Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Who can Provide the Thrill Rides Today?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Who can Provide the Thrill Rides Today?

    Click image for larger version  Name:	1arturo-gatti1.jpg Views:	1 Size:	76.7 KB ID:	11566

    By Ted Sares

    Back in the day, work went by faster on Friday knowing that you’d be seeing Danny Lopez, Arturo Gatti or Matthew Saad Muhammad fight on TV over the weekend. On Monday, another one of boxing’s ultimate thrill rides, James “The Outlaw” Hughes, would be the subject of much discussion around the office coffee machine. The common thread of such warriors was their mindboggling ability to snatch victory from certain defeat right up to the last second of the last round, but more importantly, the unwavering faith in their ability to do this.

    Danny “Little Red” Lopez’s stoppage of Juan Malvarez was typical of Danny’s come-from-behind dramatics. Danny had been beaten badly for three minutes and forty-four seconds and seemed on the brink of going down for good when he unleashed a right to Juan’s jaw that spelled “Finito.” Time and again, Little Red worked his magic and gave fans something special.

    Heck, Danny was Matthew Saad Muhammad before Saad did his incredible thing.

    What Saad did against Marvin Johnson, Yaqui Lopez, Billy Douglas and others during the Era of the Great Light Heavyweights could not have been scripted better in Hollywood. But then in December of 1981, all of the wars and a buzzsaw from Camden, New Jersey named Dwight Muhammad Qawi caught up with him and the remaining ride became a tragic one.

    Saad, however, was Arturo Gatti before Gatti.

    Gatti, an Italian-Canadian nicknamed “Thunder,” launched his career just as Saad was moving down the wrong side of the bell-shaped curve. In three consecutive years, beginning with his come-from-behind knockout of Wilson Rodriguez in 1996, Gatti (pictured) had fights that came to be cited as candidates for “Fight of the Year.” In October of 1997, he sedated Gabriel Ruelas (44-3) with a left cross from hell after having absorbed an ungodly number of consecutive punches. To no one’s surprise, the bout was named “Fight of the Year” by The Ring magazine. He would participate in three more Ring“Fight of the Year” affairs, cementing his legacy as one of the most exciting fighters ever--and the excitement he generated eventually put him into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

    Carl Froch also had the knack and his last second demolition of Jermaine Taylor was a classic illustration of his ability to generate drama in a come-from-behind fashion.

    Today

    Today’s top fighters seem to be more methodical and predictable in getting their wins with Mikey Garcia or Donnie Nietes being the prototypes of a fighter who will break down his opponent and/or take a knockout if the opportunity presents itself.

    Terence Crawford arguably might be an exception—or a potential exception-- as he is capable of making mid-fight adjustments when things aren’t going his way. Undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa found this out the hard way.

    One fight, however, does not make a Saad.

    Jarrett Hurd, with his late power, has the makings but needs more time, and a now more vulnerable Roman Gonzalez perhaps meets the thrill ride standard.

    Two other names come to mind.

    When Francisco Vargas came back to stop Takashi Miura after being decked in the fourth round of their WBC super featherweight title fight in 2015, some said it was the the most dramatic comeback since Chico Corrales’s 10th round stoppage of Jose Luis Castillo in 2005. It was a FOTY type affair.

    Vargas, from Mexico City and known as “El Bandido,” delivered another rousing "Fight of the Year" performance in 2016 when he fought to a draw against Orlando Salido.

    Vargas was badly cut in both of the aforementioned fights and these cuts reopened against rugged fellow Mexican Miguel Berchelt leading to “El Bandido" being stopped in round 11. He was cut on the bridge of his nose in round three and was cut over each eye in round four, the second a nasty cut from an accidental headbutt making his face a symmetrically bloody mess. He is now on the comeback trail with a record 25-1-2 and with guaranteed thrills whenever he fights.

    Deontay Wilder’s performance against Luis Ortiz warrants mention as the kind of comeback fans have come to miss in recent years. And as he proved against Tyson Fury, no matter whom he fights or where he fights, he could win it with one second remaining in the last round. Friday will go by a bit faster waiting on the “The Bronze Bomber” to do his thing again.

    Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and Strongman competitors. He is a lifetime member of Ring 10, and a member of Ring 4 and its Boxing Hall of Fame. He also is an Auxiliary Member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

  • #2
    Hurd looks (and fights) like an action hero.

