Cool Head, Hot Kitchen: Anthony Crolla Withstands John Murray

Six rounds in 28 months turned out to be insufficient prep-work for lightweight John Murray against his cross-town rival Anthony Crolla — who reached his peak in Manchester, Saturday. For a handful of rounds, Murray, in furious form, suffocated Crolla with a brand of total war that bordered on the psychotic. Crolla, though, showed courage, […]

Bernard Hopkins downs Beibut Shumenov; credit: Tom Casino, Showtime

Bernard Hopkins Embarrasses, Drops Beibut Shumenov To Continue On His Absurd Way

The peerless Bernard Hopkins, still fighting at age 49, looked to unify two of the light heavyweight belts as he faced Beibut Shumenov of Kazakstan. He did just that, embarrassing his overmatched opponent on the way to an inexplicable split decision. The 1st round slipped away with little action, both men sizing each other up. […]

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Bernard Hopkins Vs. Beibut Shumenov Running Undercard Results

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A feisty and energetic 1st round saw Paulie Malignaggi bleeding early and vaseline slung from Shawn Porter’s face. A little wild and frenetic, both men opened up early and found success in an entertaining bout. In round 2 the two welterweights fought on even terms, but the latter’s punches were doing more damage. […]

Willie Monroe, Jr. And Brandon Adams Move On To The Boxcino Middleweight Final

What a difference six weeks makes. Six weeks ago, Willie Monroe Jr. squeaked by Donatas Bondas in the 1st round of ESPN’s middleweight Boxcino tournament. He looked tentative and unsure of himself. On the same card, Ukrainian Vitaliy Kopylenko established himself as the favorite to win the tournament by blitzing Ceresso Fort in just two […]


Bad Milk: Bernard Hopkins Vs. Beibut Shumenov Preview And Prediction

Shortly after Beibut Shumenov was born in Kazakhstan, his aunt made a near fatal mistake and gave the new baby boy bad milk. The toddler turned blue, leaving his poor dad to rush him to the doctor. As Shumenov said recently, he is lucky to be alive after this kiddy calamity. At just about the same […]


British Beat: John Murray Looks To Settle A Score Against Anthony Crolla

The Murrays moved around a lot when their eldest son, John, was a kid. As perpetual newbies on a series of Manchester sink estates, the boys, predictably, caught the attention of Levenshulme’s local toughs and ne’er-do-wells — who were hell-bent on clarifying the area’s social hierarchy with them. The buck would usually stop with John; […]


Weekend Afterthoughts On Pacquiao Bradley 2, Next For Raymundo Beltran, More

Manny Pacquiao’s mom loves Jesus, but maybe she has a little bit of that Santeria in her. This is not a full-fledged Weekend Afterthoughts, really, because I’m in Indonesia for a spell (no pun intended) and some fights from the past weekend have been difficult for me to track down. So we’ll confine ourselves mainly […]

Bryan Vasquez, right, punches Jose Felix  during his upset win on the Manny Pacquiao Vs. Timothy Bradley undercard

Running Undercard Results For Timothy Bradley Vs. Manny Pacquiao II

In a battle of two recently-robbed 135 pound contenders, longtime Pacquiao sparring partner Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KO) faced off against late replacement, but undoubtedly game Arash Usmanee (20-2-1, 10 KO) in a de facto eliminator for Terence Crawford’s lightweight belt. Beltran had originally been scheduled to face Rocky Martinez, but Usmanee isn’t the type […]

Gilberto Ramirez Dominates Giovanni Lorenzo In Vegas On Friday Night Fights

A gaudy record filled with knockouts is not necessarily an indicator of championship level talent. Twenty-two-year-old Mexican super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez entered his fight with Giovanni Lorenzo on ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with a sterling record built against guys I’ve never heard of. He appears to be the […]


Tarnished Gem: Timothy Bradley Vs. Manny Pacquiao 2 Preview And Prediction

So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest bouts of 2014, Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao II, on April 12 on HBO Pay-Per-View. Previously: a primer on the rematch; a Bradley-Pacquiao edition of TQBR Radio; keys to the fight; the undercard, previewed; a staff roundtable. Next: the Ultimate Guide. To the devoted boxing fan base, Timothy Bradley vs. Manny […]


Joel Diaz Knows Timothy Bradley Could Face Judges’ Payback In Manny Pacquiao Rematch

LAS VEGAS — Timothy Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz spoke assertively during his roundtable discussion inside the MGM Grand media center Thursday morning: “I’m telling you right now,” Diaz said while flaring his arms like an Italian trying to punctuate an expression. “Tim Bradley is 100 percent ready mentally and physically to show that what happened […]