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The Liver Punch: Falling Down The Rabbit Hole

Embarrassingly, I spent last Friday night watching Yuri Foreman get knocked out by Erislandy Lara. The fight was terrible, and the knockout punch was sneaky good, but nothing like the destructive mesmerization I seek. Normally I’d forget that I’d been foolish enough to watch it and move on with my life, but over the weekend, […]

2016 Fighter Of The Year: Carl Frampton

A Jackal is a wild dog. They look a little differently, and they sound a little differently than the dogs we know, but that’s what they are. They’re opportunists who kill when they must and steal when they can. They work as a team. They are the the kind of creature that we hate to […]

Terence Crawford Is Playing With His Food

Terence Crawford is good at boxing. Saturday, in Omaha, Neb., he reminded us how good he is. Crawford’s junior welterweight bout with John Molina, Jr. on HBO was always destined to be a mismatch. Molina gave Lucas Matthysse a few rough moments while absorbing a frightening beating a few years back. He came back from […]

The Liver Punch: Give Me A Trainwreck

Last week, still grouchy from the awful scorecards in Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward, I pondered if Nicholas Walters might give Vasyl Lomachenko a real test, and in doing so elevate both fighters. We got about half of that. Lomachenko was elevated in some minds because he was brilliant. That Walters decided after seven rounds […]

The Liver Punch: We Need Another Reckoning

No matter how gifted you are, ultimately you will be judged by your opposition. In fact, the more talent you have, the more people will want you to be tested. There’s a reason that average kids who get B’s are lauded and intelligent kids who do the same are disappointments. People might give you the […]

A Welcome Mystery: Sergey Kovalev Vs Andre Ward Preview And Prediction

We live in the supposed information age. Everything that everyone does is compiled, quantified, and analyzed to deliver a more specialized experience whether you’re shopping or watching TV. Sports have also followed this trend, and in many ways led the charge. The experience of fandom is lost to some degree because you’re constantly being updated […]

TQBR Roundtable: Kovalev Vs Ward Edition

Whilst I admit we aren’t exactly the crew at My-T-Sharp, the staff here at TQBR is always up to gather round our smart phones and email each other at all hours of the night as we try to hash out our varying opinions of the sport’s biggest fights. Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward may not […]

The Liver Punch: No One Likes A Human Being

There’s a reality known to anyone from a small town. It’s that your peers cannot wait for you to fail. Any step outside the well-trod path is met with raised eyebrows from those who know that this spells your doom. When you do manage to go forward and make something truly your own, those very […]

Manny Pacquiao Vs Jessie Vargas Results

Sometimes a glimmer is enough. Manny Pacquiao picked up another meaningless alphabet strap that added nothing to his legacy by defeating a Jessie Vargas Saturday night. He’s already done enough to secure his Hall of Fame status. He might have needed the money, but he didn’t need the adulation. Pacquiao wasn’t the destroyer of old […]

The Liver Punch: What’s He Got Left?

All fighters, and all people, eventually get old. Time robs us of of our physical and mental faculties with complete indifference. The reason so many of us live in the past is because that’s when we had not only the skill, but the energy to accomplish our goals. A fortunate few have their primes ripped […]

The Liver Punch: Where’s This Going?

I’m relatively certain that I’ve never written anything complimentary about Vanes Martirosyan. In fact, I’ve probably never given any in or out of the ring action of his more than a perfunctory eye roll. But it’s been a slow couple of weeks and fuck it, here we are. Yesterday, Martirosyan went on a miniature Twitter […]

The Liver Punch: Roll With The Punches

There are a variety of boxing phrases that have entered the lexicon of the general public. Probably the most well known is “roll with the punches.” It describes a specific skill within our sport, but almost everyone understands what it means on an intellectual and emotional level. The exact boxing technique is something I learned […]

The Liver Punch: Keeping Tabs

For all but the most devoted fans (i.e. people who need a life like me), only the top matters. If a fight isn’t for a belt or between contenders, they largely can’t be bothered to watch it. In some ways, this explains the proliferation of various nonsense alphabet straps over the last three decades. Convince […]

The Liver Punch: Flawed Gods And Relatable Heroes

It’s easy to love what we perceive to be perfect. It’s a childish impulse, but one to which all of us have fallen prey. Everyone has had a relationship that seemed destined for greatness fall apart when the vulnerabilities of one or both parties came to light. We either recoil in horror because we are […]

The Liver Punch: Is This The New Normal?

Boxing is a worldwide sport. It always has been. One of the things that makes it special is that fighting is a universal experience for human beings. There are certainly cultures that place more value on it, but by and large, everyone gets it. Christopher Hitchens summed it perfectly when he lamented that our prefrontal […]

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