Two return engagements are on the television cards coming up. One will be a re-run of an interesting and recent film, Mickey Crawford Trails Indian Ortega, and the other will be a second showing of a B production with dramatic horror elements, Nino Valdes Outthinks Mike DeJohn.
The last Crawford-Ortega meeting, in which Ortega won a split decision, might have turned out differently if the two judges who voted against Crawford had brushed up on the rules book the night before the fight. The rules book does say, if anyone remembers, that points are to be awarded for good defense (Crawford's defense is just short of superb) and ring generalship (Crawford is three-star material). He should throw more punches, though, because New York judges won't care if he misses, any more than they cared when Ortega missed so aggressively and grotesquely. And he should never let himself get caught on the ropes, where a skilled fighter can duck, block and parry to his own satisfaction but still look like a trapped animal to the crowd and often to the judges.
This one, at Madison Square Garden, will be shown at your neighborhood TV set on the night of August 13 (Wednesday) and will be followed two days later by the Nino Valdes-Mike DeJohn Spectacular. In their last meeting Valdes won, partly because his left hand clogged DeJohn's sensitive nose with blood but largely, too, because DeJohn decided to pace himself for a fine lOth-round finish, disregarding the fact that while he was being so too utterly shrewd he was losing all the middle rounds.
Valdes went on from there to knock out the renascent Harold Carter in nine rounds and set himself up as a potential Patterson challenger. Given the proper spiritual encouragement, a spank on the trunks, by Manager Bobby Gleason, the often lackadaisical Nino could start yelling for a title fight. In Rochester, where this one will be held, he should repeat his Syracuse victory. We think Crawford will win, too.