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Promoter plays his card at USF

Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, CA) | August 25, 2001
By Jay Heater | Times Columnist

San Francisco promoter Peter Howes will bring professional boxing to USF's War Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 28 with a show featuring lightweights Leo Dorin (18-0) and Emanuel Burton (24-18-4).

The co-feature on the ESPN2 card matches light heavyweights Danny Batchelder (17-0) and Anthony Hanshaw (12-0). Both feature bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Howes originally planned the show at the Bill Graham Auditorium but was given considerable support when he checked with USF's athletic administration about hosting a card at its arena.

“USF is very plugged in and supportive of athletics,” Howes said. “It wasn’t a hard sell.”

Dorin is a Romanian fighting out of Montreal while Burton is from Miami. Batchelder's home is Albany, N.Y., while Hanshaw is from Warren, Ohio.

Also on the pro portion of the card will be a women's bout featuring Novato's Susan Howard and a flyweight bout. The show also will include at least three amateur bouts. Mixing pro and amateur bouts on the same card used to be forbidden by the California Athletics Commission, but that changed in the past year.

I looked at combining pro and amateur bouts about a year and a half ago, but I figured I would let it happen one or two times elsewhere to see how it would go,” Howes said. “Now I want to be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon.”

Howes said he plans to include San Francisco amateurs Jimmy Ford (156 pounds), Simon Redmond (156) and Jack Shanas (178) on his card. Tickets to the event are priced from $30 to $100 and are available by calling 415-392-4400 or at tickets.com. Information about the fight card is available at www.fighttribe.com.

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Tinley issued a brief statement. “Dan has been a good friend, but sometimes good friends disagree. This is one of those times.”

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