Benny’s Punching Bag: Trinidad-Mayorga versus Klitschko-Williamson
By Benny Henderson Jr. (October 6, 2004) 
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Last weekend the boxing world had a double dose of the sweet science. On one hand you had the knock down, drag out brawl of the year that would cure any common cold of the average to the die-hard boxing fan. The other was a heavyweight dose of bad medicine that left some of the fans feeling quite ill. On the Don King pay-per-view event the fans witnessed undoubtedly the most entertaining fight of the year that featured the comeback of Puerto Rican sensation Felix 'Tito' Trinidad 42-1 (35). After a two yearlong hiatus from the sport of boxing Tito stepped in the ring to face hard-hitting, no holds barred Nicaraguan slugger Ricardo 'El Matador' Mayorga, 27-5-1 (23), at Madison Square Garden. The two faced off for the vacant WBA North American and NABC middleweight titles. Trinidad went down in the third round while Mayorga tasted the canvas three times in the eighth and was finally subdued by the onslaught of punishment Trinidad administered to the 31-year-old fighter. The fight sent Mayorga into retirement and Trinidad on the road to much better things to come.

Showtime’s featured main event was between somewhat gun shy Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko, 43-3 (39), and DaVarryl Williamson, 20-3 (17), who both tried to put a touch of sleep on each other. The heavyweight match-up proved fatal to the fans and the questions surrounding Wladimir still abound. The boos, the blood and the just downright ugly was what the fans witnessed. A future heavyweight star that seemed to burn out went down in the second round and was cut in the fifth before winning by technical split decision. It left DaVarryl feeling disappointed and Wladimir feeling that massive gash on his head, while it was the fans who got the headache. When one fight seemed to kill the passion, the other brought it right back in an outrageous fashion. So, here it is loyal Doghouse readers, a chance to voice your respectable opinions once again.
Here are the questions and you guys know what to do.

Who should Felix Trinidad face now?

Do you feel Trinidad will be the force he once was?

Who do you see having the best chance at beating Felix?

Which was more entertaining Trinidad-Mayorga or Hopkins-De La Hoya?

Do you think Mayorga will come back after a short lay off or will he stay gone?

Do you think Mayorga was overrated?

What should Wladimir Klitschko do?

Klitschko-Williamson rematch?

What will happen to Williamson now?

Do you agree with the Klitschko-Williamson decision?

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