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!
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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!
Saturday, March 19, backs the Ultimate Fighting Championship (128) with the main event Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Jon Jones. Both are among the top 10 mma fighters in the Light Heavyweight division, Rua hasn’t fought for almost a year (UFC 113), while Jones has fought just a month and a half ago, defeating Ryan Bader. It is not easy to predict the result of the fight between Shogun and Jones (valid for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship) since the U.S., despite not having too much experience is a tough fighter and is younger than six years. But the UFC 128 could be very exciting thanks to the first fight in 2011 of Urijah Faber that fights against Eddie Wineland, thanks to the the undefeated Kamal Shalorus that will face Jim Miller and the always spectacular Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic versus
The number one of the ranking in the super middleweight division Lucian Bute will fight, Saturday, March 19, against Brian Magee. We imagine a win not too hard for Bute, Rumanian undefeated boxer who will defend his IBF super middleweight title against Magee, English boxer who will fight for the first time overseas (each time that he has faced some very good boxer he lost). On the same evening, in another fight that could be spectacular, Renan St Juste will fight versus Alejandro Berrio. This night will be broadcast on Showtime Boxing: Saturday, March 19, 10PM ET / PT.
Finally, Saturday, March 19, Vitali Klitschko will fight against an opponent worthy of a world title: Odlanier Solis. Klitschko doesn’t lost since 2003, when he was defeated by Lennox Lewis and he also lost the WBC heavyweight title, which Klitschko regained against Corrie Sanders a year later. Vitali has, however, almost 40 years and he will fight against the Cuban Solis (30 years old), undefeated as a professional boxer and three time gold medalist at the World Amateur Boxing Championships (once at the Olympics). Will the end of the Ukrainian champion come?
On the same evening another interesting fight will be
‘Best of Boxing’, is the annual ranking of the best boxing fights of the year 2002, matches rated by AllTheBestFights.
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Review: 2002-11-16, Erik Morales vs Paulie Ayala was certainly one of the best boxing fights of 2002. Erik “El Terrible” Morales had just lost his first fight and the WBC featherweight title against Marco Antonio Barrera, but he chose an opponent not very easy: Paulie Ayala. For Ayala was the first fight in the featherweight division but he was one of the strongest boxers of that time, who had lost only once (against Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in Japan) but who had already won several world titles in the bantam and super bantam division. Watch the video!
Review: Mateusz Masternak vs Ali Ismailov was not such an exciting fight but it is very interesting to see Masternak at work, a young Polish boxer (he was born in 1987) who fights in an intelligent and technical way and has also a good power (16 Ko on 22 wins). The kings of the cruiserswheight division will have to be careful…Watch the video!