Review: 2011-03-19, great fight between Jon Jones and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua: it gets three stars. Jon Jones entered the fight with a record of 12-1-0 while Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had a record of 19-4-0. Jones vs Rua is valid for the UFC light heavyweight title (Rua’s first defense); main event of UFC 128. Watch the video:
Review: Vitali Klitschko won too easily at the first round against Odlanier Solis. Where was the Cuban phenomenon last night? It’s almost hard to believe that an undefeated boxer as Solis, three time gold medalist at the World Amateur Boxing Championships and once at the Olympics, goes down in this way. Watch the video!
Review: 2003-06-07, the third and final fight between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward was one of the best boxing fights of 2003 (and was named Ring Magazine fight of the year 2003). Gatti had lost the first fight against Ward, but then he won the rematch: two of the most spectacular fights of 2002. In this third chapter Arturo Gatti broke his right hand during the fourth round, but even with a single hand he managed to finish the fight; this will be also the last fight of Micky Ward. Watch the video!
Review: 2003-06-28, Joe Calzaghe vs Byron Mitchell gets our five stars mainly for the second round that could be appointed “round of the year”. For the thirteenth time Calzaghe defended his WBO super middleweight title against American Byron Mitchell, who had been world champion for the WBA in previous years. Mitchell is the first boxer who knockdown the “Italian Dragon” Calzaghe (he will go down also with Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr a few years later), but Calzaghe has always raised…. Watch the video!
Review: 2003-01-25, Ricardo Mayorga vs Vernon Forrest 1 was one of the most spectacular boxing fights of 2003. Mayorga was the champion for the WBA welterweight division, but the boxer to beat was Forrest, as he was undefeated in 35 fights and he came with two wins against Shane Mosley. But in boxing, and especially against a fighter like Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, the result is never predictable…We are only sure that the first fight Forrest vs Mayorga, ended by TKO in the third round, was one of the most exciting of 2003 (after six months it was held the second fight and Mayorga won by majority decision). Watch the video!
Review: 2003-11-15, the first fight between Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera has been (for us) the fight of the year of 2003 (while for Ring Magazine was Arturo Gatti vs Micky Ward 3). For Manny Pacquiao was the second fight in the featherweight division, he had won the first one against Serikzhan Yeshmagambetov (2003-03-15), while Barrera was fighting in this category since 2001 when he defeated Naseem Hamed. Manny Pacquiao vs Marco Antonio Barrera 1 was not valid for any world title but it was certainly one of the greatest boxing fights ever (instead their second fight, in 2007, was much less exciting). Watch the video!