Jose Pedraza Easily Handles Mikkel LesPierre, Wins UD

Boxing is back, baby! Or something vaguely resembling it, I guess. I’m sure it was every young fighters’ dream to one day find themselves in the glamorous confines of an empty, hermetically sealed broom closet like “The Bubble” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but to do it with roughly the population of Ames, […]

The Differing Fortunes Of The Boxing Moloney Twins

Before Andrew Moloney and Jason Moloney headlined separate ESPN cards this week, Jason and Andrew squared up against one another in a game of table tennis. Jason won. Andrew did not. That went for both the fighting and the ping-pong. The Australian twin brothers, Andrew first and then Jason, made their Las Vegas debuts, albeit […]

Please Kill Me: A Comprehensive Review of Adrien Broner’s New Album ABC

First off, I’m fine. My family is safe and all outstanding gambling debts have been settled with the appropriate parties. I’m doing this of sound mind and my own free will. I realize I just declared myself competent to stand trial should any homicidal crime spree result from this, but it’s a price I’m willing […]

Information-Free Bubble: Emanuel Navarrete Stops Uriel Lopez

It’s hard not to sound like complaining, when there’s anything negative to say about “any boxing happening at all,” versus the months-long “none.” There’s nothing that can be done about it. You just have to mix in the small pleasures you unearth. Saturday’s 11 p.m. (!) ESPN card was headlined by Emanuel Navarrete. That’s a […]

Coronavirus KOs Jose Pedraza Vs Mikkel LesPierre, But The Show Must Go On

“The MGM Grand once again proudly boasting that boxing is back,” Joe Tessitore said Thursday night in the lead-in to the ESPN show. Well, it sort of is. The main event feature fight with Jose Pedraza headlining got postponed to July due to Mikkel LesPierre’s manager testing positive despite being “in the bubble.” It’s the […]

Boxing’s Grim Irony: Mike Plania Upends Joshua Greer

When it comes to grim irony, not even the back-stabbiest of Greek tragedies holds a candle to boxing. In this sport, titans fall, fortunes are squandered and, like clockwork, dreams are splintered on the rocks of reality — all inside a space as cozy as a Little Caesar’s lobby. Had he cared to look, bantamweight […]

Mixed Bag: Jessie Magdaleno Gets DQ Win Over Yenifel Vicente

Fouling in boxing is an art form. Muhammad Ali was an expert at pulling opponents’ heads down. Floyd Mayweather used his forearms. Bernard Hopkins’s favorite combination after age 40 was a feint jab-lunge-straight right-headbutt (Tim Bradley also employed this maneuver, but I’m convinced that it was just the momentum of his giant skull pulling him […]

Like It Never Left: Shakur Stevenson KO6 Felix Caraballo

Mismatches, propagandistic commentary and weirdly long time lags between bouts: Boxing is back, baby! The return of live boxing to the United States would normally be a cause for celebration, and we should be pleased, but as with most things in life, our expectations should be tempered by reality.  Wednesday night at the Bubble, MGM […]

Quarantine Classics: Paul Williams Vs Antonio Margarito

When most people think of the names “Paul Williams” and “Antonio Margarito” they don’t necessarily associate them with one another, but instead with a host of bizarre, thrilling and controversial moments from their respective careers. Williams suffered a major upset loss to Carlos Quintana right after he stepped in the ring for the first time […]

Short Attention Span Classics, Volume 4: Zolani Tete vs. Siboniso Gonya

Oh, hello there. You’ll have to forgive my absence these past couple weeks as I’ve been embroiled in a bit of a legal quagmire. You see, I’ve enlisted the services of local attorney Herb Gonads, to file a suit against the planet of Earth to keep this current lockdown in effect indefinitely, and perhaps for […]

Short Attention Span Classics, Volume 3: Allan Green Vs. Jaidon Codrington

I’ve watched “Harry and The Hendersons” twice this week. Also, hey, how’s it going?  I realize that admitting that out loud basically amounts to giving the “all clear” sign to the SWAT team surrounding my house to kick down the door and haul me off to psycho prison, but before that happens I have some […]

Quarantine Classics: Gerald McClellan Vs Julian Jackson

There is no boxing thanks to COVID-19 and we might have roving gangs of warboys before pro pugilism returns. So we TQBRers are looking back at the beforetimes. “Context matters” is a thing people say because it just does, everywhere, all the time — which is to say, except for when one is talking about […]

Short Attention Span Classics, Vol. 2: Bernard Hopkins Vs Steve Frank

I have a working theory that the Tiger King thing is a government depopulation program where anyone who watches it has his or her IP address logged and is deemed not only inessential, but completely expendable. Does it seem like a coincidence that it premiered the same week the corona plague washed up on our […]

Short Attention Span Classics, Volume 1: Sechew Powell Vs Cornelius Bundrage I

So you’re trapped indoors without your precious sports to keep you company.  It’s just you, your depression, and the chili-drenched sweatpants that are now permanently grafted onto your legs. The dog ate all the toilet paper and your wife already put a lock on the liquor cabinet. You’ve plowed through all six volumes of Faces […]

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