Sunday, February 1, 2015

'El Wingador' vs. Jose Canseco

The eating champion will box the former major leaguer on July 24.

'El Wingador' vs. Jose Canseco

Bill Simmons. (Photo: Michael Perez, 2007)
Bill Simmons. (Photo: Michael Perez, 2007) Michael Perez (2007)

Bill Simmons, the all-time WIP Wing Bowl champ known as El Wingador, confirms that he'll head into the boxing ring July 24 against former major leaguer Jose Canseco.

Canseco announced the date Saturday on his Facebook page.

The venue has not been announced. Promoter is Damon Feldman, who's been behind similar exhibitions.

Simmons, who's 47, 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, acknowledges that he's getting into the ring for the money and the exposure. He is working on a brand of chicken wings that will hit grocery stores in August.

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Canseco, who's 44, 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, is fresh off a defeat in his mixed martial arts debut. Last month, 7-foot-2 sumo wrestler/kick boxer Hong Man Choi whupped him in 77 seconds in Japan. In previous appearances in the Philly area, Canseco boxed WYSP morning man Danny Bonaduce to a draw in January and lost to NBC10 sports director Vai Sikahema in July 2008.

Simmons, who says he's a street fighter, boxed a pro wrestler named Smoke to a draw in 2003.

One thing Simmons says he won't do is go back into competitive eating. "At my age, it's easier to fight than eat," he told me.

Michael Klein
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