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Command And Control: Crawford Stops Benavidez Late

Almost every Terence Crawford fight progresses in the same manner. They can seem scripted, borderline predestined in that way. Crawford starts in an orthodox stance before switching southpaw and slowly begins chipping away at his opponent. Against top contenders, he might even lose a couple of rounds early. Invariably, he slowly exerts more and more […]

Vargas And Dulorme Brawl To A Draw In The Real Chicago

You’ll want to take Cermak west, away from the lake, then veer north on to State through the South Loop – you’ll spot Reggie’s on your right. Hang a left on 18th, through East Pilsen and on to 90 West, or keep pushing up to Printer’s Row and go west at Harrison. Just get over […]

The Liver Punch: Well… Bye.

Yesterday afternoon HBO announced that after 45 years, they are getting out of boxing at the end of October. It seemed an ignominious death rattle for the sport’s marquee platform, but in many ways is a relief for those of us who grew into our fandom watching the network. There will doubtless be glowing eulogies […]

Tactical Rage: Gennady Golovkin Vs. Canelo Alvarez Preview And Prediction

For upwards of 20 years, Mike Tyson fought with tar in his belly and malice clenched in both hands – double-edged weapons he’d earned as a fat kid with a lisp and a sensitive soul growing up in the dark heart of Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood. By the back half of the 1980s, he was regarded […]

“Super” Fly 3: Juan Francisco Estrada Decisions Felipe Orucuta

No matter why you watched the first two installments of HBO’s 115-pound cards, you left happy. HBO might think that it was for Chocolatito Gonzales or Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but ultimately that’s not the case. It was never the status of the fighters; it was the quality of the fights. In that, Superfly 3, from […]

The Liver Punch: Content Quotas

It’s an unwritten rule in life that after anything unexpected happens, many of those who viewed it will spend an inordinate amount of time on the autopsy. They will generally be looking for those little nuggets of information that went unseen. Because if they’d had all the facts, they never would’ve been surprised. This is […]

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 […]

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 Liver Punch: Confidence Intervals

Say the word “awkward” out loud. Chances are pretty good that you’ll remember a moment in which you said something that was not well received, or just the entirety of your teenage years in my case. That’s how most of us relate to the word. It’s something embarrassing and inconvenient. It feels off. Awkward also […]

Sergey Kovalev Chops Up, Stops Igor Mikhalkin

Inasmuch as any card can be a commercial for the future, tonight’s HBO card from Madison Square Garden Theater in New York was that. For seven rounds, Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO) beat up his former amateur team mate Igor Mikhalkin. Mikhalkin (21-2, 9 KO), came into the fight with his only positive attributes being a […]

The Liver Punch: Whose Story Are You Telling?

My undergraduate mentor always starts a piece of advice with, “My boy…” I’m 35 and he still does it. He spoke to me that way when I was a precocious 18 year old hell bent on fucking up his own life. He said it to me when I was a driven, if utterly directionless, 23 […]

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