The Contender 2 Finale
Well it all comes down to this: Grady Brewer vs Steve Forbes…
The show starts with a look at the crowd inside the Staples Center - It looks like it’s jam packed and everyone is pretty excited to see some boxing. A small preview of the main event is done as well as the bronze medal fight between Corneilus Bundrage and Norberto Bravo. It is revealed that Bundrage’s sister was murdered over the summer.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be calling the action. The fight starts and it’s immediately visible that Bundrage has improved his game. His jab is looking very crisp and he is easily controlling the fight while Bravo is still trying to find his range and figure out how to get inside on Bundrage. The first round definitely goes to Bundrage.
The second rounds begins and it’s more of the same: total domination by Bundrage. Bundrage drops Bravo towards the end of the second round but Bravo is able to get back up to his feet. The camera goes to the locker rooms and shows Steve Forbes getting ready for the fight. The fight continues and Bundrage continues to pull away. Bravo starts a small comeback but is unable to execute anything big at all.
The seventh round becomes the end of the fight as Bundrage starts teeing off on Bravo, worse than in any other round. Bravo can’t even intelligently defend himself at this point and the referee is forced to jump in and stop the fight midway through the round.
For the main event, I’m going to digress from my usual story type of reporting - I think I’m just going to recap the fight as a whole…
I’m pretty sure everyone knows that Grady Brewer wins by split decision if you watch the show. If you didn’t know already, you are welcome.
Brewer pretty much won the fight because of his size advantage over Forbes. He was able to outmuscle him during the clinches, being able to push off and land punches and control the fight whenever he wanted to. I’m sure that Brewer winning most of the early rounds helped him as well. Honestly, I think that Forbes should be fighting at 140 lbs instead of 149 lbs.
What’s surprising is that Forbes seemed to be the more aggressive fighter and usually that would result in success but it really didn’t - Brewer was able to beat him to the punch at many moments.