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Knockout Homelessness Round 7: Getting Ready for the Ring

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After months of training, area celebrities are ready to go toe to toe with members the boxing Bizzarro family in Knockout Homelessness Round 7.

 

"They're great guys, tough guys, too," said Lou Bizzarro. "They come to fight so it'll be a nice night for everybody, you know."

Bizzarro said he's not worried about getting in the ring with Pennsylvania State Senator Sean Wiley.

"I'm so used to it, I fought for 18 years. It's another day for me. I'm ready for it. I hope he's ready."

But for professional wrestler "Big League" John McChesney, stepping into the boxing ring with "John Boy" Bizzarro, is going to be a whole new experience.

"I've wrestled for years, I've done 60-minute matches, almost 90 minutes, but never boxed before. I've never been just straight punched in the face like might happen tomorrow."

If that does happen, it's all for a good cause.

Each year, funds from this event go directly to the Erie City Mission, helping feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.

And this, for the first time, the event is sold-out.

"This morning, we were talking about opening the wall and expanding the tables for next year," said Pastor Rick Crocker, Executive Director of the Erie City Mission. "So we're looking at continuing to be able to grow this event and support our efforts to a greater degree." 

Even though the boxing is all for a good cause, there's still a little competition.

Bizzarro and McChesney wouldn't even say what they have in store.

"I don't know if I'll pull out wrestling move," said McChesney. "I've been sparring and training with him and he's absolutely an amazing boxer and if I do get in trouble, maybe I'll pull something off. You have to come and see." 

"I don't want to say because he'll be watching me on TV, he'll find out tomorrow night," said Bizzarro.

Both promised this will be a night you won't want to miss.

"We've been training for months and every time Big League's a part of the show, it's a great show," said McChesney.

Lilly Broadcasting is proud to sponsor the event again this year.

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