by Gautham Nagesh
The big news today from Ring Magazine’s Lem Satterfield: DC fight fans enthralled by December’s slugfest between Lamont Peterson (left) and Amir Khan won’t have to wait another 18 years for championship boxing to return to the DMV. It looks like rising local featherweight Gary Russell Jr. will return to action June 30 at the Verizon Center. The news is music to the ears of local fight aficianados hoping DC would capitalize on momentum from the Khan-Peterson fight.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told Lem they have the Verizon Center on hold and are working with local attorney Jeff Fried to finalize the card. While Lamont is tied up in a May 19th rematch with Khan in Las Vegas, his brother Anthony (right) would appear to be a leading candidate to fight in DC. He told me at last month’s presser that he’s planning to fight on the May 19th show, but an opponent hadn’t been found yet. Seth Mitchell is another possibility, if he’s willing to take a stay-busy fight so soon after his turn against Chazz Witherspoon on the undercard of Chad Dawson-Bernard Hopkins 2 on April 28.
by Anna John
Infamous “Jersey Shore” celebutard Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is taking her love of fist-pumping out of the club and into the ring— the boxing ring. From NBC Philadelphia:
Team Snooki Boxing will feature three Irish brothers, Patrick “Pajo”, Eddie and Paul Hyland – all champions in their respective classes.
The Hyland Brothers will headline a night of boxing at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City on Saturday, January 28, 2012.
Snooki announced her surprising new venture on WFAN and MSG Network’s The Boomer and Carton Show; she will serve as promoter. Unfortunately, she didn’t comment regarding whether the Hyland brothers will sport oompa-loompa-worthy tans or poufs in their hair when they star in Team Snooki’s first production: late January’s “Irish Invasion”, in Atlantic City.