PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Canseco is hungry for another shot at winning a celebrity boxing bout.
Yet he may not be as famished as his next opponent in this bizarre form of sports entertainment, a man who also knows how to dig in at the plate.
It's the former American League MVP vs. Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, a five-time champion of Philadelphia's famed Wing Bowl.
Both have an appetite for victory.
"Hopefully he doesn't start eating my hand or something," Canseco said.
Canseco is 0 for 2 in recording a victory on promoter Damon Feldman's wild and wacky cards. He lost last year to former Philadelphia Eagle Vai Sikahema, and finished with a majority draw against one-time child star Danny Bonaduce of "The Partridge Family" in January.
"I was definitely taking it easy on Danny," Canseco said. "I just used my height and weight on him. I'm not out there to hurt anybody. In the Vai Sikahema fight, he was out there to hurt me and I didn't realize it until too late."
Canseco, stigmatized for two tell-all books about steroids in baseball, will fight Simmons on Friday night at an ice skating rink in Aston, Pa.
Simmons ate his way into Philadelphia sports cult status with a record five Wing Bowl titles. Wing Bowl is a chicken wing eating contest that has earned a barbecue-stained spot on Philly's sports calendar as an annual decadent display of binge eating. Simmons won the last of his five stomach-stretching titles in 2005.
Perhaps the tagline for this main event should be: "One was juiced, the other was sauced."
This is Canseco's first return to the ring since he was knocked out by South Korean super heavyweight Hong Man Choi just 1 minute, 17 seconds into the first round in a mixed martial arts match in May in Japan. Canseco said he's over a knee injury that hindered his MMA debut, and he hired a team of trainers to whip him into shape for Simmons. The exhibition features only three, 1-minute rounds.
El Wingador's biggest bout has been with indigestion.
Canseco, a former Rookie of the Year who hit 462 career home runs, said he is still considering filing a class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the players' association. He says he's been ostracized for going public with tales of steroids use in the sport.
"As more and more information comes out, and I'm proven more and more right, the public really realizes that baseball did blackball me," Canseco said. "There was a huge conspiracy involved. I paid the ultimate price. If they were going to get rid of every player that used steroids, there would be no game."
Canseco is the featured attraction on a card that also includes ... Ray Leonard!
OK, not Sugar Ray Leonard. It's Ray Leonard Jr., who claims he's still recognized every day because of a 7 Up commercial he filmed with his famous father in 1980. He'll slug it out with local actor Joe Parkinson.
"I feel like I'm ready to have my coming out party," Leonard said.
The youngest Leonard, who bills himself as Rayzor Ray Leonard, said he didn't pursue a career in professional boxing because of the pressure of following in his father's path. Sugar Ray won't be part of his son's entourage, but did offer some tips.
"Of course, he's a purist," Leonard Jr. said. "He doesn't want me to go in there and get my head knocked off."