This was a matchup of fearsome contenders.
It was like watching Shane Mosley fight Antonio Margarito all over again. In one corner was the fearsome bully, a devastating force annihilating all in his path and in the other corner was the veteran tactician; smart, analytical, quick on his (her!) feet and who had never been knocked out in his (her!) career.
Ultimately, as the fight started, both fighters circled warily with jabs and just when it seemed as if it might take a while before the fireworks ignited, things began to jump off. Gradually, the bully began to run out of steam as the tactician used superior footwork (a calm demeanor) and a brilliant strategy (be prepared, be quick, take the fight to your opponent and set a trap for him) to slowly overwhelm the taller, historically more aggressive fighter.
Suddenly, Round 1 was over. The tactician laid a stealthy trap for the bully by provoking his penchant and style for continuously and aggressively coming forward to lure him into exposing his chin and leaving him vulnerable for a fusillade of knockout designed punches. While one round isn’t the whole fight, Round 1 has definitely gone to the veteran and leaving us all to wonder, what’s next?
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