BootLeg Betty

Bette Kickboxes!?

New York Post
Cindy Adams
03-08-2005

Ralph Macchio: “Hilary played ‘The Next Karate Kid’ after me. She can kick my butt. She’s an athlete, a former Junior Olympics swim champ. She has strength, serious fighting skills, is surprisingly large and dresses in a way that hides how big she really is. I’d go down with her first punch to my jaw. Few Hollywood action guys could survive even one round against Hilary.”

WHICH dredges up Minnie Driver’s: “I box as a sport but never with a man. I’m afraid I’d get carried away and hurt the guy.” And the Freddie Prinze Jr. burp: “Women hit way too hard. I boxed with a girl once and I’ll never do it again!”

Sharon Stone has a black belt in karate. Bette Midler has a kickboxing class in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Mariah Carey has a man-shaped punching bag and calls it/him “Bob.” Christine Aguilera spends 40 minutes twice a week sparring with partners. Lucy Liu practices the martial art of Kali-Eskrima-Silat. That’s knife and stick fighting. Jennifer Lopez practices the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga. And what that is exactly, I don’t know, but Marc Anthony better watch his mezuzah.

Kim Basinger says she got over her Alec Baldwin divorce via boxing: “There’s no better way to get that man out of your life. Forget lifting weights, forget workouts. Boxing gets rid of aggression. After a good session with a punching bag I realized I’m tough. I’m OK.”

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