Gooden has been in business with Celebrity Boxing for a while and stepped up to be the ref for the Bagel Boss vs.Lenny Dykstra fight (before Lenny pulled out).
Of course, Gooden was a superstar pitcher back in the day before substance abuse issues sank his baseball career.
Catfish was NOT pro athlete -- but he's got videos on the Internet where he's squatting 605 pounds like it's nothing.
Doc feels training for a fight is a good way to keep himself in shape while focusing on his sobriety -- so he decided to strap on the gloves and train up!
...the fight will go down on March 7 at the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J.
Heres a video of Catfish Cooley doing the kind of thing that made him an internet sensation !