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May 01, 2016

WATCH: Philly DA Seth Williams loses boxing bout at Temple

City's top prosecutor falls to attorney Tariq El-Shabazz at charitable event

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Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams takes on fellow attorney Tariq Al-Shabazz at the Liacouras Center on April 30, 2016.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams gave all he could for a good cause on Saturday night at Temple's Liacouras Center, where he stepped into the boxing ring to take on local attorney and radio host Tariq El-Shabazz.

Night at the Fights brought together hundreds for a night of boxing and live music performances to benefit local charities including the Urban League of Philadelphia, which helps the city's African-American community achieve financial empowerment through entrepreneurial training, educational guidance and housing assistance.

In advance of the match, dubbed the Litigation Situation, Williams took his own training and preparation as seriously as any busy prosecutor possibly can. He even worked on his strategy and stamina with Philly's celebrated pugilist Bernard Hopkins, but El-Shabazz proved incredibly resilient in three rounds of action. Williams lost by decision.

The event, sponsored by the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Northern Liberties, was marked by musical performances from Chill Moody, El Debarge, Brotherly Love, and DJ Aktive, among others.

Williams, gracious in defeat, was just happy that his hard work will benefit the people of Philadelphia. El-Shabazz, humble in victory, called the night a success for all involved (but, of course, made sure to tweet a photo of his fist seconds before it crushes Williams' face).