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Cannery can make history

May 13, 2003 6:56 AM

Richard Steele and Cannery Casino had a successful opening venture into the crowded Las Vegas boxing scene. They just need a way to stand out and we have three.

Christy Martin, Leila Ali and Mia St. John. Book one of the glamour girls of women’s boxing as a main event. No Las Vegas venue has ever done that, allowing Cannery to carry the torch.

"We drew a little over 1,700 (actually 1,737) for the card, which was just about capacity," said James Woodrow, the head of Preferred Public Relations which helped run Steele’s first attempt as a boxing promoter.

"We would like to do monthly boxing shows on the weekdays," Woodrow said. "The idea of women’s boxing as a main event is very appealing. It’s something I think we’ll throw around with Richard and see what happens."

Better throw it quick guys cause the new Orleans Arena could hold some 8,000 for a fight and is an even better candidate. The larger venues like Thomas and Mack, MGM Grand Garden Arena and Mandalay Bay are not likely to book top women’s fights as main events, but as top undercards to men’s championship fights.

The Cannery charged an incredibly reasonable $15 for the six-fight card that featured an eight-round main event between Baira Kim and Eduardo Cota. Kim dropped Cota three times before referee Joe Cortez halted the bout at 2:59 of the first round.

Kim is expected on the undercard of the Lennox Lewis-Kirk Johnson world heavyweight title fight June 21 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Not a bad item to start the Cannery’s boxing resume.

Right place, right time

One article about Tony Nevill and Las Vegas and he’s hired at New Frontier. That’s good luck.

"The GamingToday article gave the Las Vegas Club so much positive exposure and I was delighted with the response,’’ Nevill said when contacted about the move. "I was very surprised to get the call from New Frontier."

The opening at New Frontier came when Rob Terch left as race and sports director to take over the position in new MonteLago casino/resort at Lake Las Vegas.

"I am happy to be working for Phil Ruffin at New Frontier," Nevill said. "I know the Las Vegas Club will be in very good hands."

Nevill starts his new job May 21. We wish all parties the best of luck.