MOUNTAINEER Heavyweights to take center stage
The main event is Fres Oquendo against David Tua.
By BOB ROTH
CHESTER, W. Va. -- Ted Arneault, the president and CEO of Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort, had the West Virginia property in contention for the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis title bout. When it became apparent that battle would go elsewhere, another night of heavyweight boxing was announced for April 13 at The Harv, Mountaineer's 5,100 seat theater and event center.
That card, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. and the main event bouts televised nationally on Showtime, is being tagged as "Night of Heavyweight Mayhem at Mountaineer."
The main event, a 12-rounder for the NABF heavyweight title, has San Juan, Puerto Rico's Fres Oquendo (22-0 13 knockouts) defending his crown against Western Samoa's David Tua (39-3 34 KOs).
The co-feature has David Izon (27-4 23 KOs) from Pensacola, Fla., against Lance Whitaker (24-2 20 KOs) of Van Nuys, Calif.
Michael Grant, who like Tua went after Lewis' heavyweight title and lost, continues on the comeback trail under the watchful eye of trainer Teddy Atlas in a six-rounder on this card.
Grant (32-2 23 KOs) fighting out of Norristown, Pa., will go against Joe Lenhart (10-11 4 KOs) of Cleveland.
Also scheduled: Among the nine-scheduled bouts on the card are two Valley veterans , with one on the move and the other coming back from a lengthy layoff.
The latter is 36-year old Roland Commings, with 44 pro fights under his belt and a four-year hiatus from the ring. The former is Warren's Etianne Whitaker, the current IBC lightheavyweight champion.
Whitaker (23-5-2 13 KOs) will fight Dale Robinson (14-2 10 KOs) from St. Petersburg, Fla., in a six-round bout.
Commings (22-20-2, 14 KOs), a former IBC welterweight champion, goes against George "Da Butcher" Klinesmith (11-5-1 7 KOs) from Bloomingdale, Ohio in a super-middleweight six rounder.
Tickets for the card are available through any TicketMaster location or at Mountaineer's Frequent Player Department. Ringside seats cost $150, reserved seats cost $75 and general admission tickets cost $25.