's Bethesda, Md., restaurant, Jameson's, where they drank champagne and mused about the bout that should have happened five years ago. In 1982, the gap finally was closing. But Leonard suffered the detached retina and retired six months later. Hagler had lost a matchup he wanted badly. But in the meantime, he finally ascended to the level of attention and prestige of Leonard. "Good things come to those who complete a second round delayed by rain. - "I've never hit a golf ball in the snow before," Simpson said. "It was pretty neat for me. Being born and raised in San Diego, we don't get snow we don't get days this cold." Simpson started the day at 1 under par and remained there through 10 holes. Ten-foot birdie putts at his 11th and 18th holes and a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 16 moved him into the lead. "When I did hit some bad shots, I made some real good saves," Simpson said. "I'd love to just get out there tomorrow and play a real good round. Anything under par was real good today." Byrum started on the back nine and had three bogeys in a row. He broke the slide with a 3-foot birdie putt on his fourth hole. A 4-foot birdie putt one hole 'later sent him out in even-par 36. On the back side, Byrum had one birdie, with a 15-foot putt at No. 12. To complete the round, Byrum saved par on four of his last six holes. . "I haven't played this cold in a long time." Byrum said. "My face was numb the whole last nine holes." After bolting to 7 under par with birdies on three of his first six holes, two-time GGO champion and second- banged out 25 hits at Kelly Field as it swept visiting Principia (2-9). The Bears (11-12) were led by left fielder Geoff Golub, who was seven for eight with five runs batted in for the two games. Lance Cage (5-2) won the opener, and Mark Krasnow (2-2) allowed only four hits in the nightcap. SIUE 5, W. Illinois 2: In Springfield, 111., Southern Illinois Universi-ty-Edwardsville took advantage of four errors in the first three innings to score four unearned runs and hand Western Illinois University (11-6) a defeat in the final round of Springfield Collegiate Classic. The Cougars, who finished second in the four-team round-robin tournament, fell behind 1-0 in the first inning when Dave Eck opened the game with a wind-blown double and scored on Mike Mohr's single. The Cougars (9-5-1) responded with two outs in the second inning. WIU shortstop Arne Carlson opened the door with an error before Tom Klenke hit a two-run double off the right-field wall, scoring Bill Luther and Kent Vartanian. Klenke later scored on a throwing error by catch-. er Chris Howard. UMSL 9-10, SE Missouri 8-3: The University of Missouri (16-7) moved into first place in the MIAA South Division by sweeping Southeast Missouri (9-12) at UMSL. In the opener, Southeast rallied Create Pp t-eensboro 7 v7 ' wait," Hagler said. "I wasn't colorful, I wasn't marketable, I wasn't a showboat. But look at me now. This time, I'm the wanted man." Yet this fight is another cause of resentment. Hagler perceives this bout is yet another thing that has been given to Leonard who has fought just once in five years and never fought on an undercard on a silver platter. And in a bout in which Hagler is considered the outright favorite, he: has been astonished to learn that some, including Tommy Hearns and Sports Illustrated, are picking Leonard. The argument in favor of Leonard is that he can outbox Hagler. The common perception of the champion round leader Danny Edwards bo-geyed his next two holes and finished the front nine at 5 under par. Edwards saw his troubles continue as he bogeyed his closing three holes and wound up at 1-under 215 after a 76. Clarence Rose, a North Carolina native looking for his first victory on the PGA Tour, birdied his first two holes and moved to 6 under par at the start of the round. Then, as the temperature began to drop, Rose ran into more trouble. A triple bogey on his 14th hole dropped him back to 215 with a third-round 75. Also at 215 are Payne Stewart, Brian Claar and Gene Sauers. Bradley, King Share Lead RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. Pat Bradley, who began a sensational Ladies Professional Golf Association campaign last year with a victory in the Dinah Shore Invitational, charged into a share of the lead with Betsy