Jose Canseco Busted Sending Twin to Paid Event

Celebrity Boxing putting 'stop-payment' on the check it gave Ozzie Canseco
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2011 4:49 PM CDT
Former Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco prior to the match with Choi Hong-man on May 26, 2009 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Note the tattoo.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Score another one for Jose Canseco's relentless quest to make the entire planet mad at him: This time it's Celebrity Boxing, which discovered on Saturday that the Canseco it paid $10,000 to show up at a match was really Jose's twin brother, Ozzie. The boxing group made the discovery “when he took off his shirt and didn’t have Jose’s tattoos on the biceps that appear in our advertising,” a rep tells El Nuevo Herald.

Celebrity Boxing says it had wired Canseco $5,000 at the time the agreement was struck, then wrote another check just before the match—which Ozzie Canseco refused to return when the dupe was discovered. Celebrity Boxing canceled the match, and Ozzie Canseco was escorted from the premises with the assistance of police. Jose Canseco isn't responding, other than a tweet about how the promoter "did not comply with his part of the agreement.” Click for more on Canseco (Jose).

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