Jerry Quarry's right eye apparently was cut by a punch from fight promoter John Ellis, not by a kitchen cabinet door, as first reported.

Ellis planned to stage a fight between Quarry, 45, and a journeyman named Paul Bradshaw in Lake Geneva, Wis., June 9.

According to Billy Gray, Quarry's adviser and an eyewitness, and other sources, a dispute erupted Monday between Quarry's trainer, Guy Ditmars, and Ellis.

Ditmars reportedly was upset Ellis had given Quarry's sparring partners the day off. The two had words and later tangled. That's when Quarry, who was working on the heavy bag at the time, got involved. Ellis's brothers, Jim Ellis, a linebacker for the Los Angeles Raiders briefly in 1987, and Shawn Ellis also entered what became a melee.

Quarry ended up with a cut above his eye that required nine stitches, according to Gray. And Ditmars was hospitalized with five broken ribs, a concussion and fluid in the lungs. He was released Wednesday.

The fight was in jeopardy, anyway. Last week, an expert appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson recommended the bout not take place. . . .

Unbeaten heavyweight Ray Mercer, who had been nursing a bruised muscle in his right forearm, returned to the ring with a vengeance, stopping Lionel Washington with a ferocious right hand midway through the fourth round of their scheduled 10-round bout in Rochester, N.Y. Mercer raised his record to 15-0 (11 knockouts). . . .

The second monthly boxing event at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Rockville will be June 18, featuring a 10-round heavyweight bout between the International Boxing Federation's No. 5 cruiserweight, Richard "Hard Face" Mason (15-2-1, 12 knockouts) of Cincinnati, and Rick "King Kong" Keller (23-26-2, 17 KOs) of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Mason recorded a second-round knockout over Ric Lainhart May 21 in Rockville.