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Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito: Prediction

Posted by beeshabo on July 24, 2008

This Saturday (July 26tj) the boxing world is going to witness what I think (and most as well) will be the best fight of 2008, Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito, two brave warrior will slug it out. Aside from our point of views as boxing fans as to who will win this fight, we all appreciate the match up and the determination of these two that will be proving themselves once again. No matter who comes out victorious, the true winners are the boxing fans!!!

Over-all Breakdown (how I think it’ll go down)

Margarito is going come out fast and strong, he’s going to get in close to try and work like he did with Cintron, but unlike Cintron, Cotto has a very good jab, he knows how to keep a distance with it, measure with it , but above all, he throws it with power, so it can hurt Margarito as well. Look for Cotto to box, using his jab to create openings and he will bang at the body more frequently than ever in this fight, because we all know, Margarito can sure take a good punch to the head, so I believe Cotto will weaken then attack up top. One thing Cotto must be weary of is getting countered, he tends to lack defense when firing off his quick combinations, so, when he jabs, he must circle to his left to avoid Margarito’s right hand while landing his own shots. Margarito is a bit underrated in terms of tactical offense, so he won’t be getting reckless, he has a good defense and he’s often seen throwing 100+ punches a round. In the past Margarito has shown tremendous power and stamina, but on this night he’s going to be getting hit by a man known as a big puncher and who is technically better all around, so he must be a little more economical and accurate with his power shots than usual. I think he (Margarito) will fade late if he over exerts himself and throws unnecessary punches. If in fact Margarito tires down the stretch because of missing punches and tasting Cotto’s power, you will then start to see him loop and wing his power shots, there is no doubt that Margarito can throw all night, but his punches tend to lose snap when he continuously gets hit (like in the Clottey fight), and we know Cotto can hit, and he hits hard. Don’t get me wrong, Margarito is no slouch, he’s tough, big and strong, so he has a really good chance, but I just think Cotto is better overall. I also think that because of his willingness to battle and trade shots, Cotto will be hurt, and he may even go down, but he’s going to dig deep and do enough to beat Margarito, if he plants his shots effectively, he may even score a KO……serious!!! Because everyone knows that Margarito has a granite chin, but we all know that you can’t break a chin like that with one shot, you have to just keep hitting it (hard and often) and eventually it’ll break, and that’s what Cotto is going do on July 26th. If Margarito wins, it’ll be by KO, he’s not the better boxer of the two, Cotto is, so I don’t think he’ll outbox Cotto, his chance is via KO/TKO, and Cotto’s best chance is to box (like he did in the Mosley fight) and stay out of range, avoid getting into exchanges, and he’ll do fine.

*I am going to give my keys to victory for both fighters, as both posses skills to triumph over the other.

Miguel Cotto: Keys To Victory

Jab – Jab all night, To the body, to the head, everywhere. It will create openings to use his quick effective combinations.
Box
– Circle to the left, avoid heated exchanges, pick shots wisely and keep moving…and do not forget the jab.
Attack the Body
– Margarito takes a good punch to the head, I’ve yet to see a fighter invest in body punches against him, I think Cotto can make things happen by landing body punches as often as possible. Margarito has tremendous stamina, but who knows how he’ll react to constant body attack.
Counter Punch
– Margarito is a very offense minded fighter, his defense is his offense, although he does keep his hands high giving his opponents less of a target, he opens up when he punches, this should give Cotto good counter punching opportunities. Cotto is underrated in terms of counter punching, he can counter going forward or going backwards. When Margarito punches, Cotto should time his punches and bust out with his own punches as they will do more damage to Margarito as he asserts himself.
Avoid Fighting Close
One of Margarito’s best punches (aside from his lethal right hand) in the upper cut, he knows how to throw it, and Miguel has shown vulnerability to that punch is the past, Cotto must not fall in or stay squared up with Margarito, or fight In close.

Antonio Margarito: Keys To Victory

Brawl – If Margarito allows Cotto to set a pace, he will find himself missing punches and possibly frustrating himself, he must turn this into a brawl, make Cotto fight and stand his ground, that can enable him (Margarito) to land the big shots I feel he’ll need to win the fight.
Pressure
– Margarito must not take any backward steps, in his past fights, Cotto has fought well off the ropes, but he has not been pressured throughout twelve rounds, he is usually the pressure, Margarito should press the action and don’t allow Cotto to rest nor get into his groove.
Attack the Body
– Like Cotto, Margarito is also a great body puncher, hitting Cotto’s body can give Margarito an edge in what may turn into a head hunting affair.
Stay Close
– Margarito is no doubt a strong, tall welterweight, but he’s not the best when fighting at a distance, his best chances are for an in close fight where he can swarm Cotto and test him physically.
Throw the Upper Cut
– He throws a good one, but often from too far out, if Margarito falls in or lunges in while throwing the upper cut, Cotto will make him pay with precise counter punches, the best time for Margarito to unleash the upper cut is from a close and stable position, he can hurt Cotto with this punch and can possibly win him the fight.

Prediction: I see a close yet Unanimous Decision in favor of Cotto, but like I said, a KO is not impossible for either of these men….

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Ricardo Torres vs Kendall Holt II: What Happened?

Posted by beeshabo on July 10, 2008

On July 5th, Kendall Holt got another crack at a 140lb title when he faced hard hitting WBO champion Ricardo Torres for the second time after a controversial TKO loss ten months earlier. In what was the most exciting 61 seconds of any fight I have ever seen, there were many things that happened, so many questions raised after the fight, it’s time for me to talk about what I seen, what actually happened and what I feel should happen next.

