THERE are always some things you can rely on when it comes to Spring Break.
Packed beaches, plenty of booze flowing, parties raging and everyone really going for it like there’s no tomorrow.
But boxing matches on the edge of the ocean?
That’s definitely a new one yet it was kicking off in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday – big time.
A group of YouTubers from nearby West Palm Beach had the ingenious idea to bring down some gloves and tempt easily led party-goers to let their fists do the talking.
That’s probably for the best considering how much alcohol was being consumed.
“I came down here to get some girls but instead I’ll just have a boxing match,” said one inebriated Mike Tyson wannabe before getting slapped all over the sand.
Don’t worry, he won’t remember a thing.
One of the organizers, Solomon Powell, decked out in traditional black and white referee stripes, insisted he’d help stage at least 20 fights on Saturday with many people taking a few side bets on the outcome, just to spice up the occasion.
Not that it needed it.
With the St. Patrick’s Day parade moved down towards the beach there was a carnival atmosphere.
While the beaches were rammed full of college kids who were gearing to party long into the night, the streets and nearby bars had plenty of folks decked out in proud Irish green.
One police officer told The U.S. Sun they expected up to 10,000 people to flock to one of the liveliest hot spots over the next two weeks to lap up all the fun and games.
They will certainly have their hands full if this was anything to go by.
They weren’t too bothered about the fighting though.
“We will only step in if it gets out of hand,” another officer said. “It’s all fully sanctioned.”
For Solomon and his newfound attempt to delve into the sporting world, this was, he said, an attempt to spread some love.
He was really delighted with the ‘success’ of his opening day and reckons he will do the same every day until the end of Spring break.
“We just want to bring people together,” he said with a smile.
They certainly did just that.