Dan Gross | Sikahema vs. Bonaduce?
NBC10 sports director Vai Sikahema spent eight years getting knocked around in the NFL, and now he's signed up for a shot at boxing Danny Bonaduce.
NBC10 sports director
spent eight years getting knocked around in the NFL, and now he's signed up for a shot at boxing
As we reported last week, Broomall-born Bonaduce will be in town Jan. 19 fighting an as-yet-undetermined challenger at the Marple Sports Arena. While Justice of the Wired 96.5 "Chio in the Morning" show has also signed up, we figure marketing-savvy promoter Damon Feldman will select Sikahema, for the built-in promotional angle of NBC10.
"I'll annihilate him," a confident Sikahema said yesterday. The 45-year-old ex-Eagle says he hasn't boxed since he was 15, but he's still got it. Sikahema was a Golden Gloves fighter in Arizona.
"I don't discount how crazy he is, and I know he fancies himself a tough guy," Sikahema says before declaring it's "a foregone conclusion" that he'll beat the "Partridge Family" actor, radio host and VH1 reality show star.
Reached last night, Bonaduce, 48, said he hadn't heard of Sikahema. When we mentioned he was a special-teams player in the NFL, Bonaduce said: "Special teams, huh? I'm pretty sure he's from the Special Olympics. Is he gonna take his helmet off before he gets in the ring?"
Asked if he thought people could be offended by those remarks, Bonaduce replied, "F--- 'em. It's a joke, that's my job."
On a more serious note, Bonaduce says he's a "three-pack-a-day smoker" and wasn't expecting to be challenged by a pro athlete. He admits, "I'm totally scared" but says "I'm from Philly - I'll fight anybody."
Feldman has yet to commit to Sikahema and is holding another open call for contenders from 7 to 10 Thursday night at R.P McMurphy's (2623 MacDade Blvd.) in Holmes. There's a $50 registration fee. The challenger receives $1,000 for the three one-minute rounds.
Sikahema says if he's selected he'll donate his fight fee to charity. The night of boxing benefits, in part, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Out and about
Actor Michael Imperioli politely corrected a woman who identified him as Chris, his character on "The Sopranos," Friday night around Rittenhouse Square.
"It's Michael. How you doin'?" he asked.
Imperioli, in town shooting Peter Jackson's "The Lovely Bones," was seen at Barnes & Noble and Bello (131 S. 18th), a men's clothier. The actor graciously chatted with fans.
* Fox 29 anchor Kerri-Lee
Halkett was among those bowling the brand-new Pinsetter Bar & Bowl (7111 Maple) in Pennsauken a few nights back.
Laura's raising funds for troops
Usually when we write about Laura Grillo it means the Exton model's got a new layout somewhere like Smooth magazine, or Playboy. Now, however, Grillo's busy making and selling Christmas wreaths at circleoflifeonline.com. The wreaths, priced at $40 and $60, benefit Operation Homefront, which provides assistance and morale to U.S. troops and their families and to wounded soldiers who come home. For more on the charity visit operationhomefront.net.
Feeley, Mitts on the mend?
On-again, off-again jocks A.J. Feeley and Heather Mitts were spotted dining together at Capital Grille (1338 Chestnut) Thursday night. We reported in July that the couple had broken up in March. The Eagles QB told us yesterday they "both love each other," and are taking things "day by day. She's in California focusing on soccer and I'm here focusing on football," he said.
Here's a lock: Vic's a grandpa
Congrats to Daily News handicapping expert Vegas Vic, aka Benji Eckstein, who became a grandfather Friday. Addison Eckstein Hinds weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces and is the daughter of Vic's daughter Amanda Hinds and husband Byron. Eckstein has two step-grandkids with his second wife.
Quick helps promote health
A different Eagles wide receiver is "Invincible," so Mike Quick knows the value of a flu shot. The Eagles broadcaster will be on-hand for the Faces of Influenza vaccination clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at 30th Street Station. Yesterday we said actor Dean Cain would be there, but he will no longer attend. Vaccinations cost $25, free for folks on Medicare, and are open to anybody over 4 years old. For more info, call 800-LUNG-USA. *
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