Thursday, January 26, 2012
Two days away from Team Snooki Boxing debut
By Michael Woods
We are two days away from seeing a sight none of us thought we'd see: the debut of "The Jersey Shore's" Snooki as a boxing promoter.
Snooki is doing the Arum-King thing with dad Andy Polizzi, and Mike Pascale of Final Round Promotions, a Poughkeepsie outfit.
The Polizzis live in upstate Marlboro, NY, and are friends with Pascale, who worked for the New York State Athletic Commision under Floyd Patterson, Mel Southard, Ray Kelly, Ron Scott Stevens and Melvina Lathan before moving into the promotional side.
I chatted with Pascale on Thursday, and asked for a report on how arrangements for the show, which is dubbed "The Irish Invasion," and will take place at Resorts in Atlantic City Saturday night, are progressing
"Everything is going smooth," Pascale said. "We expect a good turnout, sales look good. There will be eight fights, and no tomato cans, so to speak."
The room at Resorts holds 1,250 people and Pascale expects at least a thousand to show up and see the Hyland brothers, out of Dublin, do their thing. Patrick (24-0), 20-2 Paul and 16-1 Eddie are the invaders. Patrick (age 28) takes on Emmanuel Lucero (26-8), Paul (age 27) meets Arturo Santiago (7-4), and Eddie (age 30) fights Franklin Gonzalez (14-9).
If you don't care to travel, the card will stream, for $10, here.
Also, for those not so down with the boxing scene, there will be an afterparty at Resorts, at a club called Night Fever, at which the dimunitive diva herself, Snooki, will meet and greet the adoring throngs.
That, people, is The Situation regarding Team Snooki Boxing.