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Boxers Promote Fight, Possibly Eat at Sbarro

Q: When do the boxers sound like the basketball players, and the basketball players sound like the boxers?

A: When the following press conference invades D.C.: "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya and "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather, with a special guest appearance from Caron "Tuff Juice" Butler. Really. It's at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Union Station (naturally), and it's open to the public, so all you slacker GW students can come on by.

Mayweather, left, dreaming of Sbarro. (By Al Bello - Getty Images)

This is all to promote the May 5 junior middleweight championship fight in Vegas. I have no idea why Butler will be there. Perhaps because he got married in Vegas. Or because he just went there for the all-star game. Or maybe because he's called Tuff Juice. Or maybe, like me, he just wants some Sbarro.

Actually, have you all read John Mitchell's excellent Butler weight-loss story in the Washington Times over the weekend? Point is, Tuff Juice isn't eating at Sbarro. I was there when Mitch was collecting the funny parts for this story, and they were indeed funny, but I felt bad just thinking about ripping off the quotes, so I didn't. But Mitch used them all right at the top. Read on:

"He was like 6-7, 260 with a big, blown-out 'fro and a belly to match," Haywood said of watching a cherubic Butler on television playing for the University of Connecticut. "I was watching the game with my boy, and I was like, 'Who is this great big fat guy handling the ball for UConn like that? Who is this power forward crossing people over like that?'"

[Roger] Mason, a reserve guard in his first season with the Wizards, couldn't wait to chime in. The former Good Counsel High School standout first encountered Butler in an AAU game.

"He was talking all this trash. ... He was this big fat guy, and because he was from Racine [Wis.], we didn't think he could play," Mason said. "But when the game started, he was bruising down low. He was killing us, wobbling all around."

Several other Wiz chimed in on Butler's former girth. "You remember when I was at U-Conn., how big I was?" Caron asked Gilbert.

"I wasn't looking at weight," Gilbert said, which was disappointing.

Then Caron compared himself, girth-wise, to a certain D.C. basketball legend, and so on.

Anyhow, where was I? Oh yeah, boxing press conference tomorrow, where the boxers sound like basketball players and the basketball players sound like boxers.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 20, 2007; 2:48 PM ET
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Posted by: the cheat | February 20, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to have to duck out of work to head over to Union Station.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | February 20, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I'm assuming you're covering this? Do you have any idea where specifically in Union Station this will be?

Posted by: Josh | February 20, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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