SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MARCH 26:  Kell Brook prepares to enter the arena prior to the IBF World Welterweight Championship between Kell Brook and Kevin Bizier at Sheffield Arena on March 26, 2016 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 5/16

Welcome to our first pound-for-pound list of 2016. If it seems overdue, it’s because the first couple months offered little prospect for movement. The two most recent? That’s been more productive for the best fighters in the world regardless of weight. Manny Pacquiao’s departure shakes thing up a little, and Takashi Uchiyama’s loss leaves another […]

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Badou Jack Gets Oddball Draw, James DeGale Wins And Struggles

Badou Jack turned in about three-fourths of a sterling performance Saturday on Showtime against Lucian Bute, who had been resurgent but found his offense stymied and ribcage pummeled for most of the 12 rounds. And then the bout ended with, somehow, a draw. The doubleheader also saw James DeGale in the ring as a preview for […]

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Andre Berto, Thomas Williams, Jr. Get KOs In Wild Fights

You just knew anything might happen when Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz got back into the ring together after their 2011 slugfest, with the intervening years marked primarily by losses. And we got a dramatic reversal on PBC on FOX Saturday — Berto suffered a knockdown in the 2nd, then scored the knockout in the […]

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Dirrells Both Notch Wins In Atlantic City

Having your post fight interview be the most entertaining aspect of your performance is fine if you’re Victor Ortiz, but Andre Dirrell is no Vinny Facelube in the entertainment department in or out of the ring. Friday night from the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Dirrell (25-2-0, 16 KO) got a unanimous decision against […]

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Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Andre Dirrell And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

There’s a cheeky weekend of boxing coming up. Not only is Victor “Facelube” Ortiz (pictured, weird) taking on Andre Berto in an extremely washed rematch, the Dirrell brothers are in action and Badou Jack is taking on Lucian Bute. Let’s get to the preview. Anthony Dirrell vs Caleb Truax, Friday, Spike, Atlantic City. It’s a super middleweight festival, […]

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Gennady Golovkin Wastes More Time Against Dominic Wade

Gennady Golovkin is an absolute animal, as he demonstrated again Saturday night on HBO. The problem is that he’s an aging animal who is wasting our time and his facing opponents like Dominic Wade, who had no chance on paper and even less in reality. Golovkin took him out easily in the 2nd, after three […]

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Roman Gonzalez Blows Out A Top-Notch McWilliams Arroyo

On another night, we’d be talking about how McWilliams Arroyo turned into a terrific performance to beat Flyweight X. Instead, Arroyo’s terrific performance served only as a backdrop to the greatness of Roman Gonzalez. On HBO Saturday, Arroyo ended Gonzalez’s 10-fight knockout streak with intelligent movement and sharp left hooks that had him as good […]

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Spence Vs Algieri Results: Spence Demolishes Algieri

Errol Spence didn’t look like hype. Now we know he isn’t. The top prospect in the world in any division stepped up big-time in competition to face Chris Algieri (above right), and handled him like a bulldog on a Beanie Baby. Algieri lasted the distance against Manny Pacquiao, gave Amir Khan all he could handle […]

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Marcus Browne prepares for his Cruiserweight bout against Francisco Sierra of Mexico on December 5, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Browne Vs Kalajdzic Results: Kalajdzic Gets Robbed

Radivoje Kalajdzic deserved to leave the ring Saturday after getting his hand held up by the referee. Instead, the institution-backed guy — U.S. Olympian light heavyweight Marcus Browne — walked away the victor in their NBC-televised bout. First, it took a bunk 1st round knockdown for Browne to even get the win, because otherwise he […]

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The Meaning Of Old Gloves: The Muhammad Ali Exhibition At The O2 Arena

A plank of wood is an unexpected start to “I Am The Greatest,” the much-hyped Muhammad Ali exhibition at London’s O2 Arena. It’s the door header from 3302 Grand Avenue in Louisville, Ali’s childhood home and the label suggests that a teenage Ali would surely have reached up and touched it on coming home from […]

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 09:  Manny Pacquiao celebrates at the end of the 12th round of his welterweight fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Not Fade Away: Manny Pacquiao Is Still Pretty Good

The great Larry Merchant liked to remark that boxing is the “theater of the unexpected.” And for the most part, it is. Fights that look like snoozers on paper turn out to be barn-burners. Underdogs score huge upsets. Refs have bad nights. Judges have very, very bad nights. ESPN analyst Brian Kenny’s hair goes from […]

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 09:  Manny Pacquiao (L) throws a left against Timothy Bradley Jr. during their welterweight championship fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao Rebounds In Perhaps His Last Fight, Decisions Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao, if he ended his career Saturday night, did it on a high note. Looking excellent physically and like he was truly enjoying himself after a couple years of declining exuberance, Pacquiao again defeated rival Timothy Bradley, decisioning him and dropping him twice despite Bradley coming in with a solid game plan. It was a history-making […]

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