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Jose Canseco’s twin brother Ozzie tried to impersonate him at a “celebrity boxing” fight

Mar 28, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

ozzie and jose canseco

Jose Canseco failed to show up for a fight against Billy Padden in front of 400 paying customers Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie Canseco, according to “Celebrity Boxing” promoter Damon Feldman.

An employee of “Celebrity Boxing” told Luis Sanchez of El Nuevo Herald that they discovered it was the Canseco with zero career homers rather than the Canseco with 462 career homers when Ozzie “took off his shirt and didn’t have Jose’s tattoos on the biceps that appear in our advertising.”

Jose was paid $10,000 for the fight. He received a wire transfer of $5,000 beforehand and then got a check for $5,000 at the event, which he (or Ozzie) refused and instead insisted be made out to “cash.” Once the attempted switch was discovered the person claiming to be Jose refused to return the money and then the actual Jose didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.

However, he did post a bunch of stuff related to the event on Twitter:

Be very careful with Damon feldman who runs celebrity boxing he will not pay you if you fight for him

Damon feldman will not fulfil his part of the bargain

let’s see who is smart enough to figure out what happened at the boxing match

is anyone out there smart enough to figure it out or are you all a bunch of hateful morons

the truth is always hidden from the public to create villains and heroes which 1 are you truly

seek the truth before reacting

just remember the media is write 20 percent of 50 percent of the time

how can you haters being so ignorant it’s amazing

I am still waiting for an intelligent scenario

First of all, to misspell “right” as “write” in a criticism of the media is either brilliant or the dumbest thing of all time. Beyond that, his daring people to “figure out what happened at the boxing match” and later writing “I am still waiting for an intelligent scenario” makes me think Canseco is just hoping someone suggests a scenario so good that he can actually use it as an excuse.

Also, this whole thing reads like a super depressing, down on your luck version of all the kids movies where identical twins switch places with each other at school one day and the teachers never notice a thing. In this version one twin is being paid $10,000 to get beat up in front of 400 people and the other twin is willing to get beat up in his place for what is presumably less than the full $10,000. Oh, and the whole thing falls apart over tattoos, which is maybe the most fitting aspect of the entire story.

I don’t say as much crazy stuff as Canseco, but you can follow me on Twitter too. And you can be sure my twin brother isn’t the one writing the tweets.

  1. Earl Westlake - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    The Canseco brothers would have been better off showing up together and then pulling the the old “switcharoo” mid-fight ala the WWF’s Killer Bees tag team several years back. Sure, it would have been pathetic, but who wouldn’t have loved it?

    • BC - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      I was more of a Road Warriors guy, myself…

  2. thefalcon123 - Mar 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Jose was my idol as a kid. I think is starting to become my idols as an adult to. This is amazing!

  3. henryd3rd - Mar 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Why is Jose Canceco’s name still be associated with baseball? he should be on the entertainment page associate with freaks, rarity and other classless stories that one finds in the National Inquire or those other rags that one sees at the check out ailes. He’s been a joke for years and credible publications, i.e. MSNBC being one continue to give him ink and he continues to make a fool of himself.

    I will not be surprised if one day he is taken into custody for doing something really stupid. What a waste of a God given talent.

  4. cleareye1 - Mar 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    How humiliating! Does he even have a lowest point?

    • pisano - Mar 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      Does he even have a lowest point? Give him a little more time because he’s gaining on it, and we all know he’ll get there.

  5. bigdicktater - Mar 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Ozzie may not have any homers, but he scored with the chicks.
    I was at a AAA game in Charlotte, NC years ago and Ozzie faked an injury, took himself out of the game, showered and left the ballpark around the 4th inning with a babe sitting in our section that was Playmate material.

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