Michael Jordan attempted a comeback in the NBA stating it’s an itch he has to scratch but after a broken rib and some air balls Jordan had to retire and give the young rising stars a chance. Though sometimes he looked old in some games but there are also flashes of the old Jordan we knew and love. Boxing is different as many boxers attempted to retire and hang their gloves but the itch being scratched is getting scratched over and over until it gets irritated. Marco Antonio Barrera, Eric Morales, Luisito Espinosa, Evander Holyfield and the ferocious Fernando Vargas are semi retired boxers but still fighting if they are given a chance. Maybe it’s the brutality of the sport or the money or a chance for redemption and further enhance their legacy. They have given us good fights and they have made boxing what it is now. The truth is boxing is a sport of brutality and like every gladiator risking their lives on the ring the strong punishes the weak and with all the wars each boxer has gone the body will take its toll. An aged warrior every battle every scar every blood counts and every fight is risking their lives.
Fernando Vargas last Saturday has tasted defeat again on the hands of Mayorga. Vargas is a prized amateur boxer and after being knockout by Tito Trinidad he just went downhill losing almost all his fights in knockouts. Vargas made a bold statement that regardless of the outcome he will hang up his gloves for good. The question would be for how long? At still in his early 30s Vargas is an old warrior and with his glassy chin he never made it back to the top. His ferocity has been his Achilles heel as he continues to move forward in every punch he takes. The classic Trinidad fight wherein he rock Trinidad in the fourth round but got down three times in the final round is a must see fight with Vargas moving forward with his big heart. Vargas doesn’t back out on big fights a trait every boxer should have. Mayweather is a good boxer but his God given ability was just put to waste choosing the easiest fight to earn money. If Mayweather with his good skills could have the heart of a Fernando Vargas he could have won the top pound per pound standings convincingly but now it’s a debatable topic.
We have seen the best of Vargas and trying to retire is the best decision he made while he is still in one piece.
I hope he stays retired and hopefully that itch has been scratched for good.