A boxing card at Capital Centre will go on as scheduled Saturday night after the Maryland State Athletic Commission yesterday settled out of court with Chuck Rosenbleet, the fight's co-promoter, in a dispute over purse money for the event.
Chester O'Sullivan, head of the commission, said he received a certified check of $29,000 from Rosenbleet, the president of Star Sport, Inc., that will ensure the fighters' payment after the event, pending a postfight urinalysis. With the purse secured, the commission reinstated the event's sanction.
O'Sullivan had revoked the sanction and canceled the event Tuesday after Rosenbleet, whose company is promoting the fight with Capital Centre, did not produce a $45,000 bond to ensure the purse. Rosenbleet had filed a suit in Prince George's County Circuit Court to have the sanction restored, but the two sides agreed before going to court to allow Rosenbleet to produce the check covering the purse total.
O'Sullivan said he settled for $29,000 after Rosenbleet confirmed that to be the purse total. Rosenbleet, who originally placed the purse at $30,000, yesterday said, "It's actually just under $29,000."
"I am certain this check will be satisfactory because I talked to the bank itself," O'Sullivan said.
Capital Centre spokseman Bob Zurfluh said tickets are back on sale for the event, which features two highly touted District boxers -- Boone Pultz (13-0), the USBA cruiserweight champion, and Maurice Blocker (22-0), the North American Boxing Federation welterweight champion -- defending their titles. Rosenbleet said the card has been reduced from seven fights to six.