Jonathan Ames Returns To The Ring

Bored? Nothing going on tonight? Like blood? Five-foot-ten, 156-pound Brooklyn humorist, Marilyn Manson profiler, friend of FishbowlNY (and one-time instructor) Jonathan Ames, 43, who sometimes goes by the name of “The Herring Wonder,” is set to take on six-one, 162-pound fellow novelist Craig “The Crippler” Davidson in an exhibition bout at Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn.

The last time Ames stepped into the ring, in 1999 against David “Impact Addict” Leslie, he broke his nose in the second round.

Ames’ e-mail invite:

—–Original Message—–

From: Jonathan Ames

Sent: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 2:38 pm

Subject: from Jonathan Ames

Dear Kindly People on My Email List,

On Tuesday, July 24th at 8 pm at Gleason’s Gym, I will box Craig “the Crippler” Davidson in an exhibition bout. This event is FREE and you are invited, if you’d like to come.

My fight name — as it was in 1999 for my last disastrous bout — is still “The Herring Wonder.”

Address: Gleason’s, 77 Front Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn. F train to York Street, walk down the hill to Front Street and turn left, or A train to High Street, walk down the hill to Front Street and turn right.

Miss Saturn, hoola-hoop artist, will spin her rings in the ring to start, and Patrick “the Mangina” Bucklew and Valmonte Sprout, who are married, will be the card-girls. I understand that some audience members are coming in costume. I think this is a good idea. So costumes are encouraged, if you are in the mood.

There will be an after-party at Rebar, 147 Front Street.

Why this is happening: Craig Davidson’s first novel, THE FIGHTER, has just come out and his publishing house, Soho Press, challenged me to box him to help promote the book. To read more about why I am doing this, you can go to:

Tale of the Tape:

Crippler: Ht. 6’1. Weight: 162. Age: 31.

Herring: Ht. 5’10 1/2. Weight: 156. Age 43.

If you live in New York and want to learn how to box or simply want to get in shape, Grant Seligson is a great trainer and can be contacted at:

Thank you!

Jonathan Ames


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