Don King to put on (rare) card


Promoter Don King doesn't put on many boxing cards these days, and his stable is barren of fighters who interest the premium cable networks (with the exception of light heavyweight titlist Tavoris Cloud). But King, 80, announced one of his rare shows Wednesday, a June 23 card at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

There are some faded names on the card (which has no television outlet), along with some local fighters, which pales in comparison to the megashows filled with world title fights that the High-Haired One put on in the past. The main event features a heavyweight fight between Tony Grano (19-2-2, 15 KOs) and DaVarryl Williamson (27-6, 23 KOs), who are both good punchers.

Also of note is the return of former heavyweight titlist Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs), who scored one of his most significant victories in the same arena in 2007 when he easily outpointed James Toney. Peter, who doesn't have an opponent yet, is a shell of what he once was and is coming off two brutal knockout losses in a row -- a 10th-round destruction by Wladimir Klitschko in a world championship fight in September 2010, followed by an equally brutal ninth-round knockout by Robert Helenius in April 2011.

Also on the card will be lightweight prospect Angelo Santana (12-0, 9 KOs), a Cuban fighting out of Miami, against Justin Savi (26-1, 18 KOs) of Benin; popular South Florida draw Joey Hernandez (21-1-1, 12 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout against Brandon Baue (12-6, 10 KOs); and Ukrainian heavyweight Oleg Platov (29-1, 23 KOs), who hasn't fought since June 2010, facing an opponent to be determined.