South Florida mayors set to duke it out–literally

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Per an e-mail circulated by Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi, he and Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez will enter the boxing ring on September 9th for a physical, head-to-head encounter.

According to Pizzi, he has been training for the past several months, and predicts the fight will be an “epic encounter.”

The mayoral rumble is set to take place at 6pm inside Hialeah’s new Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment located at the historic Milander Park.  Proceeds will benefit various charities, including youth programs in both cities.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://hialeahmiamilakes.ticketleap.com/mma-mayhem-mayor-vs-mayor/.

In addition to the Mayor vs. Mayor bout, there will be a seven fight undercard of top fight MMA action, per Pizzi’s e-mail.

Although we have regularly criticized some of Pizzi’s actions as mayor, we wish him and Mayor Hernandez the best of luck, and salute both men for volunteering their time to benefit charity.

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My hometown of Miami Lakes is a quiet suburb of Miami in just about every way. Nestled between Hialeah and northwestern unincorporated Miami-Dade County, it’s almost an oasis in the congested metropolitan concrete desert that is South Florida.  With its charming Main Street, canopied roads, and overall small-town feel, it’s hardly the place where one would expect to see the type of dirty, corrupt politics seen just over the canal in Hialeah.

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