Negotiations have reached the serious stage between boxing promoter Don King and Italian representatives of Gianfranco Rosi to stage a title rematch in Italy with International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Vincent Pettway, of Baltimore.
Pettway, who celebrated his 29th birthday yesterday, scored a fourth-round knockout of Rosi in Las Vegas on Sept. 17.
Last week, after attending the annual World Boxing Council convention in Seville, King flew to Perugia, Italy, to meet with Rosi's financial adviser, Alvaro Chabolotti, his manager, Silverio Gresta, and representatives of Italian cable television.
"We would like to make this fight either in Perugia or Rome the first quarter of 1995," said King. "It's really up to Rosi's people to satisfy Pettway and his manager, Mack Lewis, financially."
Said Lewis: "I'm willing to fight Rosi in his back yard if we get the
same kind of money [$250,000] he got for defending his title against us. Personally, I think Vincent can beat him any day of the week."
Ordinarily, the boxing sanctioning bodies discourage immediate rematches. But IBF president Bob Lee said he would support a third Pettway-Rosi fight.
If the Italian bid falls through, King is pushing for Pettway to defend his crown in Baltimore. Philadelphia's Rockin' Rodney Moore and Canada's Alain Bonnamie were mentioned as possible opponents.