"There's not a prayer that we'd lose this," says CBF's lawyer, Chuck Peruto Jr.
When news broke, including my story
, that Celebrity Boxing Federation CEO Damon Feldman
had to move his May 7 bout from Philly spaces (ballrooms, saloons, what-have-yous) to either New Jersey or Delaware because of his woes with the attorney general and the State Athletic Commission, it caused a shitstorm of media attention locally (FOX
, Daily News
' Saturday cover) and nationally (Inside Edition
Thanks, gents, for doing that heavy lifting. I'll take over from here.
The same day I spoke with Feldman at South Philly Bar & Grille (much of which was off-the-record), he got arrested for rigging fights and staging events without a legit promoters' license by the PA Attorney General's Office
Why can't Feldman get a license? That question should probably be directed to Greg Serb
, executive director of the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission
. This may or may not be relevant, but: Serb fought in a few Feldman fights and there seems to be a personality clash between the two. No one in Feldman's camp digs The Serb, and jokes about his height are prevalent.
No matter. The charges got lobbed at Feldman's CBF from the Attorney General's office that these were fixed fights and that he didn't have a license. He'd have to go to court to defend his silly livelihood.
This all seems a waste of time for several reasons.Where women's matches were concerned, Feldman uses these oversize pillow-like gloves.
NOBODY ever thought this was real boxing. Though Danny Bonaduce
is a genuine scrapper, no audience member believed (at least I hope not) that Johnny Fairplay
, Tonya Harding
or John Wayne Bobbitt
(all of whom fought in CBF matches) were for real.
"C'mon, I'm the WWE of boxing," says Feldman. "Yes, I was in the legit boxing business at one time." Feldman fought under the name "the Jewish Bomber" and attempted, several years ago, to do legit boxing promotions, Broad Street Boxing
with Jimmy Binns
(detailed in a City Paper feature
back in 2006).
"But the Celebrity Boxing Federation this is 100 percent entertainment and they know that. I'm an entertainer."
"It's a waste of the commonwealth's time and money," says Feldman's new attorney, Chuck Peruto Jr.
, who spoke to me last night before he hit the courthouse in Folcroft and got a continuance on the strange case. Peruto didn't know all the niceties of the case (Bob Bush
was the original attorney) and wants time to figure it all out.
"I hadn't even seen the charges," Peruto Jr. told me. "But I can't see anything criminal here. There's not a prayer that we'd lose this."
They better figure something out Feldman is still set to host Jesse James
' bitch Michelle "Bombshell" McGee
fighting (rather than refereeing as once reported) with porn babe Gina Lynn
at a NJ or Delaware location rather than North Philly's Club Polaris
as originally intended.
This one ain't over until the fat lady hits the other lady with a big pillowy glove.