April 11th, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- After a two-week lull in what has been a solid first quarter of 2012, televised pugilistic warfare returns this weekend! First, let’s look into the top story.
MARQUEZ BACK ON SCENE AFTER BEING “JOBBED”
Three time belt holder Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) returns to the ring after seemingly being robbed of victory in last appearance against global elite fighter Manny Pacquiao (L SD 12). This time around, Juan will be facing unheralded light punching scrapper Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) in a slated 12 rounds of pound in the jr. welterweight (140) division at the New Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday at 9 PM on HBO PPV.
JUAN MANUEL STILL AMOUNG THE BEST
Prior to his failing bid at “pound for pound” greatness against the mighty Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L UD 12), Juan Manuel Marquez fought two epic wars with Manny Pacquiao. During that violent display of pugilistic brilliance, Marquez survived four knockdowns, three of which happened in the very first round of their first encounter. Amazingly, Marquez fought back and managed to earn a draw. Knockdown number four
came in the second bout, which ultimately led to Juan losing by just a point. Spanning 24 hellacious rounds over two fights with Pacquiao, Marquez became the closest boxer to dethrone the living legend in eight years. Juan Marquez is a vastly experienced artisan who holds a multitude of impressive wins over such warriors as Marco Antonio Barrera (W UD 12) Joel Casamayor (W TKO 11), Rocky Juarez (W UD 12) Juan Diaz (W KO 9, W UD 12) and Michael Katsidis (W TKO 9). In his last showing and third stanza against “Pac-Man”, Marquez put forth a valiant effort in a tremendous scrap which most fans and experts felt he deserved the nod.
A CLOSER LOOK AT MARQUEZ
Many of Marquez’s “big fights” have turned out to be “old school” brawls displaying intestinal fortitude which produced drama unparalleled to just about anything else seen in life. Juan is a consummate professional and master at his Mexican style of boxing. Also, Juan enjoys the brain trust of one of boxing’s most dedicated scientific trainers in Nacho Bernstein. In addition to all of these aforementioned attributes, one of the more astonishing qualities of Marquez is that he comes to fight equipped with what I call the “Hell code”. The “Hell Code” is when a warrior tries to put you through Hell and (if need be) he’s willing to go there with you and is aware (and comfortable) that only one of you will make it out. The “Hell Code” is a rare trait not possessed by many in the difficult sport of boxing. The legends that have fought successfully with this code of conduct are a special breed of animal, Marquez is surely one of them.
WHO THE HELL IS SERHIY FEDCHENKO?
Serhiy Fedchenko is a descent pug who was unbeaten against frivolous opponents in his first seven contests as a pro before stepping up to stiffer competition in his 24th bout against Kaizer Mabuza (L MD 12). Postmortem the set back at the hands of Mabuza, Fedchenko has won seven straight contests standing opposite of scrubs my 6 year old niece could kick the shit out of.
BRANDON RIOS SHOWCASED BENEATH
Exciting madman banger Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs) engages in combat against lightly regarded lightweight (135) Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 Kos) over 12 or less rounds of throw down.
SHOW US WHAT YA GOT KID
By turning the lights out of 9 of his last 10 opponents; youthful power punching charge Brandon Rios has dazzled his audience. Possessing a highly entertaining “TV friendly style” accompanied by a controversial personality, success on Saturday at the “big show on HBO” could result in a lucrative clash with Juan Manuel Marquez.
WHO THE HELL IS RICHARD ABRIL?
Similar to Fedchenko, Abril is an average boxer who can beat on below average fighters but struggles when he faces people on his level or better. Since his last loss to Henry Lundy (L SD 10) Richard has fought five times over the past year and a half and has not lost. But again, against bums that couldn’t punch their why out of a wet paper bag.
As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated show features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card pits former title challenger Michael Katsidis (28-5, 23 KOs) squaring off against rugged battler Albert Mensah (24-3-1, 10 KOs) in a scheduled 10 frame lightweight affair (135) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday at 11 PM ET on ESPN 2.