Secondly, this topic is strictly on boxing. If you're here to smack talk, stop at the door... the Mixed Martial Arts Fanboys Anonymous meetings are next door.
Alright, let's get to business. The last few months have brought us some decent fights including Miguel Cotto vs. Zab Judah, Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vasquez, Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Marco Antonio Barrera and so on. We've seen the highest grossing fight of all time in Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather which took in a grand total of 155 million dollars...this fact alone demonstrates to the detractors that the sport is far from dying off. We have even seen the signing of another super fight that will set up a showdown between the ferocious Manny Pacquiao and Mexican living-legend Marco Antonio Barrera. Also on the horizon we can look forward to Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins vs. southpaw slickster Winky Wright, Fernando "el Feroz" Vargas vs. Ricardo Mayorga, the Marquez vs. Vasquez rematch and Juan Manuel Marquez vs. exciting Argentinian Jorge Barrios. So...at least we know we'll have some appealing fights to sink our teeth into in the near future.
Lately, it seems like the sport is viewed as a mere footnote to mainstream sports, and what many don't know is that at the height of it's popularity in the United States, boxing once seriously rivaled "America's Pastime", Baseball. Not to mention that an Ali -Frazier fight was just as much of a "must-see" as the Superbowl is now. Indeed, the markets are tough to compare because all the revenue brought in during the 50s, 60s, 70s was accrued at the gate of these fights, as opposed to the monumental revenue streams brought in by TV commercials these days. Nonetheless, we're talking upwards of 5k to get a front row seat at an elite event back then...and that, my friends, is big action. But, over the years, the sport has endured many a black eye. Some were self induced by the shenanigans that seem to come with these egregious sanctioning organizations. Other "not so flattering" events were Mike Tyson's ear chomp, the Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor stoppage, the death and or serious injury to several notable fighters, rumors of thrown fights, various unpopular judging discrepancies, and so on.
For those of you who may be new to the sport, and even to those who may not have seen these particular fights, here are clips from a few notable fights and personal favorites. It's boxing at it's absolute finest. These clips are some of the most invigorating action in the past thirty years.
The first is a clip of two Hall of Famers in Cincinnati born Aaron Pryor and Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello. This fight took place in 1982 and was voted "Best Fight of the 80's" by a panel of experts. This is only a portion of the fight. If need be, I'll post the whole thing in it's entirety.
This clip is of Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns. It is almost unanimously agreed upon to be the finest three minute of boxing that anyone has ever seen. You be the judge...
This is the 9th round of the first fight between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward. It was the best round in what would become one of the most enamoring trilogies the sport has seen in years. You guys think the best way to hurt a guy is to hit him in the face...think again...and then watch this body shot to the liver by Mickey Ward.
Keeping with more current fights, this fight is revered by everyone who has seen it. It is of the late, great Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castilo. It's a see-saw battle in the 10th round in which both guys were bloody, swollen and hurt badly. Hands down a top 10 round of all time.
And lastly, this is one knockdown, dragout event that was George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle. This 1976 slugfest is still timeless. You want brutal back and forth action...well then you've come to the right place.
Hope you enjoyed. I'll try to keep this updated with results, predictions, rankings, current and old historic fight clips and even tales of debauchery from my own experiences attending events here in the US. Please do the same.
Edited by Attorney General, 30 July 2008 - 06:53 AM.