Who can forget Congressman Peter King (R-NY) standing up in the face of terror and holding hearings on Muslim “Radicalization”? If it doesn’t work four times, hold a fifth hearing. Ward-Gatti had nothing on King-Islam.
Much to King’s dismay, mosques (80% of which are jihadist according to him) are still in our midst so he’s decided to take on a new opponent. A New York State kickboxing champion. Note it’s “A” not “The”. The Long Island congressman will take on “Irish” Joe Foley for two rounds on Saturday night.
The congressman said he weighs in at about 230 pounds and has been training for about nine years. The bout isn’t for charity, he said.
“We’ll be sparring,” King said. “If anyone is going to get knocked out, it will be me. I can tell you that much.”
He also joked that while he plans to throw real punches, Foley will probably throw “sort-of-real punches.”
King said that back in 1991, he sparred with former pro Seamus McDonagh in an exhibition bout on the 20th anniversary of the first Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali fight.
The fight isn’t for charity. They’re fighting just for the hell of it in a Wantagh, NY bar. Does it get more stereotypically Irish than this?
Saturday won’t mark King’s first time inside the squared circle. He previously fought a former pro named Seamus McDonagh who lost to Evander Holyfield by TKO in 1990. McDonagh’s biggest claim to fame was winning Rusty Staub’s rib eating contest in 1989.
If the bar is anything like Irish Times in DC, it’ll have a guy singing the same five Irish songs all night. There’s no word on whether Gerry Adams or Martin McGuinness will take time from governing Northern Ireland to referee the fight. Gerry Cooney or someone from Boyzone will have to do on Saturday.
Recipe Note: Ribs should be their own food group. Try this Chinese Noodles with Baked Sriracha Ribs recipe from Serious Eats. I tried different kinds of chilis for the rub. Serrano also works well but I also added a bit of habanero for some extra kick. Stick to the lighter beer. It works better with the glaze. The process takes a couple hours due to the ribs but it’s worth it. Go with a bigger bowl while you’re at it. You want to eat it out of a mixing bowl? Bloomberg doesn’t own you. This is America. Do it.