We figured Rodney King had been clobbered enough for one lifetime, but to our surprise he told us yesterday that he needs a challenger to fight in a Celebrity Boxing Federation bout on Sept. 12.
King, 43, who involuntarily came to infamy in March 1991, when a good Samaritan videotaped him being mercilessly pounded by four LAPD officers, says he's excited about the athletic challenge of fighting in the CBF 11 bout, promoted by Damon Feldman, taking place at the Maple Zone Sports & Fitness Center (1451 Conchester) in Boothwyn. King told us yesterday he's always been a boxing fan, having grown up watching Muhammad Ali.
King is 6 feet 3. He declined to reveal his weight but says he'll fight anyone exceeding 200 pounds. Asked if he would fight a police officer or anyone else in law enforcement, King said yes. "It doesn't matter. I'll fight anybody. I'm an athlete. I wouldn't be in there because of what happened to me; I would be doing it for the challenge," he told us.
We're happy to report that King is 14 months sober. He recently appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" and "Sober House," battling his alcohol addiction. Many fans, Your Humble Narrator included, found King the most sympathetic character of the bunch. "Alcohol destroyed half of my family on my dad's side. It's a real painful, slow, fat death," says King, who reports being closer than ever to his three daughters and his girlfriend of five years, Dawn Marie Jean. King has been working in construction and writing his autobiography as of late. He's also been swimming and working out in preparation for the fight.