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 […]

Josh Warrington Upends Carl Frampton

Win the Powerball once, you’re a lucky bastard. Hit it twice? Now you must be up to something. And that’s why, on Saturday in Manchester, it was clear to anyone who’d been paying attention that Josh Warrington didn’t beat the odds. He’d rigged the game. Back in May, Warrington was the irresistible underdog, the locals’ […]

Rusty-Looking Vasyl Lomachenko Still Handles His Business

The best boxer on the planet didn’t come in on a clear signal for large swaths of Saturday night, as Vasyl Lomachenko got some static from Jose Pedraza and maybe some interference from a layoff following shoulder surgery. Then came an electrifying two-knockdown 11th that shot the true Loma through in 4K. That Lomachenko was […]

Long Ears And Short Tongues: How Boxing Is Judged

I started boxing nearly seven years ago in a serendipitous chain of events.  A personal training session started out as expected with weights and plyometrics, but ended with boxing.  It was love at first punch, and the rest as they say, is history. I spent the next four years boxing two-three times per week and […]

Tyson Fury Vs Deontay Wilder: I Am The Resurrection

If you saw it in a movie you wouldn’t buy it. You would roll your eyes and bemoan the director’s inability to avoid rote, boxing movie clichés. A story, a fight, and a moment like this could only come from the minds of writers with just the faintest exposure to actual prizefighting. But this was […]

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