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Boricua to The Bone: Why Miguel Cotto Has No Place In The Hall of Fame

Next to presidents and dressmakers on Oscar night, professional athletes form arguably the most scrutinised group on the planet. Boxing, as a niche sport with a passionate and partisan fanbase, is a magnet for aggressive hyperbole. Yet within such caustic surroundings, the extent to which professional fighters can manipulate our perceptions is often quite remarkable. […]

Boxing Trash Talk And The Art Of Promotion

Vulgarity makes an easy news story. Promoters have always known it. Insults, expletives and occasionally even racism and homophobia have long been go-to methods for convincing fans to spend. Media outlets, desperate for content to fill 24-hour channels and websites, have little choice but to play along. Yet for much of the boxing public, a […]

Cat’s Column: We Could All Use More Teddy Atlas And Other Random Notes

If anybody was curious as to how the new pairing of Tim Bradley and trainer Teddy Atlas would go, they got an emphatic response in between rounds 7 and 8 last Saturday night. Bradley was cruising. His opponent, Brandon Rios, was merrily plodding face-first into pretty much every punch Bradley threw, and Bradley was well ahead […]

Requiem For Rios – Or How I Learned To Stopped Worrying And Love The Bam

“Talk to me son,” bellowed referee Russell Mora after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios had received a third low blow In the space of two minutes. “Let’s go baby!” came the defiant response from a man who seemed almost to be drawing energy from his opponent’s attempts to foul. Although his body would sag with each […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Edwin Rodriguez And Frank Galarza

The boxing schedule is late this week (apologies!), but there’s not much on so hopefully you can forgive us. Edwin Edwin Rodriguez vs. Michael Seals, Friday, Spike, Biloxi Miss. Former Andre Ward (who?) victim Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KO) continues on his way against Seals (19-0, 14 KO), at light heavyweight. Seals has hardly beaten anyone with […]

“30 For 30: Chasing Tyson,” Reviewed

For a time in the early and mid 90s, there were two major professional sports in Atlanta: Braves Baseball and Evander Holyfield. If you were a young fight fan in the south, The Real Deal was your guy. Undersized for a heavyweight, he won with tenacity and an absurd work rate. ESPN’s new documentary “30 […]

Timothy Bradley Stops Brandon Rios, An Odd Sight

Boxing watchers tend to see too much of one side or the other when a fighter looks good and his opponent looks bad. Both sides were in exhibition in roughly even — and extreme — measure Saturday on HBO when a nimble, disciplined Timothy Bradley, newly under the tutelage of Teddy Atlas, surprisingly stopped the […]

Alexander Povetkin Dominates Mariusz Wach, Wilder Next?

Heavyweights have become a near afterthought to the boxing community. There’s Wladimir Klitschko, and then there’s the rest of the weight class — a stew of raw prospects, pretenders with tissue-soft resumes and challengers that Dr Steelhammer has already defeated. There are more questions (and mistruths) than answers at heavyweight. Fortunately, Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KO) has strengthened […]

An Afternoon Of Upsets: Results From The Povetkin Vs Wach Undercard

Who knew the pay-per-view of the year would come on a Wednesday afternoon? The undercard for the heavyweight main event between Alexander Povetkin and Mariusz Wach has produced a smorgasbord of stunning upsets, curious refereeing and brutal knockouts. Here’s a look at the bouts that led up to the main event in Kazan, Russia: EDUARD […]

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