Meta-Queensberry Rules: Nine Elite Fighters Who Deserve Better, At; Officially Announcing Sean’s Departure

I write pieces every now and then for The Sweet Science, a very good boxing website, and they recently published another work of mine:

TSS’ Top 9 Unjustly Unloved

Stop by and check it out. Some of it actually sprung from some recent discussions we’ve had here, about Juan Manuel Marquez, Glen Johnson, Nonito Donaire and a few other chaps who really are under-appreciated, hard luck figures. One of the things I like about doing this blog is that we have some thought-provoking discussions, so thanks to those of you who helped provoke this particular thought in me.

In news that isn’t as good, I can tell you officially what should be fairly obvious by this point, which is that Sean Malone has stopped writing for The Queensberry Rules.

Sean was a great colleague and it’s too bad he’s left. But his departure is totally understandable. As he explained:

Man, I really hate to leave QBR but my time is being pulled in a variety of ways.  Not to mention some side projects I’m working including North Texas Fisticuffs, and a new magazine here in Texas chronicling the boxing/MMA scene here in the Lone Star State.

Not that I didn’t enjoy blogging with QBR, but with so much to do and so little time, finding time to create posts was proving difficult.

It’s true. Sean’s a busy man, and he didn’t even mention he still contributes at and so forth. I’m sad he’s gone, but you can keep following him in all the places he mentioned — what he’s doing by working on a locally-focused blog is something I’d LOVE to see pop up in every state. And the door, he well knows, remains open here.

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.