Big John Tate, And Being The “Worst” Among The Best

How should we remember John Tate? We could argue all day about how much control we have over the paths that our lives take, but one thing that we have little control of, is how people choose to remember us. Take Big John Tate, for example. Two boxing fans are chatting away in a bar… […]

Headliners: Katie Taylor Takes Thrilling Split Decision Over Amanda Serrano

Christy Martin punched like hellfire but looked like a Dollar General assistant manager. Laila Ali was a lovely scrapper with a world-class pedigree — but was she an all-timer or a paper tiger? Today, Ebanie Bridges leans into her looks with top-heavy gusto, and “The Blonde Bomber” is eviscerated on social media — almost exclusively […]

Shakur Stevenson Was Good Against Oscar Valdez, But Could Have Been Even Better

Shakur Stevenson continues to impress and exceed the lofty expectations placed on him. Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Newark resident thoroughly dominated Oscar Valdez by unanimous decision to hand the Mexican native his first loss.  Throughout the 12 rounds, Stevenson was in command and never remotely troubled by Valdez. With such […]

Tyson Fury And The Gentle Art Of Myth Making

Every fighter, regardless of skill or stature, will one day throw their final punch. If Tyson Fury has indeed thrown his, one couldn’t ask for a better walk-off shot than the uppercut he landed to close the show this past Saturday night, nor a more satisfying target than Dillian Whyte’s giant planet-sized head. Here’s the […]

Errol Spence Jr. Pulls A Quick Turnaround To Stop Yordenis Ugas

It’s the kind of moment you want to see how a truly elite fighter handles: In the 6th round of his welterweight battle with Yordenis Ugas Saturday night, Errol Spence Jr. finally got rattled. It was a situation he gift-wrapped for Ugas, which is, certainly, a bit incriminating. With his mouthpiece knocked out, Spence just […]

Middle-aged At Middleweight: Gennadiy Golovkin Stops Ryota Murata In 9

Time comes for us all. Mind you, it never comes bearing good news. Usually, it shows up hiding a shiv behind its back. When you’re a teenager, you have no clue how good your body has it. Boundless energy and limitless, pain-free functionality are taken for granted. Physically, your 20s are your best years: the […]

A Butt Too Far: Josh Warrington Stops Kiko Martinez in Seven

The line that separates a sanctioned prizefight from a carnival freak show is an embarrassingly thin one, and the only presence keeping those of us on both sides of it from being marks are the in-ring officials. These are men with names like Russell Mora, Laurence Cole and Ian John-Lewis, and it’s up to them […]

A Foregone Khanclsuion: Kell Brook Stops Amir Khan In 6

There’s comfort in predictability. Human beings are disgusting, pattern-seeking animals attempting to find order in an increasingly chaotic world. Having our expectations met and our biases confirmed helps us feel, if momentarily, that something somewhere is in control.  This is, of course, pure fantasy and we are all going to die alone, most likely in […]

Looking Back With Steve Molitor

To become a boxing champion, you need to demonstrate a complete and utter devotion to your craft. You need to possess an obsessive, single-minded focus where you are willing to push your body beyond its limits day in and day out, year after year. And for many world titlists, it isn’t just the rigors of […]

2021 Fighter Of The Year: Canelo Alvarez

The business of boxing has changed. The world around us, even compared to just a couple years ago, is a very different place. But the essence of what happens between the ropes — the ancient stuff that keeps a man off the canvas, that knocks another senseless, that keeps us turning out to witness this […]

2021 Boxing Fighter Of The Year Nominees

Welcome back to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing over the course of a week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info, as […]

2021 Fight Of The Year: Tyson Fury KO11 Deontay Wilder

When sports equal the artistic merit produced in fiction, one of the ways it happens is as unscripted drama with narratives as rich as the unreal. Within seconds of the opening bell one October night, Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 started piling on the narratives that ensured we were about to get that kind […]

2021 Knockout Of The Year: Oscar Valdez KO10 Miguel Berchelt

First off, before we even get started, shut up. I can already hear you going “B-b-but what about” and then rattling off some obscure, mid-card jobber’s stoppage win at 4am in Botswana or some shit and just shut up. You’re a nerd. A boxing nerd. And that is hands down the worst kind of nerd. […]

2021 Boxing Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome back to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing over the course of a week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info, as […]

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