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From Manny Pacquiao to the Klitschkos: The View from the Fight Fan


By Mike Plunkett

“His longevity exceeds that of any champion in any weight class” – Chris Petrill (on “The Brown Bomber” Joe Louis)

We live in an age where technology can bring together boxing fans from the far reaches of the globe in a way that wouldn’t have been imaginable even ten years ago. Facebook has been the social networking facility of the hour for about four years now and for me it has become an indispensible tool on many fronts, especially when it comes to networking with like-minded hardcore fight fans and those embedded firmly on the inside of the sport. Awhile back I took part in one of those friendly Facebook debates on the fight game that start out as a harmless question about one thing or another. You know the type; the kind of question draws about a hundred responses, some reasonable and other half-cocked, that segue a half dozen times and devolve into a firefight between passionate hardcore fans for no logical reason.

Over the course of this seemingly prolonged back and forth I quickly took note of the responses of one member in particular, Mr. Chris Petrill. A lifelong fight fan, Chris dutifully replied to every question or challenge set before him. His responses were balanced and well thought out to the point it was clear he was somebody that had studied The Sweet Science and its long and celebrated history. Over time and after many exchanged messages I was clear on the fact that I was dealing with somebody who was a ‘lifer’, opinionated and ready to back up his views and assertions with reason and facts, and that it would be enjoyable for you, our loyal readers, and I, to pose him with a varying array of questions; a sort of overview on various…

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Comment by Francis — April 27, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

Wow! I enjoyed reading those intervieew! I wouldnt mind sitting down with chris the whole day talkng about boxing. Would be great if he talks more about manny haha!

Comment by Chris Petrill — April 27, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

Anytime Francis and thank you for your interest. I will talk boxing anyplace or anytime.

Comment by Chris — December 11, 2012 @ 5:16 am

Hey there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this wbieste with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Fantastic blog and great style and design.

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