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April 21, 2008

Are You Missing Out on the Sweet Science?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Tyler McLellan @ 9:46 am

It’s no secret that boxing has fallen long and far from its perch and golden age back in the 70s and 80s, but regardless of where it stands now, it still provides more drama than any other sport. If you missed the big fights in the month of March, you missed three bona fide fight-of-the-year candidates, plus the possible emergence of the next big thing at heavyweight.

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First, there was the epic rubber match between Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez, the two best super bantamweights (122 lbs) in the world. In the first fight, Marquez won after Vazquez was unable to continue due to a badly broken nose that caused difficulty breathing. In the rematch Vazquez stopped Marquez in the sixth round. And that brings us to the third fight, held this past March 1st, where the two warriors fought on fairly even terms until this spectacular 12th round.

The next week, the man boxing fans hope can be a viable threat to current heavyweight kingpin Wladimir (yes, this Wladimir Klitschko), David Haye of Great Britain, destroyed fellow Brit and cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccaranelli in two rounds. Haye, who has dabbled a little in the heavyweight division before, plans on moving there permanently later this year.


OK, back to those fights-of-the-year candidates. The second entrant from March took place on the 15th in the long, long-awaited rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Back in 2004, Pacquiao floored Marquez (the brother of the aforementioned Rafael) three times in the first round of their featherweight (125 lbs) title bout. However, Marquez fought back to win the vast majority of the next 11 rounds to earn a disputed draw.

Pacquiao, who was a rising phenom back in 2004, came into this fight as the undisputed most exciting fighter in boxing and one of only a couple worthy challengers to Floyd Mayweather’s status as pound-for-pound king of the sport. But Marquez is no pushover, and in fact he is considered a top 10 pound-for-pound fighter himself.

This time around, there would be no three-knockdown first round, but that’s not to say there wasn’t some fantastic action.

Finally, March 22nd featured a lightweight championship bout between linear champion Joel Casamayor and rising Australian star Michael Katsidis. Casamayor, at 36, was considered ripe for the picking, having put forth a lackluster performance in getting an absolute gift decision against Jose Armando Santa Cruz in his previous fight this past November. Katsidis, an all-action/no-defense fighter, is considered to be the next Arturo Gatti in that respect. The fight was a back-and-forth battle going into the tenth round.

As you can tell, March was quite the month in boxing. The more people are aware of just how dramatic and captivating the sport can be, the more they will come back for more.


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