Matt Korobov Defeats Jose Uzcategui By Mind-Numbing Decision

Despite being on the fans’ radar for a while, we still didn’t know a whole lot about middleweight Matt Korobov coming into this fight on the undercard of Yuriorkis Gambo-Terence Crawford on HBO from Omaha, Neb. He’s been a pro for six years, but didn’t step up competition in a while, which is usually a […]

The Write Of Spring — A Review Of “The Gods Of War: Boxing Essays”

“The sweet science is joined onto the past like a man’s arm to his shoulder.” – A.J. Liebling Since I began to write boxing with a degree of seriousness last year, I’ve had a notice set on my browser which dings ostentatiously every time a new piece by Springs Toledo is published on The Sweet […]

Running Undercard Results For Timothy Bradley Vs. Manny Pacquiao II

In a battle of two recently-robbed 135 pound contenders, longtime Pacquiao sparring partner Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KO) faced off against late replacement, but undoubtedly game Arash Usmanee (20-2-1, 10 KO) in a de facto eliminator for Terence Crawford’s lightweight belt. Beltran had originally been scheduled to face Rocky Martinez, but Usmanee isn’t the type […]

A Sentimental Education: The Allure Of The Crossroads

For all their base, animalistic intrigue, professional prizefights are often the antithesis to idealism. Unlike virtually all other athletic endeavours, the grandest stage in boxing is not by default reserved for the best. The finest two entities do not necessarily face one another for the prize of global supremacy. In fact, this happens so rarely […]

Hi-Tech Weaponry: Vasyl Lomachenko Seeks To Make History In Just The Fifth Round Of His Professional Career

(Vasyl Lomachenko, left, Orlando Salido, right) If boxing in 2014 is yet to herald anything, perhaps it’s an enhanced appreciation of the greatness of the preceding year. The paucity of this month’s schedule, when allied to the underwhelming bouts scattered with a listless promotional hand throughout January, has produced a scenario in which the sport’s […]

Mikey And Mini: Miguel Angel Garcia Vs. Juan Carlos Burgos Preview And Prediction

Discounting last weekend’s Montreal grudge match, which had waning significance in the light heavyweight division and was aimed squarely at the Canadian market, this Saturday will see Mikey Garcia take on Juan Carlos Burgos in the junior lightweight class, in what amounts to HBO’s first showcase of 2014. Not that it’s a total mismatch or […]

2013 Fighter Of The Year Nominees

Taking the inimitable pay-per-view record-breaker Floyd Mayweather out of the equation, 2013 was arguably nothing to write home about when measured in terms of outright star power. The cash cows were, on the whole, either absent or slaughtered. Manny Pacquiao barely featured, Canelo Alvarez and Adrien Broner both lost their shine, even the original Golden […]

Kings Of New York: Zab Judah Vs. Paulie Malignaggi Preview And Prediction

“Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. Y’all cats know how I do my thing. Brooklyn King that’ll snatch your bling…” So said the Masta Killa in 2006, a year in which Zab Judah knocked down Floyd Mayweather (check YouTube if you don’t believe me) and Paulie Malignaggi won the hearts of the boxing world against a […]

Holy Hand Grenade: Andre Ward Vs. Edwin Rodriguez Preview And Prediction

A risky tune-up fight for an overconfident superstar, or a mismatch? That’s the question. It sounds harsh on both men, but we’re likely to see one of those two scenarios play out when undefeated super middleweight king Andre Ward steps back into the ring for the first time in 14 months to take on Dominican […]

Revisiting “No Mas” With ESPN 30 For 30

As befits the latest installment of ESPN’s acclaimed 30 For 30 series, or any boxing documentary if you’re really feeling facetious, “No Mas,” (debuting Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET) is anachronistic from the get go. From the opening shots of Ray Leonard’s ageless torso as he pounds the heavy bag in his home gym, to […]

Miguel Cotto And The Brutal Transience of All Things

There is a phrase the Japanese use to describe their most powerful works of art, an essence that seems to flow through certain prominent postwar novels and films, and is epitomised in nature by the cherry blossom that blooms so spectacularly for a just few short days a year. Mono no aware, roughly translated as […]

Executing The Money Man: Why Bernard Hopkins Ranks Higher Than Floyd Mayweather

(Bernard Hopkins, standing, walks by Floyd Mayweather, sitting at right) In the wake of Floyd Mayweather’s routing of young Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this past weekend (which the Queensberry Rules team predicted with Nostradamus-like sagacity), attentions have once again shifted to the future. With the so-called biggest challenge out there proving to be anything but, […]

Andre Ward — The Smartest Guy In The Room?

Sept. 8 will mark one year since Andre Ward last entered the boxing ring. That’s one year since he destroyed Chad Dawson, the former lineal light heavyweight champion, over 10 brutal rounds and rose to number two in the consensus pound-for-pound rankings of those that like to keep track of such things. To say the […]

Too Soon For Saint George?

Upon learning of George Groves’ plans to take on Carl Froch, the overwhelming reaction amongst the British contingent seemed to be one of joy. It was a childlike emotion for many, one that could be traced back as far as the early 1990s when British super middleweights regularly squared off in megafights commanding television audiences […]