At first glance, this seems to be a fairly intriguing match-up. Sure, both
fighters seem to be a bit past their prime, but fight fans are finding it
increasingly difficult to feed their insatiable appetite for quality fights
containing marquee fighters.
The fighters met for the first time back
in February of this year. The fight was less than a “fight of the year”
candidate, but was a hard-fought, closely contested bout. Mosley won due to a
stoppage in the 10th by referee Joe Cortez, who felt Vargas’s swollen
left eye left him unable to continue (a point of course the proud Vargas hotly
contests to this day). Upon stoppage, Mosely was up by 1 point on two
scorecards, and behind a point on another – making the fight much closer than I
originally expected. Why you ask? Indulge me if you will.
Any legitimate boxing professional and/or
hardcore boxing fan is keenly aware of this one indisputable fact: If every
boxer who possessed world class hand speed and reflexes were to suddenly vanish
from the face of the earth, Vargas would be king. His technical skills are
beyond solid, his focus admirable, his heart unquestionable & his power revered.
BUT, his lack of hand speed and God-given lightning quick reflexes has, and
will, keep him from ever being an “elite” boxer.
With that said, I’m a bit surprised the 1st fight was so close. Mosley is not as fast as he thinks (which has caused him
problems in other fights), but he does possess the speed and reflexes that put
him arguably CLOSE to the legendary fighters such as Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy
Jones Jr. (in his prime of course) and Meldrick Taylor - who all possessed the
lightning reflexes that made the majority of their fights seem as grotesquely
unfair as a man with a machine gun fighting a sedated middle-aged woman.
All analogies aside, it is my belief that
Mosley’s speed will ultimately be the deciding factor in the rematch, and what
SHOULD have made the 1st fight a more lop-sided victory. Not to say
that Fernando’s heart, ferociousness, punching power and sound technical ability
won’t make this an intriguing fight, but remember this fight fans – SPEED
Prediction: Another late round stoppage for Mosley