Today’s classic fight is the November 2003 World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Featherweight Championship rematch at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow between Mexico’s Manuel Medina and Scotland’s Scott Harrison
Felt rather appropriate to have a Scott Harrison fight in this series, due to the recent news breaking that Harrison is set to return to the ring later this year.
Ok back to Medina versus Harrison – In their previous showdown in July 2003 Harrison lost his coveted WBO Crown by a split decision, with only American Judge Larry Hazzard scoring the contest in favour of Harrison.
Official Scorecards read were Larry Hazzard 115-113 for Harrison and Judges Roy Francis (113-118) and Melvina Lathan (112-116) both for Medina.
It was a very different fight in November though, right from the opening bell Harrison seemed intent on getting the reigning Champ out of there as quickly as possible, clearly not wanting to go the distance and rely on the judges scorecards.
His aggression paid dividends in the first, as Harrison easily secured the round even before a late knockdown.
Harrison kept up the pressure throughout the contest and dropped Medina four times altogether, well I thought there were a couple of others but Spanish Referee Manuel Maritxalar waved them off as ‘slips or pushes’.
Medina went down twice in the tenth, but somehow survived until the bell, possibly a little help from the aforementioned Referee ensured this, as I personally thought the fight should have been stopped in the tenth.
From the opening seconds of the Eleventh it was obvious that Medina had taken enough punishment, he was such an easy target for Harrison, who took full advantage and let rip with both hands and culminating with the Mexican on the canvas once more, this time though there was no chance of Medina continuing, as his cornerman had seen their man take way too much punishment and threw in the towel.
Enjoy this Classic Battle Royale.