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The diminutive dynamo of reality TV, Snooki of MTV’s “The Jersey Shore” unveiled her first fight card, dubbed “The Irish Invasion,” at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City on Saturday night.

No wiseguys, there was no hot tub action, fights in the stands among fans, or spray-tans offered at a concession stand. This was no lark, no stunt for the show, for the record.

The event was billed as the “Invasion” because the three fighting Hyland brothers, Patrick, Paul and Eddie, hailing from Dublin, fought on the card. They went 2-for-3 on the night, with Patrick getting a W in the main event, over Emmanuel Lucero, Paul winning a UD6 over Arturo Santiago, and eldest boxing bro Eddie getting the short end of a decision to Franklin Gonzalez in a four rounder.

“I’m happy with my first Team Snooki performance,” Patrick said after getting a UD win over the stubborn as hell Lucero. Patrick Hyland Sr. said after that Patrick was more than ready for Yuriorkis Gamboa. (Though Gamboa has jumped up in weight class, and will skip from 126 over 130 to 135 against Brandon Rios, it looks like.) Trainer Tracy Harris Patterson didn't take the bait on that one. After the bout, he told me that he will sit down with the Hyland Team and discuss options.

No shortage of haters have taken to the message boards, proclaiming Snooki’s debut as a boxing promote a sure sign of of the box-apocalypse. My take: what’s wrong with having yet another place for hungry boxers to earn a check? The event was put together, by and large, by Mike Pascale, and Snooki’s dad Andy Polizzi, a friend of Pascale’s. Snooki told ESPN NY that she entered this arena because it’s something the self-proclaimed daddy’s girl can do with dad. Who am I to take issue or try to poke a hole in that logic?

They had seven bouts on the card, no egregious mismatches and Snooki was present and involved, not a mere figurehead, til the final bell. That shut the haters up a bit...

SPEEDBAG A nice young lady named Veronica Kole sang the National Anthem. “I’m 5 feet tall, I’m tan, I’m from Jersey, and I’m gonna be the female Justin Bieber,” the 17 year-old told me after she sang, while watching the main event. She is signed to Snooki’s label, NEP Productions. Kole gets props for predicting that Lucero would go the distance in the feature bout, while around round three, I told her I thought he'd get stopped. Smart cookie, that Kole.

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We have a Snooki sighting... Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi entered the ring at Resorts in AC Saturday night, and welcomed fans to the debut of her fight promotion outfit, Team Snooki Boxing. "Hi everybody, thank you for coming," Snooki said, right before the action kicked off at 7:49 ET with a lightweight tangle between Chazz McDowell (4-0 entering; from Yonkers) and Phil Nazario (0-1; from Da Bronx). "Me and my dad are very, very excited for this event. And this is only the beginning." Snooki has presented this enterprise as a labor of love, an undertaking which enables her to spend more time with her pop.

That is The Situation from AC. I will keep you posted, boxing and Jersey Shore fans.

Two days away from Team Snooki Boxing debut

January, 26, 2012
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.