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Jul 19th
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boxing-knockoutsWe were expecting a lot of action this weekend, and we certainly got it... yet for the action we got, we got more of a commentary on the dangers of the sport than anything else.   We all know how dangerous this sport can be, but in the times of corner rescues and early stoppages, we get far less life-threatening injuries than was once the case.  We were expecting knockouts, and got them, technically (literally)... however the unwavering hearts of all involved this weekend, put these combatants in quite a lot of danger.
Curtis Stevens looked to give us what we all expected midway through round two.  He had landed a few good shots, and gotten caught with a huge shot himself.  However, when he showed the heart to continue, he went into a bit of survival mode.. fighting in spurts, and avoiding big bombs.  despite his reputation, GGG is a patient destructor, however, and was content to gradually wear down his opponent, until the corner rescued him.  Stevens was the healthiest loser that weekend!
Mago Abdulasamov showed a good amount of heart, as he tried everything he could in his one-dimensional style.  Mike Perez showed he was going to win in the first few seconds, as the fighters traded shots, and he emerged unscathed.  Although Mago is probably the bigger puncher (Perez last 5 wins have been decisions), the Irish Cuban has the far better chin.  The Russian adjusted, however, and was able to last the distance.  Now, he is fighting for his life in a NYC hospital, his career most certainly over.  Was showing heart really worth it, when he knew a few rounds in, that he was not going to win?
After a brawl, Hernan 'Tyson' Marquez was carried out on a stretcher.  This seemed to be the result of dehydration, and not head injury, but again... being compromised against a puncher like Giovanni Segura is never advisable.  Dehydration also has symptoms that a referee and corner should be able to recognize.  I am the first to claim that referees stop fights too son when a fighter is wobbled (as those injuries don't typically leave long term negative results), but long sustained beatings are where the danger is, and futility of assignment should always be factored in, when assessing whether or not a fight should continue.
We tragically lost Frankie Leal in a fight a couple weeks ago.  Sometimes these tragedies cannot be avoided.  It seems to be a great year for action fights, but when that is happening, keep an eye out.  This new attitude lately of asking a fighter whether or not he wishes to continue has to stop.  We narrowly dodged disaster with Mike Alvarado.  He needed to be rescued, not branded a quitter.  When Mago was asking about his eye round after round, he was probably feeling something that was more serious than a basic eye injury.  The corner needed to read between the lines.

Chris Strait

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