Former Slugger Jose Canseco Skips Boxing Match, Sends Twin Brother To Hard Rock Event
BY LUIS F. SANCHEZ
Former baseball slugger and Miami-Dade resident José Canseco is at it again.
A representative of the firm Celebrity Boxing confirmed Sunday that Canseco was a no-show Saturday at a boxing event in Hollywood – and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie in his place, El Nuevo Herald has learned
Some 30 minutes before his bout against Billy Padden at the Passion nightclub at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, it was discovered that the Canseco who was in South Florida ready to fight was not the same guy who hit 462 homeruns in the Major Leagues.
Damon Feldman, promoter of the celebrity boxing program, which also includes female boxing, had tell about 400 fans who had paid their tickets that there would not be a fight.
“We discovered the Canseco who showed up was Ozzie when he took off his shirt and didn’t have José’s tattoos on the biceps that appear in our advertising,” a Celebrity Boxing representative told El Nuevo Herald. The man said he did not want to be identified.
José Canseco did not respond to telephone calls.
On Sunday, however, José Canseco posted two messages on Twitter saying: “Damon Feldman did not comply with his part of the agreement,” and “be careful with Damon Feldman, the Celebrity Boxing leader, who will not pay you if you fight for him.”
The same source said that the agreed fee for José Canseco to fight in South Florida was $10,000.
“We made him a transfer of $5,000 when we agreed on the fight,” the source said. “Hours before the fight Saturday, we issued a check for the remaining $5,000 in the name of José Canseco, and we delivered it to whom we thought was José Canseco. He declined it and asked that the check be made out to cash, which we did.
“When we discovered that the person to whom we had given the rest of the money was not José but Ozzie, we asked him to return the check, but he refused to do it. We will go to the bank on Monday and put a stop-payment on it.”
The same source said that for the weigh-in Friday at the Passion, Ozzie Canseco showed up wearing sunglasses and never took off his T-shirt.
“Nobody would have questioned then that it was not José Canseco,” the source said. “He looked identical.”
The true identity was revealed because Ozzie Canseco does not have tattoos on his biceps.
Representatives of Celebrity Boxing called the police, and Ozzie Canseco left the Passion nightclub escorted by police officers.