After much confusion about opponents and schedules, Nat Williams, promoter of tomorrow night's fight at the D.C. Armory said yesterday, "(Sugar Ray) Seales will definitely be fighting Johnny Heard."
The 10-round, non-title match will pit Seales, the U.S. middleweight champion, against 35-year-old Heard, a former Chicago Golden Gloves and AAU champion.
Seales originally was scheduled to meet Ralph Palladin on June 16. But Palladin, in a surprise move, retired from boxing. Then Seales refused to fight the next proposed opponent, Steven Smith, former Japanese middleweight champion.
"Last Thursday I got to Heard and signed him for the fight," Williams said.
The quick juggling of schedules, prompted questions concerning Heard's readiness and Seales' training.
Williams said Heard "is pretty much ready. He fought Leo Saenz, in Baltimore this past March and destroyed him."
Seales said his training methods could have been affected by the change in opponents but added, "I'm in top condition and after the first round I'll know how to fight him (Heard). I'm a combination fighter, my best punch is the bolo," made famous by one time welterweight champion Kid Gavilan. "But I don't always get to use that punch," he said.
Also featured on the six-bout card will be local favorite Derrik (Holmes Sweet) Holmes, owner of 13 amateur featherweight boxing titles and a U.S. boxing team selection who will make his professional debut. His opponent will be Michael Johnson (3-3) of Mansfield, Ohio.
Holmes, 22, has 75 knockouts in his amateur record of 129-10. "I hope to be successful in my boxing career and eventually use it as a springboard for getting into business and other things," Holmes said.
Lightweight competition will pit Otis Hooper (3-1) of Washington against Willie Williams (4-4-0) of Cleveland. The welterweight bout has C.J. Faison (7-6-0) of Washington challenging Ronnie Pettigrew (15-12-0) of Cleveland. Henry Bunch of Cleveland will make his professional debut against Washington's Charlie Williams (4-4-0). A light heavyweight bout will match Cleveland's Lou Benson (10-2) against Stanley Scott (4-0) of Washington.
The bout start at 7:30 p.m.