SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Commonwealth junior-middleweight boxing champion Troy Waters of Australia will face former International Boxing Federation champion Carlos Santos of Puerto Rico in a non-title fight in Canberra on Dec. 2, promoter Marty Rhone said today.

Waters, 23, is currently ranked second in the division by the IBF and 10th by the World Boxing Council. He has an 11-1 record.

Santos is rated seventh by the IBF and sixth by the World Boxing Association. The 33-year-old, left-hander is a 13-year pro who has lost only three times in his career - to Wilfred Benitez, Buster Drayton and Donald Curry.

Waters is hoping for a world title shot within six months, and promoter- manag er Rhone admitted his fighter was taking a risk facing Santos.

''Santos is one of best credentialed boxers to come to Australia, but Troy's last two fights have only lasted a total of three rounds and we need to get him some boxing,'' Rhone said.

''We are taking a risk, but you have to fight the top guys if you want to be champion of the world.''

The bill will be the first international boxing promotion ever held in the Australian capital, Rhone said.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Superior Court judge has kept open a lawsuit filed against Hall of Famer Willie Stargell by his developmentally disabled daughter, who is seeking financial support.

Attorney Elizabeth Chidi, who represents Wendy Rebecca Stargell, persuaded Judge Edward Kakita to allow the case to remain active on Wednesday.

Kakita had threatened to dismiss the case because attorneys for Wendy Stargell had failed to contact the former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger since filing the lawsuit in May.

In documents filed Wednesday, Chidi said representatives of her law firm have been unable to reach Stargell, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame July 31. He was fired from his coaching job with the Atlanta Braves on May 22 along with Manager Chuck Tanner.

Wendy Stargell originally sought $2,000 a month. The documents filed Wednesday lowered that amount to $1,750 a month.

Chidi refused to elaborate on the case when contacted by phone.