End of Year Thoughts

With our official launch still a day away, this will have to suffice as a year-end post to commemorate what will be remembered as another tumultuous year for the sweet science. In a disjointed twelve months that saw both wondrous fights and more than its share of disappointing lows declaring one bout, round, or fighter to have reigned supreme seems almost futile.

2010 brought us some impressive fights and historic results, but failed to produce the marquee thriller between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather the whole world is waiting to see. Pacman’s mercenary turns against Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito may have sated his devout fans, but neither burnished his legacy significantly.

Mayweather’s impressive May 1st dismantling of Mosely meant more, but “Money” followed that performance with a string of bizarre incidents that have left him facing jail time and public scorn. The odds the two will meet soon seem slimmer than ever before.

Still, having enjoyed a soft launch just four months ago we’ve managed to witness some amazing examples of pugilism in a short span of time. After a quiet summer period things heated up this fall with Sergio Martinez proving himself a king of the sport with his one-punch demolition of Paul “The Punisher” Williams. If one fighter can be said to have gotten the best of the past year it was undoubtedly Martinez, who stunned Kelly Pavlik in April to earn the middleweight title.

Amir Khan also silenced doubters with a resilient and courageous victory over Argentine knockout machine Marcos Maidana. Having witnessed King Khan’s stateside debut against Paulie Malinaggi at Madison Square Garden in May, we can say with full confidence that Khan bears all the markings of a champion. His superfight against the winner of Devon Alexander-Tim Bradley will be one of next year’s most anticipated match-ups.

Stiff Jab will be ringside at Bradley-Alexander, and many of the other major fights that grace the East and Upper Midwest next. This past year we were lucky enough to catch a number of scintillating local contests and look forward to bringing you more coverage like our reports from Jimmy Lange’s headlining efforts at the Patriot Center or Javier Fortuna’s stunning American debut at Broadway Boxing.

We also look forward to the further efforts of champions such as Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Manuel Lopez, who delighted fans with entertaining defenses of their titles in 2010. Showtime’s ongoing efforts to create stars in the bantam and super-middleweight divisions are much appreciated as well and have already driven up interest in deserving fighters like Carl Froch and Andre Ward. Prospects like Fortuna, Saul Alvarez and staff favorites Seth Mitchell, Tim Coleman and Lateef Kayode should ensure 2011 sees plenty of action at all levels of the professional ranks.

Even the heavyweight division shows promise, with the Klitschko brothers promising to deliver a fight with British belt-holder David Haye in the next calendar year. Here’s hoping Haye can do enough to dent the aura of invincibility that surrounds Vitaly and Wladimir. Likewise Tomasz Adamek is looking for a title shot and promised he is ready to handle either of the much bigger Ukrainian champions.

Most exciting is our impending launch and expansion of our staff, beginning with the introduction of our new mixed martial arts correspondent Dr. Octagon M.D. We’ve got more stuff on the way, including interviews, profiles and pictures of the people and stories surrounding the fight world. Plus we’ll be dabbling in other areas, so stay tuned and to all our readers a very Happy New Year.

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