The Liver Punch: Q=MV

Many people think Sir Isaac Newton wrote the equation force equals mass times acceleration: F=m*a. He didn’t. His formula was Q=m*v. Momentum equals mass times velocity. Momentum is a curious thing. We spend much of our lives trying to find it. It seems to be this formless thing that you really want but can never […]

Gervonta Davis Stops Replacement Hugo Ruiz

Third-generation Floyd Mayweather clone (by way of Adrien Broner) Gervonta Davis made quick work of late replacement opponent Hugo Ruiz Saturday night on Showtime, stopping him him in one round after apparently breaking his nose. It’s exactly how he should’ve done it, given that Ruiz was a late replacement who’d fought less than a month […]

Get Back To Where You Once Belonged: Sergey Kovalev UD12 Eleider Alvarez

Sergey Kovalev got his redemption, whether he wanted it or not. Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KO) has carried himself of late like a man losing his battle with gravity. His entire aura has just seemed, well, heavier. It’s as if he’s been forced by an unforgiving god to walk through life with one of Chris Arreola’s […]

Same As It Ever Was: Manny Pacquiao Easily Defeats Adrien Broner

One of the only assurances in this life is that there are no assurances. Plan all you want but, the universe gets its kicks reminding you who’s actually in charge. If the weatherman says 80 and sunny, prepare to be scraping ice off the windshield of your Ford Fiesta. If your friend says to meet […]

Oscar Rivas Eats Bryant Jennings

The American poet Edwin Markham once said, “Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” Markham, one can only assume, died penniless and jaundiced to the teeth – just as all 19th-century poets were contractually obliged to. But that kind of street cred merely adds heft to […]

Every Circus Needs A Clown: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Broner Preview

Well, here we are. The year is 2019 and we’re somehow discussing Adrien Broner as a principle participant in a somewhat meaningful PPV fight. I shouldn’t have to do this. We shouldn’t have to do this. Coming up with a fresh narrative every time Broner decides to put down the nachos, slap on some gloves, […]

Movin’ On Up: Devin Haney Dominates Xolisani Ndongeni

Prospect. Contender. Champion. Star. That’s the arc. Sure, an Olympic pedigree or a famous last name can expedite the process but for anyone who has ever strapped on a pair of gloves and asked to be paid for it, this is the assigned career path. And let’s be honest, most fighters will never make it […]

2018 Fighter Of The Year: Oleksandr Usyk

It’s sad, really, the way America — and much of the rest of the globe, actually — gives no fucks about the cruiserweight division, the stubbier sibling of the kaiju heavyweight class. So many of history’s best heavyweights, from Joe Louis to Rocky Marciano to Muhammad Ali, hovered around the cruiserweight 200-pound limit for large […]

2018 Boxing Fighter Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout this 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.  On the second day after a category […]

2018 Fight Of The Year: Kosei Tanaka Vs Sho Kimura

Perched on a stool in the kitchen of my parents’ ranch home, I was back in the middle of farm country for a family gathering — and therefore mainlining Bacardi Black — when my mother spoke up. Trusted arbiter of music culture that she is, mom couldn’t contain her excitement describing a new artist that […]

2018 Boxing Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout this 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.  On the second day after a category […]

2018 Knockout Of The Year: Naoya Inoue Vs Juan Carlos Payano

Every year there are thousands of knockouts in boxing. They run the gamut from questionable to mundane (how is that possible?) to spectacular. To be knockout of the year, though, it has to be spectacular, and if it’s in a big fight, so much the better. Viewers feel that charge of anticipation on the biggest […]

2018 Boxing Knockout of the Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout this 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.  On the second day after a category […]

The Liver Punch: Adapt Or Die

Year end retrospectives are always a bit strange for me. Probably, like many people, they tend to be colored by my current status. Most years around this time, that’s pretty hectic, so the things I actually enjoy are somehow shoehorned out of life in favor of tending to my immediate needs. In times like those […]

Lion Down: The Charlos On PBC On Fox

Let’s do some role playing for a minute. No, not that kind, weirdo. Take off the executioner mask and put the cakemixer down. Let’s pretend you run a boxing promotional outfit and you’re using the first card of a new multi-year bajillion dollar deal with national television networks to showcase two extremely marketable twin brothers […]

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