The Rivalry: Puerto Rico vs Mexico
The fight of the Century has arrived
By Brian J. Caban on Nov 20, 2015 1:28p
We all know the true essence of this sport comes when two warriors, who focus more on hitting than not getting hit, meet up in the squared circle. November 21 at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada
Ladies and gentlemen, we're in for a real treat.
The rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico is undoubtedly the most tight-fisted in boxing history and till this day still burns fiercely.
Tensions immediately flared after the official fight between Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KO) and Mexico’s rising red hot star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (45-1, 32 KO) was announced by promotional company Roc Nation and Promoter Oscar De La Hoya. The culmination for this fight has been brewing for quite some time now. The tension between both fighter's has grown so strong you can almost feel it physically yourself. If there's anything to be excited about in the world of boxing, it's this fight and the fight has finally arrived.
This clash has all the makings of a bonafide mega fight. There is absolutely no hype involved in this bout. This could be the true fight of the century. I know what you're thinking, the last time you heard that phrase thrown around you spent a hundred dollars on possibly the most boring fight you've ever witnessed. (Mayweather vs Pacquiao) I'll be glad to tell you that this fight will be anything but disappointing.
Why is there a boxing rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico to begin with?
This rivalry can be dated as far back to the 1930's when Sixto Escobar became the first Puerto Rican champion by knocking out celebrated Mexican champion Rodolfo "Baby" Casanova. Carlos Ortiz followed that up and solidified the rivalry when he became the second Puerto Rican fighter to become champion by knocking out Raymundo Torres in 1960. In 1976, welterweight Pipino Cuevas became the first Mexican to defeat reigning Puerto Rican champ Angel Espada by way of knockout, and this was only the beginning of an indubitable rivalry that has yet and probably will never meet its end. There has been some serious bad blood between the two countries in terms of boxing.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when assessing this fight and why it should be a compelling bout.
- It is a Puerto Rico vs Mexico rivalry
That fact in itself makes anyone who knows anything about boxing excited. These two countries like to duke it out for bragging rights.
- Both fighters love to exchange and look for Knockouts
Both fighters mean business in the ring. If either fighter even remotely feels the other is a bit hurt, they'll go straight for the kill.
- Both fighters have huge fan bases (Rival Nations)
With the number of fans these two fighters have alone, they'll have no problem making great PPV numbers. Believe me when I say every sports bar will be packed come the night of the fight. If you're planning on catching the fight at Hooters or of the likes, prepare to get there at least an hour in advance.
- Both have huge punching power
It's always a good thing when two fighters clashing in a ring and have the ability to knock one another out. It makes for a level playing field with fans on the edge of their seats waiting for that big shot to land.
- This fight appeals to both casual boxing fans and purists
Think boxing is too boring? Styles make fights and at times there are fighters that don't like to exchange, but that's not the case in hand which leads me to my final point.
- There will be bloodshed!
There isn't a doubt in my mind that both fights will leave the ring with scars as a badge of honor from the war they will undergo.
All roads lead to a fight you simply cannot miss regardless if you're a die-hard boxing fan or just a casual fan that would enjoy watching a great fight. In my opinion and when it is all said and done, it will be a candidate for fight of the century.
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