LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Tony Bellew celebrates an 11th round TKO victory over David Haye after their Heavyweight contest at The O2 Arena on March 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Score One For The Fat Guy: Bellew Bests Haye

On an emotional night at London’s O2 Arena (the former Millennium Dome in Greenwich), logic took a back seat as Tony “Bomber” Bellew overcame red hot favorite David Haye in eleven dramatic rounds at heavyweight that not even the most hackneyed screenwriter could have conjured up. Former Hollywood star Bellew continued to erase memories of […]

Kid Galahad, One Of Britain’s Most Promising Boxers, Fails PED Test

British tabloid The Daily Star broke a story on Tuesday regarding Kid Galahad – real name Abdul-Bari Awad – who, depressingly, failed a performance enhancing drug test in September after outclassing Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos. Galahad, 18-0 (9 KOs), a former British, Commonwealth and European champion, tested positive for banned substance stanozolol — an anabolic […]

Hometown Hero Carl Frampton Makes Light Work Of Chris Avalos

Carl Frampton made light work of Californian Chris Avalos before an adoring Belfast crowd, Saturday. Hometown hero Frampton (20-0, 14 KO), dominated Avalos (25-3, 19 KO) throughout their junior featherweight showdown, before referee Howard Foster rescued the woozy visitor at 1:33 of round 5, when Avalos listed after absorbing a succession of flush right hands. […]

Gennady Golovkin Knocks Out Martin Murray In Monaco

(Golovkin, left, parries a shot from Martin Murray during their fight in Monaco [HBO]) Don King’s former director of boxing, the late Al Braverman, once described how it must feel to face former heavyweight terror Mike Tyson as follows: “You get hit with jabs, wild hooks, pulverising right hand leads, and he keeps coming and coming.” […]

2014 Boxing Round Of The Year: Francisco Vargas – Juan Manuel Lopez, Round 3

It comes as no great surprise that boxing’s most compelling fixture – another episode in the ongoing saga between Puerto Rican and Mexican prize fighters – produced 2014’s Round of the Year (as was the case in 2012). Equally unsurprising, perhaps, was Juan Manuel Lopez’s inclusion on the Puerto Rican side of the tie. “JuanMa,” as […]

Tyson Fury Assumes Another Identity In Tepid Defeat Of Dereck Chisora

(Promoter Frank Warren, center, separates Dereck Chisora, left, and Tyson Fury, right, at the weigh-in; via) Tyson Fury gave European heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora a leisurely pasting at London’s ExCel Arena, Saturday. Wilmslow’s Fury, 26, boxing almost exclusively from the southpaw stance, picked and pecked Chisora, 30, to pieces throughout 10 rather insipid rounds that […]

British Beat: Tyson Fury And Dereck Chisora Headline Quality London Card

A world-ranked British heavyweight was once as rare as a Penny Red. On Saturday at London’s Excel Arena, two shall converge for the first time since 1997, when former Westminster street-sweeper Henry Akinwande attempted to exact a citizen’s arrest upon compatriot Lennox Lewis in Lake Tahoe. It was a course of action that left the […]

British Beat: Stuart Hall And Randy Caballero Create Monte Carlo Malaise

Despite its depleted press ranks who continue to deliver a procession of poison-tipped darts — at times with the eagerness of a kid armed with a plastic toy bow; sometimes withering, occasionally humorous, generally ineffective — boxing continues its descent into a state as indecipherable as Hilbert’s sixteenth problem. A case in point unfolds this […]

Five Fights To Look Out For In The U.K. This Autumn

Gavin McDonnell vs Vusi Malinga – Sky Doncaster’s McDonnell relinquished his British junior featherweight crown in August, hoping to locate the groove rutted out by his twin brother Jamie — who is world-ranked at the weight. With five years less experience than his sibling, McDonnell (11-0-2, 4 KOs) makes a considerable step up in class against […]

Belfast’s Fight Fans Deserve A Monument All Of Their Own

(Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan at Parliament Buildings Monday; Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye) It is quite something when a fight crowd becomes a draw in itself. Sixteen thousand fans congregated in a Belfast shipyard on Saturday evening, there in support of Tiger’s Bay junior featherweight Carl Frampton, who joined compatriots Wayne […]

Port Authority: Magnificent Carl Frampton Underlines Superiority Over Kiko Martínez

(Carl Frampton, left, Kiko Martinez, right; via) BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – Belfast’s Carl “The Jackal” Frampton scored the biggest win of his career last night, besting former foe Kiko Martínez over 12 terse rounds. Frampton, a wildly popular figure in these parts, battered Martínez mercilessly to claim a unanimous decision via scores of 119-108 (twice) […]

Home Invasion: Paul Butler Withstands Late Charge From Stuart Hall

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND — The rain that lashed across Tyneside on Saturday proved a gloomy portend for the chances of local man Stuart Hall as Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler confirmed a few suspicions previously held about him. In recording a majority decision victory over Darlington’s Hall, Butler exhibited the intractable speed and skill that have marked […]

British Beat: Stuart Hall A Big Challenge For Paul Butler

Bring aa’ yor nobles grand an’ fine An match him if ye can; The brightest gem upon the Tyne’s The honest workin’ man –“The Honest Workin’ Man” by James Anderson *** Boxing returns to Newcastle on Saturday, as Darlington’s Stuart Hall tackles exciting Ellesmere Port talent Paul Butler at the Metro Arena, a suddenly reinvigorated […]

Power Games: Carl Froch Vs. George Groves II Preview And Prediction

(photo of Carl Froch-George Groves I via Matchroom/HBO) Boxing exerts such a mental toll on its participants that often they’ll shy away from reality. It is the reason so many hucksters and carnival barkers have managed to pillage the sport through the years (and why an ever expanding number of elite-level boxers attempt to distance […]

Froch Vs. Groves II: TQBR Roundtable, Psychological Warfare Edition

There have been few melt downs quite as magnificent as the one depicted in the video above, when a naïve Kevin Keegan fell prey to the mind games of arch-schemer Sir Alex Ferguson at the business end of the 1995-96 Premier League season. Keegan’s team, the swashbuckling Newcastle United, had at one point enjoyed a […]