The Red Corner
A look into the sport of boxing from Saul Berrios-Thomas.
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03/25/12 09:10 AMBy Saúl Berríos-Thomas Many fighters are pushed to the limit in the ring, but few are able to thrive in the squared circle and become the best fighter they can. When you see one on the way up and the other on the way down you know they will meet twice, once in the ring, and again in the sacred shrine of the Boxing Hall of Fame. The best fighters shine the brightest when the spotlight is upon them. Live from Houston, Texas was HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” and it featured super lightweights Erik “El Terrible” Morales (52-7), the Mexican warrior, and undefeated Philadelphia prospect Danny “Swift” Garcia (22-0). Morales, the seasoned vet who is nearing the end of his career, was the only thing standing in between Garcia and his dreams of becoming a world champion. Garcia is...
03/20/12 03:02 AMBy Saúl Berríos-Thomas On St. Patrick’s day in New York City a predominantly Irish crowd came out to support the 10:1 underdog. The crowd was electric often starting chants that rang through Madison Square Garden. Sergio Martinez had plans to send them all home disappointed. The main event of the weekend on HBO was a middleweight bout between Irishman Matthew Macklin (28-3) and southpaw Sergio Martinez (48-2-2). Martinez has an awkward style that is hard to penetrate or even predict. Macklin was hesitant respecting Martinez’s ability to counterpunch. Macklin had a good defense, which made the pace of the fight slow. Macklin started to land better punches as the fight began to open up. In the seventh round a bad call gave Macklin a knockdown and Martinez...
03/14/12 01:56 AMBy Saúl Berríos-Thomas At 1:39 in the eighth round referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. stepped in front of Orlando Salido stopping the fight, on April 16, 2011, after Juan Manuel Lopez had just landed a punch. From the description one might suppose Lopez was the victor, but on the contrary Salido had his fist lifted by Ramirez. The doubt cast on the stoppage caused demand for a rematch. That demand was met almost a year later, on Saturday. The second match between these two took place in Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 10, 2012 and aired on Showtime’s “Championship Boxing”. Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-2), fighting out of his homeland, took on Orlando “Siri” Salido (38-11-2), the Mexican warrior, for the...
03/03/12 00:54 AMBy Saúl Berríos-Thomas The strobe lights stopped bouncing as a well dressed man climbed into the ring. With a voice perfectly suited to be behind a microphone he welcomed all those in attendance to The Greater Columbus Convention Center, The Arnold Sports Classic and a great night of boxing. The action took place on March 1 in the "Arch CIty" Columbus, Ohio. The event was part of a weekend festival hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which consisted of Bodybuilding, Fencing, Wrestling, Gymnastics, MMA, and many other sports. The professional boxing was hosted by former boxing greats Roy Jones Jr. and Troy Speakman. The first heavyweight bout of the evening featured Robert Richardson (1-1) taking on Adam Dearing (1-2). The battle...