Ex-slugger Jose Canseco, prophet of the Juiced, has seen his career drip away. He lost his fortune, his testosterone level, and now his self-respect. Looking for a shot in the butt, Canseco fought 'ex-actor' Danny Bonaduce in an exhibit match last night. Both lost. To the New York Daily News:
The former big leaguer and admitted steroid user fought to a draw with "Partridge Family" star Danny Bonaduce in a celebrity boxing match.
Although Canseco may be bigger, there is controversy over who is smarter:
That Bonaduce was still standing after three one-minute rounds was a victory in itself - Canseco outweighs Bonaduce by 80 pounds and is about a foot taller.
When the bell rang, it looked like Andre the Giant boxing Verne Troyer. Canseco's strategy seemed to be float like an elephant and sting like a concrete pillar, while Bonaduce had to practically leap just to reach Canseco's head. In the third round, the 6-4 Canseco, who weighed in at 259 pounds, rocked Bonaduce with a right jab, but the former child TV star stayed on his feet.
Canseco also proved that he is recession-proof. The economy can't be that bad when a capacity crowd of 2,000 curiosity seekers pays $50 ringside and $30 for the cheap seats to watch two D-listers pummel each other. The fight was also available on Pay-Per-View.
Canseco remains as popular with fans as he is successful in the ring:
Canseco entered to mostly boos and the jeering intensified throughout the fight, although there was one fan who wore an A's jersey.
Canseco wasn't as lucky his first time in the ring. In July, former NFL player Vai Sikahema leveled Canseco in the first round of an Atlantic City bout. Canseco fell to the mat in one minute, 37 seconds and was jeered off the premises with chants of "Ster-oid!"
Obviously Canseco needs the money, and alot more. And the rest of the filler:
It's been nearly a year since Canseco penned "Vindicated," his sequel to the 2005 steroid tell-all "Juiced." Following the book's release, in which Canseco implied Alex Rodriguez may have used steroids early in his career, Canseco was interviewed by the FBI in connection with Roger Clemens' perjury investigation. It is unclear if Canseco has been summoned to Washington, where a grand jury is hearing evidence against Clemens.
Last October, Canseco was busted at the border for trying to smuggle in the fertility drug human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) from Mexico. Later that month, A&E aired a documentary that showed a broke, contrite Canseco. He said writing "Juiced" was a mistake and said he was scared for his health after years of juicing. He pleaded guilty to misbranding of a drug in November and was sentenced to 12 months' unsupervised probation.
Canseco was paid $35,000 for the July fight. Saturday night, both Canseco and Bonaduce received $2 for every Pay-Per-View customer.
A night to embarrass all involved.