Welcome To The Queensberry Rules, Formerly Known As Ring Report

Welcome to our new site. We were Ring Report — a rather generic name Sean and I inherited when we came aboard MVN — and now we are The Queensberry Rules — a rather esoteric name, but one that sounds cooler, at least to our ears. Like a lot of MVN sites, we’ve undergone a cosmetic makeover to go with our new name, and we’ve acquired a less
clunky URL. The full transition from the old site to the new site might be a bit rocky, so please bear with us for a little while as some recent blog entries are re-posted and the like.


In the coming days, weeks and months, we’ll be updating our blogroll and might undergo a second, more individualized cosmetic makeover, plus there will be some other changes. For instance, Sean has already done several interviews for this site, and I plan to join him in doing
more; just last week, we interviewed hot prospect Peter Quillin and Showtime boxing analyst Al Berstein. Likewise, at my previous boxing blog, I used to incorporate more images in entries than I do here. Which brings us to the picture of the guy in mid-air, and an overdue explanation of what our new name means.

The Marquess of Queensberry rules, as you may or may not know, are the regulations that have governed professional boxing for some time. Looking them back over when deciding on the new name for our blog, I was disheartened to see many that are routinely violated, like “no
hugging or wrestling allowed.” I’m looking at YOU, heavyweights + Ricky Hatton. I was pleased to discover that one of the rules was “no shoes or boots with springs allowed.” That’s right: No pogo boots. But there’s a loophole, if there are any boxers out there looking to
bounce around the ring and deal right crosses from above. That loophole is a little substance called “Flubber.”

As an aside, I’d like to make “No Pogo” the temporary, unofficial motto of The Queensberry Rules, in keeping with the times. Or, in keeping the not-so-distant times.

Back to business. If you have us bookmarked at www.mvn.com/boxing, that will still do the trick. However, if you want to change it to www.queensberryrules.com, that will work, too. In fact, you can even bookmark us as www.thequeensburyrules.com, if you prefer alternate
spellings. We aim to please here. That said, we can’t do anything about the band with the same name as our site at http://www.thequeensberryrules.net/, or The Queensberry Fight Network.

The way you participate, if you choose to do so, has undergone some overhauling as well. I recommend you read up on all the new features and stuff here.

About Tim Starks

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