Showtime is up to it again with yet another boxing tournament. This one doesn’t have a fancy name like the Super Six World Boxing Classic and has less fighters in it. It also isn’t getting the publicity that the Super Six got and frankly that is a shame because this one is going to be better.
Nope, Showtime has put together a four-man "Bantamweight Throwdown" tournament that has fun written all over it. The four fighters competing are Yonnhy Perez, Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan, and Abner Mares.
Yonnhy Perez will face Joseph Agbeko and Vic Darchinyan will meet Abner Mares on December 11 on one big card. The winners will meet in 2011.
These four fighters have a long history as each of them has fought someone else in the tournament. You can say what you want about these fighters but they aren’t afraid of anyone.
You have Perez fighting Agbeko in a rematch that was very fun the first time around.
Their first fight was a nonstop action fight that was a contender for Fight of the Year. The first fight was held on Halloween and Agbeko has not fought since.
Perez won that fight in a wide unanimous decision but this is a fight I am glad to see for a second time. Agbeko is going to be rusty but he is a whirlwind and surely wants to regain his title.
The Darchinyan-Mares fight is going to be a lot of fun and we know both man can provide thrills. Darchinyan is a knockout puncher and Mares has a lot of skills but isn’t afraid to mix it up.
Mares is coming off a thrilling draw against Perez his last time out and Darchinyan is coming off of a wide points win over Eric Barcelona. Darchinyan is fighting yet another world class guy and has a great resume.
It will be interesting to see how Darchinyna’s awkward "come at you" style meshes with Mares more classic approach of sitting back and counterpunching. Mares can be dragged into a brawl but would be wise to not do that.
Mares is also fighting his second straight world class opponent and proved himself last time out. The Super Six is dragging along at this point and although still intriguing has lost many fans since it started.
This is going to be a quick tournament that shouldn’t be hard to pull off and is featuring four of the top 10 bantamweights in the world.
The first round of fights should be entertaining and no matter who wins the second round will be fun to watch. This is basically a cant miss for fight fans.
2010 hasn’t always been good to us fight fans but this is a great way to end the year. You have a great card that you don’t have to pay for and titles on the line for each fight.
Once you factor in the history these guys have with each other and it is downright hard to contain your excitement. Even if you don’t like the smaller guys this is something to watch.
I will guarantee that this mini-tournament produces three great fights and maybe even a Fight of the Year. If you are a fight fan and you miss this then you need to stop calling yourself a fight fan.
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