JarryPark’s 15 Moments Of ’07 – #9: Back From The Dead

December 26, 2007

For the next couple of weeks, JarryPark.com will countdown the 15 most memorable combat sports moments of 2007. Some will be positive while others will be negative. Some will have happened in a ring or cage while others on the outside. Every day, we’ll feature a single moment as we bid adieu to ‘07. As we present each moment, feel free to agree or disagree with any of our selections in the comments section below.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why we chose fifteen the answer is quite simple: You take the “7? from ‘07 and the “8? from ‘08, add them together and you get 15. Duh. To see the rest of the countdown click here.

#9: Back From The Dead
What: The sport of boxing enjoys one of its best years ever
Where: Squared circles across the world
When: The year 2007

One of the most hysterical subplots of ’07 was how every non-boxing sports writer under the sun had declared the sweet science officially dead. I suppose most of these folks don’t care to do research because if they did they would realize that the sport’s PPV numbers and HBO ratings were as strong as ever. I guess it just made for a good story or something. Consider this short list of tremendous fights 2007 gave us:

* Mayweather-De La Hoya
* Cotto-Judah
* Calzaghe-Kessler
* Pavlik-Taylor
* Vazquez-Marquez I and II
* Pavlik-Miranda
* Mayweather-Hatton
* Mosley-Cotto

And the best part? 2008 is shaping up to be potentially better. So keep talking about how boxing is dead. I’ll gladly take another dead year all over again.

Further Enlightenment:
Plenty Of Good Candidates For Fight Of The Year [Yahoo! Sports]
2007 Ends With Hope For The Future [HBO]
The Sports Guy Now Does Not Think Boxing Is Dead [No Mas]

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