March 21, 2000
HARTFORD, CT (March 20, 2000) -- Undefeated heavyweight contender and
1996 U.S. Olympic boxing team captain, LAWRENCE CLAY-BEY, had the retina of
his left eye successfully reattached last Friday. The procedure was
performed by Alex Gaudio, M.D., in Hartford, CT., Clay-Bey's hometown.
Clay-Bey, 11-0 (8 KOs), who had been training in Denver for his April 1
NABF title fight against top contender Chris Byrd at the Regent Las Vegas,
was diagnosed with torn retinas in both eyes during a routine pre-fight
medical in Denver.
"Doctor Gaudio told me the damage I suffered was not nearly as severe as
the semi-detached retinas suffered by Sugar Ray Leonard and Iran Barkley."
said Clay-Bey. "No procedure was necessary for the right eye, the doctor
said it would heal on its own. The entire recuperation period for both eyes
should take three months."
"Lawrence has overcome every obstacle that has come his way, " said Dan
Goossen, president of America Presents, Clay-Bey's promoter. "Turning pro at
31, an age when most fighters consider retiring from a professional career,
not beginning one, took great courage and confidence. Three times he broke
the third metacarpal on his left hand, he sat idle for 18 months while he
endured various procedures, and still he successfully returned to the winners
circle. His last fight, against Robert Daniels in January, summed up the man
and his potential. Clay-Bey won nine out of 10 rounds against a former world
champion who had not lost in six years and was riding a 15-bout unbeaten
streak. Clay-Bey never stops amazing me. If Ray Leonard can come back from
the same injury, I know Lawrence will too, if he so chooses."
Stepping in for Clay-Bey, as Byrd's NABF title opponent, will be former
IBF cruiserweight champion ADOLPHO WASHINGTON, 28-8-2 (17 KOs).
The card at the Regent Las Vegas has also added Las Vegas heavyweight
wrecking machine and one-time world title challenger JORGE LUIS GONZALEZ,
30-5 (27 KOs). In the best shape of his life, Gonzalez returns to the ring
with his sights set squarely on two-time world heavyweight champion Mike
Tyson. Gonzalez is enjoying a two-year, five-bout winning streak -- four by
knockout -- which includes victories over former WBA heavyweight champion
Greg Page, Josh Gormley, Alex Stewart and Rodolfo Marin.
FREEDA FOREMAN, daughter of two-time world heavyweight champion George
Foreman, is scheduled to make her pro debut against Tiffany McRae, also
making her pro debut, in a four-round super middleweight bout.
The co-main event will feature Las Vegan featherweight, AUGIE SANCHEZ,
25-1 (23 KOs), world-rated No. 7 by the IBF and No. 9 by the WBC, in a
10-round bout against former WBO-Latin America and Argentine National
champion Jorge Peredes, 17-5-4 (4 KOs).
The fights will be televised on tape-delay, Sunday, April 2, 7-9 p.m.
EST/PST, on FOX Sports Net.