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Monserrate to Throw Punches for Charity

Paunchy Queens pol to step into ring against opponent TBD



    Now he can use 'dem fighting skills for a good cause. (Published Wednesday, May 5, 2010)

    Ousted state Sen. Hiram Monserrate's alleged affinity for pugilism ended his political career.  But now he's taking a stab at a sanctioned form of boxing: a match for charity.

    The ex-state senator, who was convicted last year of misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend, will now throw punches for a good cause: Raising money for autistic kids.

    The paunchy Queens pol hopes to face off against state Sen. Eric Schneiderman, the Upper West Side Democrat who led the charge to kick him out of the Senate.

    "I am not looking to be knocked down again. It would be an honor for me if Eric would join me in the ring," Monserrate told the Daily News .

    But Monserrate's appeal isn't all about revenge. He has an autistic teenager, and proceeds from the charity boxing match – run by a group called Fight for Charity – will go to several groups to help children like his son who have special needs but whose families may have trouble affording optimum care.

    Schneiderman refused to entertain Monserrate's challenge despite the worthy cause, however – telling the News he's seen videotape of the ousted senator hitting his girlfriend and has no desire to watch him hit anyone else, including Schneiderman. 

    "This is a guy who battered a woman. I am not going to a shooting competition with the Son of Sam, either," Schneiderman told the News.

    Want to see Monserrate go at it? His opponent is TBD, but you can get tickets online May 25 at