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Lamont Peterson Gets “Pleasant” At New Weight

“Pleasant” isn’t the word many people associate with a boxer’s training camp, one of the most physically taxing periods of time a human being can endure. But it’s exactly the word Lamont Peterson used to describe his training camp in advance of this weekend’s fight. There’s a good reason for that word making a cameo. […]

The Liver Punch: Get Out Of Your Depth

There’s an apocryphal story about the first meeting when Bernie Ecclestone took over Formula 1. As it goes, Enzo Ferrari dragged the dwarvish Brit into his office to let him know what was what. Enzo slammed his hand on the desk and said, “THIS is the sport!” then tapped his finger under the desk and […]

We All Get Old: Miguel Berchelt Bests Francisco Vargas

Action heroes are special. There are precious few of them in any generation. We like to pretend that every fight was an event, but mostly they are like any other fighter except for a few great nights. Mickey Ward was in his share of dreck fights. So was Arturo Gatti. We aren’t supposed to say […]

Leo Santa Cruz Avenges Carl Frampton Loss, Demonstrates New Dimensions

Between their two fights, and within them, Leo Santa Cruz vs Carl Frampton has been like a goddam lava lamp, shifting, evolving, never settling on one hard shape. In their excellent rematch Saturday on Showtime, it was Santa Cruz who showed the newest dimensions, and he won, barely, and justly. Watching these two men feed off […]

Mikey Garcia Reminds Us, Brutally, Of His Excellence

Before a two-year-plus layoff, Mikey Garcia showed he was a brilliant all-around fighter, capable of outboxing you, helping you catch some Zs or both in the same night. Guess what? He’s still that guy. Taking on the #2 man in the lightweight division after just one rust-shedding bout, Garcia scored what will be hard to […]

Carl Frampton, Francisco Vargas And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

So far, so good for 2017 in boxing, eh? Got us feeling like Scrooge McDuck this weekend. Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz II, Saturday, Showtime, Las Vegas. Showtime’s hot streak of great match-ups continues with a re-pairing of two men who shared the ring for a Fight of the Year-caliber bout. Frampton won the […]

The Liver Punch: Falling Down The Rabbit Hole

Embarrassingly, I spent last Friday night watching Yuri Foreman get knocked out by Erislandy Lara. The fight was terrible, and the knockout punch was sneaky good, but nothing like the destructive mesmerization I seek. Normally I’d forget that I’d been foolish enough to watch it and move on with my life, but over the weekend, […]

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