Boxing Needs More Josh Taylors

This evening at the SSE Hydro Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, junior welterweight Josh Taylor signaled his entrance into the ranks of world class fighters in just his 13th professional bout. He did so by winning a (way too goddamn) wide unanimous decision over Ukrainian Viktor Postol by scores of 117-110, 118-110, and 119-108. TQBR was […]

The Liver Punch: Gaslighting

Boxing is full of mind games. Many times they are positive and necessary. Think of a trainer subtley tweaking a fighter’s insecurities to motivate them. Many times they are just necessary, as when fighters fuck with each other before a bout. Most of the time, though, they are tedious and obvious, and we as the […]

Leo Santa Cruz Edges Abner Mares In Action-Packed Rematch

Leo Santa Cruz had moved beyond it, this Abner Mares rematch Saturday on Showtime. Mares had done almost nothing to earn the do-over, while Santa Cruz had beaten a better fighter in Carl Frampton. You know what, though? The second time around was arguably better than the first, which ended with the same victor: Santa […]

Let’s Fix Boxing, Shall We?

If sports were restaurants, boxing would be the rustic, old steakhouse that hasn’t changed so much as a side dish since prohibition. The kind that bills its own reluctance to adapt to modern ideas as “classic.” Sure, the filet mignon is boiled and there’s rats in the bathroom the size of campground raccoons but hey, […]

Vasyl Lomachenko Gets Tested By Jorge Linares, Scores Big KO

For a while early, and then right in the middle, it looked like Vasyl Lomachenko’s otherworldly skill might not be enough to guarantee a victory against the bigger, faster and himself-pretty-skilled Jorge Linares. But Saturday on ESPN, Lomachenko overcame a rare knockdown to himself score a knockout in the 10th round. This might be Lomachenko’s […]

Gennady Golovkin Scores A Big Knockout, Like He Used To Do

You couldn’t be blamed for wondering whether Gennady Golovkin’s two-fight non-knockout streak meant he was no longer the power punching beast who once gobbled up opponents whole. It seems, rather, that it was just a matter of opponent caliber. Golovkin barely beat fellow middleweight Daniel Jacobs, then fought to a draw with Canelo Alvarez. Vanes […]

Stop Hitting Yourself!

The Six Greatest Self-Punches In Boxing History If football is a game of inches, as my friends who enjoy spending their Sundays being hopelessly bored assure me it is, then boxing is a game of seconds. Each tick of the clock is accompanied by countless subconscious computations which direct a fighter’s body to make the […]

Anthony Joshua Takes Sleepy Decision Over Joseph Parker

They can’t all be great, it turns out. The heavyweight mini-hot streak of excellent bouts among top contenders ended Saturday on Showtime, as Anthony Joshua took a lukewarm decision over Joseph Parker. This had the makings of another crackjack fight, like we got with Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz. It […]

Oh Boxing, What Am I Going To Do With You?

If you’re going to get your ass kicked, you might as well get paid for it. Statistically, most of us will have our dicks knocked in the dirt at least once in our lives and we won’t make a cent from it. Hell, some people pay good money to have the shit kicked out of […]

Dillian Whyte Sets Himself Up In Oddly Good Heavyweight Division

It’s time to start talking about whether the heavyweight division is back. Dillian Whyte vs Lucas Browne Saturday on HBO is just one piece of evidence. Last year the best fight was Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko. The best fight this year is probably Deontay Wilder over Luis Ortiz. Next weekend is Joshua vs Joseph […]

The Liver Punch: Rampant Buckery

Last Saturday night, from the rain soaked StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Oscar Valdez did what he wanted to do. I’m not suggesting that he had his way with Scott Quigg in their featherweight bout on ESPN. Far from it. What he did was to assert his will over everything around him, most importantly over […]

The Giggle Factory: Mikey Garcia Is Good At Boxing

Making truth claims about a sport as unpredictable and fluid as boxing can be journalistic suicide but I’m about to do it, consequences be damned. Before I do however, I want to stress that I’m in no way attempting to talk over your head or use technical jargon meant to intimidate or belittle you. This […]

Mikey Garcia Takes Competitive Win Over Sergey Lipinets

Mikey Garcia got one of the, if not THE, toughest fight of his career Saturday night on Showtime but won handily on the scorecards against a game Sergey Lipinets. It was a very nice match-up of technically proficient and hard-hitting boxer-punchers. This writer had it closer than most, with a 7th round knockdown the difference […]

Sharp Regis Prograis Whoops Sloppy Julius Indongo

Was Julius Indongo that bad Saturday night on Showtime? Or was Regis Prograis that good? As often is the case in a fight like this, where Prograis wiped out Indongo in two rounds, it’s a little of both, but probably more the former. Indongo was coming off a knockout loss to the former junior welterweight […]

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