Best Served Cold: Jermell Charlo Gets Revenge On Tony Harrison

“He earned it. I hate it, but he earned it.” That was a dejected Tony Harrison after his 11th round TKO loss to Jermell Charlo on Saturday night, and despite being the exact thing the judge told my ex upon granting me full custody of our Super Nintendo, this wasn’t Harrison so much squashing a […]

A Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Fight Turned Into A Debacle? WHAAAAAT?

It began with ducked drug tests and a missed weight, continued on to snow cone-colored hair and ended in a quit job that spurred the delusional crowd in Phoenix to rain beer cans down on the ring Saturday night. In other words, a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout was a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout. […]

Simple Minds: Terence Crawford Bests Egidijus Kavaliauskas

Because the world is a straightforward, uncomplicated place and because nuance and consideration are for suckers and Democrats, it should come as no surprise that we, as an undivided boxing nation, awoke Sunday morning to yet another fully formed, collective realization: Vasiliy Lomachenko is the best fighter on the planet, and if you think otherwise […]

Busy Work: Vergil Ortiz Folds Brad Solomon

Young fighters need rounds. There is absolutely no substitute for in-ring experience. That was the idea Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Brad Solomon (28-2, 9 KO), a veteran with a long reach and naught else but a disputed 4-year-old split decision win over Adrian Granados to his name, was supposed to […]

Teofimo Lopez Stops Richard Commey, Is Absolutely Legit

This is no illusion: Teofimo Lopez has arrived. In against an opponent wildly more accomplished than anyone he’d ever faced, and likewise wildly more accomplished than himself, Lopez scored a brilliant 2nd round knockout Saturday on ESPN. You can always be forgiven when, after watching a power puncher have outages as he has stepped up […]

Try To Keep Up: Emanuel Navarrete Stops Francisco Horta

Emanuel Navarrete is in a hurry. Fast hands, CompuBox-busting punch volume, on to the next thing — quickly. He leaps into jabs, straight right hands and even sweeping hooks, the sooner to unspool his go-go gadget arms and put hands on his intended target. Let’s go. Glove up. Ring the bell. Patience? That’s for 12-rounders […]

Irish Goodbye: Jermall Charlo Stops Dennis Hogan in Seven

Historically, the only way to tell twins apart was through a complicated series of funhouse mirrors and a 40-part questionnaire designed by ex-Navy SEALs. Lucky for us, the Charlo brothers — Jermell and Jermall — have a more streamlined identification process.  Jermell is the boxer and Jermall is the puncher. Jermell will take you deep […]

Anthony Joshua Rebounds From Historic Loss, Defeats Andy Ruiz

One man burned for the win, needed it and acted like it, after taking it for granted last time. One man opted against working as hard as he should have, after originally fighting like a man who had no expectations of winning, nothing to lose and everything to gain. Heavyweight Anthony Joshua turned the tables […]

We’ve all gotta eat: Andy Ruiz Vs Anthony Joshua 2 Preview

A plaque at the foot of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino — downtown, where Freemont intersects Main — commemorates the first telephone installed in the city of Las Vegas. It belonged to Charles “Pop” Squires, a publisher and local pioneer who was known around town as “Mr. Las Vegas” — long before Wayne Newton […]

Andy Ruiz Vs Anthony Joshua 2 Round Table Preview And Predictions

The fight is being contested in Saudi Arabia, how do you feel about the 3 p.m. start time and venue? Swain: It seems a bit weird, but I like the afternoon start time. I understand the cash grab for the site fee, and I’m sure Ruiz’s team wanted a neutral site, but an open-air stadium […]

Deontay Wilder Loses Nearly Every Round, But Is He Getting… Better?

As I watched Luis Ortiz crumble to the canvas Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, something struck me as familiar. It was his face. Not the unique contours of Ortiz’s cinder block head or Chubby Thanos chin — but his expression. Eyes slung sideways. Lips drawn tightly over teeth. Neck flexing vainly […]

How Can Anyone Support Boxing?

Dwight Richie. Patrick Day. Maxim Dadashev. Hugo Santillan. Boris Stanchov. That’s the list of newsmaking boxing deaths this year, and it’s nothing but tragic and awful, no matter the circumstances. I say that upfront because I’m about to perform a trepidatious high wire act where I try to defend the sport that produced those fatalities, […]

The Professional Boxing Likeability Power Rankings

Liking stuff is hard. Even if you didn’t grow up on a steady diet of punk rock and decentralized anarchist propaganda like I did, the human brain’s capacity to enjoy things is finite. One pancake is good. Two are better. Ten is suicide.  And so it goes. The more things there are, the more opportunities […]

Present: Jamel Herring Defeats Lamont Roach

Not everything has to mean something. A fight can sometimes just be a fight. The meaning it holds can be personal, not universal. And it can be a shared experience that makes it so. Saturday night, a day before the Marine Corps’ 244th birthday, and two days before Veterans Day, at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, […]

The Liver Punch: Spoiled For Choice

If you aren’t prepared to be a hermit, no matter where you go, you’ll have to deal with complaints. It doesn’t matter how good life is, there will be someone bitching about some aspect of what’s going on. This is obviously amplified by social media, but it generally is a safe assumption that the whiners […]

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