Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ready to Rumble

Stick and move for cancer research at Haymakers for Hope


The Mayweather fight proved one thing: Pay-Per-View is still really, really expensive.

It also reminded us that we wish there was a magical place in Boston where we could watch fights in real life. Fights where ordinary people beat each other to a bloody pulp. You know, a place without rapper entourages.

Well, that place exists. It's called Haymakers for Hope.

The amateur boxing charity event goes down this Thursday at House of Blues, and unlike the drunken frat boys brawling on Saturday nights in Faneuil Hall, this top crop of 26 amateur fighters (from 23 year-old lacrosse coach Maria Tedeschi to 57-year-old insurance broker Brian Driscoll) have turned themselves into butterfly-floating, bee-stinging boxers after four months of intense training. 

No ducking fights here either, as the lineup card features 13 bouts ranging from feather to heavyweight.

And just remember while they are pummeling each other with hooks and jabs for three minutes at a time, it's to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a good bet to place no matter who's in the ring.

Finally, a fight club you can talk about. 

Haymakers for Hope
Thursday, May 16
House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Fenway
(617) 693-2583

Tickets: $75-150 here
Nearby: Eastern Standard; Citizens Public House; The Hawthorne

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