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Alonzo seeks Albaladejo rematch

By RANT JAMES

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 7, 2003


Trainer Don Kahn said Monday that he's "about 70-percent done" completing a deal to put Spring Hill boxer Jose Alonzo in a fight for the vacant WBA Fedocentro Super Middleweight title on April 18 at Tampa's A La Carte Event Pavilion.

Alonzo, 10-0 with six knockouts, likely would square off against Albert Albaladejo, who gave Alonzo the toughest test of his career in July at the Pavilion.

Alonzo dominated in the early rounds, then held on against the wily 32-year-old for a six-round 57-56, 58-55, 58-55 unanimous decision.

"If that fight doesn't get approved, we'll work on somebody else, but that is the one we're looking at," Kahn said.

Alonzo, 25, who hasn't fought since scoring a technical knockout of Mike Coker 48 seconds into a bout in late September, may undertake a tune-up Feb. 28 in Tampa.

Harry Porras (21-1-0, 17 KOs) is the top-rated super middleweight in the WBA Fedocentro rankings, which are for young boxers of Latin American decent.

Horse racing

Petrina Above, an 8-year-old mare owned by Brooksville's Al Luccarelli, finished second -- two lengths off the winner -- in the $40,000 Just A Little Kiss Handicap on Jan. 2.

The event at Calder Race Course was a five-furlong turf run for fillies and mares. Jockey Cornelio Velasquez rallied Petrina Above from fourth to second at the stretch, but was able to shave only a half length off the lead of wire-to-wire winner Flying Birdie.

"She should have won, but we could not get her (outside)," Luccarelli said. "She was stuck along the rail, and it's real sandy there.

"The horse that beat her was in the middle of the track, and that's where you want to be," Luccarelli said.

Petrina Above, which had won two Calder stakes coming into the race, may be entered in a Sunshine Millions event at Gulfstream on Jan. 25.

Motocross

Troy Adams, a 19-year-old professional rider from Brooksville, failed to qualify for the finals in the 125cc class of the American Motorcycle Association Supercross Series at Edison International Field in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday.

Adams, riding a Yamaha for Team Yoshimura/Moto XXX, finished a four-lap last-chance qualifier ninth after earlier winning a consolation race.

In his qualifying session, Adams averaged 1 minute, eight seconds and .351 thousandths, with his best one-lap time at 1:07.719.

The next AMA Supercross event is scheduled for Saturday at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix.

Basketball

Hernando High School graduate Bernice Mosby, a University of Florida freshman, leads the Gators with 14.8 points per game. She is second in rebounds with a 9.3 average.

Mosby had 13 points and eight rebounds before fouling out Dec. 29 in an 81-68 victory over Virginia.

Wrestling

Former Springstead state champion Gerard DeCristofaro is 7-3 as a sophomore for Campbell College, an NCAA Division I member in Buies Creek, N.C.

In his last tournament, Nov. 30, DeCristofaro won twice in the 149-pound bracket of the Carolina Open at the University of North Carolina.

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