Mega Fights and Breaking down Canelo v. Bivol
We often talk about mega fights but we don't ever talk about what that really means. In this episode, we breakdown the concept of mega fights, mega events, and major events in the sports world as well as breakdown the Cinco de Mayo weekend fight between Canelo Alvarez and Dmitry Bivol. We also review the Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano and Oscar Valdez and Shakur Stevenson fights and close out the episode with this week's "People's Champ" and "Take it Easy" award.
May 07, 2022
The Limits of Representation in Boxing
In this episode, we discuss women's boxing and the highly anticipated April 30 match up between Amanda Serrano and undisputed lightweight world champion Katie Taylor. Though their fight will be historical, there is still a lot of work to be done to change the culture and structures of boxing which more often than not privileges men and underpays and under values the labor of these women who toil in a brutal sport.
April 26, 2022
Leaning into the Power of Choice in Boxing
Is matchmaking in boxing an art or manipulation rooted in racial capitalism? In this episode, Rudy and Jarrett look at Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's March 5, 2022 interview with DAZN, where he informed the boxing community that he was too busy to fight the other top super middle weights in the world this year. In this brutal sporting industry, only a select few have the power to pick their next opponents.
April 05, 2022
End of The Year Review
In this episode of The Split Draw, Rudy and Jarrett sum up an eventful 2021 year of boxing by discussing their picks for upsets, knockouts, fighters, and fights of the year. The episode concludes with a look at what 202 can bring in the world of boxing and discuss the brutal economy of the sweet science. Thank you and Happy New Year from the Split Draw family!
January 04, 2022
Maravilla v. Chávez Junior
In this episode, Jarrett and Rudy welcome their first guest, Dr. Jose Hernandez, as they go back in time to revisit the September 15, 2012 showdown between Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez and Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. As a highly anticipated fight, we break down the context that lead up to this match, which consists of a television network, sanctioning body of boxing, and the two fighters themselves. Every boxing match is unique and significant to each and every individual who watches and remembers them. This fight is no different as the hosts and their guest reflect on the memories and impact of this fight.
May 24, 2021
Pacquiao Marquez IV
In this episode, Jarrett and Rudy break down the fourth meeting of Pacquiao and Marquez, taking place December 8th, 2012. Revisiting this fight meant revisiting the only time Jarrett and Rudy watched a Marquez and Pacquiao fight together live, in real time. Resuming off round 37, we break down the action of the only fight that didn’t require the help of the judges. Not only was the winner of this fight happy, we share the joy of Rudy finally reaching his pugilistic historian climax.
May 04, 2021
Pacquiao Marquez III
In this episode, Jarrett and Rudy break down Pacquiao and Marquez’s trilogy bout, taking place November 12, 2011. We revisit the time and place of that night, analyzing each fighter’s journey through the ranks and still meeting each other head to head in the realm of the stacked welterweight division. We break down the back and forth rounds of this third fight, the result, and the controversial judge’s scorecards, capping it off by discussing the interview conducted by Max Kellerman and a naked Marquez in the locker room (???).
April 26, 2021
In this episode, Jarrett and Rudy break down “Unfinished Business,” the March 15th, 2008 rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. We revisit the time and place of that night, analyzing the sonic choices of each fighter and the deeper cultural meaning surrounding that night. We break down the rounds of the fight, the result, and judges’ scorecards. We debate the true subjectivity of scoring that is ever so present in the (bitter) sweet science.
April 19, 2021
Hearts and Fists on Fire
In this episode, Jarrett and Rudy break down the May 8th, 2004 fight, which promoters named “Hearts and Fists on Fire.” In this first meeting of Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, we revisit the time and place of that night, the moments leading up to that fight, and how we remembered it. We break down the rounds of the fight, the result, and the controversial judges’ scorecards. We share our personal scorecards and how we called it, setting you up for the next episode where we discuss the rematch.
April 13, 2021
Welcome To The Split Draw
In this introduction, Jarrett and Rudy break down the name and purpose of the podcast. They introduce the subject, the epic rivalry between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. The format of the episodes are shared, and what the audience can expect, ultimately preparing you for their electric first fight, which is the topic of Episode 2. Intro Music: "I Like Fight" by The Bar (Prometheus Brown and Bambu) in Son of Barkada Outro Music: "Right Off" by Miles Davis (Ft. Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, & Steve Grossman) in A Tribute to Jack Johnson
April 05, 2021