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Archive for June 2007

…on Ricky Hatton’s wasted year

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Ricky "Hitman" Hatton unleashes a body shot to Jose Luis Castillo

A textbook-perfect shovel hook

After defeating Jose Luis Castillo this past weekend, Ricky Hatton is back in the hunt for the big names. The 2005 Fighter of the Year looks to have another high-profile year after a 4th round liver punch knockout of the Mexican former Lightweight champion. After a drab 2006, where it felt like they missed a trick, I can’t help but think that Ricky has been handled badly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Michael Farrow

June 28, 2007 at 6:47 pm

Posted in Boxing

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…on why boxing isn’t dead and probably won’t die

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Miguel Cotto floors Zab Judah

Miguel Cotto packs the fans in on his lonesome. Just add opponent.

With the popularity of the UFC, I think we should take a minute and stop the eulogising of boxing. As much as I can’t stand the smug wankers at HBO Boxing, their commentary team of Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant got it right when they said that the people at the Miguel Cotto/Zab Judah fight hadn’t gotten the memo that boxing was supposedly dead. Fundamentally, boxing is easy to understand. Everybody can understand a punch in the head, while much of mixed martial arts is quite counter-intuitive. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

June 27, 2007 at 11:40 pm

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..on the live UFC experience and other miscellaneous stuff

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Marcus Davis' entrance and subsequent win went over massive live but didn't translate to TV

With UFC 72 already reviewed, I talk about UFC 72 as a live experience and the forthcoming weekend of fighting, which includes two pay-per-views, one reality show finale and a boxing superfight without the lustre. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

June 20, 2007 at 3:19 pm

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…on UFC 72 (live from Belfast)

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Things got hairy in the final round but Rich Franklin controlled much of his bout with Yushin Okami

The UFC’s quest for world domination continued yesterday with its second European trip in as many months. This time it was Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, that served as their home away from home, joyously received by the fans in attendance which made a mockery of the supposed troubles facing ticket sales at the venue. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

June 17, 2007 at 3:22 am

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…on Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni

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June 14, 2007 at 2:23 pm

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…on DYNAMITE!! USA

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Written by Michael Farrow

June 5, 2007 at 2:12 pm

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