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    Officers duke it out ... all for a good cause

    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Con...l=968793972154

    Officers duke it out ... all for a good cause


    NICK PRON

    "Hurricane" Andrew Clarke looked awfully menacing as he strode toward the boxing ring, surrounded by his entourage of knitted-eyebrow types, the sullen-faced Men in Black.

    The usually affable director with the Toronto Police Association threw a sneer at his opponent as he stepped into the ring. The crowd ate it up.

    Nearly 2,000 police officers from the Toronto, Peel Region and York Region forces had crowded into the Guvernment, on Queens Quay E., for the third annual Fitenite on Thursday.

    It was a private fundraising affair, strictly for the police and a few invited friends.

    And in a first the Blue Wall opened just a smidgen to allow a reporter from the Star to get a first-hand look at the police subculture when they party.

    "Just make sure that you write something nice about us for a change," growled Detective Scott Matthews, one of the 51 Division organizers of the slugfest. "And don't be forgetting to buy a few rounds."

    The annual event featured 10 bouts with some pretty nasty looking coppers of both sexes in full boxing gear duking it out for the coming year's bragging rights.

    There were a few knockdowns, a couple of bloody noses and an eyeful of cleavage shown by the "Ring Ladies," who held up cards from the sponsors of the affair as they walked around in stiletto heels between rounds.

    One of the most anticipated matches was between Clarke and his counterpart from the Ontario Provincial Police Association, Kevin "the Hammer" Hummel.

    The audience brought down the roof when Clarke stomped on an OPP hat soon after he climbed into the ring and flung it into the crowd.

    Then the lights dimmed and the three-round bout was on.

    Clarke opened with a left hook, a right jab, and an uppercut. None landed, but he looked damn good throwing them.

    Then the Hammer took over.

    There was a lot riding on the match, aside from pride. Each association had put up $2,000, with the winner donating the money to the charity of his choice.

    There was another flurry of punches between the two middleweights and the fight ended abruptly with Clarke on his backside, staring up at the ceiling lights.

    Referee Steve Clark, from 52 Division, counted him out, then waved in the paramedics.

    Toronto police union president Rick McIntosh was stunned over the quick exit of his union mate.

    All week, Clarke had been dissing his opponent.


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    `I think this is just what the troops were looking for after all that bad news.'

    Mike McCormack, police union director

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    "Andy assured me that he would back up his trash talk with a few good punches," McIntosh said.

    But what Clarke didn't know until later was that his opponent had been secretly training with a kick-boxer for months before the fight.

    Said Clarke later, still dazed, sporting a swollen jaw and some bruised pride: "Our bout alone raised $5,000 for charity. We're always getting pounded, so you might as well get pounded for charity."

    Fitenite was started two years ago by officers from 51 Division as a morale booster.

    The first Fitenite was not without controversy after police brass threatened to stop the "tough guy" boxing matches over concerns they might be leaving the wrong impression with the public about the force.

    This year, the boxing matches are easily the hottest ticket on the police social calendar.

    Detective Constable Jack Caccavale, one of the event's founders, said at least $15,000 was raised, with the proceeds helping to fund university educations for two students from the Regent Park housing complex.

    Mike McCormack, a union director, credited the big turnout to the recent scandal that rocked the force after six drug-squad officers were charged with theft and corruption.

    "I think this is just what the troops were looking for after all that bad news," he said. "A chance to let your hair down and have a few good laughs."

    And there was plenty of ringside humour, with the jokes somewhat thinner than the waistlines of several of the boxers, like the White Dog, or the Pounding P.E.O.

    "He's so big," yelled the ring announcer about one boxer's girth, "that he uses a VCR as a pager."

    And this about two female boxers on the card: "They can sure fight," he bellowed into the microphone. "But can they cook?"

    The marquee match of the evening was between the Blushing Bride and Lil' Bulldog, two trim female lightweights.

    After the second round, a portly Elvis impersonator suddenly stripped off his white jumpsuit and pranced around the ring in just a G-string sending officers diving for cover when a full moon suddenly appeared close to their faces.

    By midnight it was all over for another year.

    An exhausted, but happy, Scott Matthews vowed that next year it would be even better.

    And then, just as he was getting into his car, came a challenge.

    "You tell your boss, (publisher) John Honderich, next year it's him and me in the ring," the detective said with a wink. "One on one. Mano-a-mano.

    "Every copper in town would turn out to see someone from the press, especially the Star, take a few on the chin. We'd pack the SkyDome."

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    OMG TEHY USING TEH VIOLENCE!!!!!!

    Clarke opened with a left hook, a right jab, and an uppercut. None landed, but he looked damn good throwing them.
    LOL!!


    "Every copper in town would turn out to see someone from the press, especially the Star, take a few on the chin. We'd pack the SkyDome."
    The Toronto Star had some bullshit about the cops ethnic profiling or some crap.
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    " couple of bloody noses and an eyeful of cleavage shown by the "Ring Ladies," who held up cards from the sponsors of the affair as they walked around in stiletto heels between rounds."

    disgusting.

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    cops fighting cops! man they should be fighting yhe real enemy, the FIREMEN!! :))
    8 years till retirement.

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    "NICK PR0N" ... What a great name...

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    I envision here the new cop show I'm selling to Hollywood ASAP;

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