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NY congressman Peter King to step into boxing ring

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Peter King of New York is lacing up his boxing gloves for a fight that has nothing to do with budget cuts.

The 68-year-old Republican is known more for his bare-knuckle politics than his pugilistic skills. He said Wednesday he plans to step into the ring Saturday for a two-round exhibition bout against a New York state kickboxing champion, "Irish" Josh Foley, at a pub in Wantagh, N.Y.

"Some people have been comparing my bout with Foley to Tiger Woods playing golf with President Obama," King said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If Foley goes all out, it will be a very quick fight."

The congressman said he weighs in at about 230 pounds and has been training for about nine years. The bout isn't for charity, he said.

"We'll be sparring," King said. "If anyone is going to get knocked out, it will be me. I can tell you that much."

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