    Comment


    • #3
      Originally posted by KO Digest View Post
      Hurd looks (and fights) like an action hero.
      I like him a lot. Has incredible stamina and a very high Ring IQ. Can fight going backwards and once he decides to turn it up,,look out! He is goiung to make my P4P list soon.

      Comment


      • #4
        Vargas is fun to watch and he will provide some more thrills down the road. Saucedo with Top Rank has shown to be all action and I think is in store to be involved in more exciting fights. And though I don't rate him as highly as others, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is always fun to watch. His last fight was surprisingly a bit exciting in what was expected to be a one sided fight. Hopefully, he can be enticed to fight in the US soon, a lot of potential options for exciting fights in the divisions he can fight.

        Comment


        • #5
          And one other assuming he fights again and that is Mickey Roman. He only knows one way to fight and that is constantly coming forward with aggression. Old school too in how often he fights. Probably my personal favorite action fighter today.

          Comment


          • #6
            Speaking of Vargas, don't forget today's Fernando:

            Jamie Mungia

            Comment


            • Kid Blast
              Kid Blast commented
              Editing a comment
              He has the potential. Yes he does.

          • #7
            Originally posted by oubobcat View Post
            Vargas is fun to watch and he will provide some more thrills down the road. Saucedo with Top Rank has shown to be all action and I think is in store to be involved in more exciting fights. And though I don't rate him as highly as others, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is always fun to watch. His last fight was surprisingly a bit exciting in what was expected to be a one sided fight. Hopefully, he can be enticed to fight in the US soon, a lot of potential options for exciting fights in the divisions he can fight.
            I trust you noted that I called Wilder as a come-from-behind type before the Fury fight. He proved me right. But to this day, I will never figure out how Fury did what he did. What an effort. Comeback of the decade.

            Comment


            • #8
              Matched appropriately, Charlos have potential to be action stars.

              Comment


              • #9
                Originally posted by KO Digest View Post
                Speaking of Vargas, don't forget today's Fernando:

                Jamie Mungia
                Munguia vs. Hurd would be a dream fight. Too bad politics may keep that one on bacburner unfortunately.

                Comment


                • Kid Blast
                  Kid Blast commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Yes. That would be a good one. Still, I want to see someone put it to Charlo He is noxious.

              • #10
                I miss the old school fighter who put it all on the line. Nowadays, fighters seem more interested in the payday.

                Nice article, Ted. One hell of a gruesome Gatti photo!

                Comment


                • Kid Blast
                  Kid Blast commented
                  Editing a comment
                  Thank you. I forget where I got that photo but I value it.

              • #11
                I do love a Sares article. Perhaps like no other. I love the mini history trip. However. Wilder is a swinger and erratic puncher at best. Fury is no great and bar a flash KD and a good punch Wilder was poor. Dare he venture to the UK?

                Comment


                • Kid Blast
                  Kid Blast commented
                  Editing a comment
                  no he dare not.......................lol

              • #12
                Here is a great post from a friend: "

                "This kid was sure one of my all-time favorites. I met him back in about 74 or 75 when I was living in California. He was a couple of years older than me and on top of the world. I saw him fight in person. I was at one of the fights he had with Bazooka Limon! We spoke on several occasions. At one time he lit up LA like a shining star. And like Gatti he was a knockdown, drag out, warrior, who gave 110% in the ring and 110% to the fans. As one of my old trainers used to say “The guy gets insulted if you don’t him”. But what a price he paid. Look at him in this video.
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjvNYNIMMFs

                and look at how he ended up…
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6Z7lJQa6AU

                ""The last time I saw him was in Vegas. I ran into him, Reuben Castillo and Armando Muniz. Reuben and Mando were “taken care” of Bobby at the WBC Convention. This was about four years ago. He was bad. It was tough to see at the end… because at one time this kid had it all….

                "And poor Gatti… what happened to him. We will ever know the truth and does it really matter? "

                Comment


                • #13
                  Is that EZ-E Ted?

                  Comment


                  • #14
                    Originally posted by Cupey Alto View Post
                    Is that EZ-E Ted?
                    No. It was a buddy from Chicago who did not want to bne identified but you would know him if he had been identified.

                    Comment


                    • #15
                      Niiiiiice 💪

                      Comment

                      Working...
                      X