First Timer @ Ringside

If we were any closer, we would have gotten drenched with sweat.  yuck!

If we were any closer, we would have gotten drenched with sweat. yuck!

Last night we went to the fights.  That’s one activity I never thought I’d be a part of.  But friends got tickets and I decided it would be interesting.  We had a table for 8 near the ring.  There were  6 different fights.  These guys were young so they only had 6 to 8 rounds.  The headliner was ‘Chicho’ Concepcion vs ‘El Caciqu’ Pendroza.

The only boxing I can remember seeing is Cassius Clay/Mohammad Ali.  We didn’t see anything remotely like that last night.  There was no ‘float like a butterfly’ or ‘rope a dope’.  It was 12 men swinging at air until they were too exhausted to stand.  Only 2 bouts were called before the end.  I found it difficult to determine the “winners” of most bouts.  It became Last Man Standing rather than great fighting.

"the Invisible" (in red) won (against fringy yellow shorts) despite his crazy intro mask that made him look like a TB patient.

“the Invisible” (in red) won (against fringy yellow shorts) despite his crazy intro mask that made him look like a TB patient.

All the fighters had a moniker.  “The Invisible”, “the Chief”, “the Rock” were some.   It takes some pretty big cajones to name yourself “the Rock”.  He “won” the fight, but only because he remained upright while his opponent, Thunder, could barely stand.  Chicho, slang for amphetamine user, was the headliner but was out in 3 rounds. Several of the guys had fringe on their shorts that looked like their mom was getting them ready for a 1920s party instead of a fight.  The biggest cheers went to the local Chiriquí fighters.  In the end, the Cuban, “El Cacique/the Chief”, won the main fight.

They also had some ring girls (I am sure they have an official name) that promoted products.  The Toyo Tire girls were definitely crowd favorites, although the Abuelo girl certainly held her own.

Doors opened at 6 but it was about 8:30 by the time the first fight began.  It was a fun night.  It’s not something I would do every week, or even every month, but entertaining.  If I go again, I hope it would have more “sting like a bee” instead of “let me hold on to you so I don’t fall down”.

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