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Why we like hockey fights so much

Simple: boxing doesn't provide them. What interest is there in something that's fixed?

Here's an AP story via ESPN about a 2002 "fight," allegedly fixed for Jose Torres, who was out of jail on bail at the time:

Torres said he had highly contagious hepatitis C, 20/400 vision and trained on cognac and colas to get ready for the fight after being assured he would win....Torres, an amateur star before he was imprisoned for killing a gas station attendant, was 5-foot-6, 199 pounds for the fight. Head Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler told California officials afterward that he picked the worst opponent he could find for the 41-year-old fighter making his pro debut.

Williams may have been bad, but the flabby, heavily tattooed Torres looked even worse. The first right hand Williams threw sent Torres down face first, much to the surprise of both boxers.

Torres barely beat the count, but instead of going after a hurt fighter, Williams put his gloves in front of his face. Williams barely threw another punch the rest of the round before going down himself from a suspect left from Torres.

The enraged crowd chanted "WWF! WWF!" believing the fight was fixed when Torres won by second round knockout.

"WWF! WWF!" Can't beat that for commentary.

There is a bizarre twist to the story for baseball aficionados: ballplayers Paul Molitor and Eric Davis were in Torres' corner for the fight. Perhaps - even likely - there is a simple explanation. But first, can anyone get me in touch with Pete Rose?