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We were left hanging, an epic boxing match between two best friends with different advantages, Antonio and Felix, every reader picked a side, but we don’t find out who was the winner. The fighters go through a serious emotional and physical battle with the goal of representing their community in the upcoming Golden Gloves Championship Tournament. The match goes back and forth as the friends chose to forget that they know each other. It all comes down to a judge decision, and then the story ends in a cliffhanger. Because the author did not tell the reader who won the match he has to decide that for himself. Even though we will never know for sure who won the fight, the author gave us many clues by detailing the physical differences between the boxers, explaining how each fighter prepared, and elaborating on how each boxer performed in the fight. All of these details suggested that Felix was the winner.
While the two boxers were pretty evenly matched, Felix had the key advantages of being husky, short and powerful. (Thomas 324) This meant that he could easily duck under high punches by Antonio and he could do twice the damage with one of his often demolishing punches that Antonio could do with several of his commonly mediocre ones. The author even stated, “ Felix’s muscular frame made him the better slugger,” (Thomas 324) and, “Felix’s admirers bet on his dynamite-packed fists.” (Thomas 330) Being huskier than his lanky and thin opponent also gave Felix an edge because he could take Antonio’s punches and be barely affected by them. Being twice as strong as your opponent is a great advantage to have in any fight, but you need other things in order to win.
Not only was Felix physically superior to Antonio, he also prepared better for the fight. He practiced with different people which helped him forget that he would be fighting his best friend and also helped keep him alert and on his toes because he faced slightly different fighting styles. In addition, Felix also watched a boxing movie which he used to visualize his upcoming fight and in turn strengthened his resolve and confidence. (Thomas 328-329) In contrast, all that Antonio did to prepare was practice with one person with a style similar to Felix’s and think about the match on his roof. (Thomas 330) Because of his physical strengths and preparation Felix was able to do much better than Antonio in their match.
Thanks to all the factors Felix had going for him, he was very successful in his fight. In both rounds one and two Felix went in fast giving him a small surprise advantage and allowing him to get the first few punches in. (Thomas 332-333) The few punches that Felix fired also could do just as much damage as Antonio’s quick but weak punches. He was also able to pay back Antonio for a black eye with a bloody nose, and ringing ear with a bruised stomach. So he could give back anything he received. Because of these things Felix was able to drop Antonio just before he fell himself. While a few people would disagree, it really is clear that Felix was more successful.
With all of these factors combined together there is no way that Felix lost his match. He was stronger, more prepared and did better in the actual fight. These facts together are strong evidence that Felix won. Bringing these things into the fight and having advantage in all of these areas would pretty much guarantee a win. While at first glance the two fighters seem equal, a careful inspection of the clues points to Felix as the winner of his match.
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