Open Thread: “Your Campaign Contributions Are Needed” Edition

Dear Friends of Open Thread,

Like Jorge Arce’s career from fight to fight, the Open Thread is always just barely clinging to some semblance of life. We count on your contributions to keep Open Thread going. Won’t you make a donation to Open Thread by coming up with some provocative topics to discuss? I don’t care what. Just make it interesting and/or fun.

Here are a few questions to get us started. I’m not saying they meet my own standard, but the raison d’etre for Open Thread is to tap into your brainpower, not mine:

  1. What fighters do you have a soft spot for? Like, they’re not your favorite boxers, maybe they’re not even all that good, but for some reason you root for them?
  2. Since Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr. are fighting April 3 even though Jones just lost by 1st round knockout in Australia, what can top it in the “least essential rematches” category?
  3. Please make your best Beibut Shumenov/Kazakhstan/Borat joke. (You don’t have to include all three elements at once.)

And, continuing a tradition for which there is no popular demand, here’s my song pick for this Open Thread. I want to marry this woman. I’m so in love with her I love her blinking green outlines. It’s the new M.I.A…

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.