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2020 Boxing Fighter Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, wrapping up. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info.  On the second day after a category is […]

2020 Boxing Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout the week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info.  On the second day after a […]

2020 Knockout Of The Year: Gervonta Davis KO6 Leo Santa Cruz

One of the things that sucks in life, if you value intellectual honesty even one iota, is having to admit that someone you don’t like did something impressive. The more prideful and/or dickish that constitute the rest… you wonder if it burns harder for them not to admit it. Michael Jordan, for instance, for all […]

2020 Boxing Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout this week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info.  On the second day after a category […]

The Blandness Of Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr.

It wasn’t the end of the world. There were times where it wasn’t even terrible. That’s the sum of what you can say that’s complimentary about 50-something legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. fighting to a draw in a heavyweight exhibition Saturday night. At least it was better than the other celebrity boxing match […]

Jose Zepeda Knocks Out Ivan Baranchyk In Everything-Of-The-Year War

It’s October, 2020. Best of luck to anything that comes between now and January to top Jose Zepeda vs Ivan Baranchyk. Best of luck to the rest of the decade, too. Saturday’s ESPN showdown between the two top-10 junior welterweights was the best of boxing, but also the sport at its scariest. Five rounds. Eight […]

Charlo Twin Pay-Per-View Results Part II: Jermell Melts Jeison Rosario’s Insides

There’s a tendency when something odd happens in boxing for fans to turn to conspiratorial thinking. It’s understandable. Boxing has earned a lot of that from its followers. Saturday night’s Showtime Pay-Per-View main event between Jermell Charlo and Jeison Rosario, though, probably deserves the benefit of the doubt in a blend of two different kinds […]

Charlo Twin Pay-Per-View Results Part I: Jermall Wins War With Sergiy Derevyanchenko

It had the look early on in Jermall Charlo versus Sergiy Derevyanchenko Saturday night brawl like Derevyanchenko was just straight made for Charlo. A natural counterpuncher loves an aggressive, hard-charging, easy to hit target. Charlo’s best punch is an uppercut, and Derevyanchenko is about as tiny a fella as you’ll see in the middleweight division, […]

Shawn Porter, Joey Spencer, Sebastian Fundora Win On Measuring Stick Show

“That song was not it…. Not even remotely…. Just keepin it real,” Tyrese once told a woman he thought was Amber Rose, the model/actress/activist/etc., but was instead Amber Tamblyn, the comedic actress who had sent him prank “Awareness Raps” with lines like “You have the right to get strangled by a bra strap/anything you sexualize […]

David Benavidez Wins As Headliner Of Blah Showtime Card

Maybe don’t judge a thing by the first time the thing happens. Saturday’s Showtime card was not as good as the last one featured in this space, either on paper or in practice. Action-oriented super middleweight David Benavidez was in the main event. So far, so good, yes? His opponent, 36-year-old Roamer (great name!) Alexis […]

David Morrell Happened This Weekend, And Also Some Other Things

We’ve gotta talk about David Morrell, y’all. Morrell, a super middleweight in just his third pro fight Saturday on Fox, led off the card and overshadowed everything else that came after. The last highly heralded amateur star to make his pro debut then immediately blitz into bouts against top competition a la what Morrell’s doing […]

Mikaela Mayer Wins On Another Covid-19 Marred Card

The pandemic is messing with scheduled cards so much it’s sometimes hard to pick any one “story” to focus on, so this will be the old “empty the notebook” trick: ****** Despite a solid substitute main event (we’ll return to this soon, then again later), it remains unclear whether boxing in the age of the […]

The Differing Fortunes Of The Boxing Moloney Twins

Before Andrew Moloney and Jason Moloney headlined separate ESPN cards this week, Jason and Andrew squared up against one another in a game of table tennis. Jason won. Andrew did not. That went for both the fighting and the ping-pong. The Australian twin brothers, Andrew first and then Jason, made their Las Vegas debuts, albeit […]

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