Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, March 25, 1174-THE LCTHMIDQE HERALD-0 showed Saturday just why they are tops ALLISON Herald Staff Writer Three Canadian amateur boxing champipns demonstrated in Lundbreck Saturday night exactly why they are champions. Dale and Bruce Anderson and Carmen Rinke all won their bouts in an impressive manner. Rinke, Canadian welterweight king and competitor in the Foreman will exchange blows with All next? From AP-Reuter CARACAS. Venezuela (CP) A hassle over the referee has thrown the George Foreman Ken Norton heavyweight title fight into a boiling stew of Latin tempers, threats and mad confusion. There was little doubt, however, that the. 15 round bout would go on as scheduled Tuesday night. Dick Sadler, Foreman's fiery trainer, showed up at a scheduled' rules meeting Sunday but almost immediately stalked out again. An executive of the World Boxing Association said Sadler would 'be fined. Another official threatened to vacate Foreman's title. Sadler called a hurried news conference and called for the destruction of the present contract and the writing of another. "We agreed to a world championship fight which would have the approval of the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Sadler said "If this can't be done, then we will strike out the word 'world' and fight for the championship of Caracas." The squabble arose over wording of the contract and proper jurisdiction, but it centred on the identity of the judges and the referee. WANTS U.S. REF Sadler is reported anxious to have an American, Jimmy Rondeau of Seattle, in the ring. The Venezuelan Boxing Commission insists that this is its private prerogative. It wants to designate a set of Venezuelan officials. Sadler argued that this was against his agreement which Cardstoii KearPs Alberta champs Cardston Read's Western Sport captured the 1973-74 Alberta senior men's basketball title by edging Edmonton Certified Rentals 63-61 in .the championship final in Cardstori Saturday night. Cardston earned the provincial crown by besting seven other clubs in a two-day modified double-knockout tourney which opened with four games' Friday night. The championship final Saturday night was a barn- burner as the clubs battled end-to-end throughout the entire match. The 40-minute encounter was so close-that the final outcome was not determined until some four seconds remained on the clock. Joe Pitcher was the hero for the host Cardston club as he .sank a pressure shot for two points which lifted his teammates tor a victory. Randy Perrett was the top scorer for Cardston with 16 points while B. Anderson notched 20 for Edmonton. Meanwhile Calgary Rosca I'ix didn't go home empty- handed as they walked away with the consolation filial by defeating Calgary YMCA Rammers 72-67. Danny Quance paced the winners with 19 points while Bill Oliver hooped 20 points in a losing cause. In other games staged during the two days of action, Calgary Penny Lane Maulers edged Claresholm 60-58, Cardston dumped YMCA 75- 66. Edmonton LDS dropped Cascades 103-71, Edmonton Certified Rentals defeated Pix bumped Claresholm 74-62, Rosca Pix whipped Cascades 92-72, -Cardston trounced Penny Lane 100-86 and Certifed Rentals slipped past LDS 82-67. At the conclusion of the tourney, all-star awards went to Cardston's Pitcher; Quance of Rosca Pix, Oliver of YMCA and Anderson and D. Butlin of Certified Rentals. Tim Tollestrup of Cardston was named the most valuable player of the tourney. Meanwhile Cardston Kearl's will now travel to Regina, Sask. to pjayoff for an inter-provincial senior men's basketball title next weekend. This will be the first year the two provinces will playoff for an inter-provincial crown. he said specified that jurisdiction would be in the hands of the Venezuelans but all rules would have to be approved by the two world governing bodies, WBA and WBC. The WBA backed the Venezuelan commission, a WBA affiliate. But Raymond Velasquez, head of the rival WBC. balked. "Each of the three bodies the WBA, WBC and the commission should pick one official." he said, supporting the Foreman camp. A WBA 'spokesman grumbled: "Sadler wants his own referee, so his man can hold and hit his opponent when he's down like he did in the King Roman fight in Tokyo." The dispute spilled over into the various hotel lobbies, cancelling a scheduled workout by Foreman. But most observers expected some- sort of a compromise prior to today's official weigh-in. NORTON INSULTED If that dispute is settled, another is waiting in the wings. The challenger was hopping mad at the announcement that Foreman already has signed to fight in Zaire mis fall, for purses of million each. The disclosure Sunday by Hank Schwartz, president of Video Techniques Inc. of New York, that negotiations were completed a few days ago for the Foreman-Ali fight, sparked a confrontation between Schwartz and Bob Biron, one of Norton's four co-managers. Biron told Schwartz in a meeting at Poliedro Arena that the announcement two days before the fight was a discourtesy to Norton, in effect making light of his title chances. Schwartz repeated to Biron what he had told reporters earlier: That Video Techniques had good relations with Norton's camp and if he should beat Foreman, "we would like to make a deal for him to defend against Ali in Kinshasa." This did not seem to appease Biron. He told Schwartz Norton would be interested only "if the money is right." Commonwealth Games in New Zealand, took less than two minutes to dispose of Seattle, Washington boxer Steve Stephens. Stephens, who up to Saturday had lost only two fights, was trapped on the ropes by a Rinke's punches, culminating with a short right to the body and a looping left to the jaw. Stephens stayed down for the full count and took several minutes to regain his composure after the bout. The hometown crowd of 250 showed its appreciation for Carmen both before and after his short fight. Dale Anderson, three time dominion featherweight king and a bronze medal winner at the Commonwealth Games, had little trouble earning a decision over another Seattle fighter, Richard Anderson. Dale fights out of Rocky Mountain House and last year won a silver medal in a 24- nation tourriament in Germany. He swarmed all over his opponent in the first round, catching him with flurries of punches. He slowed down in the next two rounds but was still an easy winner in the judges' opinions. The Seattle fighter received two standing eight counts and was behind 60 to 56 on all three judges' cards at the conclusion of the fight. Bruce Anderson took the measure of Lethbridge's Norman Sincennes. While Anderson, 1973 Dominion 112 pound king, won handily, Sincennes handled himself creditably well considering Anderson had stepped into the ring approximately 80 more times than the up and coming Lethbridgeite. The best fight of the 10-bout card saw young Leland Thomas Jr, of Browning, Montana, gain a close, but unanimous verdict over Rocky Mountain House battler Ronnie Callan. Thomas, despite being the 1973 Rocky Mountain champion, had his hands full with the 65 pound Callan. The Simpson brothers ,pf Lundbreck won a pair of bouts. Flint had his 75 pound match with Moses North Piegan stopped by the referee in the first round when it was obvious he was outclassing the game little Brocket boxer. Brother Franjt scored a unanimous decision over Vernon Stirling of Rocky Mountain House in the 65 pound weight division. John Thomas matched his brother's performance as he took a unanimous verdict over Bryan Stump of Brocket in an exciting 75 pound match. Long haired Glen Provost of Brocket, fmitating Muhammad Ali's style at times, gained a unanimous nod over Lundbreck's 112 pound Alan Neuberger. The bout was unorthodox to say the least. While the match between North Carolina crushes UCLA Bruins9 dynasty GREENSBORO, N.C.