2021 Mid-Year Roundtable Discussion

Normally, we  only do these roundtables as a way to collectively discuss the biggest fights, but given all the givens of the last 18 months, we decided to sit down and hash it out last summer, so we’re going to do it again. Quite a few things have changed in that time. Hedtke hatched an […]

Ready for Primetime: Tim Tszyu Dismantles Stevie Spark in 3

First off, since we’re all thinking it, I’ll just go ahead and say it; I deserve a ton of credit for not making the headline of this piece “Tim Tszyu Sparks Stevie Spark” or some assbrained variation thereof. That’s big-time, dumbguy normie shit and we simply don’t do that around here. That said, holy shit […]

Sons Of One Mother: When Cuban Boxers Break Character And Fight

Few countries boast as proud an amateur boxing tradition as Cuba. The island nation has won 73 Olympic medals in its history, including 37 gold, despite having boycotted the Games in 1984 and 1988. Many of Cuba’s most successful amateur boxers chose to remain in their country, where professional boxing has been banned since 1961, […]

No Excuses: Vasyl Lomachenko Batters Masayoshi Nakatani, Scores TKO9

I used to have this boss that would turn his phone completely off when he went to bed at night. I know this because about the time his head was hitting the pillow at night mine was typically just beginning. Self-funded research on the limits of human alcohol consumption at one, or all, of Northeast […]

Monstrous Math: Naoya Inoue Stops Michael Dasmarinas

So much of what we think we know about sports legend is bullshit. Babe Ruth’s called shot? Just as likely a mosquito swat. Larry Bird’s predicted 43-point night? John Stockton loves to tell the story, but it changes with every telling. Brett Favre’s unsolicited dick pic text? OK, that probably happened. But the truth is, […]

The Truly Great Nonito Donaire Takes Down Nordine Oubaali

By age 38 — more like age 50 at 118 pounds, where fighters get older faster — Nonito Donaire should be well into the part of his career where he gets by on veteran savvy, if he gets by at all. Coming off a two-year rest, after the most grueling fight of his life, no […]

A Life’s Ambition: Josh Taylor Defeats Jose Carlos Ramirez

Imagine you’ve had a goal since childhood. It doesn’t matter what it is, but it becomes the critical motivator in your personal and professional life. Now, imagine you acheived it. And imagine if you failed. Beyond the elation and heartache in the immediate aftermath is a central question that no one can answer but you: […]

Josh Taylor Vs. Jose Carlos Ramirez Preview And Prediction Roundtable

The entire point of competition is to determine who is the best. Singular. However, over the last several decades, the word champion has become almost meaningless in boxing through the proliferation of alphabet participation trophies. In this era it’s always refreshing when the two best fighters in a division not only want to render those […]

Canelo Alvarez Backs BJ Saunders into a Corner

Let’s talk about quitting for a moment, shall we? Boxing fans, writ large, are all but genetically incapable of nuance. When it comes to the dreaded Q word, however, a bit of it is desperately required. Quitting, or the perception thereof, is tantamount to surrender in boxing, and for an industry built almost entirely on […]

Things That Can’t Stop Emanuel Navarrete

It’s fair to assume that there’s ample overlap between boxing and people who have dark senses of humor. So one could be forgiven for laughing when hearing Christopher Diaz’s trainer tell him just before the final round of his Saturday war with Emanuel Navarrete: “There is no pain.” Buddy. Navarrete is nothing BUT pain! Easy […]

License To Trill

Just a heads up, I’m about to say a whole bunch of stuff that sucks. And not in the way I normally say stuff that sucks. This will not be fun or funny. This will hurt. We might not be friends after this. Hopefully you will find room in your heart for forgiveness and reconciliation […]

Joe Smith Jr. Survives Maxim Vlasov, Wins Majority Decision

Joe Smith Jr. works in construction. Did you guys hear about this?! The boxing media writ large has proven themselves wholly incapable of discussing Smith without mentioning it. You won’t read an article about the Long Island light heavyweight that doesn’t include the word “jackhammered” or “lunch pail” somewhere in the headline. Right now someone […]

Jaron Ennis A Study In Excellence Vs Sergey Lipinets

We can all agree Jaron “Boots” Ennis is pretty good, right? Like, that’s the minimum he is. And we can agree that knockout power hanging over his opponents as if a delayed blast fireball, simply waiting for the moment to detonate — along with his willingness to mix it up and prioritize offense — make […]

Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom And The Art Of Evasion

Concussive power is the ultimate equalizer in boxing; It can rescue a fighter from the jaws of defeat. Look no further than Randall Bailey’s victory over Mike Jones in 2012. Bailey was down on all scorecards in the eleventh round and looked to be heading home beltless. That is until he completely turned the tide […]

Dillian Whyte Avenges Big Loss To Alexander Povetkin With Big KO Of His Own

You don’t often see a rematch where one guy is on the receiving end of a Knockout of the Year-caliber obliteration, and it’s the deliverer who looks like he’s the one who’s in complete shambles. Enter Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin 2. There was an excitement about that heavyweight sequel Saturday on DAZN that, it […]

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