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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Saturday Night Down the Tube 

As I told y'all I would (or, for my New Yawk homies, youse), I watched the boxing on Showtime Saturday night and skipped the UFC.

The Jose Luis Castillo-Rolando Reyes fight literally was putting me to sleep. Both guys mailed it in as Castillo coasted to a 12-round decision. Castillo seemed to be preserving himself for his big money rubber match with Diego Corrales, which was postponed from last night because of a rib injury Corrales suffered while training. It will probably now take place in June or July. As for Reyes, despite saying all the right things in his pre-fight interviews, including with us, he basically fought to survive and not get knocked out. No Carlos Baldomir was he.

The co-feature, however, was a thrilling, see-saw, action-filled battle between up-and-coming lightweight contenders Jose Armando Santa Cruz and Edner Cherry. These guys gave it their all for 12 hard rounds, with Santa Cruz surviving a knockdown and being rocked several times to outwork Cherry to take a close decision. Cherry just couldn't put Santa Cruz away when he had him in trouble, try as much as he did.

These fights will be replayed for the first time on SHO Extreme on Monday, Feb. 6, at 11 PM ET/PT. Here are other replay dates, all in ET:

SHOTOO Feb 07 10:00pm
SHOWTIME Feb 08 11:00pm
SHOWHD Feb 08 11:00pm

Make sure to check your local listings, watch the Santa Cruz-Cherry fight, and, if it is not that important to you, skip Castillo-Reyes.

We also have the Showtime press release and some photos from this show posted on the Boxing News page on Combat Sports News.

As for UFC, I did not pay 40 bucks to see the 42-year-old Randy Couture in what turned out to be his retirement fight. I did cover his first NHB fight (that's what we called it then) in 1997, and what also turned out to be his retirement match in Greco-Roman wrestling after losing at the 2000 Olympic Wrestling Trials. Last night Couture was stopped in the second round by Chuck Liddell.

Congratulations are due to the victorious UFC light heavyweight champion Liddell (whose last name so much of the "MMA media" still can't spell correctly). But I'm sure his name is spelled right on the checks he receives. I just hope he socks it away somewhere and does to all the vultures what he does to his opponents in his fights.

Yes, my priorities have changed over the years. So have my income opportunities.

Now to get ready for the Stupor Bowl. Sorry, no nasty Janet Jackson this year, only those peaceful Rolling Stones.

Preview: Look for at least one announcement in the coming week about where in the media you will also be able to find my work.

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