SAN DIEGO – December 25, 2012 – In what is becoming a nice holiday week tradition, HBO will replay the best boxing aired on its network in 2012 for fight fans to enjoy a look back at some of the year’s great moments in boxing.
HBO’s producers have done a good job selecting these contests, though it’s a shame we don’t see anything from Nonito Donaire, and I’d like to have seen Gennady Golovkin vs. Grzegorz Proksa on this list. But not to complain. First and foremost I’m a fight freak; second, I’m dead tired of Christmas specials. So bring on the action!
All times are 11 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific. These bouts air on HBO Latino in Spanish at the same times each night.
December 25: Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto, May 12, 2012
Cotto did his best but could not penetrate Mayweather’s confounding defense. Cotto stood up well to Mayweather’s shots, but in the end it was Floyd’s fight all the way.
December 26: Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr., September 15, 2012
Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez showed why he’s nicknamed “Marvelous” by taking apart the much touted Chavez Jr. But he had to withstand a brutal last round effort by Chavez to get this victory. It’s one of the best rounds of the year.
December 27: Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto, November 21, 2012
If you like seeing warriors brawling toe to toe, this is the fight for you. Both fighters left everything they had in the ring, took tremendous punishment, and managed to finish the fight together. At the end, they could barely see through one eye between both of them. Guerrero was impressive and it’s likely to earn him a fight with Floyd Mayweather this year.
December 28: Antonio DeMarco vs. Adrien Broner, November 21, 2012; and Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson September 8, 2012
The talented Broner toned down the flash and trash talk for DeMarco, and his effort showed in this easy victory. Not a fight in my Top Ten list, but it demonstrated what Broner can do when he gets serious about his sport.
It’s followed up by the sensational performance of Andre Ward, which vaulted him into the top pound for pound rankings with his demolition of Chad Dawson, no pushover. It’s a joy to see these two big men going at it.
December 29: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado, October 13, 2012; and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, December 8, 2012
It was sheer genius for HBO to put these two fights together in a replay doubleheader back to back. Boxing writers and fans generally agree these two fights are contenders for the Fight of the Year. One was an all-out brawl; the other featured the most stunning knockdown seen in years. Watch them together and decide for yourself.
All of the broadcasts are also available through HBO On Demand, and online at HBOGo.com
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