Q&A With Mike Reed

Junior welterweight prospect Mike Reed just had his first fight away from the East Coast last weekend in Nebraska, appearing on the undercard of a fighter he said he admires, Terence Crawford, and won a close decision. Here he is in a lightly condensed and edited Q&A on what went right in the fight, what […]

Weekend Afterthought On Terence Crawford Vs. Raymundo Beltran

(via @HBOBoxing on Twitter) Three writers whose work I admire — David P. Greisman, Bart Barry and Carlos Acevedo — have in recent days offered some critiques of Terence Crawford vs. Raymundo Beltran that I think warrant rebuttals. We’ll dispense with the set-up other than to say that this isn’t anything personal in any way, […]

TQBR Radio 12/2: Terence Crawford Vs. Ray Beltran Recap

It’s December in 2014. We’re tired and pessimistic, after 11 months of poor match ups. But like those loveable scamps on that album cover up there (via), maybe we have enough left for one good run before the year is over — one last hurrah before Yoko shuts it all down. We’re fragile, boxing. Don’t […]

Evgeny Gradovich, Jayson Velez Slug Their Way To A Draw In High-Contact Bout

(Jayson Velez, left, Evgeny Gradovich, right; via @HBOBoxing on Twitter) Jayson Velez proved he belonged on the world stage against Evgeny Gradovich, who proved what he always proved, which is that fighting him is one of the most painful outings in boxing. But Gradovich probably deserved a decision win Saturday night on HBO rather than a split […]

Tyson Fury Assumes Another Identity In Tepid Defeat Of Dereck Chisora

(Promoter Frank Warren, center, separates Dereck Chisora, left, and Tyson Fury, right, at the weigh-in; via) Tyson Fury gave European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora a leisurely pasting at London’s ExCel Arena, Saturday. Wilmslow’s Fury, 26, boxing almost exclusively from the southpaw stance, picked and pecked Chisora, 30, to pieces throughout 10 rather insipid rounds that […]

Billy Joe Saunders Narrowly Defeats Chris Eubank, Jr. In Grudge Match

The talk of hard feelings and pugilistic comeuppance between Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank, Jr. was exaggerated, in hindsight. Adding to the “Bad Blood” billing of Tyson Fury vs. Dereck Chisora II, it may have been a strong contrast of personalities and characters before the bout, but the action didn’t spill forth until almost […]

The New King?: Terence Crawford Vs. Raymundo Beltran Preview And Prediction

In Terence Crawford, fighting Saturday evening on HBO, we have the latest contestant for Floyd Mayweather’s successor as the next American superstar boxer — a game show punctuated by the mournful blasts of sad trombones for years now. Chad Dawson? He had the physical talent, but none of the personality, and he petered out. Andre Ward? He had an […]

British Beat: Tyson Fury And Dereck Chisora Headline Quality London Card

A world-ranked British heavyweight was once as rare as a Penny Red. On Saturday at London’s Excel Arena, two shall converge for the first time since 1997, when former Westminster street-sweeper Henry Akinwande attempted to exact a citizen’s arrest upon compatriot Lennox Lewis in Lake Tahoe. It was a course of action that left the […]

The Missing Generation

What if an entire generation of boxers went missing? Imagine a world where the sport’s salivating spectators were left buying tickets to see aging wonders pushing 50 or past their prime dynamos who’s first major wins came a decade before. What if nearly every promising pugilist that began their career between 2000-2005 faltered and fell off […]

TQBR Radio 11/25: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Chris Algieri Recap

Really, what that title probably should read up there is “Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran Preview,” but it’s Manny Pacquiao, and we got mouths to feed. Besides, if we’re going to be made to shell out a few baker’s dozen clams to watch mismatches, we may as well revel in the horrifyingly one-sided slapping that […]

Quick Jabs: Ratings Galore, Great Knockouts, Swell Fights

Wouldn’t that headline just convince you everything was A-OK in boxing? Well you’d be wrong, is what you’d be. But there are some fine things, like that Amir Mansour knockout above. It’s in the KO of the Year discussion with another recent knockout, Wladimir Klitschko-Kubrat Pulev. We’ll have some other videos sprinkled throughout this edition […]