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Our Vulgar Weekend: Oscar Valdez Wins, Evander Holyfield Loses

There is nothing awful that happened this past boxing weekend that wasn’t already easily reprimanded in advance, and reprimanded well. Sometimes, it’s best to let the best word on it all stand, swiftly sweep up the remainders and move on. In the bout of any meaning — a bout deprived to some degree of its […]

Guiellermo Rigondeaux Inverts The Nature Of Boxing In Loss To John Riel Casimero

Boxing has a grand tradition of its athletes protesting, both within and outside the sport. Muhammad Ali, most obviously, protested the Vietnam War and more. Last month, a French Olympian protested his disqualification with a sit-in afterward — the Olympics being a pretty serial site of ring injustice. Never before has the sport witnessed, until […]

Not Quite There: Jermell Charlo Vs Brian Castano Ends In Split Draw

We’ve all been there. Something truly exciting is about to happen. It starts to happen and it feels really good. Then it just… it just stops, unsatisfactorily. It’s called ruined orga— Sorry, that is, Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano Saturday night on Showtime. This was to be the fight that would crown a legitimate junior […]

The Truly Great Nonito Donaire Takes Down Nordine Oubaali

By age 38 — more like age 50 at 118 pounds, where fighters get older faster — Nonito Donaire should be well into the part of his career where he gets by on veteran savvy, if he gets by at all. Coming off a two-year rest, after the most grueling fight of his life, no […]

Things That Can’t Stop Emanuel Navarrete

It’s fair to assume that there’s ample overlap between boxing and people who have dark senses of humor. So one could be forgiven for laughing when hearing Christopher Diaz’s trainer tell him just before the final round of his Saturday war with Emanuel Navarrete: “There is no pain.” Buddy. Navarrete is nothing BUT pain! Easy […]

Jaron Ennis A Study In Excellence Vs Sergey Lipinets

We can all agree Jaron “Boots” Ennis is pretty good, right? Like, that’s the minimum he is. And we can agree that knockout power hanging over his opponents as if a delayed blast fireball, simply waiting for the moment to detonate — along with his willingness to mix it up and prioritize offense — make […]

Dillian Whyte Avenges Big Loss To Alexander Povetkin With Big KO Of His Own

You don’t often see a rematch where one guy is on the receiving end of a Knockout of the Year-caliber obliteration, and it’s the deliverer who looks like he’s the one who’s in complete shambles. Enter Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin 2. There was an excitement about that heavyweight sequel Saturday on DAZN that, it […]

Everything BUT Canelo Alvarez Versus Avni Yildirim

Everything you need to know about Canelo Alvarez’s fight this past weekend rests in the fact that the fight itself was basically last on the list of things people were talking about afterward. Those conditions have not changed, either. And we are no better than the masses, apparently. Let’s take them one at the time, […]

Oscar Valdez Impresses In Pulverizing Miguel Berchelt

For 10 rounds, Oscar Valdez was painting a boxing masterpiece Saturday on ESPN. That’s about as far as the painting metaphor goes, though, because it’s not often that Picasso or his ilk probably finish things up with a final stroke that outshines so much else of what had previously visited the canvas. Or maybe…  yes, […]

Mauricio Lara Scores Huge Upset Over Josh Warrington

Had you heard of Mauricio Lara before he secured a fight with Josh Warrington? Probably not. But you surely know his name after Saturday afternoon. The 33-1 underdog erased the undefeated record of Warrington and he wasn’t remotely nice about it. He dropped him in the 4th and Warrington basically fought the remainder of the […]

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 […]

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