Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Pitiful' Powell Avoids Tyson, Other Big Paydays

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Pitiful' Powell Avoids Tyson, Other Big Paydays

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Whenever Boris Powell was described in this corner as the reluctant heavyweight - which was often - Roger Grimming would grumble.

No more. After 2 1/2 years as Powell's boxing manager, he reluctantly sees that the jab was no cheap shot.

"He just won't fight anymore," Grimming said. "I've had more money fights offered to him in the last 2 1/2 months than most people make in a lifetime."

Such as $750,000 to box Mike Tyson this fall.

"I can't give you his exact words," said Bill Anderson, who trains Powell. "Boris doesn't give you exact words. But he didn't want anything to do with it."

Last month Powell vetoed a $150,000 date with former champ Michael Moorer. Melvin Foster came off vacation to snatch that purse.

"I guess he's got a nice vacation now," Anderson said. "He lost in 10 rounds, but you don't lose any stature if you lose to Michael Moorer. I had told Boris, `With the jab you've got, you could beat this guy.' He said, `Oh, I don't think so, Coach.' "

Powell is 6 feet 4, 225 pounds and quick. His record is 23-1. At 30, he is clean-cut and always fit. After four years of toil, his promoter, former champ Ernie Terrell of Chicago, had matchmakers lining up.

"This guy is pitiful," Terrell said. "If I put him in with somebody who'll hit him back, he won't fight him. He wants to fight all losers. I'm just dumbfounded. It's stupid."

Powell last fought Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, losing a 10-round grope with unbeaten but beatable John Ruiz.

Terrell said, "Boris bent over so low to keep from getting hit, he would grab the guy's ankles. He didn't even try to win. I guess he figured he'd get somebody tough if he beat him."

Powell has since dodged this heavyweight Who's Who, as ranked by Boxing Illustrated: No. 5 Moorer, No. 6 Frank Bruno, No. 8 Alex Zolkin, No. 12 Andrew Golota, No. 16 Jeremy Williams and Tyson.

"He's turned down so many, I can't keep them all straight," Anderson said.

Three were bouts that would have been shown on cable television. …

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