These hits will be perfectly legal.
The grandson of fabled New York mob boss John Gotti is pivoting from the octagon to the squared circle.
John Gotti III, 29, who went 5-1 as a mixed martial arts fighter, is set to make his professional boxing debut Oct. 1 on home turf — the 1,000-seat Paramount in Huntington, LI.
The brawler from Oyster Bay — son of John “Junior” Gotti — will be fighting in a four-round light heavyweight bout against an opponent not yet announced.
“He’s rough and tough. He’s got great fighting instinct,” promoter Joe DeGuardia told the Post.
DeGuardia said the 6-foot tall Gotti will fight at a ripped 175 pounds for the bout, part of “Rockin’ Fights 43.” The promoter believes young John has the skillset to make the transition from MMA to boxing — and whack his ring opponent.
“In boxing, you have to measure an opponent a little more [than MMA]. You have to set up your punches. … It’s very much a mind game as it is a physical game,” DeGuardia said.
Junior Gotti could not be reached for comment. But he previously told The Post he and young John bonded by watching boxing and MMA. The Gotti family has tried to stay “under the radar” throughout the pugilist’s career, according to another promoter.
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