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Saturday, May 07, 2005
Boxing--- Friday night's "ShoBox: The New Generation" card on Showtime was another case study in why ShoBox often produces some of the best boxing matches of any particular month. ShoBox is billed as the place where young prospects get matched up with the toughest opponents of their careers, and it lives up to that billing almost every single time. Look at the card that just took place. Where else are you going to see four legitimate, undefeated junior welterweights putting their perfect records on the line against each other?

The explosiveness of the main event included a double knockdown with simultaneous right hooks to the jaw, which is the first time I can remember seeing that in boxing... ever. Sechew Powell clearly got the better of the double knockdown and proceeded to knock out his opponent just seconds after they got back to their feet.

Just as impressive as Powell's main event victory was the opening match victory by Yuri Foreman, who showed incredible poise and accuracy en route to a perfect shut-out decision win (which is when every single judge gives every single round to one particular fighter, and deservedly so).

Tonight is the highly anticipated pay-per-view showdown between Jose Luis Castillo and Diego Corrales, which is free if you have a subscription to Showtime. Castillo seemed like a just plain dirty fighter in his March bout with Julio Diaz, relying on punches behind the head and other dirty tactics even when he didn't really need to. I rooted for Corrales in his fights with Joel Casamayor and Acelino Freitas due to his smooth, smart in-ring style and his understated, humble personality, and I'll certainly be rooting for him against Castillo.