Daily News from New York, New York on August 5, 1993 · 566
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Daily News from New York, New York · 566

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Thursday, August 5, 1993
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Egos 5 CO RIDDICK BOWE, after Michael Dokes and Jesse Ferguson, will get another "walkover" against a "shot" fighter who should retire before developing Parkinson's syndrome which is, of course, a cheap shot at Rock Newman, who took such cheap shots against Evander Holyfield. But with the only two more-lucrative opponents Lennox Lewis and Tommy Morrison on course to fight each BOXING MICHAEL KATZ other in March, Bowe's manager is changing his tune. So in the next day or two expect the rematch to be announced for Nov. 5 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. "It's not done yet," Shelly Finkel, Holyfield's manager, cautioned yesterday, "but in the next 24-48 hours we should have it done." What put Rock in a hard place was the lack of alternatives to the rematch. Holy-field still outranks most heavyweights where it matters most, not with the alphabets but in the counting houses. "The problem is that there aren't even any bums around," said Lou DiBella, a Time Warner vice president, describing the heavyweight division. DiBella was seeking a marketable HBO opponent for Michael Moorer, the "mandatory" IBF and WBA contender, who would step aside to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KANSAS CITY - The NCAA's gender equity task force will spare big-time football the mortal blow many feared, while making few people on either side of the issue entirely happy. The task force, which spent more than a year studying the breakdown between men and women's athletics, made public yesterday its recommendations for next January's NCAA convention. It stopped short of demanding an exact and immediate division of money and other resources, which could have forced football to scale down. The legislative recommendations were forwarded to the NCAA Council. NCAA president Joseph Crowley said the council probably will -sVf gi yy jjjjj I' ii in uTrMlrriT ' " - f ' ftlmfi- - TOGETHER AGAIN: It seems likely whom he took the heavyweight title, allow Holyfield first shot with a promise of meeting the winner. No rush: Morrison needs a couple of bums to mark time until March, when opening of MGM Grand in Vegas and onset of pay-per-view TV in Britain will enrich meeting with Lewis. His Aug. 30 ESPN opponent, Anthony Wade, came up with bum mitt and has been replaced by tougher Mike Williams. Bill Cayton, Morrison's co-manager, has approved only punchless Frans Botha of South Africa for proposed October-November bout, which he and promoter Bob Arum hope to sell to HBO, but Botha is regarded as "pathetic" by Time Warner scouts, who refuse to pay sev Money division not called for by task force vote to put most of the recommendations on the ballot. "Generally speaking, you could say the council received the report favorably," Crowley said from Beaver Creek, Colo., where the council is meeting. "Legislation will go forward." Going to court? Most people on both sides of the issue say the matter ultimately will be decided by the courts. "I don't think these recommendations will change football," said Tom Hansen, executive director of the Pac-10 Conference and a member of the 16-member task force. "I believe the council will sponsor the recommended legisla that the next fight for Riddick Powe Evander Holyfield (r.). en figures for someone they think couldn't beat five-figure ESPN opponents. . . . Arum, meanwhile, planning PPV six days before Bowe-Holyfield featuring Michael Carbajal defending 108-pound title in Phoenix hometown. Opponent is Domingo Sosa of Dominican Republic and Oscar de la Hoya would be on bill against Narciso Valenzuela. No excuse: Bums may be sparse among heavyweights, but middleweight division has some real fighters, so why is WBC champ Gerald Mc-Clennan, coming off spectacular KO of Julian Jackson, allowed to make first defense Friday night in San Juan (Showtime, with more attractive Felix Trinidad WBA welter defense vs. Luis Garcia) tion and the membership will adopt it" "I'm not real excited about it, to be perfectly honest," Ellen Vargyas, senior counsel for the National Women's Law Center and a consultant to the task force, said. "There are definitely some good things in the report. But I think this report stands for the proposition that the-NCAA has chosen not to be a major player on the issue." Mechanism for future The task force said "emerging" women's sports should be acceptable for meeting minimum sports sponsorship requirements and revenue distribution and that the council should "create a (I.) will be against the man from ap against 34-year-old who hasn't fought in more than year and was ranked only 15th by Team Don King? Jose Su-laiman, WBC president and King cheerleader, says Jay Bell deserves shot. Not because Bell's hitting .310 for Pirates, but because promoter asked for dispensation. Bell not listed in Ralph Citro's record book because, says editor Phill Marder, "We had a dog of a time verifying his victories he seems to think you get a victory by forfeit when your opponent doesn't show up." Marder says Bell is 17-1-1 with 16 KOs and "is not bad" from videotapes he's seen. . . . Bowe goes to Hall of Fame in Canastota, N.Y., Tuesday. No induction, but nice place to celebrate 26th birthday. mechanism to identify future emerging sports." Emerging sports were identified as crew, ice hockey, team handball, water polo, synchronized swimming, archery, badminton, bowling and squash. A controversial recommendation that maximum financial aid limitations be increased for some Division I and II women's sports, but not men, may not get council support. "That's a very complicated question," Crowley said. "Without expressing opposition to the idea, it simply was the feeling of the council that that idea could benefit from No sale: Mark Breland. Shelly Finkel's former golden boy, couldn't believe his old manager didn't secure services of de la Hoya after paying medical and funeral expenses for 1992 Olympic hero's mother. Finkel told Breland, "Look, the kid is only 19, it was his father's influence." Breland replied, "When I was 19, I knew the difference between right and wrong." Ouch John David Jackson, slick undefeated southpaw who held meaningless WBO junior-middle title but couldn't get fight with Terry Norris, has relinquished belt to challenge Reggie Johnson for WBA 160-pound crown Arum going to put Lupe Aquino and Verno Phillips together for vacant title on bill with Carbajal and de la Hoya. No more: Garden boxing, when it joins with Dan Duva, will form new entity known as Garden State Boxing. Well, Bobby Goodman wanted to keep "Garden" in title. First show is Sept. 11 in Dublin, where loquacious Kevin Kel-ley challenges Goyo Vargas for WBC feather crown. . . . Duva and Goodman, with European TV backing, come back Sept. 25 (Yom Kippur) with Tracy Harris Patterson's WBC junior-feather defense against Daniel Zaragoza in Poughkeepsie. . . . Junior Jones goes Tuesday on USA against Francisco Alvarez in hoped-for tuneup to title bout. Looks like WBA bantam champion Jorge Eliecer Julio may be target. Together again: Dominic Amorosa, who as U.S. attorney headed federal investigation into boxing of early '80s, has hired Joe Spinelli, former FBI agent he worked with in that probe, as investigator for his defense of Ray Mercer against bribery charge. . . . Mercer fights puffed-up light-heavy Tony Willis next Thursday on ESPN. more study." The report also urged the council to decrease the amount of financial aid to athletes "that is not based on need." Key point A key passage in the 13-page report concedes that football and men's basketball at most schools produce revenue for men's and women's sports. "Maintaining current revenue-producing programs as one aspect of long-range planning for increasing women's opportunities is preferable to decreasing the . . . opportunities for men especially when such maintenance may result in revenues available for both women's and men's programs," the passage reads.

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