Judge Not: Yordenis Ugas Wins Split (!?) Decision Over Abel Ramos

Scoring a fight isn’t easy. Boxing is an ugly, fast-paced sport with constantly-changing angles. It’s loud, bloody and emotional. Thousands of micro-events take place, in rapid succession, that greatly factor into the outcome of a given round. You’d be forgiven for not catching them all. No sir, scoring a fight is not easy. Here’s the […]

Mismanaged Expectations: Jose Carlos Ramirez MD Viktor Postol

There are certain fighters that no one looks good against. Even the elite will struggle with them. It’s normally something about their technique or their stature that makes them difficult. The problem with Viktor Postol, for basically everyone, is that he is just under six feet tall with a nearly 74-inch wingspan. His jab is […]

And Water is Wet: Erislandy Lara Wins Lackluster UD12 Over Greg Vendetti

Why do I keep doing this to myself? Besides the manifestly obvious fact that I well and truly despise who I am as a person, I can’t, for the life of me, understand this predilection for blatant self-sabotage.  Allow me to briefly pull back the curtain on how these articles get made. Yes, it’s more […]

Five Months In Purgatory Round Table

In the very best of times, we here at TQBR come together to discuss the biggest fights and argue about the current state of the sport. This year, unfortunately, has been a protracted rectal bleed of Old Testament severity. With that in mind, we stocked up on Neosporin, strapped on our Depends flex fits, and […]

Entomology Lab: Tim Tszyu Dissects The Hornet

“My name is Tim. Not ‘the son,’” a victorious Tim Tszyu declared after dispassionately removing Jeff “The Hornet” Horn’s stinger, wings, legs, gastrointestinal tract and half an antenna over eight rounds Wednesday in a junior middleweight bout from Townsville, Australia, televised on ESPN+. Point taken, and point made, Mr. Tszyu. Step up fights are critical […]

Shawn Porter, Joey Spencer, Sebastian Fundora Win On Measuring Stick Show

“That song was not it…. Not even remotely…. Just keepin it real,” Tyrese once told a woman he thought was Amber Rose, the model/actress/activist/etc., but was instead Amber Tamblyn, the comedic actress who had sent him prank “Awareness Raps” with lines like “You have the right to get strangled by a bra strap/anything you sexualize […]

Heavyweight Lazarus: Alexander Povetkin Stops Dillian Whyte

If the hardest punch is the one you don’t see coming, then we should be flat on our backs just like Dillian Whyte. Whyte found himself supine just a few short moments into the 5th round of a heavyweight bout contested in the garden of Matchroom Boxing headquarters, televised on DAZN on Saturday, for some […]

A Tale Of One City

Pete Ranzany’s 1980 fight with Sal Lopez reminded Ranzany’s manager, Joey Lopes, of his own similar experience, when he fought Al Medrano in 1963. In both cases, the fight was promoted as the beloved and accomplished Sacramento boxer, clearly on the return home phase of his career, fending off a rising star, the future of […]

Carl Frampton, Gentleman And Conqueror Of Darren Traynor

Even in the age of social distancing, you can scarcely swing a dead cat without hitting a boxer who doesn’t have a little resentment coming to him. Fighters are hard men with pocked histories. Boxing is known for its boozers, gamblers, junkies, abusers and general dirtbaggery. Self-promotion too often falls somewhere on the spectrum between […]

David Benavidez Wins As Headliner Of Blah Showtime Card

Maybe don’t judge a thing by the first time the thing happens. Saturday’s Showtime card was not as good as the last one featured in this space, either on paper or in practice. Action-oriented super middleweight David Benavidez was in the main event. So far, so good, yes? His opponent, 36-year-old Roamer (great name!) Alexis […]

David Morrell Happened This Weekend, And Also Some Other Things

We’ve gotta talk about David Morrell, y’all. Morrell, a super middleweight in just his third pro fight Saturday on Fox, led off the card and overshadowed everything else that came after. The last highly heralded amateur star to make his pro debut then immediately blitz into bouts against top competition a la what Morrell’s doing […]

Reigning On Your Charade: Ortiz KOs Vargas

We’ve had ourselves a year, huh? It’s only July, I know, but aren’t all of us reaching to throw in the towel on 2020 right now? COVID. Kobe. Thirty years of Cops squeezed into a two-week off-off-Broadway shitshow. Existential dread surrounds us like Confederate Flags at a Charlie Daniels concert. (Alas, now we’re denied even […]

Mikaela Mayer Wins On Another Covid-19 Marred Card

The pandemic is messing with scheduled cards so much it’s sometimes hard to pick any one “story” to focus on, so this will be the old “empty the notebook” trick: ****** Despite a solid substitute main event (we’ll return to this soon, then again later), it remains unclear whether boxing in the age of the […]

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