Boxing in Atlantic City
I was in Atlantic City to see a couple of local boxers last week, they being Chris Fitzpatrick, a middleweight, and Rafael Luna, a junior welterweight, both of whom train at Maximum Fitness in Troy.
Fitzpatrick, who was fighting for the vacant North American Boxing Federation title, got a raw deal, in my view and in the view of his corner. He suffered a minor cut in the first round, which did not appear to bother him and did not appear to get any worse as the fight progressed, but after the fifth round the ring doctor unaccountably stopped the fight because of it.
Fitzpatrick was probably behind on points, having gotten out-punched in the first few rounds by his opponent, Patrick Majewski, but I thought he was picking up speed and was still very much in the fight when it abruptly got stopped. His corner protested, and the crowd protested, but of course to no avail.
Luna fought a tough six rounds against Osnel Charles of Atlantic City, which he thought he won, but the judges called it a draw. Back in the dressing room I told him I thought he won too, but it was a close fight, and it could have gone either way.
I took some photographs of these proceedings, and a couple other fights as well, and you can view them by clicking HERE.