- 12/11/2011, 12:46AM ET
Osu-Poo Sugar Bowl Blue!! said 12/11, 12:46 AM
Two guys giving it all they have, one chasing the other one down constantly. The other guy countering beautifully.
Drama. Controversy. My pick for fight of the year so far had it all.
2011 was a slow year for boxing, there were some matchups on paper that looked good, but either sucker-punches or injuries (faked or not) or eye problems made them lose their gloss.
My pick for fight of the year was tonight actually.
Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan.
For those of you that overpaid for a missmatch/beatdown in MMA you missed a helluva fight that took place in D.C.
There is only one other fight that I can think of that had fight of the year potential, a certain recently released from prison boxer and a guy in a dog collar in Mexico...but tonights fight was much better both technically and in the drama category. Plus it had a good story behind it. Amir Khan went to Washington and met Hilary Clinton, and a bunch of politicians, Lamont Peterson used to be homeless. It doesn't get much better than that.
If Khan could of kept Peterson off of him without pushing him he might still have his titles. Controversy aside..it was easily the fight of the year.
BuckyBadger. said 12/12, 12:38 AM
With only 17 minutes to make my argument I didn't want to see this one die. This was a great fight no doubt. Had an underdog with a fantastic back story overcoming all odds to defeat Golden Boy's top prospect and top fighter Amir Khan.
It was a great fight but I don't see it as fight of the year. The popular choice is going to be Berto vs Ortiz which was a barn burner with plenty of action but not pick for fight of the year. I am going with the fight that stole the show of the Marquez vs Pacquiao card and that is Mike "Mile High" Alvarado stopping fellow Khan conqueror Breidis Prescott in the 10th round of a 10 round fight while he was down on the score cards.
Mike Alvarado entered the ring as the favorite but when the fight started he looked like his critics said he would once he faced a top talent. Alvarado after 4 rounds had a cut over his eye and blood gushing from his mouth. The fight could have been stopped at anytime at this point.
Alvarado, with no help from his corner, changed his stradegy and started to counter and box Prescott instead of being he aggressor. By the 8 round Alvarado was landing heavy uppercuts and in dramatic fashion got the needed stoppage.
Osu-Poo Sugar Bowl Blue!! said 12/12, 08:13 PM
The fight you mentioned was a good fight, but it didn't have the same class of fighters involved, or titles at stake.
Prescott has shown he's a puncher, with little to no boxing skill, and the fact that Alvarado even tried to bang with him shows he is not at the elite level yet, probably never will be.
The Berto/ Ortiz fight was also a good one, but as for the skill level involved and the level of both fighters I think the edge goes to Khan vs. Peterson. Khan has been whispered in top level fights for years, calling out Mayweather. Peterson fought to a draw against Ortiz, in another good fight. Together the styles of Peterson and Amir made for a better matchup
Peterson finally showed his heart could will him through a tough fight as he put together his best effort in defeating a high quality opponent.
Khan showed he had all the skill to beat Peterson, outclassing him through the first couple of rounds, but Peterson would not be denied as he put together a constant pressure style that was a change-up from the way he normally fights. It had tons of drama, and tons of action, and in my opinion it was the fight of the year.
BuckyBadger. said 12/13, 08:02 PM
What does it matter what the skill level of the fighters involved have to do with how entertaining it is? Gatti vs Ward won fight of the year and gave us three great fights that all could have been considered but neither of them are what we call elite talent. All 3 fights where 10 rounders and not for any major title. What makes a fight great is the action and drama that occurs during the fight.
I could argue that Alvrado is just as good as Peterson and Prescott actually defeated Khan so it isn't like Khan and Peterson are on a whole other level to begin with. Better fighters but not heads and shoulders better.
The problem with your fight is that it isn't clean of controversy. The points deducted from Khan cost him the fight and both of them where questionable and never came with a hard warning of losing a point.
My fight had three major things that may not be needed but are hard to beat for entertainment. Blood and lots of it, a comeback from behind victory and last but definitely not least, a knockout. Prescott not only has never been stopped before but was never knocked down. Alvarado did it in dramatic fashion in that he needed that stoppage to win in the last round.
Osu-Poo Sugar Bowl Blue!! said 12/14, 07:56 PM
I'm not going to lie to you, I didn't see the Alvarado fight until yesterday, The free rebroadcast didn't show the whole fight.
It was exciting to see him come back and get the knockout win, but IMO James Kirkland got a better win in his fight, as he went down in the first round and looked one punch from getting stopped to come back and get the win.
Maybe I just like Lamont Peterson's story. Homeless to champion. In a sport riddled with egotistical personalities it's nice to see a humble fighter persevere. Sorry so short but ran out of time.
BuckyBadger. said 12/15, 10:51 PM
Well I have 5 minutes.
The best competitions are those with the miraculous endings. We all dream of hitting the walk off grand slam with two outs or hitting the 3 as the buzzer goes off. My favorite play off all time is Doug Floutie's Hail Mary pass. Nothing better than a comeback other than a comeback on a all in play.
That is what Alvarado vs Prescott was. Alvarado was beat. Even I thought that stopping the fight to save him might be the sane thing to do. His whole face and chest was red after every round.
Alvarado started to box and land his uppercut. Decided to get tough inside and wouldn't let the hard punching Prescott deter him. Than with only one way to win the fight in the 10th he gets the knockout. A knockout over a guy who has never even been knocked down in his career.
Khan vs Peterson had great flow to it. The 9th had great back and forth and I couldn't be happier for Peterson. The fight still had some stink to it with the ref taking points on Khan but not ever a warning to Peterson for any of his rough housing and he was doing plenty.
Both where great fights that I could watch a few times and still enjoy them, I just like the ending in mine.
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