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  • 12/11/2011, 12:46AM ET

Fight of the Year (boxing)

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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December 11, 2011  02:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

fixed

nice. Yeah you guys missed a good one, now that I think about it this might be perceived as an easy win attempt since there weren't any other decent fight this year really (IMO) I just made it in the heat of the moment after the fight since it was a good one.

Ya'll can let this die unless Bucky wants to chime in with his almighty wisdom.

December 11, 2011  02:39 AM ET

Should of been a blog but for some reason the DoD blocks that part of fannation.....I keep seeing the blog on the righthand side of the computer about big boobs and I want to click it so bad!!!!

December 11, 2011  04:30 AM ET

That was one of the most entertaining MMA cards in a while.

Machida did better against Jones than anyone else I have seen. Ortiz getting whooped by Lil Nog. Mir poppinng Big Nog's arm followed by a collective "OH!" by everyone at the restaurant. Hominick and his 7 second KO.

December 11, 2011  05:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That was one of the most entertaining MMA cards in a while. Machida did better against Jones than anyone else I have seen. Ortiz getting whooped by Lil Nog. Mir poppinng Big Nog's arm followed by a collective "OH!" by everyone at the restaurant. Hominick and his 7 second KO.

yawn...

December 11, 2011  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That was one of the most entertaining MMA cards in a while. Machida did better against Jones than anyone else I have seen. Ortiz getting whooped by Lil Nog. Mir poppinng Big Nog's arm followed by a collective "OH!" by everyone at the restaurant. Hominick and his 7 second KO.

It was awesome

December 11, 2011  01:11 PM ET

I take issue calling a boxing match a fight...

December 11, 2011  01:13 PM ET

That was horrible. Khan was deducted two points on things I've seen many boxers do without getting a penalty. And the ref didn't mind much when Peterson would lower his head when going at Khan. Amir Khan by far out-boxed Peterson.

December 11, 2011  01:40 PM ET

There were just two one sided UFC fights last night on the main card.

Korean Zombie's 7 second KO, and Lil Nog punishing Tito.

Ebersole and Patrick was a split decision.

Big Nog was on the verge of finishing Mir when Mir locked in the nasty kimora.

And Machida won the first round against Bones before getting caught in a choke in the second round.

December 11, 2011  08:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

There were just two one sided UFC fights last night on the main card.Korean Zombie's 7 second KO, and Lil Nog punishing Tito.Ebersole and Patrick was a split decision.Big Nog was on the verge of finishing Mir when Mir locked in the nasty kimora.And Machida won the first round against Bones before getting caught in a choke in the second round.

The Ebersole decision was BS. I had Patrick winning round 1 and 3. Did I miss something?

December 11, 2011  08:15 PM ET
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The Ebersole decision was BS. I had Patrick winning round 1 and 3. Did I miss something?

I thought Patrick won too, it wasn't the worst decision of all time, but it was highly questionable.

December 12, 2011  12:28 AM ET

Was a great fight. I need to re-watch it as I was very impaired when I saw it. Always been a big fan of Peterson and he is becoming the Glen Johnson of the jr. welterweights.

December 12, 2011  12:42 AM ET

Apologize for the bad grammar. Been drinking since 1pm and through the football games. Hopefully I do better the next two arguments.

December 12, 2011  03:44 AM ET
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yeah, but not by "far"..

When you deduct a point from a boxer, it's a huge deal, let alone TWO POINTS! The ref was a joke. He gave the fight to Peterson.

December 12, 2011  09:52 AM ET

Another candidate for fight of the year is
Vasquez Jr vs Jorge Arce

On this weekends fight......I was NEVER impressed with Khan....I don't see the hype ...the guy still fights like an amateur....slaps with his punches when he gets tired(usually in the middle rounds).....tires himself out with all the running he does in their.....that mofo's too jittery! That's probably why he's already gased out by the 6th round! He needs to sttle down.....this is the pros! Not the f--ken amateurs!

Peterson is "alright"......I thought Khan should have won the fight though......was the Ref Peterson's uncle????? Or maybe Peterson asked him before the fight to "Help a brotha out"......hahahaha!

December 12, 2011  10:00 AM ET

Berto/Ortiz is by FAR a better candidate for fight of the year than Khan/Peterson.......

December 12, 2011  08:17 PM ET
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Berto/Ortiz is by FAR a better candidate for fight of the year than Khan/Peterson.......

I disagree, Khan and Peterson fought a better technical fight....I'm ready for Ward to make Froch look like he made Abraham look.

December 12, 2011  10:34 PM ET
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I disagree, Khan and Peterson fought a better technical fight....I'm ready for Ward to make Froch look like he made Abraham look.

well, we have different perspectives then....I think a fight of the year candidate should be more dramatic ....Berto & Ortiz both knocked each other down....the fight had you on your toes....(had me on my toes, LOL)....you weren't sure who was going to win & were always expecting a knockdown since both went down on multiple occasions......

on the Ward/Froch fight...I'll take Ward by Unanimous Decision

 
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