Gone seem to be the days that we were used to seeing great boxing matches and champions on free TV.
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Its no secret that most of the boxing matches on TV are now viewed under a microscope of criticism and cynicism.
The super mega fight of the 21st Century is much behind us and left a bad taste in our mouths but wait a second we are not talking about the past, we are talking about the future of boxing.
Last week we were treated to great bouts like Britain’s James Degeale vs Andre Dirrell in an exciting bout that not only pleased the fans but pleased many boxing critics as well.
It was an exciting night with both fighters showing their skills from the first round.
James Degeale was hurt, battered and cut badly and looked like Andre Dirrell was going to impose his game with finer boxing skills and accurate punching.
Then just like that, the theater of unexpected was to strike again and in the closing minutes of round two Dirrell hit the canvas twice and was hurt badly from a looping left hand that was finding its mark through most of the middle rounds and through the fight.
Many questioned the stamina and commitment of Andre Dirrell during the closing rounds of his fights, but tonight was to be a different night as he started to impose himself later in the fight and picked up some steam during the closing minutes. Unfortunately it would be not enough as the judges saw the fight shift into the British fighters corner.
Lets jump start to May 29th Friday night at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York City to the fight of
Chris “the Fighting Collegian” Algieri vs Amir King Khan.
On a night full of excitement we saw Marcus Brown edge his opponent in a bout that seem frustrating for Brown with lots of fouls and drama, but Brown was in command the whole night in Brooklyn with the hometown crowd rooting him on.
With his trainer Sheriff Younan guiding him and saying ” Brown was trying to set a rhythm but the cagy veteran would not go quietly into the Brooklyn night as he survived and kept Marcus working the rounds. We would have like more body work and combinations but we are happy to get the work in and continue to go forward.
We also saw Dominican Lightweight Champion Javier Fortuna battle Bryan Vasquez in an exciting 12 rounder that produced fireworks from the very start of the fight,
where neither man was backing down in a little Latin slug fest which epitomized machismo.
Questions circled about Fortuna’s endurance and his possible chin, but neither was an issue.
Khan’s corner had Virgil Hunter an 2011 BWAA Trainer of the Year, and Algieri’s corner had changed from Tim Allen former kickboxing World Champion to John David Jackson former fighter who held the WBO junior middleweight tittle and WBA middleweight tittle. The decision was to have a more experienced trainer and coach in Chri’s boxing approach to help Algieri in the mix of these big fights.
Although Tim Allen was still part of the team, it was coach Jackson’s command which showed how much more Chris was relaxed and an assertive fighter with dangerous opponent like Khan.
Khan would receive the victory in the other boxer’s backyard and secured his argument that he should challenge Mayweather for a title. Many felt that his performance did not merit such a challenge. Speaking of challenge, Chris Algieri had to settle for a most gutty performance and the slap across many critic’s faces for doubting him and writing him off myself including.