Not too long ago I started hearing rumors that Pete Johnson was to attend the Famous Smoke Shop Cigar Expo but was being pressured by another retailer to not attend. As the rumor circulated, the final word was that Pete had made the decision to pass on the event. After that things went quiet until this morning.
While looking through my tweets, I saw a message from Hayward that there was some sort of verbal dispute between Famous Smoke Shop Store Manager, Tim Carr, and Pete Johnson, over the air on the Lehigh Valley’s ESPN radio station. By the end of the dispute (which I didn’t get to listen to) Tim Carr challenged Pete to a boxing match as an addition to the Expo events.
It was later confirmed from a press release sent to me by Gary Korb of Famous Smoke Shop.
Famous-Smoke.com Press Release:
An ongoing verbal dispute between Famous Smoke Shop (www.famous-smoke.com) retail store manager Tim Carr and Pete Johnson, creator of Tatuaje Cigars, has led to a boxing match in which the two cigar men are scheduled to settle their differences on Friday, June 26th. Being promoted as “Cigar Fight” (www.cigarfight.com), the bout was arranged on Friday, May 1, when Messrs. Carr and Johnson exchanged words over the air during Famous Smoke Shop’s weekly Happy Hour, which is broadcast over ESPN Radio of the Lehigh Valley. The controversy started when one of Famous Smoke Shop competitors allegedly pressured Mr. Johnson into changing his mind about appearing at Famous Smoke Shop’s Cigar Expo 2009 (www.cigarexpo.net).
So it seems that in addition to Cigars, Food, and Drink, Cigar Expo goers will be able to catch a boxing match as well. PR Stunt or not, this looks like it could turn into something very interesting if both fighters are planning on taking the fight seriously. For more information, take a peak at the Cigar Fight website.