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New England Chatta
JD Vena

April 5, 2000

Sal LoNano, the manager of "Irish" Micky Ward, met with HBO executives yesterday to negotiate a possible late summer date for the newly crowned WBU Jr. Welterweight Champion. Ward, now rated number six by the CBZ is being mentioned as a potential title challenger for WBC counterpart, Kostya Tszyu. Arturo Gatti, the former IBF Jr. Lightweight Champion who brutally retired Maine's Joey Gamache, is also a likely opponent for Ward. Stay tuned.

Boxing will be showcased nearly every weekend this month within the confines of New England. This Friday, boxing returns to the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino when undefeated knockout sensation Angel Vazquez of Hartford, CT, squares off with veteran tough-guy Bernard Harris for the vacant USBA Featherweight title. Vazquez (18-0, 15 KO's) is rated the number three challenger for "Prince" Naseem Hamed's WBO title. In order to fulfill his dreams of winning a world title, he must overcome the always prepared, Harris who brings a 17-4-2 record with 8 KO's into their match-up.

In the co-feature, Wilfredo Rivera, a recent knockout victim to former lightweight champion, "Sugar" Shane Mosley will hope to return to his winning ways at the waters of junior middleweight when he faces the streaking Robert Frazier. This one promises to be a good one. For ticket information, call 1-888-332-5600 or purchase tickets at the Mohegan Sun box office for a measly $35. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the first bout kicks off at 7:30 p.m. If you aren't in the New England area, tune into ESPN2 at 9:00 p.m. EST.

This month also marks the return of super-middleweight prospect, Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton, who will battle the always exciting, Glenwood "The Real Beast" Brown on Friday the 21st at the Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI. Pemberton, of New Bedford, MA, is now rated twelfth by the WBA and fifteenth by the IBF and brings a record of 20-2-1 with 16 KO's into his toughest test to date. Brown, a former world title challenger at welterweight has already dropped two close 10 round decisions to New England's Vinny Pazienza and Dana Rosenblatt, who's right hand shattered from the resilient skull of Brown, 48-11, 29 KO's.

Kabary "The Egyptian Magician" Salem of Brooklyn, NY will appear in the ten-round co-feature. For those of who may forget, Salem was the opponent who fought Randie Carver before Carver died of brain injuries this past fall. Local favorites, 154-pound Brian Dumas, 190-pound Arthur Saribekian and Melvin Cumba are also slated to appear in separate bouts. For ticket information, please call Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertain & Sports, Inc. at (410) 724-2253 or visit their web site at

Last but not least, IBO Super-middleweight, "Dangerous" Dana Rosenblatt of Malden, MA, makes his first appearance since avenging his lone defeat to Rhode Island nemesis, Vinny Pazienza. Rosenblatt, 36-1, 29 KO's, who had hinted that he may remain a 168-pounder after his victory over the Paz, will face Iowa's Jimmy Crawford on April 28th. Crawford is rated ninth in the world at light heavyweight by the IBF. Both fighters have agreed to meet at the contracted weight of 165 pounds at Foxwoods Resort & Casino.


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