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2016 Fighter 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, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg, which will finish after, is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging […]

2016 Round Of The Year: Hozumi Hasegawa Vs Hugo Ruiz, Round 9

Every fight tells a story. The more complex the tale, the more interesting each round becomes, a new chapter that propels the riveting narrative. Sometimes, as with Hozumi Hasegawa vs Hugo Ruiz this fall, the story mirrors the hero’s entire career arc. And even more rarely, an individual round reflects that story in microcosm, like a […]

2016 Fight 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, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg, which will finish after, is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging […]

2016 Round 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, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg, which will finish after, is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging […]

2016 Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, beginning this week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg, which will finish after, is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from […]

The Curious Case Of Artur Beterbiev

Artur Beterbiev on Friday put on a display of power punching en route to a 1st round knockout, showcasing what has made him such a potential player in the light heavyweight division. The keyword, there, is “potential.” And sadly, he has fallen into a netherworld from whence his escape is unclear. Isidro Prieto didn’t have […]

Naoya Inoue And The Rest Of The Year’s Boxing Schedule

We’ve only got one week boxing left in 2016, and only one fight of note this weekend. So let’s gather up one large stone, and pelt a couple birds with it, crushing them brutally beneath it with one monumental feather-and-blood-spurting boulder. Naoya Inoue vs Kohei Kono, next Friday, Tokyo. The Japanese really do love packing […]

Time for Pound-For-Pound Lists To Go Pound Sand

“There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.” – Christopher Hitchens As we come limping into the homestretch of an ache-infested 2016, our collective sensibilities steel for the usual merry parade of the end-of-year annoyances and mediocrities: the passing endearment of holiday cards, the government […]

Oleksandr Usyk And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

A 51-year-old man headlines the boxing schedule this weekend. Do a search for “51-year-old man” on Google Images and you’ll turn up something like the picture above, although you’ll also get — really? — Keanu Reeves. Anyway. Bernard Hopkins’ fight is noteworthy mainly because Bernard Hopkins is in it, but there are some interesting fights […]

Abner Mares Edges Jesus Cuellar, Jermall Charlo Smashes Julian Williams

Abner Mares took a nip-and-tuck affair Saturday night on Showtime against Jesus Cuellar, an outcome made more obvious with a clutch 11th round knockdown. It was a terrific comeback victory for a man who not that long ago was one of the 10 best fighters in the world, against an opponent who came to battle. […]

Anthony Joshua Shatters A Reluctant Eric Molina

Eric Molina came into Saturday’s underdog match-up with talented young heavyweight Anthony Joshua touting that he’d had a full training camp for the first time. The moment the opening bell rang, he looked more like a guy who didn’t want to be there. He lasted three rounds before Joshua smashed him to pieces. The bout, […]

Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

It’s a packed fight weekend, but one tables-ladders-chairs match already got started in advance, as heavyweight Dereck Chisora threw a whole damn table at Dillian Whyte. And that’s one of the least interesting bouts on the ledger. Terence Crawford vs John Molina, Saturday, HBO, Omaha Neb. Junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford returns to his hometown for […]

Vasyl Lomachenko Dominates Cowardly Nicholas Walters

A super-exciting matchup we’d waited for forever turned into a mismatch followed by a quit job of epic proportions on HBO Saturday night, as Vasyl Lomachenko outclassed a toilet paper-soft Nicholas Walters to force Walters to give an actual “no mas.” This was honestly one of the best couple pairings that could be made in […]

Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Nicholas Walters And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

Boxing fans have been spoiled in November: Manny Pacquiao’s return, Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev and now the first one on this list. Vasyl Lomachenko vs Nicholas Walters, Saturday, HBO, Las Vegas.  On paper, Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas and Ward vs Kovalev weren’t likely to produce amazing results, but Ward vs Kovalev came close. Lomachenko […]

Andre Ward Narrowly Defeats Sergey Kovalev In A Corker

We’re going to debate the scorecards in Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev for a long time, a bout Saturday night in which Ward barely won according to all three judges but not according to most fans watching. What we won’t debate is that we got a hugely compelling battle, one with momentum shifts, a knockdown […]

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