NORTH BERGEN, N.J. -- Vinny Maddalone smiled Monday when someone suggested he make a guest appearance on "Jersey Shore."
The mild-mannered Maddalone represents the New York side of the "New Jersey versus New York" promotion for his fight against heavily favored Tomasz Adamek on Thursday night at Prudential Center in Newark. But there's something else unmistakably Jersey about the tanned, muscular Maddalone than his aesthetic resemblance to Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, a star of the Seaside Heights-based reality television phenomenon.
Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs, one NC) is the modern-day "Bayonne Bleeder," a hardworking, humble, tough guy who seemingly bleeds before he enters the ring. Comparisons to Chuck Wepner, whose greatest claims to fame are knockout losses to Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, are fine by Maddalone, especially if he's remembered in the sport as fondly as Wepner.