Boxing's Best Fights (potentially EPIC)
Inspired by the feedback on the Bradley-Provodnikov thread, I've decided to create this epic megathread. Rather than cluttering up the forum every time I see good fights, I will post them here.
While boxing has over 100 years committed to video, I'm only going to focus on the most recent fights. As well, I'm also going to be as eclectic as possible, posting videos from different international scenes, different weight divisions, and different styles.
Each video will be accompanied by one paragraph explaining what I liked about it. Feel free to discuss, and have fun!
Jessie Vargas vs. Wale Omotoso
I don't think this video will embed here, so I'm just going to post the link.
Jessie Vargas 21(9)-0 vs. Wale Omotoso 23(19)-0 occurred on the undercard of Bradley-Provodnikov. Both fighters were undefeated and hyped — though Vargas more heavily than Omotoso.
The match-up itself was a classic pairing of boxer vs. puncher with Vargas being the well-rounded technician and Omotoso being the KO artist. The fight itself was a back and forth battle with each fighter playing to his strengths.
It was thought by a lot of people that this fight would end up upstaging the main event, but this was not the case. As we all know, Bradley-Provodnikov may very well be the Fight Of The Year. Vargas-Omotoso is definitely worth a watch, though.
Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz II
This was a great fight, but sure as hell wasn't the outcome I imagined. Who would have ever thought there was going to be an early stoppage? They're already talking about a 3rd rematch. I'd sure as hell watch that one.
I tell you, though, if a rematch doesn't happen, I sure would love to see Stieglitz in the ring with Froch, Kessler, or Stevenson. He has a chance with anyone except Ward.
Brian Vera vs. Donatas Bondas
Wasn't expecting much from this fight. In fact, in this week's fight previews, I rated this fight one star.
Well, I'm happy I was wrong. This was a bloody toe-to-toe battle with both fighters working their right hands, and alternately getting stunned. Bondas showed that he's a force to be reckoned with, while Vera's weaknesses remained apparent. Ultimately, the ending was anti-climactic but hardly as controversial as some may think.
Still, the fight itself had lots of action. Skip to 1:02:50 to see the fight. (For some reason, the video doesn't embed when I try to start at the exact time.)
Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado II