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BY ERIKA ENGLE

Friday, June 7, 2002



Don Murphy’s
fighting words


Listeners of KCCN-AM were among the first to know that Murphy's Bar & Grill Inc. President Don Murphy has a new role with the sports-themed All Star Hawaii (formerly the All Star Cafe) in Waikiki; he's a consultant.

The rather obvious clue about his moonlighting comes in the form of radio commercials he's doing for All Star Hawaii, promoting tomorrow's screening of the much-hyped world heavyweight championship fight between Lennox Lewis and "Iron" Mike Tyson (Murphy is not a fan of the latter).

The spot features Murphy wondering out loud if Tyson will "eat his words" or if he will "bite off more than he can chew."

Toward that end Murphy plans a few surprise table favors for the event. Suffice it to say "there may be a few silk purses around."

Will "humble pie" also be offered? "Boy, that's a thought," Murphy said.

There will be some menu specials for the event to be shown on All Star's 18 big-screen TVs, "and I mean big," he said, as well as 10 regular-sized television monitors.

Oceanic Cable advises that there will be no replays of the fight card so the 3 p.m. show is all there is.

All Star and other venues screening the fight had to pay more than the $54.95 residential customer rate and all but two will charge $30 admission.

According to Tom Moffatt Productions Inc. other official venues for the closed circuit event are Eastside Grill, Pipeline Cafe, both Players locations, Uncle Mikey's in Hilo, Sports Page in Kihei. At $35, there is also Esprit Lounge in the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel; or at $45, the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.

The undercard features a junior lightweight contest between Joel Casamayor and Juan Arias; a super bantamweight bout between Manny Pacquiao and Jorge Eiecer Julio. The main event is expected to start around 5 p.m., according to Murphy.

The heavyweights weighed in separately in Memphis yesterday with Lewis registering 249.25 pounds and Tyson tipping the scales at 234.5, the second-heaviest he's ever weighed for a fight, according to fightnews.com. The Web site said Tyson "has never weighed more than 223 for any other bout," aside from his 239 for the Brian Nielsen matchup.

In keeping with the fight theme, the "matchmaker" who set Murphy up with the owners of All Star Hawaii is a mutual friend.

"I think (All Star's owners) want to be very involved with the community and hopefully with the university," Murphy said. "We just really hope to help enhance things for a great future."

For the many surprised that consulting was a part of his business, he said, "it is now."





Erika Engle is a reporter with the Star-Bulletin.
Call 529-4302, fax 529-4750 or write to Erika Engle,
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., No. 7-210,
Honolulu, HI 96813. She can also be reached
at: eengle@starbulletin.com




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