By Jack Aler ’19
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, McGregor vs. Mayweather, and soon McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov will all be considered the greatest fights of this century; however, there is a new entrance among those elite performances.
Big Glove Boxing is a lighter take on traditional boxing, where you get into an inflatable ring while wearing incredibly large, padded gloves. I speak from personal experience when I say these gloves get heavy and become hard to maneuver. This event was one of our many homecoming games available to students during their lunch periods.
Big Glove Boxing’s main event started at approximately 12:30 p.m. Central Time on a crisp Friday last week. John “Maddog” Mattes vs. Mr. “Bobby Business” Peters, the fight of the week and possibly the fight of the year. While it would seem impromptu to most, the fight had been planned and the two competitors had many days to train both mentally and physically.
I had a conversation with Maddog where he told me of the mental games he had to overcome to get to this fight unscathed. “Taunting and trash talking became common throughout the week, jokingly of course. Then during 6th period on Friday, I saw Mr. Peters and we decided the fight was to commence right then and there.”
Senior spectator Jerry Chavez and I were Maddog’s corner men and hyped him up before the match. Jerry said, “I believe that Mr. Peters and Maddog Mattes both went as hard as they could to get the dub. Fight of the century.” On the opposing end, “Bobby Business” was jumping in the inflatable ring preparing himself for battle.
The battle commenced.
Mattes said, “We were both aware of the crowd of nearly forty and were actually trying in that ring.”
I have seen Maddog in multiple Big Glove Boxing matches, and this was the first time he fought primarily by jumping and punching. Maddog wanted momentum and leverage, which he got by jumping; then while mid-jump, punching Maddog changed to an entirely new system in preparation of this fight.
That could be a testimony to how intimidated Maddog was. Changing his entire routine is an indicator that he thought his traditional style could not win him the fight.
“Bobby Business” had many blows and two notable knockdowns in the fight. Notably, he had a more orthodox stance which helped him counter.
When asked about his performance, Maddog said,“He had a few hits on me while he was standing, but I hit back pretty well using my jumping strategy.”
Mr. Peters said after the fight, “I was unaware that the jumping strategy was the way to go. Maddog had an advantage of youth and agility; although I had the advantages of age and wisdom.”
When the final bell rang, both competitors took a second to lie in the ring. Heavy gloves and constant jumping weighed heavily on both arms and legs – understandable exhaustion after a hard fought fight.
Unfortunately, Big Glove Boxing is not a nationally recognized sport, so being that there was a tie, it needed to end that way. There was no official decision, which is better off. Scoring could have sparked controversy, being that both parties fought hard and had a good chance to win.
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