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Fightin' for a cause.

WORCESTER - The 16-fight card of last night's "Give Kids a Fightin' Chance" charity boxing event raked in $85,000 for the Worcester Boys & Girls Club.

Fighters - including the city's three-time world champion and retired professional pugilist Jose Antonio Rivera, who fought an exhibition bout against Bobby Genese - bobbed, weaved, jabbed, stuck and moved before a full house at the Palladium during the annual event presented by the Worcester Police Gang Unit Boxing Club.

Among the matchups: West Boylston police Officer Tony Papandrea took on Ashland police Officer Greg Wildman; keeping it in the family on more than one level, Andrew Mills of Robbin Ahlquist's 111 Chophouse restaurant went toe-to-toe with brother Michael Mills of Robbin Ahlquist's Sole Proprietor restaurant; the Banner Bar & Grille's Mike Mastro faced off against the Irish Times' Mike Coppola; and WPI football's Scott Guzman duked it out with College of the Holy Cross football defensive tackle Will Collins.

Things may have gotten personal in the third match on the card as Gladys Rodriguez-Parker exacted a measure of revenge against Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson, at least by proxy, when Ms. Rodriguez-Parker's husband, Steve Parker, beat T&G reporter Martin Luttrell.

Ms. Rodriguez-Parker, who was in her husband's corner last night, lost in a match three years ago against Ms. Williamson, who was in Mr. Luttrell's corner.

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CUTLINE: Mark Williams, left, of Piercing Emporium, and Dan Arpin, of Out of This Dark World, exchange blows during the Give Kids a Fightin' Chance charity boxing event at the Palladium last night.

PHOTOG: T&G Staff/STEVE LANAVA
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Date:May 2, 2008
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