Friday night fights return to television this evening on an independent network. But the bouts in Philadelphia will not be seen in Washington.
Hank Schwartz of New York City who is prompting the "World Television Championships." said yesterday he expects WDCA-TV-20 to join the network March 18, when the bouts will originate from Kansas City, or the week after that.
Charla Rowe, program coordinator at WDA. said, " You can say we are considering it. We had a discussion about it here; about 50 per cent of us were for it and about 50 per cent thought it would be a bomb."
Two bouts will be telecast tonight. The main event is a middleweight contest between Eugene (Cyclone) HArt of Philadelphia, who has 28 knockouts in seven losses, and Vito Antuofermo of Brooklyn, with 16 knockouts in 37 victories, three losses and one draw.
THe other bout pairs light heavy-weights Matt Franklin of Phailadelphia, who has eight losses and three victories, three losses and three draws, against Eddie Gregory of Brooklyn, with 17 knockouts in 20 victories, two losses and one draw.
Antuofermo will receive $10,000, Hart $8,000, Gregory $10,000 and Franklin $5,000.
Don Dunphy, who described Friday night fights on television from 1960 through 1954, and on radio for 19 years before that, will be back at the microphone.
Television promoter Schwartz has changed the scoring of the fights two ways in an effort to avoid the controversies connected with unpopular decisions in several bouts over the last couple years.
Instead of having the officials' score-cards announced after the bouts, Schwartz says the points for each fighter will be shown after each round, and then cumulatively.
The system is expected to prevent officials form "hedging" so a bout less likely end in a draw. If the bout is voted even after the regulation rounds, the fighters will have to go another round to determine a winner, a sort of sudden-death box-off.
Schwartz has a controversy on his hands before the bouts begin on television at 10:30 p.m.
Bob Patterson, executive secretary of the Pennsylvania Boxing Commission, said of the victory round. "That's out: these are build as 10-round bouts.
"This other stuff - letting them see the progress (of the scoring round-by-round - I think that's definitely out. That was asked for by some fellow who is putting on the TV bouts around Erie (Pa.) and from one of the TV promoters, but the full commission couldn't agree on it in a three-way telephone conference."
Many Gelb, promoter at the Philadelphia Arena, said round-by-round scores might be given during intermission in the ring or from a lighted scoreboard, "but definitely will be used, if necessary."