Humberto Toledo vs. Prescott Bite DQ
I just got back into town from a business trip and watched this past Friday’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights by Ti-Vo. My boyfriend prepped me by telling me to watch the fight closely. He mentioned that it wouldn’t end in the way I might expect.
During the fight, ESPN commentators expressed the action in the metaphor of dog—Prescott, who was out for the kill—vs. the cat—Toledo—who occasionally succeeded in scratching the sometimes defensively lacking Toledo. Toledo fought dirty all night, and, in the end, the term rabid raccoon probably described him more accurately than cat.
Toledo used elbows and head butts all evening, and had a point taken away in the 8th round for holding and hitting. In the 10th round, with palpable desperation stemming from Toledo’s understanding of his own slow demise in the ring at the hands of the more skilled man, Toledo acted on his desperation.
Away from view of the referree, Toledo bit his opponent deeply in the shoulder. Prescott’s face contorted in surprised pain and the referree disqualified Toledo after one look at the blood flying from bitemarks on Prescott’s left neck/shoulder area.
After the fight, Teddy Atlas suggested that Toledo was consciously looking for a way out of the fight. My sense was actually that of a man who was allowed to develop ring behavior which brought him closer to the primal realities contained in the shadows of the ring.
When these parts of the brain are ignited, fighting becomes less a ring than the true battle zone of a Gladiator who realizes that he is losing the literal fight for his life. I felt that Mike Tyson had similarly free reign in the shadow dimension when he went for Holyfield’s ear.
The bite disgusted me and yet reminded me that boxing is a contained, rule-bound expression of the aggression that all of us carry within.
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