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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 […]

Information-Free Bubble: Emanuel Navarrete Stops Uriel Lopez

It’s hard not to sound like complaining, when there’s anything negative to say about “any boxing happening at all,” versus the months-long “none.” There’s nothing that can be done about it. You just have to mix in the small pleasures you unearth. Saturday’s 11 p.m. (!) ESPN card was headlined by Emanuel Navarrete. That’s a […]

Coronavirus KOs Jose Pedraza Vs Mikkel LesPierre, But The Show Must Go On

“The MGM Grand once again proudly boasting that boxing is back,” Joe Tessitore said Thursday night in the lead-in to the ESPN show. Well, it sort of is. The main event feature fight with Jose Pedraza headlining got postponed to July due to Mikkel LesPierre’s manager testing positive despite being “in the bubble.” It’s the […]

Quarantine Classics: Paul Williams Vs Antonio Margarito

When most people think of the names “Paul Williams” and “Antonio Margarito” they don’t necessarily associate them with one another, but instead with a host of bizarre, thrilling and controversial moments from their respective careers. Williams suffered a major upset loss to Carlos Quintana right after he stepped in the ring for the first time […]

Quarantine Classics: Gerald McClellan Vs Julian Jackson

There is no boxing thanks to COVID-19 and we might have roving gangs of warboys before pro pugilism returns. So we TQBRers are looking back at the beforetimes. “Context matters” is a thing people say because it just does, everywhere, all the time — which is to say, except for when one is talking about […]

Quarantine Classics: Scott Pemberton Vs Omar Sheika

There is no boxing thanks to COVID-19 and we might have roving gangs of warboys before pro pugilism returns. So we TQBRers are looking back at the beforetimes. As I write this, I am age 44. Seventeen years ago, then, doesn’t seem so far back. Yet 2003 seems like a distinctly different time, when viewed […]

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