DUVA GAINS COURTROOM WIN OVER KING
In what boils down to a battle between the Duva promotional firm Main Events, and promoter Don King was won by the Totowa, NJ group as Superior Court Judge Amos Sanders ruled that this week's fight in France between #1 rated contender Andrei Pestraiev and #3 James Page cannot be billed a match for the vacant WBA welterweight title.
Ike Quartey was stripped of this belt last month when the WBA (World of Bungling Asses) deemed that Ike, a titleholder since 1994, had not been active enough.
These Venezuelan gangsters didn't take into account the fact that Pernell Whitaker pulled out of two fights with the unbeaten fighter from Ghana, before an upper respiratory infection brought about by a touch of Malaria brought about the postponement of his August 20, defense against Pestraiev.
PESTRAIEV A "HOBO"
But he's got the Acaries Bros. promoting him and they have their way when it comes to the WBA. The French based Russian shouldn't even be back in any type of title contention seeing a Coked out Pernell Whitaker convincingly defeated him over 12 rounds last October.
The order also prohibits SHOWTIME from referring to the match they are scheduled to televise on a delayed basis this Saturday night as a WBA title bout, and that no WBA bout for the 147 lb. crown can occur without #2 ranked Jose Luis Lopez of Mexico.
IT'S PRETTY CLEAR THAT...
The Duva clan was a winner this time over Don King. Of course, they also had one of their favorite judges in Amos Saunders looking at the matter. But regardless of the jurist, the decision was fair seeing Lopez is the #2 contender, and a far better pugilist than the Russkie or the still young #3 contender James Page.
BUT THE BIG BATTLE IS...
Whether Tito Trinidad has to go back to the King promotional group. Or will the contract he signed six weeks ago with the Duva's be deemed valid? That decision is expected at anytime from Judge Lawrence McKenna, a Federal panelist from New York City.
TITO'S THE BIG ENCHILADA
You know he is! Felix Trinidad probably beats Oscar De La Hoya right now. And at 6'0, he is a middleweight restrained by his desire to meet De La Hoya, and or Quartey at 147 lbs. for all the marbles.
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Will of course bring you the Trinidad-King decision (before) or when it's announced.
TOMORROW, THE RETURN OF PEDRO'S MID WEEK CRISIS!
SATURDAY ON RING TALK
It'll be the "Golden Man" David Reid and "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas discussing their next fights. Reid, 10-0, (7 KO's) will meet unbeaten 20-0, (13 KO's), James Coker as part of a three fight HBO Boxing After Dark card promoted by AMERICA PRESENTS on October 24, from Atlantic City.
Vargas, 14-0, 14 KO's, is hot on the trail of IBF 154 lb. champion Yory Boy Campas, as he is the #1 contender. The date of Campas-Vargas, as well as the site, are expected to be revealed during Fernando's appearance.
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