Unsanctioned Boxing Matches Are Happening In New York's Washington Square Park At Night
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Square Park has been looking a lot more like Madison Square Garden lately, as unsanctioned boxers duke it out in underground fights...


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In response, the NYPD instituted a 10 p.m. curfew for the park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

But when cops clad in riot gear tried to enforce the early shutdown last Saturday, defiant parkgoers fought back, with some throwing glass bottles at officers.

In the ensuing scuffle, 23 revelers were arrested and eight cops were injured, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who discussed the clash during a pair of TV interviews Wednesday morning.

“Many of them, in fact probably most of them, have been arrested multiple times over the last year,” Shea told WPIX, referring to the 23 arrestees and noting that “not one lives in that community.

“The Parks Department has tried to enforce and close the park — which is their job, by the way — on multiple occasions and they’ve come under fire and had bottles thrown at them,” the top cop continued. “So they came to other city agencies, including the police department, and said, ‘We need your help.'”

Filed Under: Boxing/MMA

Comments

15 Comments
AOC wants 80% of any money generated.
Reply1 day
Good innocent fun getting shut down by using public tax dollars when actual crime is actually taking place throughout the city. They should fricking sanction it and make some money off of it. NY could use the revenue.
Reply2 days
At least they aren’t using knives and/or guns.
Reply2 days
Unsanctioned robberies , car jackings and killings happen there as well.
Reply2 days
Let them fight
Reply2 days
Better than shooting people. I'll approve
Reply2 days
I'm glad they specified that it was unsanctioned. I would have never known.
Reply2 days
I can think of many other worse things they can be doing in Washington Square Park at night.
Reply2 days
The first rule of fight club
Reply2 days
Just a few NYU students blowing off some steam.
Reply2 days
Why don’t they ask cuomo or AOC to assist in shutting it down?
Reply2 days
Sheesh, I see sarcastic dry humor is not appreciated here.
2 days
All fun and games until someone's noggin smacks that pavement with dead weight.
Reply2 days
Was Jean Claude there?
Reply2 days
Now that the park is closed time to drain the pool.
2 days
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