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Canelo Alvarez Proves It: He’s The Best In The World

If you watched Canelo Alvarez brutally, clinically knock out one of the world’s top few light heavyweights Saturday without ever flinching at one of his punches, you might hardly believe the following tale is true: Fighting in Las Vegas in just his fourth pro fight, Alvarez took on Jose Miguel Cotto, the lesser known person […]

TRANSNATIONAL BOXING RANKINGS: SEVEN YEARS AND RUNNING

(PRESS RELEASE) The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board this month celebrated its seventh year of providing fair, uncompromised boxing rankings and clear, singular divisional champions. Comprised of 50 boxing writers and record keepers in 20 countries across five continents, the board has published weekly rankings in stark contrast to alphabet organizations like the WBC, WBA, WBO and WBF, […]

Artur Beterbiev Mounts Violent Coup For Light Heavyweight Throne

For the second time in as many years, a rising contender violently ripped away the lineal light heavyweight championship with a late round knockout. Artur Beterbiev became the king vs Oleksandr Gvozdyk Friday night in an excellent match-up square in the middle one of boxing’s periodic hot streaks, and Beterbiev didn’t just get the championship, […]

This Century’s Most Badass Boxing Moments

Boxing is the toughest sport. Science says so! That means if you’re doing something really badass in pugilism, you’re multiplications of badass. It’s one thing to be in the toughest sport. It’s a whole ‘nother level to be the most badass within the sport. Just last month, welterweight Shawn Porter delivered a really cool moment […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Update, September 2019

Few things in boxing inspire as much bile by their mere existence — or each list’s ability to inspire derision because of how obviously stupid its author is — as the mythical pound-for-pound list. That’s part of what makes them so delicious. The lists do possess a certain value, though, even the most obviously awful […]

Vergil Ortiz Gets Challenge, Knocks Out Challenge

Vergil Ortiz Jr. got his first real test Saturday night. And oh, did he pass. Fighting tough veteran and top 5 junior welterweight Antonio Orozco on DAZN proved anything but easy. They swapped rounds until the 6th — the first time Ortiz had even seen that round — when Ortiz shifted into a gear neither […]

Something To Prove: Ruben Olivares And The Origins Of Boxers

This is an edited extract from former TQBR staffer Alex McClintock’s debut book, “On the Chin,” available now on the Kindle Store and other e-book retailers through Text Publishing. A compilation of the grim origin stories of famous boxers would span many leather-bound volumes and remain nowhere near complete, so I’ll content myself with an […]

Gervonta Davis Terminates Another Overmatched Foe

All right, it’s time for Gervonta Davis to stop dicking around. Davis notched yet another stoppage within three rounds Saturday on Showtime, detonating Ricardo Nunez in the 2nd. He’s now done this kind of quick work four times in five fights. It has something to do with Davis’ explosive offense, his blend of speed and […]

It’s Probably Never Going To Happen For Demetrius Andrade

Demetrius Andrade has a deal with DAZN, which is why he was fighting there Saturday night, but more importantly he has a deal with DAZN because DAZN has the two biggest attractions in the middleweight division, champ Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. And during his fight with Maciej Sulecki this time out, DAZN’s broadcasting team […]

Guillermo Rigondeaux Gets Bailed Out Of Surprising War

Jermell Charlo was the headliner on Fox Sports Sunday, so we’ll get to that in a sec, but the fight really worth talking about — for reasons both good and ill — was Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Julio Ceja. The true junior featherweight champion, Rigondeaux, bafflingly decided to turn it into a phone booth shootout against […]

Andy Ruiz Jr. Scores An All-Time Upset Over Anthony Joshua

Andy Ruiz, Jr. scored one of the biggest upsets in boxing history Saturday night on DAZN, ruining Anthony Joshua’s U.S. debut and dethroning the world’s top heavyweight. It’s definitely the biggest heavyweight upset since Mike Tyson vs Buster Douglas. It’s not that Ruiz wasn’t dangerous on paper. He was just on the outskirts of the […]

Canelo Alvarez Sneaks Middleweight Championship From Daniel Jacobs

It wasn’t easy. But Canelo Alvarez, the middleweight champion, outboxed Daniel Jacobs Saturday night on DAZN and won a unanimous decision to keep his undisputed status. Your scribe thought it could’ve gone either way but Canelo won ultimately. We had a slick v slick performance and Canelo edged it. It was so difficult to assess […]

Baffler: Juan Francisco Estrada Tops Srisaket Sor Rungvisai In Rematch

The rematch between Juan Francisco Estrada and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on DAZN Saturday was a good one, but more than anything, it was just sort of… curious. Let’s not bury a key fact here: Estrada took the junior bantamweight crown by scores of 116-112 and 115-113 twice. And yet, it didn’t need to be that […]

Claressa Shields Dominates Christina Hammer In ‘Most Significant Women’s Boxing Match Of All-Time’

Showtime commentators dubbed it the “most significant women’s boxing match of all time,” although there are other contenders. What was totally clear was who won Saturday: American middleweight Claressa Shields beat up German Christina Hammer, nearly stopping her late before taking a wide decision. Shields came in with the reputation of the roughhouser, deservedly. When […]

Alphabets Deliver Foretold Vasyiliy Lomachenko Vs Anthony Crolla Mismatch

These are the times where you don’t hear from the defenders of the WBA, WBO, WBF and IBF belts who somehow think they’re good for boxing: when we get a mismatch nobody else but one of the alphabets wanted, asked for, or expected to be remotely competitive. Vasiliy Lomachenko crumpled his lightweight mandatory challenger Anthony […]

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