Pettway tops Painters Mill TV card BOXING


Local promoter Stuart Satosky, supported by a new group of financial backers, will stage a nationally televised (USA Cable) fight card Nov. 13 at Painters Mill Theatre, featuring Baltimore welterweight Vincent Pettway and two former junior lightweight champions in a pair of 10-round bouts.

Satosky has been pledged an estimated $50,000 from area businessmen to help maintain a fairly regular boxing schedule.

"I'm planning on staging at least six shows a year," he said. "That's why this first one at Painters Mill is so important. We've got to come close to filling 2,300 seats. If it's successful financially, it's possible that we could attract several more cable TV cards."

Working with Philadelphia promoter Russell Peltz, Satosky is counting on the popularity of Pettway (31-3) to attract the majority of the crowd. He has been matched against Stephan Johnson (10-3), a club fighter who has fought mostly in the New York area.

This will be Pettway's first appearance since he suffered a 10th-round technical knockout against Victor Davis in a televised bout in Philadelphia in April. Pettway suffered a deep gash over his left eye, and the ring physician would not allow him to fight the final round.

The loss dropped Pettway out of the International Boxing Federation world rankings. Surgery to repair scar tissue kept him from sparring for several months.

"Vincent is ready now, and we're anxious to get him back in the rankings," Mack Lewis, his manager-trainer, said yesterday.

"He should have never lost to Davis. He was just too mad about things that were said before the fight. You can't play any sport with anger, especially boxing."

Pettway's comeback will be backed by a junior lightweight match between Calvin Grove ofCoatesville, Pa., and Julian Solis of Waverly, R.I.

Grove (37-3) reigned briefly as the IBF's 130-pound champion in 1988 after knocking out Antonio Rivera, but he lost the crown to Mexico's Jorge Paez seven months later and was stopped by Paez in a rematch last year.

Grove captured the United States Boxing Association title in August 1989, but was knocked out by Benard Taylor last February.

Solis (40-10), a native of Puerto Rico, has had a lengthy ring career. He won the World Boxing Association championship 10 years ago by outpointing Jorge Lujan, but lost it in his first defense against Jeff Chandler. Solis lasted only seven rounds in a title rematch withChandler in 1981.

He has won both his fights this year, against Mike Cruz and Tony Boyle.

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