Washington native Louis Curtis makes the first defense of his U.S. Boxing Association flyweight title tonight at 7:30 against Puerto Rico's Pedro Feliciano in the 12-round main event of a nationally televised six-fight card at D.C. Convention Center.
Curtis, 32, last fought March 17, losing a 12-round decision to International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Dave McAuley in Belfast. On June 15, he fought a four-round exhibition at Coolidge High.
Curtis won the vacant USBA title Dec. 17, 1988, with a victory over Reggie Brown, but two previously scheduled defenses were canceled. Jim Speights of Capitol City Promotions originally sought Brown to oppose Curtis in this fight, but Brown declined the offer.
The bout will be televised on USA cable.
"I think his chances are good," said Daa'iyah Pasha, who became Curtis's manager after the McAuley loss. "He's in good shape and in good spirits, so I think he'll get the job done."
A member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team, Curtis is 15-4-1 with five knockouts as a professional. Feliciano (13-4-2), a "head-on" fighter, is best known for a narrow loss to Michael Carbajal in November.
The undercard features several local fighters, including unbeaten Washington lightweight Sharmba Mitchell (14-0, six knockouts), who meets Eric Podolak (10-1) of Pittsburgh in an eight-round bout.
In his last television appearance, Mitchell had his shorts pulled down during the fight by Raphael Limon. For his next bout, Mitchell entered the ring wearing suspenders.
In a six-round junior middleweight fight, D.C. native Gerry Payne (2-0) takes on Calvin Moody (4-2), also of Pittsburgh.
Washington residents Elwyn Kemp, Ray Goddard and Keith Holmes also are scheduled to fight. Kemp, a junior welterweight, will fight in a four-rounder; Goddard and Holmes are featured in separate welterweight fights.