Well, as soon as the bell rang for the beginning of round 1, Torres attacked Holt viciously, he went straight at him throwing bombs, and with one solid overhand right (at 0:13) down goes Holt, up he gets in one second waving his hands to signal he is okay, he does not appear hurt. Referee Jay Nady counts, Holt has his wits about him and is allowed to continue, (at 0:25 – 0:31) Torres puts pressure on Holt, they exchange, Holt attempts to tie Torres up, but Torres, still punching with authority lands a quick one two (at 0:32) and down goes Holt again but pops up instantly and is hit with another left hook by Torres, Jay Nady does not acknowledge the blow and begins to give Holt the mandatory 8 count. Holt who seems a bit more hurt than the first knockdown begins to circle once the action resumes, Holt is hit with a solid left hook (at 0:47) while retreating, (at 0:50) Torres chases Holt who is now cornered. While backing up, Holt is hit with a left to the nose, immediately Torres throws a right but misses, Holt is bent, after Torres misses the right (at 0:52) Holt connects to the body, but simultaneously goes up and his head crashes into Torres’ lower jaw, Torres’ head rattles hard. The referee did not see the clash, all this happens within two seconds. After Holt rocks Torres with his head (at 0:53), Torres falls against the ropes, disoriented by the head butt, Torres attempts to stand up, (at 0:54) Holt runs after him and connects with a huge right hand and down goes Torres. The referee begins the count but notices that Torres is out cold and stops the fight at 1:01 of round one…….WOW!!

I must say that while the fight was happening, I did not notice the headbutt, everything happened so fast, and the camera was behind Torres, but I did see Torres’ head rattle right before he retreated, only I thought it was from a punch landed by Holt. Then the replay showed a left to the body that Holt connected with, most thought (including myself) that was the punch that hurt Torres. But after the fight, I sat back again and watched it on my TiVo, carefully analyzing the fight as it happened, and with one reply, I seen the headbutt that seem to badly bother Torres, although it was clearly unintentional, it most definitely affected the outcome of the bout tremendously.

What would have happened if Holt did not accidentally headbutt Torres?

Maybe he would’ve been knocked out, and maybe not, I personally think that Torres would have finished the job, if not that round, the second round for sure, Torres can punch, but does tend to get reckless when he has his opponents hurt (as in the Cotto fight).

Did Kendall Holt really beat Ricardo Torres?

Well that’s a judgment call, but I think he did. Even though Torres was hit with a hard headbutt that really affected him, he should have never backed up without protecting himself, yes he fell to the ropes, and maybe that should have been ruled a knockdown seeing as the ropes held him up, but he kept his hands low, a big no no. The biggest most important rule to a boxer is to “Protect Yourself At All Times”, Torres did not, and he paid the price.  I’m sure from all the adrenalin pumping through his veins, Torres may not have even felt the headbutt but was pushed back by it, who knows, but he was brutally Knocked Out none the less.

I think there should be a third fight, after all, Torres gave Holt a rematch when he clearly didn’t have to, Holt should return the favor and give Torres a chance to prove his worth, not only that, but we were only give 61 seconds of this great match-up, I think we’ would all like to see more.

Two controversial endings in two great fights, we want a third, I think it should be made a mandatory by the WBO, we will see what comes of this, hopefully Kendall goes in the directions we all would like.

Thanks to Holt and Torres for giving us one of the most amazing rounds I’ve EVER seen in my life as a boxing fan.

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July 26, 2008: The Super Bowl of Boxing

Posted by beeshabo on July 8, 2008

On this very day (July 26) the boxing world is in for a SUPER TREAT in the form of the best match-up possible in the (crowded with talent) Welterweight Division.

It is Puerto Rico’s Miguel “Junito” Cotto vs “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito. YES!! These two, getting it on.

Since moving up to Welterweight in 2006, Miguel Cotto has progressed into a “Complete” fighter, he once was more of a first face brawler with a big punch, and now he has transformed himself into more of a tactical boxer with superb skills, he’s a beast at 147, a huge threat to anyone in the Welterweight division (including the recently retired Floyd “Money” Mayweather). In his Welterweight debut, Cotto demolished previously unbeaten Carlos Quintana in 5 one sided rounds, this fight (IMO) is Cotto’s best ever at Welterweight, mainly because Quintana was known as a slick boxer with sound boxing skills and had spent 98% of his career at Welterweight. Since then, Cotto has gone on to beat some of the best, such as Zab Judah and Shane Mosley. But it wasn’t just the fact that Cotto won these fights, but it was how he won them, both in impressive fashion. He TKO’d Judah in what turned out to be a great fight, Zab although was very competitive throughout the bout, it was Cotto who systematically broke his opponent down and ended the fight like the Champion he is. In the Mosley fight, Cotto showed impressive speed and agility, he technically out-boxed Mosley, and Mosley the supposed “better boxer” with the better hand speed and overall ring experience, had nothing to disrupt Cotto’s technical superiority, it was quite shocking to watch it unfold.

After winning the WBA by defeating Quintana, Cotto has showed the desire to place himself at the top of the Welterweight division, this being marked by his willingness to fight the best boxing has to offer, he backs down from NO ONE and welcomes any and all challengers, and now he must defend his crown against the super strong Antonio “Tony” Margarito in what is to be the best Welterweight fight since De La Hoya/Trinidad in 1999, or even the De La Hoya/Mosley that took place in 2000.

What will happen? The boxing world expects fireworks, and that’s almost a guarantee with these two, how could it possibly be a flop? This isn’t a Mayweather/De La Hoya exhibition match, nor a Hopkins/Calzaghe bout, these are two of Welterweights best, both have huge hearts and confident attitudes, they come to FIGHT, and they come to WIN. It’s going to be amazing.

Fight Breakdown  & Prediction coming soon……..

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