Almost all the bouts were first class and competitive and not the usual blather of mismatches usually found on such shows. Keith Weir did a fine job arranging the matches in such a way that either boxer in a bout could emerge the winner.
There was standing room only at the Meydenbauer Center March 12 for the Battle of Bellvue. The show sold out before the event and people clamored to buy the standing room tickets to witness a great night of fights. Unlike many slipshod events that bumble their way through an evening, the show was totally professional with one fight following on the heels of another. The absence of long delays between fights was greatly appreciated and the action never tipped. Sonny, the announcer, sharp, articulate, bi-lingual, and a sharp dresser, had a great association with the audience.
Gussari started to show his skill in the first round as he moved Duran around the ring. Duran attempted to keep his distance and fired only occasionally. Round two was a different story. Gussari went down hard. No one thought he would rise. He rolled over to his right shoulder and staggered to his feet at the nine count. He remained in the ring but his eyes were somewhere over Montana and his legs in Idaho. Had the referee stopped the fight at that point no one would have complained. He waved them together.
Walking slowly to the dressing room was the loneliest walk in the world. Although surrounded by people who care you are in an empty field, an empty forest, in an existentialist world void of everything except yourself and a cacophony of thought drifting a maelstrom.
Now, having been down twice in three fights including a knockout, is the career over. One thing is certain, Gussari in now in the opponent’s corner. Rising fighters will offer him fights because they think they can beat him. He can stay in the game because he likes to box; or, he can attempt to resurrect his career. That will take even more work because he will always be the underdog. Nothing can be done if he has a poor chin, no amount of exercise, and no amount of sparring.