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Italian Boxer De Chiara, 25, Dies From Ring Injuries

November 19, 1996|BOB NIGHTENGALE

Italian boxer Fabrizio De Chiara, 25, was declared dead early Monday, two days after suffering head injuries in a title fight.

Doctors in Pisa, Italy, said the middleweight had been brain dead since Sunday.

De Chiara, the seventh Italian professional boxer to die of ring injuries, lapsed into a deep coma Saturday night shortly after losing during the final round of an Italian title bout against champion Vincenzo Imparato at Avenza.

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Evander Holyfield's upset victory over Mike Tyson set a record as boxing's biggest paid live gate.

The fight at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas drew 16,103, who paid a record $14,150,700.

The fight surpassed the previous record of $13,965,600 for Tyson's first comeback fight after his release from prison, against Peter McNeeley.

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Rodney Jones knocked out Jose Alfredo Flores in the 11th round at the Forum to win the vacant North American Boxing Organization junior-middleweight title.

Baseball

The Dodgers, still searching for a third baseman, decided veteran Dave Hansen no longer fits into the equation and told him that they will try to trade him within 10 days.

The Dodgers designated Hansen for assignment, along with infielder Howard Battle and pitcher Brandon Watts, to make room for five newcomers to their 40-man roster.

They added pitchers Gary Rath, Matt Herges and Dave Spykstra; second baseman Adam Riggs, and catcher Henry Blanco. They also reinstated pitcher Rick Gorecki and infielder Garey Ingram from the 60-day disabled list.

Hansen, the Dodgers' second-round draft choice in 1986 who was on the major league roster the last five seasons, became expendable when the Dodgers signed free agent left-handed hitting infielder Chip Hale.

Meanwhile, talks are continuing between the Dodgers and free-agent third baseman Todd Zeile.

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