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 […]


The Undercard: Terence Crawford Vs Viktor Postol Results

Keep coming back here for updated Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol results for the undercard… ****** Oleksandr Gvozdyk forced a frustrated Tommy Karpency to quit in the 6th round in a bout where Karpency started off with a bang and then couldn’t keep any momentum. Karpency, the more seasoned pro light heavyweight, caught Gvozdyk with a […]


Terence Crawford, Jerry Odom And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

A saying around my first newsroom was, “Puppies sell papers.” Perhaps, also, “Terence Crawford sells papers?” The week has already brought us a hanfdful of noteworthy bouts, some more meaningful than others: Flyweight Kazuto Ioka beat Keyvin Lara and junior featherweight Jonathan Guzman beat Shingo Wake; heavyweight Joseph Parker took out Solomon Haumono. But these are […]


The Liver Punch: You Want HOW Much?

Unlike most major sports, boxing exists in an anarcho-capitalist wasteland. It’s the kind of environment that would give Ayn Rand a dusty orgasm and produce a raging semi in Ted Cruz that’s normally reserved for when he imagines Jesus power bombing a refugee child. Because of this, most fighters get paid based on how many […]

BIRMINGHAM, AL - JULY 16:  WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder (L) fights Chris Arreola (R) in a title defense at Legacy Arena at the BJCC on July 16, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama.  (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder Smashes A Willing Chris Arreola — And Himself

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Chris Arreola openly acknowledged that he didn’t deserve to face Deontay Wilder Saturday night. He did, however, promise to leave everything in the ring in his attempt. He was right on both accounts. Wilder (37-0, 36 KO) defeated Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) via an 8th round stoppage to retain his title, battering — […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 07:  WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko prepares for his fight against Romulo Koasicha at the Thomas & Mack Center on November 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Ranking The 2012 Olympic Boxing Gold Medalists

Olympic gold has traditionally been seen as a route to professional stardom. But for every Michael Spinks there’s been a Odlanier Solis, for every Cassius Clay a Rakhim Chakhiev. With an eye on the stars to come out of the upcoming Rio games, this list looks to rank those men who picked up gold in […]


The Liver Punch: How Much Information Is Too Much?

Ahead of successfully defending his alphabet straps in Ekaterinburg, Russia yesterday, light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev participated in a videotaped interview and feature with Yahoo’s Chris Mannix. Since Kovalev’s bout against Isaac Chilemba was his first time fighting in Russia since 2011, it made sense to revisit his last bout in his home country. The bout […]


Kovalev Doesn’t KO Chilemba (Giving Ward Hope?)

Isaac Chilemba neutralized Sergey Kovalev for half of their bout Monday, then somehow left the ring on his own power, making him just the fourth man to do so in Kovalev’s 30 wins.  You have to imagine Andre Ward was watching with a grin at home in advance of their superfight later this year. But should […]


Mario Barrios, Devis Boschiero And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

High-level boxing is in a bit of a mid-winter lull, but there are lower-order fights on that might sustain your interest. Mario Barrios vs. Devis Boschiero, Saturday, ESPN/ESPN Deportes, Trenton N.J. Six-foot tall junior lightweight prospect Mario Barrios takes on Italy’s Devis Boschiero in a step-up fight that he should win (and shine). Jose Ramirez vs. […]


Denis Shafikov Ruins Jamel Herring = America Main Event

As a set-up for a July 4 weekend card, you could do worse than Olympic Marine Jamel Herring. As a meaningful fight for the 30-year-old lightweight prospect, Denis Shafikov was as hard as you ought to even think about offering him. But if you wanted Herring to win to commemorate AMERICA, it was a bad […]


Jamel Herring, Denis Shafikov And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

A glance at the headline should clue you in about the quality of boxing on American television screens this week; when lightweights Herring and Shafikov are the biggest names you’ve got, things are likely a bit sparse. Denis Shafikov vs. Jamel Herring, Saturday, ESPN, Reading PA. A week after Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter showed Al […]


Keith Thurman Edges Shawn Porter In Action Fight

Keith Thurman got by Shawn Porter Saturday on CBS, but it was anything but easy. The scores illustrated just how close it was: 115-113 on all three cards, and it could’ve been that way either way for either man. And we got plenty of punches swapped in a bout that came close to living up […]


Anthony Joshua Keeps Wrecking Fringe Contenders

For the second fight in a row, heavyweight talent Anthony Joshua put a fringe contender in a vice and exploded him. In Saturday’s fight on Showtime, the vice was applied slowly, but he kept the pressure on until Dominic Breazeale crumpled along the ropes in the 7th round. The difference between Breazeale and Joshua’s last […]