Middleweight Ted (TNT) Sanders didn't show up for his scheduled 10-round fight against Alex Ramos in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sanders, of Los Angeles, had stopped Ramos in the eighth round of a previous match. In Los Angeles, a member of Sanders' entourage reportedly said the fighter, whose record is 14-12-2, was unhappy with his treatment by the promoters. An NBC spokesman said the network estimated it would lose $100,000 in "SportsWorld" production costs on the fight . . .
Eleoncio Mercedes of the Dominican Republic won the World Boxing Council flyweight championship from Freddie Castillo of Mexico by scoring a split decision in their 15-round bout in Los Angeles . . .
Jose Sulaiman, president of the World Boxing Council, said he would still like to see a world championship middleweight fight between titleholder Marvin Hagler and welterweight titlist Sugar Ray Leonard. Sulaiman suggested this during a press conference in Venice, Italy, where the WBC will begin a four-day congress Monday. According to Sulaiman and American boxing promoter Don King, the bout could be scheduled for early next summer in Venice's San Marco Square . . .
Shirley (Zebra Girl) Tucker of Santa Rosa, Calif., will be able to climb into the ring as a 120-pound boxer and go 10 rounds with a man under a ruling of the California Athletic Commission in Sacramento. "We had no recourse but to approve it," commission Executive Officer Don Fraser said. After the American Civil Liberties Union argued for the legality of women boxing men, the five-member board approved mixed professional bouts effective immediately. . .