April 10, 2011

Heroes in Action: Weekend Results

Marcos Maidana W12 Eric Morales (WBA interim Jr Welterweight title)
~ Closer, better, and more competitive than ANYONE thought it would be. Morales valiant in defeat. How close?  So close that some people thought Morales did enough to win the fight. One judge scored the fight a draw, the other two judges scoring for Maidana by four points. How competitive? So competitive that some people are calling it an early "Fight of the Year" candidate. An effort like this from Morales proves once again that great fighters almost always have that one last great performance still in them when nobody expects it. Hear that Manny?

Morales V. Maidana

Robert Guerrero W12 Michael Katsidis (WBA/WBO interim Lightweight titles)
~Guerrero cruises, outboxing and outfighting Katsidis in a great fight, and moves up the lightweight rankings. Let's hope Guerrero sticks around at lightweight for at least a little while longer and gets a chance against the truly elite fighters in the division.

Tomasz Adamek W12 Kevin McBride (Heavyweights)
~McBride loses nearly every round but finishes the fight on his feet. Unable to hurt/finish McBride or Michael Grant, you have to question Adamek's wisdom in going after either Klitschko. Vitali next for Adamek? He should go after Haye instead. Retirement next for McBride?

Nobuhiro Ishida KO1 James Kirkland (Middleweights)
~Kirkland knocked down three times in an upset loss to relatively unknown opponent. Some are saying Kirkland's chin was exposed but it was more a case of his defense getting exposed, he looked very easy to hit, but very willing and able to keep getting up from knockdowns.