Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/17

It’s been a long time since we’ve done this, so, wow, have things changed a bunch. Beyond just a thinking and debating exercise, pound-for-pound lists have some value for a number of reasons. For one, a lot of fighters aspire to the greatness a consensus pound-for-pound king-dom symbolizes. For another, it’s a good snapshot at […]

Vasyl Lomachenko Punctures The Guillermo Rigondeaux Mythos

The cult of Guillermo Rigondeaux is small, but as the term “cult” might suggest, it’s pretty devoted. It’s had to live underground with Rigo’s long career hibernation that dates back to 2013, the year of his one and only major win against Nonito Donaire, with only the occasional decent win since. If the cultists have […]

Miguel Cotto: Living Art

Miguel Cotto is a fighter. Miguel Cotto is from Puerto Rico. Miguel Cotto’s wife is allergic to bras. These are about the only incontrovertible statements one can make about Cotto. Maybe more than any fighter in recent memory, Cotto’s legacy is perpetual fodder for debate — the kind of heated debates that generally conclude with […]

Sadam Ali Beats Miguel Cotto In His Final Fight

There was no storybook ending to the Hall of Fame career of Miguel Cotto Saturday night on HBO, as his farewell bout turned into a decision loss to Sadam Ali. But there was a poetry to it: Cotto concluded his time in the ring the way he lived it, delivering one last exciting battle in […]

Showtime Evening Of Junior Middleweights: Beside The Point

Showtime on Saturday evening hosted three major junior middleweight match-ups, and the results were largely satisfactory. Jermell Charlo scored a stunning 1st round knockout of Erickson Lubin. Jarrett Hurd stopped Austin Trout in a bout that was competitive through most of the fight. Erislandy Lara used the main event to Lara-fy the boxing ring, stinking […]

Linares Tops Campbell In Sharp, Close Boxing Match

If you can enjoy a sharpshooter standoff between two intelligent, crisp boxers, Jorge Linares vs Luke Campbell Saturday night on HBO hit the damn spot. Linares walked away with the decision victory where a 2nd round knockdown made the difference, literally. Linares, one of the two top lightweights in the world, got off to a […]

With Canelo Vs Golovkin, Boxing Just Can’t Help Itself

Stop me if you’ve heard this one in 2017: Boxing has a big event with high expectations, it delivers at least in part, then it’s marred by something or the other. (Tip: You should stop me right at the end of that period.) Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View, we finally got a long-desired battle between […]

#Superfly: Sor Rungvisai, Inoue, Estrada Win On HBO

The Roman Gonzalez era of boxing is now definitively over. In a night of super flyweight bouts on HBO, the recently deposed and long-ruling pound-for-pound king got knocked out by Srikaset Sor Rungvisai, in a rematch of a hotly disputed decision. It was a Saturday evening that shined a spotlight on the depth and excitement […]

The Retired Ones, Part I: Floyd Mayweather And Wladimir Klitschko

In the course of one month, four boxers with Hall of Fame credentials that range from “unimpeachable” to “strong” have retired. Boxing being what boxing is, retirements don’t always stick. But these four — Floyd Mayweather, Wladimir Klitschko, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley — have a pretty solid chance of staying away from the […]

Floyd Mayweather Stops Conor McGregor In Surprisingly Competitive Fight

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor gave fans an unexpectedly fun night Saturday on Showtime Pay-Per-View, as an aging Mayweather struggled at times against a funky McGregor before wearing him down and forcing the referee to stop it in the 10th. Mayweather, the best boxer of his generation, insisted afterward that however bad he looked against […]

Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor Results: The Undercard

Keep coming back here for running updates for Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor results for the undercard on Showtime Pay-Per-View Saturday night. ****** Prospect Andrew Tabiti decisioned 41-year-old cruiserweight Steve Cunningham rather easily, giving him the best win of his young career. Cunningham, though, looked very old, looped his punches, had trouble finding the range, […]

Floyd Mayweather Vs Conor McGregor Is The Fight We Deserve

Last year, it was the presidential candidate who spewed the most vulgarities and instigated the most provocations, who owned the thinnest resume, who won it all. So it’s feeling almost like an era of the stuff, when you look at what boxing is giving us this weekend. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, set to air Saturday […]

Terence Crawford Defeats Top Challenger, Again

It’s becoming almost routine, watching Terence Crawford dominate the top challengers in his division. Saturday night on ESPN, he did it in the most thrilling fashion of his career, ending Julius Indongo on a body shot that nearly made Indongo vanish in a twinkle into his own bellybutton like in some psychedelic cartoon. This was […]

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 […]