Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Heavyweight champ Buster Douglas replaces Jose Canseco in celeb bout

Buster Douglas, former heavyweight champion of the world, steps into the ring Friday at the Ramada at the Philadelphia Airport in a Celebrity Boxing bout.

Heavyweight champ Buster Douglas replaces Jose Canseco in celeb bout

Buster Douglas, former heavyweight champion of the world, steps into the ring Friday at the Ramada at the Philadelphia Airport in a Celebrity Boxing bout.

And unless he's fighting with one or both arms tied behind his back, we imagine he'll promptly trounce his three challengers, 32° (16 S. 2nd) doorman Andrew "Dank" Dankanich and Robert and Domenic Botto of Botto's Italian Sausage and Botto's restaurant in Swedesboro, N.J., each of whom he will fight for one round.

Jose Canseco had been scheduled to take on Dank and the Bottos but was removed from the card after a financial dispute with promoter Damon Feldman. Rodney King, who fought a former cop in his last Celebrity Boxing bout, takes on actor Bob Meloni and Daniel "Tailor of Terror" Morroni.

Douglas, King and the other boxers will be at a news conference at 8 tonight at Chickie's & Pete's (1526 Packer) that is open to the public. During Friday's fights, People Paper columnist Stu Bykofsky and Robert Botto Sr. will be inducted into the Celebrity Boxing Federation Hall of Fame. Tickets will be available at the door.

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