Friday, March 04, 2005

Tonya Harding's boxing match actually a wrestling match

On March 10, Tonya Harding will fight Daisy D (best known locally for his "Queen on the Scene" antics on the South Florida gossip TV show "Deco Drive") at Beach Bums in Ft. Lauderdale. But because transvestite Daisy D is not a professional boxer, like Harding, it is technically going to be a wrestling match.

The Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation, which oversees the Florida Boxing Commission, nixed the idea of Harding sparring a totally inexperienced opponent - despite the fact that they would be wearing 16-ounce gloves and protective head gear. But because Florida does not oversee professional wrestling, anything goes.

The kicker is she cannot wear boxing gear now, because it is not technically a "boxing" match. It will be interesting to see how they try to make it look like a professional fight, since they are billing it as a boxing match. (And, let's face it, boxing and wrestling have some different interested audiences.)

And for those who don't care about either, there will also be a raunchy Paris Hilton look-a-like contest, with the winner getting at least $250 in cash.

In 2002, Harding turned to boxing, and 15.5 million viewers tuned in to see her beat Bill Clinton accuser Paula Jones on "Celebrity Boxing." She has a 3-3 professional record but is unbeaten in a handful of celebrity bouts.

She says she makes "a small living" from boxing. According to published reports, she makes up to $25,000 per professional fight.

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