Brooklyn BP Eric Adams boxes childhood obesity

The Beep put on the gloves at Gleason’s Gym in Dumbo to promote Knockout Obesity. Former champion Paulie Malignaggi donated $25,000 to the youth program founded by Bay Ridge Chef Dimitri Verteouris of Food Network’s ‘Fat Chef.’

By Doyle Murphy, New York Daily News, March 25, 2014

FIGHT like a Brooklynite, sting like a Beep.Borough President Eric Adams pulled on gloves and joined boxing champ Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and chef Dimitri Verteouris at Gleason’ Gym to fight childhood obesity.“The champ is here,” announced Adams, 52, as the right-hander practiced his jab and hook on Verteouris while bouncing across the Dumbo gym that Mike Tyson made famous.Malignaggi, who once held the IBF and WBA titles, presented an oversized $25,000 check to Knockout Obesity before Tuesday’s sparring session. The program teaches children how to slim down with boxing and healthy eating.Malignaggi was inspired to get involved after seeing his friend, Verteouris, struggle to lose weight.“Sometimes in life you realize fighting is not just combat,” Malignaggi said. “It’s also fighting and overcoming obstacles in life.”Verteouris, owner of three Nature’s Grill restaurants in Brooklyn, lost 82 pounds in three months on the Food Network’s “Fat Chef,” and eventually dropped 110 pounds through a combination of boxing and healthy eating.

The Bay Ridge resident founded Knockout Obesity more than a year ago in Manhattan and is expanding into Brooklyn.

Boxing is a good metaphor for the weight-loss battle, he said. “That how you’ve got to battle obesity,” he said. Adams praised the program as a way to fight the country’s weight problem. “When you look at heart disease or other diseases, obesity leads the way,” Adams said.

The physically fit former police captain keeps a pull-up rack, dumbbells and an ab wheel in his office — likely the first exercise equipment seen in Borough Hall, he said.

He laughed off questions about whether he could outbox his predecessor, Marty Markowitz. He chose the political high road instead, praising the former beep’s health campaigns.

“He started it,” said Adams. “Now we’re going to continue doing some of those things. We want to take it to the next level.”

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