About a week and a haff ago I was watchin Friday Night Fights on ESPN. I usta be a real big boxin fan back in th day, but I kinda got fed up wif boxin poleticks and how they tend t keep realy good match-ups from evr being made. When I was youngr, Id mark upcomin fights on my calendr and wait excitdly fer th day when Id get to watch ... well ... evn a lousy punch-up. Nowadays, I almos nevr evn think to tune in a televizd boxin match.
So it was kinda by accident that I happmd t be channel-surfin & saw that Friday Night Fights was jus gettin ready to start. So I put down th rmote and left th fights on.
Th main event was a heavyweight bout btween a 34-year-ol Porta Rican guy namd Fres Oquendo and a 36-year-ol Cueban guy namd Elieser Castillo. What I seen raisd lotsa serios questions in my mind.
Aparently, theres a lotta bad blood btween these two guys. Th day bfore th fight, at th weigh-in, there was a all-out brawl involvin th two fightrs and their rspecktive camps. I dont know what startd all that, but it led to lotsa extra scurity precautions bein took th day o th fight.
Maybe it had sompm t do wif th fackt that in this fight there was TWO champeenship belts on th line. One ubm was fer th World Boxin Councils Latino heavyweight title. Th othr was fer th World Boxin Organizations Latino heavyweight title. These two guys was Latinos, see? And they was, like, fightin fer th belts o their peoples.
But in spite o alla that pre-fight melee, th fight itself was dull, dull, DULL! Like maybe they thunk th opnin bell meant SIESTA! Aftr ten full rouns, th winnr was dcided by th three ringside judges.
All three judges gave th Porta Rican guy a lopsided vicktry. Judge Petr Trematerra scord it 99 - 91. Judge Mark Streisand had it a little closr at 98 - 92. Judge Stu Winstn had it just a bit closr at 97 - 93.
As I said, when all was said n done, I was left wif a numbr o importnt questions.
Firs, How can two guys go from havin such bad blood btween em that evn their buds start brawlin to shufflin round th ring like they dont wanna have nothin t do wif each othr? Seems t me all that beefin was more of a publicity stunt than real annimosity.
Seckon, whatnaHECKs th world comin to when boxins got, not only a gazillion diffrent weight-classes, and not only a gazillion diffrent sanctioning bodys, each wif their own version o "th TITLE" in each weight-class, but ALSO a special belt fer th Latino champ in each weight-class? Aint that sorta like inventin th WHITE heavyweight champeenship, since no white guys held a REAL heavyweight title since Ingemar Johansson back in 1959-60? Its like evry fights gotta be a title fight -- evn if ya gotta make up a whole special kinda affirmative-acktion champeenship to make it so.
Third, and mos important: Aint 'Streisand' a girls name?
-- Palooka Joeski