L.A. on Fire for Margarito/Mosley

We're about an hour away from the Margarito/Mosley HBO broadcast coming on the air and the atmosphere here at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is thick as thieves. Outside the arena, large crowds of Mexicans in Affliction t-shirts gather with cups of beer waving tiny Mexican flags handed out by scantily clad honeys wearing mini-skirt-length Tecate boxing robes. Earlier in the day when I was picking up my media credential, I saw these Tecate girls gathering with their Tecate den mother/taskmaster as she handed out the robes and barked out orders. Most of the young ladies, tall and leggy and more blank-stared than L.A. itself, were wearing less in their street clothes than they were when they donned the uniform. At what point, I ask you, is a skirt merely a belt?
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↵Taking the elevator up to the press box, the elevator man told me that he's beginning to fear that someone is going to take a swing at him pretty soon. I asked him why and he said, "Look, you got a Mexican fighter going up against a black fighter around here? Tempers run HOT man. People are DRUNK up in here right now."
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↵This has been my observation as well. Very drunk indeed. People are always drunk at fights, always a little wild, but here it just seems exaggerated somehow. In a good way. There are two more bouts before the main event at the moment, and the place is completely packed with people going crazy for the undercard fights. Contrast that with your average event in Vegas where right up to the last undercard fight, the venue remains empty as all the high-rollers stay at the craps table until about ten minutes before the main event.
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↵What I'm trying to say is something that everyone was saying down in the media room while I was eating my dinner - L.A. is the absolute perfect city to host this fight. The vibe in this place right now is electrifying, and there's still a-ways to go before the principals come on the scene. I tell you, when Tony Margs rolls into that ring, this joint is going to explode. Every now and then a stadium-wide "Mar-ga-REE-TOH!" chant breaks out that shakes the foundations. Poor Shane Mosley - he's fighting in his hometown and it's going to feel like an away game for the man. It's just the facts of the game right now. Mexicans love this damn sport to death, and God bless them for that.
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↵One of Top Rank's lesser-known charges, 2008 Russian Olympian Matt Korobov, just completely destroyed a tomato can by the name of Roberto Florentino at two minutes of the first round. It was only Korobov's third pro fight, and it looks like he'll be beheading the sacrificial lambs of the world for another 20 fights or so before we see him step up to the next level. Kid looked like a very strong prospect at 160.
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↵I'll try and check in one more time before the main event, although sadly I'm up in the press box for this one and not on the floor, so I'm not privy to the ringside scene. I will tell you one bit of gossip I was hearing in the press room, though - HBO is going to run a full package on Shane Mosley's BALCO story prior to the fight. 
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↵The last undercard fight is about to hit the ring, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero vs. Edel Ruiz. If you're wondering how that bout is going to turn out, consider this - Guerrero is 22-1 and Ruiz is 31-21. Twenty-one losses. Sheesh. No wonder HBO is only airing the main event tonight.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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