PHILADELPHIA — Jose Canseco is hungry for another shot at winning a celebrity boxing bout.
Yet he may not be as famished as his next opponent in this bizarre form of sports entertainment, a man who also knows how to dig in at the plate.
It’s the former American League MVP vs. Bill “El Wingador” Simmons, a five-time champion of Philadelphia’s famed Wing Bowl.
Both have an appetite for victory.
“Hopefully he doesn’t start eating my hand or something,” Canseco said.
Canseco is 0 for 2 in recording a victory on promoter Damon Feldman’s wild and wacky cards. He lost last year to former Philadelphia Eagle Vai Sikahema, and finished with a majority draw against one-time child star Danny Bonaduce of “The Partridge Family” in January.
“I was definitely taking it easy on Danny,” Canseco said. “I just used my height and weight on him. I’m not out there to hurt anybody. In the Vai Sikahema fight, he was out there to hurt me and I didn’t realize it until too late.”
Canseco, stigmatized for two tell-all books about steroids in baseball, will fight Simmons on Friday night at an ice skating rink in Aston, Pa.
Simmons ate his way into Philadelphia sports cult status with a record five Wing Bowl titles. Wing Bowl is a chicken wing eating contest that has earned a barbecue-stained spot on Philly’s sports calendar as an annual decadent display of binge eating. Simmons won the last of his five stomatch-stretching titles in 2005.
Perhaps the tagline for this main event should be: “One was juiced, the other was sauced.”
This is Canseco’s first return to the ring since he was knocked out by South Korean super heavyweight Hong Man Choi just 1 minute, 17 seconds into the first round in a mixed martial arts match in May in Japan.