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New Opponent Ready for Nunn

December 25, 1996

Former two-time world champion Michael Nunn, scheduled to fight Jan. 17 at the Reseda Country Club for the first time in 8 1/2 years, has a new opponent.

Nunn will fight Rudy Nix in a 10-round bout for the North American Boxing Federation lightweight championship.

Nix (17-2-1 with 16 knockouts) replaces Asluddin Umarov, who had agreed to fight Nunn but pulled out of the bout this week.

"I don't know why [he backed out]," promoter Peter Broudy said.

Nunn, 33, the North American Boxing Organization's super-middleweight champion, is 48-3, including 30 knockouts.

Boxer reschedules: P.J. Goossen of North Hollywood, who pulled out of a World Boxing Federation super-welterweight title fight scheduled for last week, has agreed to fight at the Country Club on Jan. 23.

Goossen (17-0, 11 knockouts), the International Boxing Organization junior-middleweight champion, will fight an opponent to be determined. Goossen's brother, Chuck, is scheduled to fight on the undercard.

Pat Goossen, who trains and manages his sons, backed out of last week's fight because of a financial dispute with Broudy. But matters have since been resolved.

"He's got the stage and I have the actors," Pat Goossen said. "But we still need to work out some of the details.

"You know boxing--until they meet in the ring and touch gloves, you don't have a fight."

P.J. Goossen has not fought since June, when he defeated Greg Lonon of Las Vegas at the Warner Center Marriott to win his first world title.

"Just give me a date and I'll be ready for it," P.J. Goossen said.

"I'm sick and tired of training and not having something to look forward to."

The undercard is scheduled to include heavyweight Lance Whitaker of Granada Hills, former Mexican Olympic team member Carlos Martinez of Oxnard, Jimmy Buffo of North Hollywood and Fredia Gibbs, billed as "The World's Deadliest Woman."

Lightweight rematch:

Tentative plans have been made for a Feb. 20 rematch at the Country Club between Danny Lujan and Juan Lazcano, who fought to a 12-round majority draw last week in a WBF lightweight title fight.

In an action-filled fight, Lujan knocked down Lazcano once and earned a 115-111 advantage by one judge's count.

Lazcano, who was penalized one point for hitting after the bell in the ninth round, opened cuts beneath both of Lujan's eyes.

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