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Jerwin Ancajas, Naoya Inoue And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

Welcome to the boxing schedule. Sorry we missed ya last week. Naoya Inoue vs Petchbarngborn Kokietgym, Sunday, Zama Japan. The ultra-talented junior bantamweight Inoue has his third straight “meh” fight since a spectacular 2014 campaign, but at least he’s fighting. It wouldn’t be nearly as frustrating except an appetizing match-up with Roman Gonzalez continued to evade us. […]

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The Liver Punch: Things Are Looking Up

The end of summer is an odd time of year. For millions of Americans, it means the return of football. For millions of students, it means the return of school. Most of us while away in the heat, waiting for summer to be over so we can return to being productive. The time tends to […]

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Errol Spence And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

It’s a pretty light schedule. Unlike one of Friday’s combatants, who weighs more than Shaquille O’Neal did early in his NBA career but is about seven inches shorter. Errol Spence vs Leonard Bundu, NBC, Sunday, Brooklyn. Spence, a brilliant young welterweight, stays busy in a rare Sunday TV fight. Bundu gave the more accomplished Keith […]

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We All Float Down Here: Kell Brook Boldly Goes Where Canelo Will Not

When I was a kid, I was terrified of my parent’s basement. It was dark. There were weird noises. But the main reason I turned into Usain Bolt when the lights went off was very simple — I’d read Stephen King’s Novel “IT” when I was way, way too young. Most kids were scared of […]

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The Liver Punch: Adios Chino

It’s a little anti-climactic to learn of the retirement of someone who hasn’t fought in two years. Even the reaction to the news of Marcos Maidana’s official retirement was a bit strange. Normally when fans hear a favorite fighter is leaving the sport it’s met with bitter joy because the guy is usually shot and […]

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Andre Ward Cruises, Everyone Else Snoozes

Welp, Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand Saturday night on HBO didn’t do much to sell Ward vs Sergey Kovalev in the fall, but everyone probably still will watch anyway. Ward won every round with ease, but struggled to hurt the awkward, survival-oriented Brand, making for a snoozer. On paper it was pretty obvious that this […]

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Andre Ward Stays Hungry

Former super middleweight champion Andre Ward shared some insights on how he has managed to stay undefeated since he was 12 years old, speaking at a press conference in Oakland on Thursday. Thirty two year old Ward, who is unbeaten in 29 bouts, is now campaigning in the light heavyweight division. Along with Floyd Mayweather, Ward […]

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This Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Andre Ward And The Olympics

Andre Ward, son of the guy pictured above (or, like, his brother? the trinity is confusing) is back this weekend. So are the 2016 Olympics. Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand, Saturday, HBO, Oakland Calif. This doesn’t figure to be much of a test at all for Ward in advance of his fall showdown with a […]

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The Liver Punch: This Is Why We Watch

For A.M. Life is a series of tragedies. The things we love have a habit of disappointing us in the same way that the people we love do. They’re simply not what we hope they are. Mostly they are best they can be, no matter how much we wish it was otherwise. Anytime this happens, […]

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Carl Frampton Tops Leo Santa Cruz In A Cracker

The junior featherweight and featherweight divisions have been brimming with match-ups to make boxing drool for some time, and the first couple iterations of those desirable bouts have been compelling yet not outstanding. That changed Saturday night on Showtime when Carl Frampton riveted against Leo Santa Cruz, where the man from Northern Ireland edged a […]

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Adonis Stevenson Gets — What Else? — A Brutal KO

Thomas Williams, Jr. gave light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson several of his toughest rounds in forever. But in the end on Spike Friday, Stevenson turned out the lights, spectacularly, as is his wont. It didn’t look like it would necessary last very long after Stevenson scored a knockdown in the 1st with his trademark left […]

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The Liver Punch: Shaving With Hanlon’s Razor

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.” I’ve been using this maxim for years when people automatically assume that a ridiculous score card in a close fight is the result of corruption. Imagine my shock and horror then when the scores were announced for Jose Benavidez vs. Francisco Santana Saturday. Kermit […]

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Terence Crawford, Showing Greatness, Dominates Best Opponent

Terence Crawford has always looked like he is the complete package, but until Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View, he didn’t have a name on his resume like Viktor Postol. Now he does. And he didn’t just beat the most difficult foe of his career: He utterly dominated him. In facing the other best fighter at […]

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