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Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis Set Up Showdown

Like brain surgeons and the bomb squad, boxers don’t get to have bad days. But on Saturday in Chicago, in his semifinal matchup of the current cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series, there stood former world titlist Mairis Briedis, quite obviously getting his wires crossed and freezing up while the patient bled out on the table. […]

Shawn Porter Defeats Danny Garcia In Tactically Interesting Battle

In a battle for control of style Saturday night on Showtime — Danny Garcia the technician, Shawn Porter the frantic Cookie Monster — it took a few rounds for Porter to abandon his ill-conceived plan to try to imitate Garcia. But once he started mauling and slinging junk in equal proportion to quality blows, Porter […]

Review: “Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971”

In December 1966, Howard Cosell opened a boxing press conference with a nod to the literary arts. “To my right is the author of a great new poem,” the sportscaster said. This was Muhammad Ali’s cue. He leaned into the microphone, pointed at his opponent and reeled off a series of rhymes. “I’m not here […]

Eleider Alvarez Shocks, Krushes Sergey Kovalev

As doubleheader cards teeing up the expected winners to face one another go, Saturday night was a disaster. As gobsmacking, can’t-believe-your-eyes upsets go, well, one out of two ain’t bad. Long-languishing light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez, put in the ring on HBO as an authentic test for longtime boogeyman Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, notched the upset with […]

Mikey Garcia Warms Up, Decisions Robert Easter

For just a little while — about two and a half rounds, let’s say — it looked like Robert Easter might give Mikey Garcia some trouble all Saturday night long. But a Garcia knockdown in the 3rd, and a thorough takeover by midfight, reminded us yet that Garcia is an outstanding fighter. It was a […]

Manny Pacquiao Dominates Lucas Matthysse For First KO In Nearly A Decade

This Manny Pacquiao, on this Saturday night, was not the Manny Pacquiao we saw last time he was in the ring more than a year ago. Nor was Lucas Matthysse the same kind of opponent as the last man Pacquiao faced. Nonetheless, those of us expecting an even further diminished Pacquiao — an older one, […]

Leo Santa Cruz Edges Abner Mares In Action-Packed Rematch

Leo Santa Cruz had moved beyond it, this Abner Mares rematch Saturday on Showtime. Mares had done almost nothing to earn the do-over, while Santa Cruz had beaten a better fighter in Carl Frampton. You know what, though? The second time around was arguably better than the first, which ended with the same victor: Santa […]

Vasyl Lomachenko Gets Tested By Jorge Linares, Scores Big KO

For a while early, and then right in the middle, it looked like Vasyl Lomachenko’s otherworldly skill might not be enough to guarantee a victory against the bigger, faster and himself-pretty-skilled Jorge Linares. But Saturday on ESPN, Lomachenko overcame a rare knockdown to himself score a knockout in the 10th round. This might be Lomachenko’s […]

Gennady Golovkin Scores A Big Knockout, Like He Used To Do

You couldn’t be blamed for wondering whether Gennady Golovkin’s two-fight non-knockout streak meant he was no longer the power punching beast who once gobbled up opponents whole. It seems, rather, that it was just a matter of opponent caliber. Golovkin barely beat fellow middleweight Daniel Jacobs, then fought to a draw with Canelo Alvarez. Vanes […]

Anthony Joshua Takes Sleepy Decision Over Joseph Parker

They can’t all be great, it turns out. The heavyweight mini-hot streak of excellent bouts among top contenders ended Saturday on Showtime, as Anthony Joshua took a lukewarm decision over Joseph Parker. This had the makings of another crackjack fight, like we got with Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz. It […]

Dillian Whyte Sets Himself Up In Oddly Good Heavyweight Division

It’s time to start talking about whether the heavyweight division is back. Dillian Whyte vs Lucas Browne Saturday on HBO is just one piece of evidence. Last year the best fight was Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko. The best fight this year is probably Deontay Wilder over Luis Ortiz. Next weekend is Joshua vs Joseph […]

Mikey Garcia Takes Competitive Win Over Sergey Lipinets

Mikey Garcia got one of the, if not THE, toughest fight of his career Saturday night on Showtime but won handily on the scorecards against a game Sergey Lipinets. It was a very nice match-up of technically proficient and hard-hitting boxer-punchers. This writer had it closer than most, with a 7th round knockdown the difference […]

Sharp Regis Prograis Whoops Sloppy Julius Indongo

Was Julius Indongo that bad Saturday night on Showtime? Or was Regis Prograis that good? As often is the case in a fight like this, where Prograis wiped out Indongo in two rounds, it’s a little of both, but probably more the former. Indongo was coming off a knockout loss to the former junior welterweight […]

Deontay Wilder Stops Luis Ortiz In Thrill Ride

Deontay Wilder is not a boxer. Luis Ortiz is. Both men have power. But Deontay Wilder stopped Luis Ortiz thanks to said power Saturday night on Showtime Saturday in a roller coaster of a heavyweight fight. The superior boxer won almost every round Saturday through 10, that being Ortiz, the Cuban amateur great. Even a […]

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