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Don King returns home with a bunch of pugilists.

Don King, Jane Campbell, and pals get ready to lace up for some Championship Boxing on Saturday.
  • Don King, Jane Campbell, and pals get ready to lace up for some Championship Boxing on Saturday.
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With his legendary showboating, boxing promoter Don King guarantees a blood-soaked slugfest when he returns to his hometown for Championship Boxing on Saturday. "We're in the hurt business," says King. Two bouts top the five-fight card, including a match between former heavyweight champ Owen "What the Heck" Beck of Jamaica and Cleveland native Ray "Rainman" Austin. "I'm expecting fireworks," says Beck. In the second main event, junior-middleweight champ Daniel Santos (pictured far left) of Puerto Rico will take on ex-welterweight titleholder Jose Antonio Rivera (pictured far right) of Massachusetts. "I ain't gonna stop being a champion," says Santos. "Rivera's hungry, but he won't take my title." Rivera's trainer John Scully-Rivera thinks otherwise. "Boxing is a vicious game," he says. "When Rivera gets into a fight, it's going to be wicked, brutal, and nasty." Fists fly at 4:30 p.m. at Gund Arena, 100 Gateway Plaza. Tickets are $25 to $100, available by calling 216-241-2121. -- Cris Glaser

Gridiron Goliaths

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Jim Fitzpatrick will wax nostalgic this weekend, when four of Ohio's high school football powerhouses face off at Saturday's Charity Game Day. When he was a kid in the '50s, Fitzpatrick's dad would take him to the annual classic at the old Cleveland Stadium, where the city's top two teams would compete for the Senate League crown. "You didn't love football if you didn't go to this game," says Fitzpatrick, who organized the 21st-century version of the matchup. With a pre-game radio show on WKNR-AM 850 and tailgate party in the parking lot, pigskin action starts with Glenville battling Brookhaven at 1 p.m. St. Ignatius tangles with Boardman at 7 p.m. Says Fitzpatrick: "This community loves its football." It kicks off at 8 a.m. at Byers Field, 7600 Day Drive in Parma. Tickets are $8, $5 for kids. For more info, call 216-541-8326. -- Cris Glaser

Paths of Glory

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Saturday's 13th-annual STOMP Bicycle Adventure is filled with half-a-dozen routes, live music, and thousands of riders. But for Century Cycles, which will be on hand, "It's just an endless parade of broken bikes that need to be repaired for the day's ride," says senior mechanic Kortvejesi Derrick. STOMP (which stands for September Tour of the Metro Parks) ranks as one of the biggest all-skill-level rides in the area, and includes flat and hilly paths that range from 5 to 63 miles. The first one leaves at 7:30 a.m. at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Registration fees range from $15 to $30; call 330-865-8065. -- Lucy McKernan

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