Olympic gold medalists Mark Breland and Pernell Whitaker and bronze medalist Evander Holyfield have agreed to pro contracts and will debut together Nov. 15. A site and opponents have not been determined. The card will be telecast by ABC.
Main Events, a New Jersey-based promoter, said it had signed Whitaker and Breland, and Holyfield said he would sign today. Breland will fight as a welterweight, Whitaker as a lightweight and Holyfield as a light heavyweight.
Breland said he will mix boxing and acting . . .
Undefeated heavyweight Larry Holmes has been blocked by a federal judge from contracting to fight Gerrie Coetzee without granting a 90-day right of first refusal to Virginia lawyer Richard Hirschfeld.
Promoter Don King -- who has exclusive rights to Coetzee's services -- had hoped to stage Holmes-Coetzee in Las Vegas in November, but the preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Daniel Huyett III in Philadelphia throws that into doubt.
Holmes, who said he has third-grade reading ability, testified he didn't understand the full implications of the agreement he signed Oct. 20, 1983, with Hirschfeld and his company, Champion Sports Management Inc., of which Muhammad Ali is board chairman.
The judge said, "Despite his somewhat limited educational background, Holmes is capable of understanding contracts of the type in issue in this case."