Punch-drunk love! Sure, HBO’s Chris Albrecht went down swingin’, but let’s not forget some of our other pugilistic peeps: At the Beacon Theatre, Irish Ropes Promotions (uh-oh) present “Tomorrow’s Champions,” featuring a fight card of Ireland’s John Duddy versus Dupre (Total Package) Strickland. (Ahem.) If that doesn’t get the blood flowing, Brooklyn’s own Peter (Kid Chocolate) Quillin tries to smack around Ireland’s 2004 national senior amateur champion, Henry Coyle. How could the opening of Shrek the Third (random note: How many times do we have to see the unspeakably awkward picture of Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake greeting each other on the red carpet? We’re so over them! More Paris in the big house, please!) possibly compete with this? More great names are to be found down at the High Line Ballroom (and yes, David Bowie’s High Line Festival is still goin’ strong!), where conscious rapper Talib Kweli performs. By the way, when we do the math, David Bowie turns out to be 127 years old.
[“Tomorrow’s Champions,” the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, 7 p.m., 212-307-7171; Talib Kweli, High Line Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, 11 p.m., www.highlineballroom.com; Shrek the Third, www.moviefone.com.]