Strange Boxing Video: “Two Points For (Intentional) Kissing”

I wrote here about a weird fight a month ago where one fighter kissed the other mid-bout, but it was a minor, off-TV (ahem) affair. HBO, unbeknownst to me, taped it and then posted the clip on YouTube a couple days ago, which I learned of via You can see it above. The commentary from the HBO team is classic. Also, I didn’t realize there was a rule where you’re deducted two points for intentional kissing. Unintentional? A mere point.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.