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In light of the recent match between Saul Alvarez, the former light middleweight champion, and Erislandy Lara, the current WBA Regular light middleweight belt holder, Boxing News was prompted to complete an article to debate the merits of different boxing styles and schools of thought.  According to the author of the article, the fight between Alvarez and Lara has drawn attention to the differences between Cuban and Mexican boxing schools or styles.

Both styles have their assets and their fallbacks.  The Cuban boxing style is notorious for creating some of the best amateur boxers of all time.  They have produced some of the greatest athletes to take the ring at the Olympic Games as well as the Amateur Championships.  Among those who have studied this school of boxing, thirty-one gold, fifteen silver and twelve bronze medals have been earned from participation in the Olympics.  In terms of success at the Amateur Championships, sixty-seven gold, thirty silver and twenty-four bronze medals have been achieved.  Alternatively, those hailing from the Mexican school of thought in boxing have earned only one bronze at the Amateur Championships; three gold, one silver and four bronze medals have been won from the Olympics.

However, where those who have studied the Cuban boxing style thrive in an amateur setting, the Mexican fighting style thrives in professional arenas.  These fighters are excellent at giving the crowd just what they want; the boxing skills of a Cuban style fighter can be superb, but they often fail to give the crowd the show that they desire.  This often affects sales of pay per view events.  A particular example of this can be seen in the example of Guillermo Rigondeaux, a highly skilled Cuban style fighter who, despite not always living up to crowd and pay per view sale expectations, has no issue defeating top fighters.

These are just two methods of fighting; there are plenty of other schools of thought in the worldwide industry of boxing.  For the author, the best to beat is the United States school of thought.  The program for the U.S. produces the best pound for pound price fighters, capable of both a professional level of skill and a dramatic flair to please the audience; in essence, these fighters are successful in both the professional and amateur aspects of a fight.