Vinny Maddalone is not like most men. He doesn't dissaude so easy. The Flushing heavyweight lost in his last outing, via TKO5, to Tyson Fury in England. But the dream didn't die. The hope still lingers, and boxing is still lousy in his blood.
The 38-year-old with a 35-8 record will headline a Dec. 8 card at the Resorts Casino in Queens. Promoter/matchmaker Felipe Gomez is, as of today, looking at either 9-2 Keith Barr or 23-17 Jeremy Bates to step in with Maddalone.
As with so many New Yorkers, the tentacles of Sandy affected the fighter. His wife Kathy's parents live in Howard Beach, and the storm surge took both their cars. They are OK, but are of course shaken by the event. The boxer hopes on Dec. 8 to give locals some entertainment, and help them think about something else after the deluge.
"I think it's going to be a good night," he told NYFightBlog, "especially now at this time, with the storm."
Maddalone still has Kathy in his corner, supporting his dream of one more shot at the big time. He hopes after a win Dec. 8, and another, the phone will ring with a step-up fight. The 6-9 Fury pecked away at a distance at Maddalone, and that style matchup, he said, did him no favors. Bring him someone who bangs, and he thinks -- he knows -- he could land that one game-changer. "If I hurt a guy with that one punch, it could be the end," is what he tells himself when doubts creep in.
Gomez has a foe set up for 11-0 prospect Juan Dominguez, who'll meet John Alberto Molina (32-21-3) at Resorts.
A portion of the proceeds, Gomez said, will go to Sandy relief for those hit hardest.