Tito ex­acts re­venge

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - JINGO QUIJANO jin­go_qui­[email protected]­hoo.com EDI­TOR: MIKE T. LIM­PAG / [email protected]­star.com.ph

Not to take away any­thing away from the “Bad Boy from Hunt­ing­ton Beach,” but it was clearly go­ing to boil down to who was in bet­ter shape at this stage of their ca­reers (if there was one).

It was the rub­ber match no­body wanted and no­body asked for. After all, Chuck Lidell had al­ready knocked out Tito Or­tiz twice.

And oh, there was also that not so small mat­ter of “The Ice­man” Lidell be­ing a few years older than this writer while Or­tiz him­self is no spring chicken at 43 years of age.

Sure they used to be the big­gest names in MMA but that was more than a decade ago.

But any­way, Os­car dela Hoya thought it was worth for­ay­ing into the Mixed Mar­tial Arts world for, and so he went on and pro­moted the fight any­way.

THE FIGHT. It wasn’t much of one, ac­tu­ally. They spent the first minute cir­cling around the ring, glar­ing at each other.

Tito started land­ing a cou­ple of jabs while Lidell- who was ob­vi­ously not in fight shape, kept paw­ing around like a blind man try­ing to feel what was in front of him. Tito started stalk­ing him and even­tu­ally got to Lidell with about 40 sec­onds left in the first round by land­ing a left jab and a right straight.

Lidell crum­pled like he had been shot and Tito started cel­e­brat­ing. I guess he felt he fi­nally had his re­demp­tion, but it re­ally wasn’t much of a con­test.

Not to take away any­thing away from the “Bad Boy from Hunt­ing­ton Beach,” but it was clearly go­ing to boil down to who was in bet­ter shape at this stage of their ca­reers (if there was one), and not nec­es­sar­ily the bet­ter fighter.

Some lev­ity was pro­vided when Tito started per­form­ing his post-win sim­u­la­tion of dig­ging a grave for his op­po­nent and bury­ing him. The ring of­fi­cials would have none of that how­ever and it pro­vided for some comic re­lief when they were all over Tito try­ing to stop him from com­plet­ing his vic­tory rit­ual.

C’mon guys, he waited 12 years for this. Let him have his mo­ment.

LOMA. To­day, the best fighter in the world takes cen­ter­stage again. Va­syl Lo­machenko (11-1, 9KOs) will make his first at­tempt at uni­fy­ing ti­tles as he puts his WBA light­weight ti­tle on the line against Jose Pe­draza who holds the WBO di­a­dem.

Pe­draza hails from Puerto Rico and has an im­pres­sive record of 25-1, 12KOs.

But ex­pect him to fall like many of Loma’s op­po­nents. It will be in­ter­est­ing for the first three rounds, be­fore Loma takes over and pun­ishes Pe­draza with blind­ing com­bi­na­tions. I pre­dict an easy unan­i­mous de­ci­sion win for box­ing’s reign­ing pound for pound king. LAST ROUNDS.

Are on PEPC’s stal­warts Nor­man and Rita Gi­cale as their lovely daugh­ter Kris­thel re­cently turned 18. Cheers!

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