Monday, June 11, 2007

Expectations Exceeded

All too often in boxing nowadays the actual fight fails to live up to the hype surrounding it. Well, in Saturday night's Cotto-Judah fight this was definitely not the case. Anyone who predicted a slugfest was correct, both fighters came out swinging. But it was Cotto, not Judah, who, more times than not connected with the head and, umm, Judah's other head. Judah, on the other hand, failed to display what was supposed to be his superior technical skills at any point after the first round. In the third round Cotto was docked a point for his second shot south of the belt. From there on out, however, it was Cotto's fight. As predicted he relied on his powerful left hook, repeatedly pounding the body and further opening the cut above Judah's right eye that was caused by a headbutt. Judah continued to take abuse and after a flurry of punches in the ninth round that had him struggling to see from his right eye, he chose to take a knee in the corner. He did get up and survive the tenth round, but he went down again in the eleventh, this time not on his own accord, and the fight was stopped shortly thereafter.

Now that Cotto has successfully and convincingly defended his title against a very able fighter in Zab Judah, the questions to be asked now are what is next for Miguel Cotto, and what is next for the sport of boxing? It is quality fights like these that could restore the popularity of boxing, but it seems as though a bigger name is needed to draw the necessary attention. Will Mayweather fight Cotto? I sure hope so.

2 Comments:

Buzzsaw said...

I think if Margarito wins next weekend it will be Cotto/Margarito with the winner fighting Mayweather in a HUGE fight. Log- I hope you don't still think Judah taking a knee was a pussy move, he clearly had to. He had plenty of chances to fall down if he wanted the fight to be over. I actually got goosebumps when he took a step back and pounded his heart with his fist after getting the living shit kicked out of him in a flurry to the head by Cotto, he's a badass.

About Health Blog said...

I hope you don't still think Judah taking a knee was a pussy move, he clearly had to. He had plenty of chances to fall down if he wanted the fight to be over.