Rawlings and Saxton Mix Tonight: Ten-Rounder Tops Stadium Ring Card; New Yorker to Rule Heavy Favorite Over Chicagoan; Riviera Battles Agramonte, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-04


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Rowlings and Saxton Mix Tonight Ten-Rounder Tops Stadium Ring Card New Yorker to Rule Heavy Favorite Over Chicagoan; Riviera Battles Agramonte Luther Rawlings, Chicagos top ranked boxer, No. 2 lightweight contender, goes after further prestige tonight by taking on No. 4 welterweight, the undefeated Johnny Saxton of New York at the Chicago Stadium. Rawlings will be making his first start after his impressive showing against the then champion Jimmy Carter at the Stadium on March 12. Rawlings lost a very close split decision. . .in fact»the scoring of the referee and two judges added up to a composite 150-150 for the two fighters. Although he was promised ,a shot at Carters title if he showed impressively, Carter went to Los Angeles and took on unknown Lauro Salas in an effort to duck the flashy Rawlings. Because that strategy backfired and Salas is the new champion, Rawlings must wait around for a rematch between Carter and Salas and therefore has begun campaigning in the heavier division. Standing six feet tall, Rawlings could become a top welterweight contender. If he can beat the fourth ranking Saxton he will have a ready • made reputation. Saxton has won 28 bouts in a row and is considered an outstanding contender for Kid Gavilans title. A fast moving slugger with a good left hook, Saxton has scored 15 KOs in his pro career. Because of this good record, Saxton is expected to be a heavy favorite tonight. „ * % Protege of Joe Louis — In the semi-windup Chicagos Kid Riviera will get his big Stadium chance in a 10-rounder with Omelio Agramonte, the Cuban heavyweight" champion. Riviera, a protege of Joe Louis, has lost ony two fights in 25 since 1946 and held the highiy touted Bob Baker to a draw recently in Cincinnati. Riviera claims that former managerial difficulties were the cause of most of his troubles, but he is hard at work now and hopes to enter the jing at a trim 215. He has fought in the past as heavy as 230 pounds. Agramonte is an experienced slugger who has fought all of the top contenders in the heavyweight division. If Riviera can win, he could catapult into big things in the heavy division. Tonights card opens the International Boxing Clubs summer series of 14 matches to be staged at the Stadium thru September. Truman Gibson, secretary of the IBC, says he expects a crowd of about 4,000 fans for the fight that could change both the lightweight and welterweight pictures. The Rawliiigs-Saxton bout will be televised and broadcast over the facilities of the National Broadcasting Company at •9100 Central Daylight Time. The complete card follows: Luther Rawlings vs. Johnny Saxton, 10 rounds, 146 pounds. Omelio Agramonte vs. Kid Riviera, 10 rounds, heavyweights. Roy Alston vs. Chuck Foster, six rounds, 148 pounds. Chester Mieszala vs. Ted Olla, four rounds, 165 pounds. Fitzie Fitzpatrick vs. Paul Martinez, four rounds, 128 pounds.

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