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Norwood To Defend WBA Featherweight

June 11, 1998

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ When it comes to getting attention, Freddy Norwood is a pauper compared to Prince Naseem Hamed.

It doesn’t bother Norwood, he says, who will get some attention when he defends the WBA featherweight title Saturday on ABC-TV.

``I’m jealous of no man,″ said the 28-year-old native of St. Louis, fighting out of Las Vegas. ``Everybody gets his day.″

Morwood, of course, is confident the power-punching Hamed, of Britain, the WBO 126-pound champion, would rue the day he fought Norwood.

``He can’t take a punch,″ Norwood said Thursday. ``He’s fought has-beens, he’s never fought a Freddy Norwood, an undefeated fighter.

The man who will fight Norwood (29-0-1, with 18 knockouts) Saturday in the Trump Taj Mahal is Genaro Rios (18-4, with 4 knockouts) the WBA’s No. 1 contender from Nicaragua.

It will be Norwood’s first defense of the title he won on points over Antonio Cermeno of Venezuela on April 3.

The fight will be televised on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, which begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

``It’s an excellent opportunity to see Freddy Norwood,″ he said.

There also will be boxing show Sunday at the Taj Mahal, featuring Floyd Mayweather against Tony Pep in 10-round junior lightweight bout that will be televised on ESPN2 at a 10 p.m.

Mayweather, of Las Vegas, has a 16-0 record, with 13 knockouts. Pep, of Canada, has a 39-6 record, with 21 knockouts.

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