The Big Binkowski back in the boxing ring

Canadian boxer Art Binkowski (right) played Corn Griffin opposite Russell Crowe's Jim Braddock in...

Canadian boxer Art Binkowski (right) played Corn Griffin opposite Russell Crowe's Jim Braddock in Cinderella Man.

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 PM ET

He played the part of Corn Griffin in the Russell Crowe film Cinderella Man, and the part of a bad boy in real life. But now he’s again playing the role he was born into: Professional boxer.

After a five-year hiatus, 2000 Canadian Olympian Art (The Big) Binkowski will once again climb into the ring to face Tacoma, Wash., heavyweight Jonte Willis on Saturday night at Bingemans Marshall Hall in Kitchener. After spending some time at the Milton Hilton (Maplehurst Correctional Complex) for assault and resisting arrest, the personable (if you stay on his good side) Binkowski is in shape and moving on with his life.

“A year ago, I was taking a shower, and I looked down and I couldn’t see my friend,” explained the Polish born, Kitchener-raised fighter who, while discussing his comeback at an upscale Long Branch coffee shop, jumped out of his chair and threw a series punches into the air, creating a quiet panic among the genteel crowd sitting nearby. “Now I’m rejuvenated. Stepping into the ring is like stepping into the office for me.”

Binkowski, who has dropped from 269 pounds to 211, has a pro record of 16-2-3 (11 KOs) and should be able to get past Willis, who is 8-4-1, but has lost four of his past five fights.

NHL deserves to become irrelevant

Is it any surprise that hockey hasn’t taken off big-time in non-traditional markets? No league in the world has shot itself in the foot as many times as the NHL. These clowns deserve to become irrelevant. The cancelation of the Winter Classic is the last straw. I hope fans boycott the league when it finally does get around to playing. There’s so much suffering going on in the world, the fact that these greedy bigshots are quibbling over how to divide billions of dollars is way beyond ridiculous.

What's next, a Leafs hat?

Last month, Stephen Harper, Richview Collegiate’s second-most famous grad, presented Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete with a TFC jersey. The obvious joke is that Tanzania immediately broke off relations with Canada. Seriously though, what did Mr. Kikwete do to earn such disrespect?

Kipper's run over

I’ve really enjoyed the witty repartee between Hockey Central dudes Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos over the latter’s preparations for this weekend’s now-cancelled New York City Marathon. But the sad thing is, Kipper has received way more publicity heading into his run than the three marathon dudes who ran for Canada at the 2012 London Olympics. Of course, they never played for the Leafs.

Weenies of the Week

L.A. Lakers fans, for whining about the team’s 0-2 start, so much so that Kobe Bryant told them all to “shut up”. The Lakers have won seven championships in the past 13 years. The Leafs haven’t won a title in 45 years and you don’t hear Leafs fans whining. Whimpering and sobbing maybe, but not whining.

While I'm At It

— Jason Whitlock, a columnist with FOXSports.com, called Shaquille O’Neal out of shape and now the two pot-bellied pundits have agreed to a boxing match. They’re going call it the Defibrillation Cup.

— Everybody seems to be up in arms over DeMar DeRozan’s contract extension. OK, maybe $38 million is a bit much, but the bottom line is DeRozan is an American NBAer who actually wants to play in Toronto, which makes him as rare as a three-headed turtle.

 


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