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Sunday, August 01, 2010
We covered a wide variety of topics, starting with the brilliant performance by Juan Manuel Marquez in his 12-round unanimous decision win Saturday, July 31, in his lightweight title fight rematch with Juan Diaz. We analyzed the inspiring technique used by Marquez in dominating this fight, despite him being a decade older than the 26-year-old Diaz. We also skewered the HBO announcers, who failed to focus on what Marquez was doing in the ring, and instead talked more about the likable but more limited Diaz.
Our lengthy discussion also broke down the knockout victory by Dmitry Pirog over Danny Jacobs in a middleweight title fight, and the failure of HBO to interview the winner afterwards; the unimpressive decision win by lightweight/junior welterweight Robert Guerrero over an aging Joel Casamayor; and the dominant decision victory by Jorge Linares over Rocky Juarez in a lightweight fight.
Besides talking boxing, we ended by discussing its cousins, the combat sports of wrestling and grappling. We discussed why it may be as long as 50 or 100 years before submission wrestling or grappling can become a major spectator sport. And we heard about recent developments in another related sport, weightlifting, and why combat sports aficionados should be paying attention to that sport as well.
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