Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas boxing proved once again that they are not down and out for the count. In one of the most incredible boxing matches of the year Juan Manual Marquez stopped Australian Michael Katsidis in the 9th round in a back and forth fight that referee Kenny Bayless waived off in the 9th after Katsidis ate a large number of unanswered punches.
The fight itself proved exciting, but it was boxing’s ability to deliver a card and main event that even the toughest of boxing critics had to agree lived up to the hype. Marquez was put on the mat in round 3 when Katsidis delivered a hard left hand that had the champ down for a 9 count and it looked like that might be the end.
But Marquez battled his way back with precise punches and the heart of a champion to take out the rugged Australian in a back and forth clash fit for two champions.
With the popularity of MMA in the United States growing and fans criticizing boxing for lackluster fight cards, the last two weekends have quieted a number of people. Last weekend we saw the knock out of the year when Paul William was sent into la la land after receiving the brunt of Sergio Martinez punches and this week a Fight of the Year candidate.
Boxing may have it’s detractors, but as the last few weekend proved don’t count them out just yet.