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Canseco not the first slugger to strike out in the ring

Jose Canseco might have looked out of place in taking a beating from Vai Sikahema on Saturday, but he isn't the first baseball player to put down the bat and pull on the gloves. Don Stadley takes a look at Art Shires, who was as handy with his fists as he was with a bat.

Originally Published: July 14, 2008
By Don Stradley | Special to ESPN.com

Jose Canseco couldn't last a single round in his celebrity boxing debut against former NFL return man Vai Sikahema -- and we shouldn't have been surprised.

Canseco reportedly earned $35,000 for his embarrassing evening in Atlantic City, but along with the paycheck, came the lesson that retired baseball players have no business in a boxing ring, especially when your opponent, as was the case with Sikahema, has amateur boxing experience. Canseco boasted of a martial arts background, towered ...

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