(AP) NY congressman King boxes against former champ
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has survived a two-round bout in the ring with former kickboxing champion “Irish” Josh Foley.
Newsday reports that the Long Island Republican squared off Saturday with Foley before a crowd of 400 in a Wantagh (WAHN’-tah) pub. No winner was declared.
King is an avid boxing fan. He agreed to the fight to raise money for the business of his friend and trainer.
The newspaper said the 68-year-old congressman held his own against his 31-year-old opponent. Foley is several inches shorter and about 50 pounds lighter than the 230-pound King.
The congressman’s fight had been criticized as an ethics violation by a watchdog group that says ethics rules prevent representatives from appearing to favor one business.
King defended the fundraiser as appropriate.
Photo courtesy Rep. Peter King (R-NY) Facebook.