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Boxing enthusiasts have a choice Friday night -- either pro kick boxing at Michael's Eighth Avenue or amateur boxing at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Four title fights and two women headline the World Championship Kick Boxing Show, set for 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.) at Michael's in Glen Burnie.

Hammer Promotions is presenting "Live War II," with Cliff "The Hammer" McPherson of Glen Burnie taking on John "Psycho" Beck of Pittsburgh for the Super Kicks Karate Association World Cruiserweight Championship.

Two 125-pound women from Pennsylvania -- Beth Bitner of Butler and Kathy Flowers of York -- will make pro debuts on the card in what will be a first in the county.

McPherson (18-4-2, nine knockouts), who is an International Karate Factory world champion kick boxer, is scheduled to go 12 rounds against Beck (15-3, 10 KOs).

The Hammer and his business manager, Bob Ryan, have put the five-bout show together.

"Awesome" Steave Williams (14-2, six KOs) of Baltimore, a Fight Factory Karate Association Regional champ, goes for the U.S. middleweight championship (nine rounds) against Butler's "Dangerous" Dennis Franklin (10-2, four KOs).

South Baltimore's Dave Harvey (7-0) will be after the Mid-Atlantic junior welterweight title when he climbs into the ring for his scheduled seven-rounder with Booker Pope (4-0) of Butler.

Bernard "Swiftkick" Robinson of Pittsburgh goes for the Mid-Atlantic welterweight championship vs. Greg Gallop of Virginia Beach, Va. Robinson (18-2, 10 KOs) and Gallop (16-4, eight KOs) are expected to go seven rounds.

For ticket information to Friday's kick boxing show, call Michael's at (410) 768-7901.

Also, Friday night, the annual United States Naval Academy Brigade boxing semifinals will begin at 7:30 at Halsey Field House in Annapolis. The winners advance to the Brigade Championships the next Friday.

Navy boxing coach Jim McNally said 16 semifinal bouts are scheduled.

Making the grade

When report cards come out today, some winter athletes may become academically ineligible by not having the required 2.0 grade-point average.

In recent days, there have been rumors that the Board of #F Education had implemented a new policy for athletic eligibility, but that is not the case.

The old policy applies for winter sports, but a new policy could be implemented for spring sports, which start with practice March 1.

County high school principals are scheduled to meet today to discuss the board's new proposal, and they will find that there are some inconsistencies.

Under the sports eligibility proposal, grades from the second and fourth marking periods would count as 80 percent of quality points for eligibility while exams would figure as 20 percent.

Under academic rules, all marking periods and exams count toward the final grade-point average.

Therefore, athletes end up juggling two different grade-point averages, one overall and one for sports.

This would create some unbelievable scenarios that would defeat the purpose of keeping athletes in tune academically year round, not just during their sports season.

For example, under the proposal a student could get all E's (six courses) in the first marking period and fail all his exams (six

more E's), but post five B's in the second marking period and one E and be athletically eligible with a 2.0.

But he would not earn any credits toward his high school degree, because his final grade under academic rules would be all E's.

Or, how about this example: A student gets all A's in the first marking period, six C's in the second, five C's and a D on the exams to equal a B on all final grades, which is a 3.0 GPA, honor-roll stuff under academic rules.

But that student couldn't compete because his GPA for athletic eligibility under the proposal would be a 1.97.

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