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article imageCanseco loses charity boxing match

By Michael Bearak     Jul 10, 2010 in Sports
Jose Canseco has been hanging around the boxing ring picking up celebrity fights and other little matches. What he is hoping for is a mixed martial arts match with Herschal Walker, but that might have taken yet another step backwards.
Jose Canseco first made a name for himself as 1/2 of the "Bash Brothers" with Mark McGwire on the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Then Canseco became known as a steroid user which he parlayed into becoming a snitch claiming her injected teammate Mark McGwire and knew of others who used steroids. After trying to unsuccessfully get back into baseball McGwire started doing celebrity boxing matches followed by trying to get into mixed martial arts with a match against Herschal Walker.
Last week Canseco, age 46, had a boxing match in Little Rock Arkansas against Gary Hogan the athletic director at the University of Arkansas--Little Rock. The match was a four round bought entitled, "Rock 'em Sock 'em Rumble by the River." In the end Canseco lost by a decision to the 60 year-old Hogan by a score of 39-37.
Hogan broke down the fight afterwards stating that Canseco seeming to tire late in the third round and into the fourth, "He did [throw his heavy artillery at me]," said Hogan. "I took some shots but the bottom line is, I'm used to taking shots. I felt good in there. I wasn't tired, my conditioning was unbelievable."
The match was a charity match, even though Canseco did get paid, the proceeds from the match went to Ray Rodgers' boxing gym and GED program in Little Rock. Canseco came into the match 240 pounds to Hogans 191. Besides the weight difference there was also almost 15 years age difference between the two men, something that wasn't lost on Conseco, "I've gotta a lot of respect for Gary. Just coming out here and fighting a guy 15 years his junior, he's got some [guts]."
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