Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Middleweight Gladiators

A bit off topic, but have been reminded recently of fond memories from my childhood. Been spending some time YouTubing these memories. Long before thoughts of horsepower, compression dampening, rebound, squat, ride height and the other hundreds of variables that go into moto-sickles crossed my mind, I was an avid boxing fan.

Round 1 & 2 of "The War" where Hagler and Hearns trade punches

In the 1980's, before pay TV, we saw some of the greatest bouts on public TV. Up at 04h00 to see these warriors do battle in iconic arenas like Ceasar's Palace. I especially loved the middleweights... the four greats: "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns, "Sugar-Ray" Leonard and Roberto "The Real Deal" Duran.

Round 3 of "The War" - the punch trade couldn't last forever

Where blood and cuts were normal and certainly no reason to stop a fight, these guys were the meanest, fastest, most skillful and the toughest. Just YouTube any combination of these four greats and you'll see vintage footage of great battles. My favourites were Hagler and Duran - tough bastards.

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