Where are these guys fighting anyway?
ABC-TV announced yesterday that George Foreman and No. 3 heavyweight contender Jimmy Young are going to hold their nationally televised March 17 12-rounder at Capital Centre.
But Don King Enterprises, which is promoting the fight and has the final word on a site, says the Foreman-Young bout will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"No question," said Al Braverman, spokesman for King Enterprises, "it's been solidified for two days that the fight's going to be in Puerto Rico, not Capital Centre.
"We've gotten too much resistance from both Young and Foreman over Capital Centre. Young thinks he was robbed of the heavyweight title there against Muhammad Ali and Foreman thinks Landover might be too much of a hometown site for Young (who is from Philadelphia)."
Capital Centre officials were left in the dark in the middle of all this.
"I just talked to (Capital Centre president) Jerry Sachs," said Centre public relations director Bob Zurfluh, "and he said he'd talked to Don King today and no site had been determined."
Capital Centre had been discussed as the $1 million match's probable site for two months.
An attendance conflict with Maryland's Cole Field House, where the NCAA's Eastern Regional basketball tournament is also scheduled for March 17, has generally been credited as the main stumbling block to Capital Centre getting the Foreman-Young fight.
Braverman did not deny that the schedule conflict might have been a contributing factor in the site change to Puerto Rico.
The Foreman-Young bout, wherever it is finally held, will be part of a live doubleheader telecast from 8:30 to 11 p.m., ABC announced. Lightweight champion Roberto Duran (56-1) of Panama meets the Dominican Republic's Hector Medina (28-1) in a 15-round title contest in the other match.
It was unanimously agreed that the site of the Duran-Medina fight was still undetermined.