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Israel Vazquez vs Rafael Marquez: Best Trilogy of ALL TIME

Posted by beeshabo on May 12, 2008

Boxing fans have been given some very good trilogies, Arturo Gatti vs Micky ward, Marco Antonio Barrera vs Erik Morales, and a few others, but I don’t think that any of them had the impact of Vazquez vs Marquez, there is just no comparison. In the Gatti vs Ward trilogy, it was show of two men just battering each other, a mild lack of boxing skills and craft, it was a slugfest, although the fights were very entertaining and grueling to watch, taking nothing away from their skills, it was still missing something. In the Barrera vs Morales trilogy, it was in my eyes one of the best of ALL-TIME, two men who genuinely disliked one and other, and it showed, they fought strong and hard, boxed and brawled, and still, it was missing something, maybe the drama, the suspense, it was just not a COMPLETE PACKAGE.

Now with the Vazquez vs Marquez Trilogy, we were treated to all possible outcomes of a great trilogy, from the dramatic first fight, to the un predictable all action third fight. First of all, the thing that was intriguing the most is that we had one of the best Bantamweights (Marquez) moving up in weight to take on the best Super Bantamweight (Vazquez), Vazquez known for his huge heart and his even bigger punch, Marquez better known for his growing craft and knockout power , that was the setting for what was to come.

In the first fight, we witnessed just how good Rafael Marquez was/is, he boxed Vazquez to a well deserved stoppage, a movie like drama ending, but it was the events that took place before the ending which set up such a great trilogy. Even though Marquez was boxing great and had Vazquez hurt several times, he was dropped in the third round by a Vazquez left hook, but not only did Marquez gather himself to continue, but he did enough damage to ultimately stop Vazquez due to his severely broken nose. This fight gave us what can take three or four different fights to produce, that in itself is already amazing, who would have guessed that this was just the beginning, there was more to come, way more.

The boxing world was treated to yet ANOTHER great fight between the two, this time Marquez coming in as the WBC champion, and Vazquez attempting to gain back what he had lost.

In the rematch, Vazquez seemed to have solved the puzzle, jabbing his way in close, and bombing away, although the fight was closely one sided (in favor of Vazquez), Marquez still showed why he is one of the best in the world, he fought back, and at times landed good enough to momentarily slow Vazquez down. But the fight ended in round 7 when Marquez was out on his feet and failed to fire back with his back against the ropes.

After the two memorable battles of courageous will, the third fight was expected to be nothing less, and it was more than any boxing fanatic can ask for.

From the opening bell, the crowd responded to every blow, evenly cheering and chanting for both men as they went at it in their brutal ruthless style. Fights like this make people proud to be boxing fans, two men pouring their souls out, holding nothing back, exposing whatever weaknesses they have for the love of their diehard fans, and the love of becoming triumphant after giving so much. It was amazing to watch, I was up out of my seat for nearly the entire bout, screaming at the TV, cheering on both men, it was absolutely shocking (in a good way).

I highly doubt there will ever be a trilogy to exceed the three amazing displays of skill, will, power and bravery that Vazquez and Marquez produced, it’s nearly impossible (IMO), these two men are champions in my eyes, forever, win or lose from this day forward.

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One Year Anniversary: The Unexpected Death of Diego “Chico” Corrales May 7th 2007

Posted by beeshabo on May 7, 2008

Remembering Chico Corrales.

It was one year ago today when the boxing world lost one of it’s greatest warriors, a man who at times defied the odds, fought the best, beat the best, and battled inner demons. Diego Corrales was a great human being, I never had the chance to meet him, but spent plenty of time reading and watching interviews on my favorite boxing websites, and the Sacramento Fighter was always soft spoken and kind to anyone who seemed willing to engage in conversation, he was respectful and a true down to earth boxing champion.

The only time I ever had the chance to see Corrales in person (and not that close, but enough to know it was him) was on May 20th 2006, when Marco Antonio Barrera faced Rocky Juarez at the Los Angeles Staples Center. Corrales was standing near press row, wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt, shaking hands and introducing his new born baby whom he was carrying in a baby backpack strapped to his chest. Corrales seemed full of life, smiling, waving, and of course, signing autographs, it was exciting to see him, although he was dozens of feet away, I knew he would talk to me if I were close enough. That made my night.

Corrales would fight five months after that night, when he faced Joel Casamayor (for the third time), despite Corrales ironically failing to make weight, the fight went as scheduled, and Corrales lost via Split Decision to the Cuban Native. Corrales, no longer able to make the 135lb Lightweight Limit, had to make an important career decision. Claiming unable to make 140lbs (the next division up) Corrales had to decide whether to retire, or make a courageous move up in weight, to Welterweight that is, he did what we all knew he would do, he stepped up to Welterweight and took on a tough challenge, he was set to face the durable Joshua “Hitter” Clottey. In that fight, Corrales was beaten up, badly, he looked slow and sluggish, and did not carry the weight well, he lacked power and size to compete with the vicious Clottey, although Corrales suffered multiple knockdowns, he survived the fight and was able to reach the final bell. But with a broken jaw and another loss on his record (making it 3 in a row), Corrales was left without a division.

Exactly two months after he last fight, Corrales lost his life in a motorcycle accident, ironically he passed on the two year anniversary of his GREATEST FIGHT EVER, when he knocked out Jose Luis Castillo in one of the greatest fights I have ever witnessed. It was that very fight that made Corrales the fighter he always was, he opened people’s eyes, he exposed himself to his weaknesses, and his strengths.

The morning I heard the news of his passing, I was sitting at my desk, sipping on a nice hot cup of coffee when I logged onto my favorite website (east side boxing), and there it was on the top of the list, the article entitled “Corrales Dies in Motorcycle Accident”, my heart dropped, I couldn’t believe my eyes, Corrales, NO WAY!! But regardless of me hoping it wasn’t true, it was, the man they called Chico, was taken from us. I choked back tears and held my chest, I just couldn’t believe it, one of the bravest boxing warriors was GONE. We can now remember him in every way, he was a fighter who fought, a fighter who won, a fighter who lost, he never gave up, never lost hope, and never backed down. He fought the way he lived his life, dangerously, and I’m sure if he could say one last thing to us, he’d say

“Give Me One More Round”.
We miss you Chico, R.I.P.

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