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Crold1
05-13-2008, 07:54 PM
Mijares-Munoz: Saturdayís Best Fight Seeks an Audience
By Cliff Rold (May 14, 2008)

Two of the three best fighters in one of Boxingís two or three best divisions, gloved up and ready to throw. That should be all a Boxing fan need hear to be ready to plop down on the sofa, sacrificing another Saturday night. Sometimes, for whatever reason, itís not all thatís needed. If this Saturday is one of those cases, it would be a shame because the Cristian Mijares-Alexander Munoz Jr. Bantamweight (115 lb.) unification clash at the Auditorio Centenario in Durango, Mexico, a classic boxer vs. puncher showdown, is as good as it gets on paper.

Off paper, at least in the U.S. market, itís a matter of aesthetics. On the Friday scales, Mijares and Munoz will presumably weigh no more than 230 lbs. Combined. In a nation where the Heavyweights, even the mediocre ones of today, are still largely king, that can be a problem.

The mini-mites might sell in the Asian market, and in Latin national regional markets, but itís always been tough to sell the bulk of U.S. fight fans on their merits, at least in a stand-alone main event; especially as a main event that costs extra. So be it. This isnít a fight banking on the casual fan anyways.

Chances are good that for regular readers at Maxboxing, and chances great for regular readers of this humble columnist, Mijares and Munoz arenít unfamiliar names. Beyond those masses, the core fanbase that makes up the 200-thousand plus who tuned in for Kelly Pavlik-Jermain Taylor II this past February, and the three-hundred thousand plus who tuned in for Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales II in January 2006, knows them too. The undercard showings that were Mijaresí dominant win over 2000 U.S. Olympian Jose Navarro, and Munozís narrow rematch loss to Martin Castillo, hinted at what might be coming this weekend, a weekend where the fight of the week is as pure a fight fans fight as it gets.

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hagler04
05-14-2008, 05:12 AM
Anyone know how much the PPV will be? If it's not more than $20 I'll consider plopping down for it, should be a good fight.

Crold1
05-14-2008, 04:48 PM
29.95 and worth it IMO

Crold1
05-16-2008, 07:58 AM
Mijares-Munoz: The Pre-Fight Report Card

By Cliff Rold

There will undoubtedly be more U.S. television viewers for the HBO Boxing After Dark show. Thatís okay. The young men who make up that card certainly deserve the attention; a couple of them (Alfredo Angulo and Yuriorkis Gamboa) could very soon be regular headliners and legitimate stars. Still, until proven otherwise, the best fight this week takes place on a small pay-per-view in a small division.

That doesnít mean the stakes arenít as big as can be.

The 115 lb. unification clash between WBC titlist Cristian Mijares (34-3-2, 14 KO) of Mexico and two-time WBA titlist Alexander Munoz (32-2, 27 KO), rated #1 and #3 in the most recent BoxingScene ratings, (Click Here To View), is a great fight on its own.

That it comes at a moment when the divisionís center of gravity has moved firmly from Asia to the Americas, and at a moment when bankable action fighters Jorge Arce and Vic Darchinyan stand on the cusp of the title scene again, generates grand ramifications. And no, WBO titlist Fernando Montiel (36-2-1, 27 KO) is not forgotten; he, in fact, is the best possible opponent for the winner of Mijares-Munoz. Itís nice to know that such fights can be talked about realistically.

Too often, the smallest divisions are wrought with parity by way of regional stars with no incentive to travel. Right now, the regions are lined up, and so are the key players. That means the incentive for big fights lines up with it and a weight class long observed by the hardcore masses as one of Boxingís best can prove it. Through the first four months of this year, the results say they already are doing just that.

That continues Saturday.

Letís go to the report card.

Read the Rest at: http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=13989

Rafael
05-16-2008, 12:34 PM
Great little matchup. I think Mijares will school Munoz.

Crold1
05-17-2008, 10:13 PM
Cristian Mijares Unifies at 115 in a Masterpiece

By Cliff Rold

He came into the ring smiling, bouncing on his toes, and hardly looking like a man headed into the biggest fight of his career. At the final bell, the smile, the almost eerie calm, remained.

In a performance that should seal his place on any reputable pound-for-pound list, 26-year old WBC Jr. Bantamweight titlist Cristian Mijares (35-3-2, 14 KO) of Mexico put on a masterful display of offense, defense, and more defense, to soundly defeat 29-year old WBA titlist Alexander Munoz (32-3, 27 KO) of Venezuela, unifying the two titles on Saturday night at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico.

That Mijares was forced to settle only for a split-decision victory was through no fault of his own as he did everything that could be asked of him, coming up 116-111 on the Maxboxing/Boxingscene card. It was a fight that almost lived up to its billing as the best match made at 115 since Johnny Tapia unified the WBO and IBF belts with Danny Romero in 1997.

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diggity
05-18-2008, 08:39 AM
Extremely impressive performance by Mijares. In the early going I started to think he was spending a little too much time on the defensive but it was all part of the plan. Mijarez chose to mount hurt on Munoz only when he was ripe for it. Munoz emptied much of his cannons with misses & as a result could not compete at his best in the late rounds. Mijares defense is one of the best in the sport. He slips & counters in the tradition of guys like James Toney. He took a very difficult fight and in essence made it look like a day at the office with his composure. I thought it was a clear UD for Mijares but I could see how maybe someone would be fooled by Munoz's ineffective aggression. Munoz fought with a ton of heart but I can't say enough about Mijares.

Telepath
05-21-2008, 07:47 PM
I can't see how any respectable judge would be fooled by Munoz' ineffective aggression. The vote handed in by Padilla was garbage, politically motivated garbage, pure and simple.

Imagine if Munoz had won a split decision?

Sorry but as much as I do respect Munoz and how he absolutely would not give up trying to hit a guy who made him miss 90% of his punches... for 12 long rounds... you can't score points for a guy for just moving his arms.