Jasiri -> RE: Boxing (19/8/2008 10:11:29 AM)
Out of current fighters Pac-Man's my favourite always great to watch,but I always look forward to seeing guys like Miguel Cotto,Antonio Margarito (nobody else see their fight ?) Cristian Mijares,Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez,Israel Vazquez,Chris John,Jorge Linares and Kelly Pavlik.Of the up and coming fighters I like Abner Mares and the Peterson brothers (although I've been slightly less impressed with both of them recently,they need to show some real spark) and as I mentioned above I look forward to seeing more of,Juan Manuel Lopez and another recent title winner with potential for a big future Andre Berto.
For past boxers there's too many to mention so I'll try and pick out the main ones and restrict it to fighters from my lifetime that I remember seeing when they were active.Marco Antonio Barrera,Erik Morales,Roy Jones Jr.,Julio Cesar Chavez,Pernell Whittaker,Mike Tyson,Azumah Nelson,Marvin Hagler,Roberto Duran,Ray Leonard,Tommy Hearns,Larry HolmesAaron Pryor,Alexis Arguello,Salvador Sanchez.
Then two fighters who stick out most in my mind for very different reasons,the first I don't actually remember seeing any of his fights at the time because I was so young as he was coming to the end of his career but I was certainly aware of who he was and he was my first childhood hero,so I couldn't not include him,Muhammad Ali.
The second is a tragic figure but one whose death had such an effect on me that I can never forget him,it's Welsh Bantamweight Johnny Owen.The name probably doesn't mean much to many people so I'll explain a little about him.He was a great little fighter who's fragile look belied his fighting heart,and he was British,Commonwealth & European champion.In 1980 he challenged Lupe Pintor for his world title,he held his own most of the way against a tough champion but he was dropped twice and stopped late in the fight.He never regained consciousness after the second knockdown and died a few weeks later.I'd got into watching boxing from a young age through my dad and he'd always made me aware that this wasn't a game and to have the utmost respect for anyone at any level who laced on the gloves but this was the first time I really had to face up to the reality of the dangers of boxing and go through that questioning of the sport that I'm sure all fight fans go through from time to time.
"The Matchstick Man"
Favourite fights is really hard,again there are so many.
Israel Vazquez - Rafael Marquez (all 3 fights)
Marco Antonio Barrera - Erik Morales (again all 3 fights)
Arturo Gatti - Mickey Ward (and again all 3 fights)
Manny Pacquiao - Juan Manuel Marquez I
Diego Coralles - Jose Luis Castillo I
Roberto Duran - Iran Barkley
Roberto Duran - Ray Leonard I
Ray Leonard - Wilfredo Benitez
Ray Leonard - Marvin Haglar (still adamant that this was a draw)
Marvin Hagler - Tommy Hearns
Ray Leonard - Tommy Hearns I
Tommy Hearns - Roberto Duran
Michael Carbajal - Humberto Gonzalez I
Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier I
Alexis Arguello - Alfredo Escalera I
Alexis Arguello - Aaron Pryor (both fights)
Carlos Monzon - Nino Benvenuti
George Foreman - Ron Lyle
Bobby Chacon - Rafael Limon I ( I think they fought 4 times,would love to see the others)
and for pure weirdness Simon Brown - Vincent Petteway,Brown ko'd lying on his back throwing punches up into the air.