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March 8, 1985

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Herman Montes of Whittier, Calif., scored a third-round knockout over Former World Boxing Association welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas in their scheduled 10-round super-welterweight bout at the Olympic Auditorium.

Montes caught Cuevas with a short right cross that floored the former champion at 2:08 of the third round Thursday night. Cuevas was counted out by the referee.

The first two rounds saw the fighters trading punches and, at times, either fighter looked as if he could fall. Montes gained the advantage early in the third round with two solid hooks to Cuevas’ body. Cuevas’ hands seemed to drop to protect his body as Montes lashed out the knockout blow.

Cuevas’ record fell to 33-9. He has lost his last three fights.

Montes improved his record to 34-3-4 with 26 knockouts.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - For the past few months, welterweight contender Marlon Starling has been justifying every drop of sweat, every mile run and every sparring exchange on the premise that his career isn’t over because of three tough losses followed by a prolonged layoff.

″There’s such a thing as coming back,″ Cedric Kushner, Starling’s new promoter, said Thursday upon his introduction and the announcement that the 26-year-old Starling would fight Floyd Mayweather of Grand Rapids, Mich., in a mandatory defense of the latter’s United States Boxing Association title.

Mayweather, 32, is 28-4-1 with 18 knockouts. In January 1979, he was shot in left leg with a shotgun, and doctors predicted he would be unable to box again. But after five operations, he resumed his career.

The April 26 fight at a yet-to-be undetermined site will be Starling’s first since June when he lost the North American Boxing Federation title to Pedro Vilella in a 12-round decision. Starling, 32-3, had sandwiched six victories between his two other losses - both to World Boxing Association welterweight champion Donald Curry.

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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - National League player representative Kent Tekulve says major league players aren’t ready yet for a strike authorizion vote although ″almost nothing has been accomplished″ in negotiations with club owners.

Tekulve, a Pittsburgh Pirates reliever, no longer believes opening day is ″a realistic date″ for a settlement in the slow-moving talks. If the negotiations extend past April 8, baseball faces the possibility of its second in-season player strike in five years.

The last Basic Agreement, hammered out during a nearly two-month strike in 1981, expired last Dec. 31 and negotiations on a new agreement have been in progress for several months.

″We’re in the first inning of a long game,″ Tekulve said Thursday.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The World Championship of Women’s Golf, which annually features 12 of the top women golfers in the world, will be moved from the Cleveland area to a course near Atlanta in August.

Tournament organizer International Management Group said Thursday that no sponsor could be found who was willing to keep the event in Cleveland, where it originated in 1980. Chevrolet bowed out as sponsor of the tournament in November.

Nestle Enterprises Inc., based in Solon, near Cleveland, will now sponsor the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament at Stouffer’s Pine Isle Resort at Lake Lanier Islands outside Atlanta.

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