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Anybody else out there watching this show? I must say, I've been very impressed thus far -- the Alfonso / Manfredo fight was some of the more gripping boxing I've seen this year, and while tonight's Brinkley / Jonathan fight wasn't equal to the opener last week, it was still a very watchable little bout. I think Brinkley has the potential to be an excellent upper-echelon fighter... the kind of guy one has to go through to really get a shot at the big dogs (a la Jesse James Leija).

The editing of fights to include only the highlights has been a bit of a mixed blessing -- ditching the slow parts is a great way to show the best side of boxing to the casual fan, but I don't at all care for the added sound effects. There were a couple times where marginal shots sounded more like knockout shots, and that just came off as odd.

Overall though, this is now appointment viewing for me (first reality show to earn that dubious honour). I suppose it helps that I'm a fight fan... but I think this show is damned, damned good.

If you have yet to catch an episode, check it out. I doubt you'll be dissapointed.
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    Originally posted by Sobriquet
    If you have yet to catch an episode, check it out. I doubt you'll be dissapointed.
I was disappointed, but only by its presentation. I thought it should have been better, but I realized that its a Mark Burnette (sp?) production, which basically means tremendous melodrama when it comes to the music, voiceovers during the fights and "dramatic" walks with ones head down in shame.

Anyhow, yesterdays' episode was pretty good. I watched it with a group of friends, and we all thought that Brinkley was gonna lose the fight against "Red Dawg", until the end of the first round.

I'm hoping that if the series is put on DVD, they'll show the boxing matches uncut. I'll take the slow moments with the fast, to see how they're doing outside of the 'action packed' bits that make for good TV.

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I've been watching it and I've actually started getting into boxing. Only complaint is maybe not enough boxing but it's not that big of a deal.

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Barb, Barb, Barb! Nice touch with encouraging his sis. Cmon Barb, the finish line is over here. The Middle is no where near Modern Family or Community. Yet the show is pretty great. (whispers to self--- pretty great).
- The Guinness., ABC's The Middle (2010)
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