The Dumbest Sport

I don’t remember when exactly I became a boxing publicist, nor do I recall the circumstances that led up to it. Granted, I most likely wouldn’t. I have a goldfish brain and pertinent details are often banished to the recesses of my mind in the amount of time it took to type this sentence. Still […]

The Liver Punch: Falling Short

In the 1993 classic “Rookie Of The Year,” washed up major leaguer Chet Steadman, played by American treasure Gary Busey, tells child wunderkind and scientific anomaly Henry Rowengartner, “Henry, don’t take this serious. But it’s nothing to joke about. One day, your gift will be gone.” Steadman is way past his best, and exists as […]

Jeff Horn Upsets Manny Pacquiao, Wrongly

We got a surprisingly competitive fight Saturday evening on ESPN when Manny Pacquiao faced underdog Jeff Horn, but we surely shouldn’t have gotten the result we did: The Australian amateur talent upset the all-time great as Horn took a unanimous decision from Pacquiao in their welterweight bout. To be clear, this welterweight showdown was not […]

Stop Caring About Adrien Broner

Seriously, do it. You’re free. You don’t have to live like this. Unburden yourself from the psychological debt accrued by watching potential squandered in real-time. I absolve you. Go outside. Eat an egg. Learn to do a backflip. Your time on earth is finite and valuable. In the first “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movie, […]

The Liver Punch: For The Fans

This Saturday, from a 55,000 person stadium in Brisbane, Australia, Manny Pacquiao will face basically unknown Jeff Horn in a welterweight bout. It’s not the fight that most of us expected for the Filipino. Nothing about the fight is normal. Not the opponent, not the location, and not the fact that instead of being on […]

Andre Ward Andre Wards, Stops Sergey Kovalev

It just wouldn’t be an Andre Ward fight without him pissing off droves of fans and assorted boxing figures. Sometimes he deserves it. Sometimes he doesn’t. Saturday brought us a little of both as he beat Sergey Kovalev by stoppage. This is how it went in the light heavyweight match-up of arguably the two best […]

Chaos And Control: Ward Vs. Kovalev 2 Preview And Prediction

There is a certain amount of chaos that each of us is willing or able to deal with. Some people thrive on it, particularly creating it. Others need everything clamped down to the point that there are no surprises. Each of us is looking for a comfortable place to thrive as we navigate the space […]

Counterpunch: A Review

“Counterpunch,” debuting today on NetFlix, is a well-shot, well-produced, well-framed boxing documentary telling oft-interesting stories that nonetheless arrives at very little in the way of surprises (and perhaps offers the occasional letdown) for the hardcore fan of professional pugilism. Your mileage may vary if you are a casual. The premise is this: Why would anyone […]

Mayweather Vs McGregor: Get Your Irish Up

The Irish culture dictates that if you are not interested in school you must find a trade and begin the working life. The trade Conor McGregor pursued was already built into his DNA. The Irish have a strong affection for the fight game, but none have been able to rise to the level of Conor […]

Mayweather Vs McGregor Is A Go, And It Will Be A One-Sided Clowning

Well, that just happened. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, a showdown between the best boxer of his generation and the biggest star in mixed martial arts, is a go for Aug. 26 at junior middleweight. There will be more to say on this soon. But for now: Do not, repeat do NOT, expect anything remotely […]

The Humanity of Ray Beltran’s Brutal Knockout Win

Back in 2009, I spent four months in Peru as the principal sparring partner of Jonathan Maicelo. In sum, I more or less acted as a human punching bag during my stay, and this was when he was a only marginal star in the world of boxing. Since then, he moved to the United States and built […]

Errol Spence Is The Real Deal, Takes Down Kell Brook

This was the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Prodigious young Errol Spence took on an elite opponent Saturday, Kell Brook, and beat him, establishing himself as an elite fighter himself, the kid who could one day rule the sport. It was not an easy outing on Showtime for the once up-and-coming, now fully realized, […]

Terence Crawford Is Good At Boxing

Each fight tells you something about the fighters. Saturday night, at Madison Square Garden on HBO, Terence “Bud” Crawford confirmed what we knew about him. Crawford’s talent is sublime. It’s unquestioned. It remains untested. Felix Diaz (19-2, 9 KO) is a good fighter. He won a gold medal at the Olympics. He can punch with […]

The Liver Punch: The A-Side In The Entitlement Generation

On April 4, Andre Ward posted this to Instagram, with the caption, “I’m going to keep it short and sweet, you got what you asked for, now you have to see me JUNE 17TH. This time leave the excuses at home.” We, the adoring public have been blessed to buy a pay-per-view rematch of a good […]

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