Boxing or MMA: Which is the legitimate fighting sport? Sat, February 14, 2009
What’s the most heated debate in Canadian sports today? No, not fighting in hockey or whether the NFL is more entertaining than the CFL. It’s MMA vs. boxing. Sun Media writers Jose Rodriguez and Murray Greig trade verbal punches and kicks — and maybe some ground and pound — as they argue which sport deserves the championship belt.
Jose Rodriguez has been covering mixed-martial arts for Sun Media since before it was fashionable. He has sat cageside for everything from UFC events to smokers. He was the first major print journalist in Canada to write about MMA and one of the first in North America. He currently writes a weekly column and is the chief contributor to The Scrapyard blog.
Starting with Ali-Spinks II, Murray Greig has covered Canadian and international boxing for the past 30 years and has attended 55 national, British Commonwealth and world title bouts. He trained former Canadian light heavyweight champ Danny Stonewalker for a world title challenge against Michael Moorer in 1990, and in 1996 authored the best-selling book, Goin’ the Distance: Canada’s boxing heritage.