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The Professional Boxing Likeability Power Rankings

Liking stuff is hard. Even if you didn’t grow up on a steady diet of punk rock and decentralized anarchist propaganda like I did, the human brain’s capacity to enjoy things is finite. One pancake is good. Two are better. Ten is suicide.  And so it goes. The more things there are, the more opportunities […]

The 10 Types Of Boxing Twitter Troll And How To Deal With Them

You have some thoughts. You can no longer be alone with them. They involve boxing, so all of your loved ones abandoned you years ago. What to do? Well, you could go out and make some new friends.  Haha, just kidding! You’re going to die alone in your parents’ basement, just how god intended. Ha, […]

Last Call: Gennadiy Golovkin Survives Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Wins UD

Just because the ball dropped doesn’t mean the party’s over. And let’s be clear, the party most definitely rages on for middleweight star Gennadiy Golovkin, but it’s the part of the night where the soundtrack is a skipping Bongzilla record and all that’s left to drink is peach flavored Boone’s Farm with a garnish of […]

Rough Trade: Errol Spence Jr. Claws Out Split Decision Over Shawn Porter

Scoring a Shawn Porter fight is a thankless job. Over the course of his career, Porter (30-3-1, 17 KO) has developed an in-ring style seemingly meant to scramble the brains of anyone tasked with judging his performance. His mauling, face-first approach can appear as high-octane button-mashing until you glance down at your scorecard and realize […]

Letters From Inside: Jarrell Miller’s Time In Boxing Jail

You do the crime, you do the time. That’s the law of personal accountability on the streets, and in boxing, it’s no different. Ok, it’s somewhat different. You piss hot, you miss your shot. Or something.  This is the situation that Brooklyn based heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (23-0-1, 20 KO) found himself in April […]

Prospect No More: Devin Haney Dominates Zaur Abdullaev

Achievement Unlocked: Contender Status Acquired Welp, make it a hat trick for Devin Haney in 2019. Three fights, three impressive beatdowns. After a one-sided shutout decision over outgunned Xolisani Ndongeni in January and a Knockout of the Year contender over rugged Antonio Moran in May, Haney (23-0, 15 KOs) put the finishing touches on his […]

An Unavoidable Truth: Sergey Kovalev KO11 Anthony Yarde

In the end, Anthony Yarde got his moral victory while Sergey Kovalev took home the actual one.  Ok, so what angle should we take here? There’s a lot to unpack so how should we approach this? Professionally? Anthony Yarde put forth a valiant effort but ultimately a lack of proper preparation saw him fall short […]

Back in the Saddle: Jason Sosa Stops Haskell Rhodes in Seven

The following two statements are simultaneously true:  Over 23% of Jason Sosa’s professional fights have ended in something other than a victory.  *AND* Jason Sosa is an exceptionally talented fighter who is very much in the mix at the upper tier of the junior lightweight division.  We talk a lot in these columns about how […]

From Out of Nowhere: Jose Ramirez Stuns Maurice Hooker

 Yep, that kicked ass. Well, have a great week, everybody! *closes laptop, starts car, cranks up the Whitesnake* What’s that? There’s more to discuss? Do I have to do everything around here?! Fine. Whatever. In a deliciously thrilling junior welterweight bout, Jose Ramirez slithered into Maurice Hooker’s backyard and stole his title, his heart and, […]

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 […]

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