It's Christmas morning for Raul Martinez and the IBF Super Flyweight title is nestled safely under the tree.
In life, people often lose focus and direction when their occupations become considerably less stimulating than a "labor of love". Most individuals find solace in other areas when a job is not as fulfilling as once imagined.
Fighters and fight fans alike have always been a rare breed. As every second of every round ticks away, we love to see the drama of a great scrap unfold. We live to see our favorite fighters leave everything in the ring for our entertainment.
On July 10th, 1951, relatively unknown European Middleweight Champion Randolph Turpin pulled off the colossal upset when he defeated the heavily favored Sugar Ray Robinson to become the first British fighter in 60 years to win the World Middleweight Championship title.
When young Irish fighter Andy Lee initiated his professional career in 2006, expectations were high. The world of boxing was enamored by the natural athleticism and powerful left hand of the 6'2" Irish middleweight.
This past Saturday night in Corpus Christi, TX, Middleweight contender Alfonso "El Tigre" Lopez (22-1, 17 KOs) knocked out journeyman Michael Walker (19-10-2, 12 KOs) from Chicago, IL, in the 7th round to begin his campaign in the Middleweight division.
A prizefighter faces many adversities in the ring. But, at least he has a clear objective and recognizes who is delivering the punches within the squared circle. It's often that life's adversities outside of the ring become the most challenging for these courageous souls.
When Erik Morales initially retired from the ring in 2007, after losing four consecutive bouts, most ringside observers felt that they had seen the last of "El Terrible" in the squared circle...at least at the world class level.