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Growing Not Showing: Teofimo Lopez UD12 Masayoshi Nakatani

Imagine you work at an insurance company collating and sorting accident claims. Also, for the sake of verisimilitude, your name is Ruth and you have what can only be described as “way too many” cats. Now, you’re a bit of a hotshot in the collating department. You’ve done some highlight reel alphabetizing and your stapling […]

Shakur Stevenson Stops Late Replacement Alberto Guevara in Three Rounds

If you missed a call from an unknown number this past week, chances are good that it was Top Rank’s matchmaking department inquiring about your availability to fight Shakur Stevenson Saturday night. In the month leading up to the fight, one opponent after another fell through as Stevenson’s team discovered they weren’t either a woman […]

Andrew Cancio Writes His Own Story, Stops Alberto Machado Again

Back in the mid to late 1990s, NASA’s Theoretical Physics division consulted with pound for pound king Roy Jones Jr. in an effort to advance their studies on the possibilities of time travel. The thinking was that Jones’ preternatural reflexes and timing could provide insight into how matter could be converted into energy and transported […]

A Star Is Bored: Gennady Golovkin Takes On *Checks Notes* Steve Rolls

“Aren’t you embarrassed by this?” That was the question former HBO ringside analyst Larry Merchant asked then-middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins after The Executioner’s farcical game of “the floor is lava” that doubled as a professional boxing match against comically undeserving French challenger, Morrade Hakkar in 2003. The implication of Merchant’s question — to say nothing […]

Fat Chance: Despite His Size, Andy Ruiz Scores One For The Little Guy

Anthony Joshua is, by all accounts, a genuinely good guy. The animosity being spewed toward him in the wake of his shocking knockout loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. this weekend feels, at the very least, misdirected. In boxing’s class structure though, Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) represents the establishment, the “man” so to speak. Ruiz’s (33-1, […]

Vulgar Display of Power: Devin Haney Decimates Antonio Moran

There are only a handful of specific notes in the western musical language. Twelve to be exact. One can texture these notes how they see fit and vary the octave based on the range of their preferred instrument, but every musician, from Beethoven to Black Flag, draws from the same palette of twelve unique tones. […]

Identity Crisis: Deontay Wilder Blows Out Dominic Breazeale

If you attempted to reach Deontay Wilder this week and were unsuccessful in doing so, it’s because the hulking heavyweight was busy rounding off the edges of the manufactured personality he would try out for the build-up to his fight with Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KO) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn […]

Even The Losers: Julian Williams Decisions Jarrett Hurd In A Thriller

After his hard fought and well deserved unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Jarrett Hurd was announced to the 5,105 partisan fans in attendance Saturday at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Va., Julian “J Rock” Williams had a message for the boxing world. “Stop condemning fighters after they take a loss. It’s boxing, things happen.” […]

Right Here, Right Now: Regis Prograis Dominates Kiryl Relikh

The elastic promise of future potential will always outweigh the concrete truths of our present. In life, and most certainly in boxing, we spend so much time wondering what will be that we forget to appreciate what is. This guy could be a contender. He might be a champion. Possibly even a pound for pound […]

Don’t Stop Believin’: Nonito Donaire Puts Stephon Young To Sleep

They say the punching power is the last thing to go. For the eternally youthful yet somehow 36(!) year old Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26 KO) this certainly holds true, though I’d argue his hairline may outlast his near mythically heavy hands. For all the effects that asshole father time has had on the aging Donaire’s […]

Come Out and Play: Danny Garcia Batters Adrian Granados

Stardom in boxing is a fickle thing. It can’t be forced or manufactured. It happens organically or not at all and remains one of the last things in this sport that can’t be bought. Some fighters attain stardom because of their talent, others in spite of it. Some guys lack the connections while others rely […]

With a Little Help From My Friends: Jaime Munguia MD12 Dennis Hogan

Corruption or incompetence? That’s the eternal question with boxing’s unending flirtation with scripted reality television. Are the people who pull the levers that turn the gears and ultimately decide the course of fighters’ careers crooked or are they just dumb? Or both? In order to make sense of the 12 round majority decision junior middleweight […]

The Six Weirdest Things Jim Lampley Has Cried About

Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: It’s OK to cry. It’s good to cry. I’m crying right now, mostly about Verne Troyer’s death and how I never got to prove my theory that with enough duct tape and personal lubricant you could fit him inside a Pringles can. But […]

Skill Vs. Will: Dmitry Bivol Easily Outpoints Joe Smith Jr.

Since his ascension to the pro ranks after a superlative amateur career, in which he reportedly went 268-15, Dmitry Bivol (16-0, 11 KO) has had a slight “shit or get off the pot” aura surrounding him. Sublimely talented but perfectly content to underwhelm, watching Bivol fight is like watching the world’s greatest lumberjack ply his […]

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