Sturm vs. White set for May 6 at Michael's


Glen Burnie's first pro boxing title fight, May 6 at Michael's Eighth Avenue, will be quite a dogfight.

Chuck "Pit Bull" Sturm, an Old Mill High graduate, will compete for the 10-round Delmarva lightweight championship against Dean "Pit Bull" White of Falls Church, Va.

"Yeah, he uses the same nickname as Chuckie," laughed Round One Promotions matchmaker Josh Hall, who with his promoter/wife Victoria Savaliski is thrilled about landing a title bout.

"It should be a hell of a fight because neither one of these guys will back up."

Hall said he expects the Maryland State Athletic Commission and its boxing division to sanction the fight within days.

This will be Sturm's first appearance at Michael's since June. Hall and Sturm's trainer, Frank Gilbert, had been feuding over the purse, but have settled their differences.

A fight by Sturm, 26, in his hometown is a big night, and this one is special because a title is at stake. A former Old Mill state wrestling champion, he is 26-3 as a pro boxer.

His opponent is 21 years old with a 9-0 record, including six knockouts.

"They're a lot alike," Hall said. "They're like two pit bulls 100 yards apart getting ready to come at each other and you can't tell them apart. Their styles are similar."

You can expect two guys in the ring in each other's face the entire bout with frequent clinching. At times the jabbing could get furious, and that's what Hall expects.

Glen Randolph of Monrovia is an opponent both Sturm and White beat badly within the past year. Randolph, 25, stopped Elvin Battle of Newport News, Va., at 1:12 of the fourth and final round of his fourth pro fight at Michael's on Aug. 22, 1991.

Baltimore's Tracy Muse was Sturm's most recent victim, by a unanimous decision in February at Martin's West.

"I really think a couple more fights for Chuckie and [promoter] Don Elbaum is going to land him a big-time fight," Hall said. "Chuckie's got the record [26-3] to get a shot."

But what about the health?

"He just had arthroscopic knee surgery and is fine, ready to start training for this fight," Hall said. "And he's had no trouble with his eye injury since returning to the ring [last June at Michael's]."

For ticket information on the fight, which includes several bouts on the undercard, call Round One Promotions at (410) 760-2699.

* Karate kick boxer Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson of Glen Burnie has set April 28 at Michael's for his next show.

His Michael's inaugural in late February drew more than 700 fans and was well-received.

The show pits kick boxers from Maryland against a contingent from Pennsylvania.

Headlining the 10-bout amateur card is "Awesome" Dave Floyd (7-0, five knockouts), the Maryland state champion who trains under McPherson at his Super Kicks' Gym in Pasadena.

For ticket information, call (410) 766-8077.

* Veteran assistant college coach Jerry Hartman, twice at Navy in his near-25-year career, has been named head football coach at Meade. Hartman, 46, replaces Hayse Henderson, who was fired after three seasons.

Hartman, an Annapolis resident, has been guaranteed a teaching position at the school.

His son Chad is a senior on the Annapolis basketball and baseball teams.

* Lew Holmes, a veteran volunteer county baseball administrator, left Franklin Square Hospital on Wednesday for Good Samaritan Hospital in Loch Raven.

"Lew's going to spring training," his son, John, said.

Holmes suffered a stroke a couple of weeks ago at home and will undergo therapy at Good Samaritan for an indefinite period of time.

"I'm going to rehab, and I'm so tickled pink. Maybe I'll be able to see some baseball games this spring," Holmes said.

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