King after three rounds of the 1987 tournament. The field will be tightly bunched at the top heading into Sunday's final round of the $500,000 event at Mission Hills Country Club as nine players trail the leaders by three shots or id "I I . -j ''' rti' Iliiiiiiiini'iniiin-T irirT plits With Iowa from an 8-2 defict to tie the score in the fourth, and Ron Hoerner (Hazel-wood Central) drove in the winning run in the fifth with a triple. Mike Melton (Southwest) picked up the victory in relief, while Bob Simpson (Francis Howell) earned his sixth save of the season. Ken Allman upped his record to 4-0 with an eight-stikeout effort in the nightcap. SIUC 3-5, Creighton 2-2: In Omaha, Neb., Southern Illinois Uni-versity-Carbondale (18-5) got strong Bowling Pedersen Defeats Morrow WASHINGTON, D.C. (UPI) Randy Pedersen scored a 232-221 victory over St. Louisan Rowdy Morrow, the No. 1 qualifier, in Saturday's title game of the Fair Lanes Open to capture his second successive championship on the Professional Bowlers Association tour. Pedersen, of Santa Maria, Calif., averaged 240 in the finals in winning the $23,000 top prize at Fair Lanes Capital Plaza for his third career title. Last weekend In the Toledo Trust PBA National Championship, Pedersen averaged 253 for three games in the finals to earn $49,000. i " .'I.. 1 his fists in victory. remains that he is the puncher rather . than the artist, and it irks him. " "It doesn't matter," he said.' ,?'It's .' just jealousy. It's a free country. They ; can say whatever they want. You nev-? er know. I might outbox him." , ! Age also has become a criticism. Hearns calls Hagler slow; others point to his last title defense, against John. Mugabi on March 10, 1986. Mugabi took him to 11 rounds and had him in trouble. But Hagler's 32 years, 'many of them frustrating, might also 'have taught him something about longevity winning out. ,' ',,",' ; ; : "I'm still here," he, said. "I've been; in trouble before. The object is to get-out of trouble. And I'm still here1." fewer. "I expect it to be a tremendous golf tournament tomorrow, the way, it's all. bunched together," Bradley said after her 3-under-par 69 put her at 1-un-'. der-par215. -.- , -, "The way everybody's bunched, up anything can happen. Because, of rt, being a major, I don't think anybody' will pull out and run away with it." . King, who carded a third-rouri'd 72," said: "'I'm still tied for the lead, diUn. lose any ground today. I think it'll, take a round in the 60s to win. -It; would be nice to win a major."; . .'. Bradley was three shots back of co-;; leaders King and Amy Alcott heading-into Saturday's round. Alcott shot 74 for a 217 total.." .' - ' Chris Johnson, with a 66, and Jane., Geddes, with a 67, shot their way into contention and were tied with Alcott, Jan Stephenson and Rosie Jones., Conditions were virtually Ideal "for -the third round after winds gusting to 40 mph had made play extremely; challenging on Friday. Bradley, who J had a 74 Friday after an opening 72, .' and King, with 68-75 the first two-days, were the only players under par.' after three rounds. Bradley, 36, is trying for back-to; back victories, having won the LPGA" event in Phoenix last weekend.' '.. , ,' pitching from Dale Kisten and Toiid ' Neibel as it swept Creighton (15-$).,' In the opener, Charlie Hillemann stroked a two-run single with twi) out! in the eighth inning to give SlUCthe-lead. Kisten struck out 11 and upped his record to 5-1. . , . . ; In the nightcap, Chuck Locke had -the only hit of the third inning a two-. ; run single, as SIUC scored four,runs,. on two walks, a hit batsman, two ;er-. rors and a fielder's choice, Neibe'r went the distance for his third victory "1 in four decisions. ', ..'"'' V "I almost decided not to boWl tjri; week," said Pedersen, only the 21st-player to win back-to-back PBA.titles. ; "I had bowled every tournament this . year (now 13) without a break. And l , didn't want to suffer burnout." '. Pedersen opened the title grt)e ! with four strikes. Morrow suffered'ari i open frame in the second but came.' back with four consecutive strikes., '. ; But Morrow, who was trying for tiis first title, left a 10-pin in the seventh and missed it on the conversion at-tempt. Pedersen then coasted to Ihe ; title. St.

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