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Vasyl Lomachenko Delivers Expected Outclassing On ESPN

Vasyl Lomachenko showcased himself Saturday in a rare performance off pay TV, dominating Miguel Marriaga on ESPN before stopping his outclassed showcase-friendly opponent. Lomachenko is technically brilliant, so you can substitute most names for Marriaga and it would still be an outclassing. And Marriaga had his moments, especially early, bruising Lomachenko’s right eye and doing […]

Mauricio Herrera Beats Jesus Soto Karass In A Gem

Sprinkled throughout boxing history are fights pitting two over-the-hill warriors against each other who deliver a beaut. The latest entry in the ledger: Mauricio Herrera vs Jesus Soto Karass, Friday night on ESPN. Maybe “beaut” isn’t the right word. Soto Karass has never fought pretty, and while Herrera is a crafty scientist in there, he’s not a […]

Mikey Garcia Vs Terence Crawford: Make It Happen

Yes, yes. I’m aware. Showtime, HBO, never the twain shall meet. But better to live in a wonderful fantasy world than a hopeless dystopia, right? Backing up: Mikey Garcia beat Adrien Broner Saturday night on Showtime in the junior welterweight division HBO-affiliated Terence Crawford currently rules. Broner isn’t an amazing fighter anymore, if he ever was. […]

The Dumbest Sport

I don’t remember when exactly I became a boxing publicist, nor do I recall the circumstances that led up to it. Granted, I most likely wouldn’t. I have a goldfish brain and pertinent details are often banished to the recesses of my mind in the amount of time it took to type this sentence. Still […]

Jeff Horn Upsets Manny Pacquiao, Wrongly

We got a surprisingly competitive fight Saturday evening on ESPN when Manny Pacquiao faced underdog Jeff Horn, but we surely shouldn’t have gotten the result we did: The Australian amateur talent upset the all-time great as Horn took a unanimous decision from Pacquiao in their welterweight bout. To be clear, this welterweight showdown was not […]

Stop Caring About Adrien Broner

Seriously, do it. You’re free. You don’t have to live like this. Unburden yourself from the psychological debt accrued by watching potential squandered in real-time. I absolve you. Go outside. Eat an egg. Learn to do a backflip. Your time on earth is finite and valuable. In the first “A Nightmare on Elm Street” movie, […]

Andre Ward Andre Wards, Stops Sergey Kovalev

It just wouldn’t be an Andre Ward fight without him pissing off droves of fans and assorted boxing figures. Sometimes he deserves it. Sometimes he doesn’t. Saturday brought us a little of both as he beat Sergey Kovalev by stoppage. This is how it went in the light heavyweight match-up of arguably the two best […]

Counterpunch: A Review

“Counterpunch,” debuting today on NetFlix, is a well-shot, well-produced, well-framed boxing documentary telling oft-interesting stories that nonetheless arrives at very little in the way of surprises (and perhaps offers the occasional letdown) for the hardcore fan of professional pugilism. Your mileage may vary if you are a casual. The premise is this: Why would anyone […]

Mayweather Vs McGregor Is A Go, And It Will Be A One-Sided Clowning

Well, that just happened. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, a showdown between the best boxer of his generation and the biggest star in mixed martial arts, is a go for Aug. 26 at junior middleweight. There will be more to say on this soon. But for now: Do not, repeat do NOT, expect anything remotely […]

Errol Spence Is The Real Deal, Takes Down Kell Brook

This was the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Prodigious young Errol Spence took on an elite opponent Saturday, Kell Brook, and beat him, establishing himself as an elite fighter himself, the kid who could one day rule the sport. It was not an easy outing on Showtime for the once up-and-coming, now fully realized, […]

Canelo Beats Chavez, Lines Up Golovkin

It’s not often that a post-fight announcement overshadows the fight that just happened, but that’s how it went down Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View when Canelo Alvarez beat Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. then lined up Gennady Golovkin for September. That speaks to how bad Saturday’s main event was, in part. Although it also shows how much people […]

Anthony Joshua Gets Momentous Knockout In Amazing Heavyweight Bout

The transition of power was far from peaceful. Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko traded knockdowns and momentum Saturday as the new beat the old in the best heavyweight match of consequence in ages. Joshua, the future, is now. But Klitschko, the past, made him prove he deserved it. And they delivered thrills you just don’t […]

Shawn Porter Bullies, Fouls Andre Berto To Defeat

Let’s face it: Andre Berto didn’t need much extracurricular business to lose Saturday night on Showtime, which is what he did. Fella has been past his prime for a long time — his last win over a top 10 welterweight was back in 2011, and he’s propped up his career with the occasional unexpected victory […]

Gennady Golovkin Tops Daniel Jacobs In Hardest Fight Of His Career

Daniel Jacobs gave Gennady Golovkin the fight of his life, and may even have deserved to win. But on Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View, Golovkin escaped with the close decision in a tense, tactical contest. Jacobs, a big, fast middleweight with a technical pedigree who has overcome worse than Golovkin — that is, cancer — gave […]

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Controversially, Bloodily Edges Boxing King Roman Gonzalez

It was a super-close, ultra-competitive, gory spectacle between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and pound-for-pound #1 Roman Gonzalez, but in the end Saturday night, probably the wrong guy won, as Rungvisai took Gonzalez’s undefeated record by decision. The scorecards going to Rungvisai tarnished what was an extraordinarily awesome battle, one of the bloodiest fights you’ll ever see. […]

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