D.C. native and 1976 U.S. Olympian Louis Curtis won the U.S. Boxing Association flyweight title in December 1988, but the first defense of his championship is scheduled to take place July 3, with Curtis taking on Pedro Feliciano (13-4-2) of Puerto Rico in a 12-round bout at D.C. Convention Center televised by USA cable.
Curtis, 32, fought a four-round exhibition Friday night at Coolidge High on the undercard of the Victor Davis-Darryl Lattimore welterweight bout, but his last official ring appearance, in March, resulted in a narrow loss to International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Dave McAuley in Belfast.
IBF spokesman Bob Lee Jr. said Curtis (13-4-5, five knockouts) was the organization's top-ranked challenger at the time of the McAuley fight, but since has dropped to No. 9. Lee said Curtis's two previously scheduled defenses were canceled.
It originally was thought Curtis would fight Reggie Brown of Richmond, whom he defeated Dec. 17, 1988, to win the then-vacant USBA title. But Brown, according to promoter Jim Speights, could not find sparring partners his size and refused the offer.
"We thought Reggie Brown would provide a good fight because it would have been a rematch, but Feliciano also was considered," Speights said. "We had some trouble putting this fight together because it is a mandatory title defense."