Friday, December 30, 2011
Yaegashi-Pornsawan stands tall in 2011
By Eric Raskin
Boxing fans will never be satisfied -- nor should they be -- in a world in which Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather haven't fought each other.
But in terms of access to the sport they love, there isn't much for fight fans to complain about these days. Between HBO, Showtime, Epix, ESPN, Fox Sports and various Spanish-language stations, there's as much boxing on TV as ever. And most importantly, there's an easy way to watch just about any fight that isn't on TV: YouTube.
This year's most action-packed fight took place in Tokyo in October, pairing two 105-pound pugilists whom even the most hard-core of American fans knew nothing about. Thanks to YouTube, those hard-core fans now know the names Akira Yaegashi and Pornsawan Porpramook, and anyone who doesn't has surrendered the right to call himself a serious fan.
I wrote a blog on Grantland two months ago declaring Yaegashi-Pornsawan the leader in the clubhouse for fight of the year, and despite a credible late challenge posed by Lamont Peterson's inspired upset win against Amir Khan, Yaegashi-Pornsawan holds up as my pick. If you haven't seen it yet, it's not too late to redeem yourself. So enjoy my original postfight blog, with the YouTube video embedded.