Rap Meets Boxing

In one corner: hip hop, the undisputed movement of youth in America. In the opposite corner: a special edition of Thunderbox, round-robin style, featuring a $100,000 grand prize for the boxer that emerges victoriously through three matches, which are each three rounds in length. Assembling under one roof, the two worlds will convene in an extravaganza dubbed “Fistful of Dollars,” to be held November 30th at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

Rap heavy-hitters Xzibit, Eve, 50 Cent and Krumb Snatcha will perform throughout the night as eight heavyweights ranging from battle-tested veterans to emerging stars clash in a pay-per-view event promoted by Cedric Kushner.

“This will be one of the most unique and exciting events in boxing history. Everyone loves the heavyweights, and this formant is sure to please the viewers and the live crowd alike,” Kushner said in a statement.

The tournament will begin with four quarterfinal matches, and then proceed with two semi-final matches, before culminating in the main event.

“I would like to be involved with the stars that emerge from this tournament. There will be a great opportunity for one, two or three of them to fight on HBO and Showtime,” Kushner said.

The participants:

Tim Witherspoon (51-11-1, 32 KOs, Philadelphia, PA)

Gerald Nobles (20-0, 16 KOs, Philadelphia, PA)

Paolo Vidoz (11-1, 7 KOs, Gorizia, Italy)

Jeremy Williams (34-2, 31 KOs, North Hills, CA)

Ray Austin; (17-3-1, 13 KOs, Cleveland, OH)

Maurice Harris (19-12-2, 10 KOs, Newark, NJ)

Anthony Thompson (17-1, 9 KOs, Silver Spring, MD)

Derrick Jefferson (26-3, 20 KOs, Detroit, MI)

The event will available on the following pay-per-view systems: Demand, Direct TV, Echostar, Cablevision and Viewers Choice Canada. The price will range from $25 to $100, for those wishing to see the event live, tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.