Felix Tito Trinidad

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Heart Of A Champion Is What Kepted Him Up!

By: Carlos Suarez Jr.

Saturday night, at the WAMU Theatre in Madison Square Garden, Bob Arum's Top Rank featured their 12th installment of Latin Fury, "Island Warriors." Headlining the main event was Puerto Rico's new star, WBO Champion, Juan "JuanMa" Manuel Lopez defending his undeafeated record against the tough Rogers Mtagwa. Going into this fight, many, including myself expected JuanMa to walk right thru Mtagwa, and set up a possible fight in early 2010 against the Cuban sensation, Yuriorkis Gamboa; But what we were treated to was a possible candidate for Fight Of The Year! The fight was an all out brawl. In my opinion, this was a throw back fight that reminded me so much of the first Gatti/Ward fight. Before a loud and predominately latino crowd, JuanMa's heart was tested and pushed to the limit, in 12 grueling rounds. When the bell rung at the end of the 12th and final round, JuanMa was barely standing on his own two feet. (Thank God for the ropes.) Rogers Mtagwa was up for the challenge and was determined to upset and dethrown the young champion. Although JuanMa was badly hurt in rounds eleven and twelve, he managed to dig deep, survive and win the fight by decision.
To his credit, JuanMa never gave up, showing the heart of a true champion. Can't wait to see the young rising star in the ring again sometime in early 2010.

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