Rep. Peter King, R-Seaford, will be lacing up his boxing gloves once again as part of an exhibition against mixed martial artist Josh Foley.
What you may not know is that King is an accomplished boxer with roots in Mineola, specifically displaying his pugilist skills at the Irish-American Center.
Former Newsday writer Irving Long recalled in his self-published book, “An Ode to LI Sports,” a match between King and Seamus McDonough in 1991 at the center with a bit of irony considering King’s current plans:
McDonough was trying his best not to hit [King] with a real punch or hurt him. King did, in fact, go plodding through the third and last round. I am sure that I have not heard any talk about King wanting to resume his boxing career.
The duel against Foley will take place on Saturday, March 4 at Mulcahy's in Wantagh at 4 p.m. as a part of Gadiator Promotions’ “Battle of the Champions 8.” Foley is 5-1-0 in his professional career, and three of his wins have been by knockout.
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“Great training session at Bellmore Kickboxing yesterday with NYS Champion ‘Irish’ Josh Foley who I’ll be boxing in an exhibition bout this Saturday at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh at 4 p.m. during Gladiator Promotions Battle of the Champions 8,” King wrote on his Facebook page.
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