Fri, 2017-08-18 13:31
Fight of the year indeed!
I'm a massive Stuart Hall fan, he's a true warrior, he's been down, he's got up, and fought his way to success, and that was what he achieved in this fight, with this fantastic performance. I think Stuart Hall was fantastic in this fight, from start to finish, he started well, working behind the jab, being busy, using his reach, showing underrated boxing ability, and in round 3, what a shot!, he just caught Malinga bang on the chin, not the biggest of knockdowns, but Malinga was really hurt there. Hall was ambitious in going for the stoppage in round 3, rather than settling for his 3 round, 4 point lead, some might have said that was unwise, but Hall is not wired that way, he is a boxer, but he is more of a fighter, you could say. Malinga did very well to get through that torrid third round, and at the end of three fourth, it was clear that Malinga was there to fight, and was willing to fight his heart out to become world champion, just like Stuart Hall. I thought that from round 5 thru 11 it was an absolute barn storm of a fight, pretty much anybody's, Hall stronger, Malinga faster, Hall landing with the heavier shots, taking more of a toll on his opponent than vise verse, Malinga putting combinations together better, maybe out landing Hall slightly more often than not. Hall didn't have one single really bad round in this fight, every round, even the mid rounds when Malinga had a good chance of winning the rounds. I think rounds 5-11 were 7 solid rounds of closely contested, back and fourth action, I thought Malinga got the better of it 4-3, but nothing really in it. This fight was far too brutal, defence neglecting, and both guys taking too much punishment for some referees' liking, but when both guys are trading shots, the fight is close, both continuously offensive, both with their legs beneath them, able to focus, what are you going to do?, stop it?! Who wins?
Malinga put up a great effort, gave Hall a beating at times, some of those uppercuts were brutal, he worked for long periods, used his great stamina, but in the end, in the final round, Hall, having also been the one who had made a great start in the first 4 rounds of the fight, clearly got the better of that last round, to secure a clear victory, it is very hard to say it wasn't a close fight due to the majority of it being pretty much even, back fourth battling, but in my opinion, it wasn't a close fight overall, Hall building too big a lead before Malinga began to match him at the end of round 4 and resumed it in round 5, and although it was Malinga who needed a big last round, it was Hall who went out there and took it. I can't call this a one sided fight, it was extremely competitive, but in the end, the underdog, the Darlington warrior, winning, and winning wide, in a 12 round war, to accomplish his dream, and become a world champion! Stuart Hall will always be a sporting legend in his hometown of Darlington.
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