Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Juan Manuel Marquez's Crossercut KO: GIF Spotlight
In February of 1999, the spectacular Juan Manuel Marquez had recently won a North American featherweight title. He was 27-1, with his one defeat being a disqualification on his pro debut. He'd not yet had a major world title shot. There have been luckier fighters. But he looked every bit the part of a champion. He entered the ring to LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" and he must've had tremendous respect for LL's mama, because he listened and got the job done in round one. He did it with an uppercut he developed somewhere on planet Funkatron, where George Clinton purportedly summers. I call it a crossercut, because it sweeps across as much as it comes up and under. You can call it a Bolo if you think that's what it is. I won't hold it against you.
Whatever you want to call it, it's beautiful. This punch is like a Bond girl. I'm thinking of actually naming this punch "The Ursula Andress." Either way, Marquez KO1 Garcia. To his credit, Garcia got back up, though the referee waved it off. JMM would have to wait until 2003 to get a hold of a major world title. He'd have a major world title in every calendar year for a decade, through four divisions. He'd be spectacular and lethal throughout. Garcia had a very tough time after their match, finishing his career, according to Boxrec, on eleven consecutive losses. If only we could all be legends.
PS: Well, I guess then it would be meaningless, if we were all legends. What a dumb thought I almost ended on.
Work that bag,
Basement Gym Boxing
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