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March 8, 1988

VILLEFRANCHE-SUR-SAONE, France (AP) _ Ireland’s Stephen Roche, winner of the Tour de France cycling classic last year, withdrew from the Paris-Nice race Tuesday hours before the first stage.

Roche, who also won the world professional road race, was operated on the left knee in November and still finds the knee tender.

″He feels some prickling sensations on the back of the knee and he preferred not to take the risk,″ said Patrick Valcke, sports director of Roche’s Fagor team.

After a preliminary stage on Sunday, Roche returned to Paris and his knee was examined. He then decided to withdraw from both the Paris-Nice and the Milan-San Remo races. The Italian race is scheduled for March 19.

If further medical exams prove satisfactory, Roche will return to compete in the Catalan event March 21-25.

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MILAN, Italy (AP) - Italian Maurizio Stecca will fight Mexican Angel Hernandez in a 10-round match Saturday in a warmup for the International Boxinf Federation super-bantamweight title fight against American champion Calvin Grove.

Stecca, an unbeaten former Olympic champion, is scheduled to fight Grove in Italy in May.

The Stecca-Hernandez bout will be held in the riviera resort of Lerici.

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PESARO, Italy (AP) - World Boxing Association middleweight champion Sambu Patrizio Kalambay will defend his title against American challenger Doug Dewitt on June 16, in an Italian resort still to be picked, Italian matchmakers announced Tuesday.

It will be the second defense for the Zairean-born Italian boxer who last Saturday retained his WBA crown by outpointing previously unbeaten Jamaican Mike McCallum.

Kalambay said he is thinking of a possible title fight against Marvin Hagler, if he defeats Dewitt.

Dewitt, from Yonkers, N.Y., has a record of 28 wins, one draw and five losses.

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SAN REMO, Italy (AP) - The World Boxing Council junior middleweight title fight between Italian champion GianFranco Rosi and American challenger Donald Curry, scheduled in this Italian riviera resort on April 15, will begin at 9 p.m. local time, organizers announced Tuesday.

Organizers said they rejected bids by an American television network to have the fight staged after midnight so that the match could be televised in prime time in the United States.

A previous title fight of Rosi in Genoa last January was held at 2:30 a.m.

Curry, from Fort Worth, Texas, is a former world welterweight champion who last year decided to make a stab at the higher weight class. His first attempt for the WBA junior middleweight title ended in a knockout defeat against Mike McCallum.

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Joe Hiyas of the Philippines will defend his junior World Boxing Council bantamweight title against Indonesian Nurhuda in Jakarta April 12, a promoter said Tuesday.

Yorris Ramewal said the scheduled 12-round title bout will be held at the newly constructed 2,000-seat Regant discotheque in Jakarta’s Chinatown.

Ramewal did not give further details about the fight.

Nurhuda’s business manager, Tinton Suprapto, said the Indonesian national champion currently is ranked 28th by the World Boxing Council.

Boxers ranked below 10th by the WBC can compete in the JWBC.