Citizens' Voice from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on May 3, 1980 · 29
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Citizens' Voice from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania · 29

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, May 3, 1980
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Schwartz: Sugar Ray Will Feast on Duran By PAT RUSIITON Cili:ni'VoitStoH Sugar Ray Leonard will feast on Roberto Duran and if Muhammed Ali gets down to 225 pounds he'll beat Larry Holmes. Those are some mighty strong predictions, but they were made by a man with strong background in boxing Rollle Schwartz. Who's Rollie Schwartz? He's the man who managed that star-studded Olympic boxing team at Montreal in 1976; was chief referee for the 1968 Olympic boxing matches held at Mexico City, and is past national chairman of the AAU Boxing Commission. He is presently head boxing coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati and is amatuer boxing's representative on the U.S. Olympic Committee executive board. Schwartz, an NBC boxing commentator, was the principal speaker at the second annual Metro Intercollegiate Conference (MIC) dinner held Friday night at the Holiday Inn. Understandably, Schwartz is a big fan of Leonard, but the boxing coach was adamant in his prediction the welterweight will defeat Duran. "Leonard will knock him out in the later rounds," predicted Schwartz. Duran doesn't stand a chance. He'll never get close to Sugar. He's got the fastest hands around. "Duran is in for a long night," warned Schwartz. "He's just not big enough. Leonard will either cut him up and force the fight to be stopped or knock him out." Schwartz recently spent some time in Africa with Ali filming a boxing exhibition between a team from Kenya and All's amatuer team. The boxing commentator said Ali shed 15 pounds in two weeks and still has 20 more pounds to go. "If Muhammed can get down to 225 he'll beat Holmes," predicted Schwartz. "Muhammed's no fool. He has great discipline. He should be able to get down to 225." Schwartz pointed out Holmes spent nearly eight years Strange Leads Houston Open HOUSTON (UPI) - Curtis Strange collected seven birdies on the front nine and shot an 8under-par 63 at the Woodlands Country Club Friday, taking a four-shot lead with his course record-tying score in the PGA Houston Open. Texan Lee Trevino, continuing steady play which has carried him to No. 2 on the money list, added a 66 to his first-round 67 and was then joined later in the day by Mike Reid, Skip Dunaway and Dave Hill with 9-under 133s at the midway point of the $350,000 tournament. Five strokes back of the leader was Jay Haas and heading a group at 135 was George Burns. Strange, 25, of as All's sparing partner. "He lived with Ali. They boxed hundreds of rounds. Look for Ali to decision Holmes." Schwartz pointed out the U.S. Olympic boxing team was the first group to publically support President Jimmy Carter's call for a boycott ol the Summer Olympic Games at Moscow. That action came as no surprise to Schwartz. "Those guys have been over there several times. It wasn't just the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan which made them come out so quickly in support of the president. "They've seen the lack of human rights and human spirit there. They've witnessed the police state which exists in Russia. That played a significant part in their coming out so quickly. "To the kids who've never been there, I've got no Kingsmill, Va., is ranked 32nd on the money list this year despite having played in a grueling I6-0M8 tournaments. His best finish was a tie for third in the Tournament of Champions three weeks ago. "That started it," Strange said. "That gave me the confidence I've needed." He used only 10 putts en route to a 29 on the front nine Friday. Strange's 13-under total after 36 holes was two strokes better than anyone has shot midway through the 18 PGA tournaments this year and it put him in excellent position to shatter the Houston Open record of 268 set by Bob Charles in 1963 and tied by last . year's winner. Wayne Levi, grievance, but it's clear they (Russia) will use the Olympics as a political ploy." While the 1976 Olympic team brought both amateur and pro boxing back from near extinction, Schwartz Insisted the team which would have gone to Moscow this summer is just as good. "We'll never know just how good though," commented Schwartz. "The big question is would they have gotten up as much as the team that went to Montreal." Schwartz said the man to watch on the fight scene is light heavyweight Tony Tucker from Grand Rapids, Mich. "Tucker is a combination boxer and puncher, much akin to Joe Louis. He comes right at you. I'd take him tomorrow over the two so-called light Heavyweight champs." 1 r 1 1 1 11 n 1 mi n-ii " Wecome From Joe Gries Speaks Candidly on Boxing Gomet Girls Hold First Crestwood girls track team held onto its first place in the Division II race by beating Coughlin, 89-43, Friday at Plains Memorial Stadium. Double winners for the Comets were Lynn Betcher, Petroski, Roche and DeBoer. Coughlin was paced by Jenny Rothstein injhejield events, T. Hosage, Tomchik and , Jones, with two wins each. .., CRESTWOOD (CD) 89, COUGHLIN (C) 43 3200 relay Id. Jones, Tomchik, Ordoni, Remensnyder, 10:38.5. 110 hurdles Roche ICR), lt.4; Gricoi and Hosage ICR). 100 dash- Petroski (CR113.4; Kraynanski (C); Betcher ICR). 1600 run - Jones (0 4:10; Hess and McGrath ICR). 400 relay - (C) T. Hosage, Woseleski, Rafferty, Worthington, 59.5. 400 dash - DeBoer (CR) 1:07.2; Wilhelm ICR); Banasciek IC). BOO run - Betcher ICR) 2:31.4; Remensnyder and Cardoni IC). 200 dash - Kraynanski IC) 28.5; Roche ICR); Lupas (C). 3200 run - Jenkins (CR) 13:02; R. Dully and Kenney ICR). 1100 relay - ICR) Petroski, Betcher, Gricoi, DeBoer, 4:31. shot put- Rothstein (C) 9 meters, 45 centimeters: Burke and J. Tweedle ICR), triple iump T. Hosage ICR) 32'4"; Borolski ICR); lupas IC). discuss - Rothstein (0 33 meters, S centimeters; J. Tweedle and T. Tweedle ICR), long jump - Tomchick (0 14 meters, 11 centimeters; Borolski and T. Hosage (CR). javelin - Radkowski (CR) 28 meters, 65 centimeters; Rothstein (C); Koienda (CR). high jump - Roche (CR); T. Tweedle and Wilhelm (CR). , , , ELDON WOLFE POWER EQUIPMENT Announces XS23E2(IDj9 STOCK REDUCTION SALE fnH WHEEL HORSE Wo Must Sell Over $28,000 Worth of L? laewn it. garden tractors I nventory Before May 15, 1980. BUY NOW WHILE THE SELECTION IS BEST. Ildon . Wolf -ft VISA ELDON WOLFE POWER EQUIPMENT N. of Berwick, Brwlck-Shlckf hlnny Hwy. R.D. 1, Berwick, Pa. Phon 542-4260 Mon.-Thuri. S:30-6; Frl. 8:30-8; Sal. 8:30-4 FINANCING miuitt

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