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Exhibition match on Marco Island

Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey flank gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey flank gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Rob Popoff strikes a fearsome pose. Islanders Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey spar to prepare for their meeting in the ring. The two will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey talk with gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey preview their meeting in the ring. The two will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Grudge match? Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey are separated by gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish, in jest. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey flank gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey flank gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey ham it up before their meeting in the ring. The two will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rob Popoff gets excited. Islanders Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey preview their meeting in the ring. The two will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rob Popoff strikes a fearsome pose. Islanders Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Grudge match? Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey are separated by gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish, in jest. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rob Popoff strikes a fearsome pose. Islanders Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Laydeeez and gentlemen! Coming to Marco Island, a premier primetime presentation of the pugilistic arts, featuring courageous combatants, local lads Rob “the Macedonian Mauler” Popoff and Jimmy “the Irish Assassin” Downey, augmented by an international bevy of bouts by accomplished amateur antagonists.

They really are going to duke it out.

“I figure, a lot of people on this island would like to see me get punched,” said Rob Popoff, going back to his days as a city councilman. He was in office for the contentious debates over the establishment of the island’s sewer program, so getting into the boxing ring should seem less scary.

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