Famous boxing champs will attend bout in Ocean City

Five-time world boxing champion Vinny “The Paz” Pazienza and two-time current World Champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter will be in the house for the Baddest Son-O-The Beach Fight Fest on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Ocean City Convention Center.

Shawn Porter.

Pazienza and Porter are coming to Ocean City courtesy of Hal Chernoff of Main Street Gym in Salisbury and Jake Smith of Baltimore Boxing in Baltimore who, Chernoff said, “pulled a few strings and were able to bring in two living legends of the boxing world.”

Known as the lion-hearted fighter, Pazienza became a champion then suffered a broken neck in a car accident.  He was told he would never walk again.

“He drew from the same grit and tenacity that made him a champion and not only walked again, but against everyone’s advice, fought again, to become a five-time world champion,” said Chernoff, who teaches boxing in Salisbury and mentors youth.

“His accomplishment of regaining a world title after his accident alone is one of the most inspiring stories in sports,” said Chernoff, a respected role model in the community.

“I asked Shawn to come back when he fought former World Champion Danny Garcia in New York City last month and brought home the WBC Championship belt. But I knew he had a busy schedule and didn’t think it could happen,” Chernoff said.

Porter’s pro debut was at the Wicomico County Youth & Civic Center in October 2008, after which he fought four more times in Salisbury.

Vinny Pazienza.

“Shawn has always loved this place, ever since his pro debut when he saw the way the fans of this area supported him. He was like a local favorite even though he lived in Ohio. This will be like a homecoming for him almost exactly 10 years from the day of his pro debut in Salisbury on a sho-box card,” Chernoff said.

Though they won’t be fighting, both men will pose for photographs and sign autographs. “They are really nice guys and very approachable so don’t hesitate to bring your kids to meet them, they truly love their fans,” Chernoff said.

Sponsored by Pohanka of Salisbury and sanctioned by USA Boxing, the event lineup will also include a bout with former Baltimore Raven’s running back Walter “Duke” Sanders and women’s battle between O.C. Fight Club’s Lupe Ayalaaldana and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Lisa Bodenberg of Baltimore Boxing.

Also scheduled are Main Gym’s heavyweight Thomas Mottinger; Erick Acosta, a student at James M. Bennett High School; Markeese Hines from the Eastern Shore of Virginia; O.C Fight Club’s Omar Serrano and Simone Serrano.

There will be a cash bar and snacks for sale.

Afterward, an after-fight party will be at Buxy’s Salty Dog Saloon on 28th Street and Coastal Highway.

The cost for a table of eight is $400 and general tables cost $300.

Theater seating costs $50 ringside, $35 prime and $25 general admission.

Call 410-289-2800.

 

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