Gavilan to Mix with Graham in July: First Title Defense for New Champion, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-21


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— h PfP ; Gavilan to Mix With GraKam in July First Title Defense For New Champion Bra Hon Suffers Fractured Jaw and Broken Finger in -Bout With Speedy Cuban By JACK CUDDY United Press Sports Writer NEW YORK, N. Y., May 19.— Kid Gavilan, the new welterweight champion, was considering today a July title defense against Billy Graham at Madison Square Garden while lightweight champion Ike Williams trained intensively for his defense against James Carter Friday. Gavilaii of Cuba won the 147-pound crown last night at the Garden by taking a lop-sided 15-round decision over Johnny Bratton of Chicago, who suffered the third broken jaw of his career and an injured right hand. Dr. Vincent Nardiello of the New York Boxing Commission, said Bratton, former National Boxing Association champion, would be out of action for several months because of his injuries. Nardiello explained that x-rays disclosed Bratton had suffered, in the fourth round, a fracture of the right side of the jaw which had been broken twice previously on the left side in bouts with Beau Jack and lightweight champion Ike Williams. Nardiello added that Brattons little finger of the right hand had suffered a split fracture and that there was a "separation" between the third and fourth knuckles of the right hand. Would Like Graziano Match Officials of the International Boxing Club said they expected to announce next week a July date for Gavilans welter defense against Billy Graham of New York. Meanwhile, co -managers Angel Lopez and .Fernando Bolido explained they would prefer to have Gavilan meet Rocky Graziano ex-middleweight champion, in a "big money" outdoor bout before defending against Graham. Harry Markson, managing director of the IBC, emphasized that Gavilan already is under contract to defend against Graham "some time in July" and that he expected the Cuban scrapper to honor his contract. The New York Boxing Commission had insisted that both Gavilan and Bratton sign to defend in July against Graham, in return for the commissions recognizing last nights winner as undisputed world champion. Markson explained that no definite July date for the Gavilan-Graham bout could be set until Grahams manager, Irving Cohen, "returned from Montreal. Cohen manages both Graham and Graziano. Rocky is fighting Canadian Johnny Greco at Montreal Monday night. Meanwhile, lightweight champion Williams was training at Pompton Lakes, N. J., for Fridays 15-round defense at the Gar7 den against James Carter, rated fourth among lightweight contenders. -BILLY GRAHAM — Next for Gavilan.

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