Rep. Peter King a contender in Mulcahy's boxing ring

Rep. Peter King squares off with NY State Rep. Peter King squares off with NY State champion Josh Foley. Photo Credit: Chris Cardona

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Peter King said he'll climb into a boxing ring at Mulcahy's Pub in Wantagh Saturday with New York kickboxing champion Josh Foley to boost the business of King's fight trainer and friend.

King, the 68-year-old Seaford Republican congressman and an avid boxing fan, said he's doing a favor for trainer Chris Cardona, who's promoting kickboxing fights that night at the pub.

"Chris asked, to sort of draw some attention, if I would box an exhibition with Josh," King said. "So I said yeah."

King added, "I'm doing it because he's a friend."

Going back to 1991, King has participated in charity boxing events to raise money for causes such as feeding poor children in Northern Ireland.

Saturday's event is for profit. The King-Foley exhibition match is being sponsored by Dennis Clancy of Everlast, the sporting goods company, according to promotional material King sent to his campaign email list.

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Tickets for the evening cost $65 for ringside and $45 for general admission ahead of time, and $10 more on the day of the event, it said.

King said he's not being paid.

He said he has been going for nine years to Cardona's gym and pays him for training.

Cardona gave $500 to King's campaign in 2010. "I have no problem with it," King said.

"It's more of a sparring match than anything else," King said of the upcoming fight with Foley. "But if this guy wants to go after me, he'll take me out."

He said his wife refuses to watch -- the match takes place on her birthday -- and that a Wantagh ambulance will be on standby.

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