Ageless Bernard Hopkins Deserves A Win Over Jean Pascal, Gets A Draw [UPDATED]

(Jean Pascal at left, Bernard Hopkins at right; credit: Tom Casino, Showtime) Maybe the ravages of age couldn’t take away 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins’ chances of becoming the oldest man to win a world championship belt, but the judges could. Three of them collectively scored a draw Saturday between Hopkins and light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal […]

Quick Jabs: “The Fighter” Gets Boxing On Sports Illustrated’s Cover; Floyd Mayweather Gets Arrest Warrant, Arresting Fiancee; Manny Pacquiao Gets Ingrained In Pop Culture; More

I’m not sure what’s going on in that picture, but I can surmise that Oscar De La Hoya is erotically feeding his company Golden Boy’s prized junior welterweight Amir Khan some cake, and that Khan’s strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza in the background is so disgusted by it that he’s on the verge of […]

TQBR Prediction Game 5.0, Update #4

With four fights over the past weekend, it could’ve been a points bonanza for contestants in TQBR Prediction Game 5.0. Instead, one fight — Victor Ortiz-Lamont Peterson — ended in a draw for which no points were awarded, and another of the fights nobody* got any points for, since nobody* picked the winner, Joseph Agbeko, […]

Awards Season Open Thread

With 2010 winding down, preparations are under way here at TQBR Headquarters for our year-end awards. This awards season, TQBR HQ seeks your input well in advance, rather than on the back end. Once daily, we’ll be picking five finalists in each of the below categories, then announcing the winners in each category the next […]

Quick Jabs: Ricardo Mayorga And Wikileaks; Spankings And Face-Pokings; Next For Miguel Cotto, Chris John And Others; More

Whatzit with boxers lately and assault charges that aren’t straight up beat downs? It makes those charges harder to react to normally. What you see above is the face of the security guard whom Floyd Mayweather allegedly poked to bring about some of Mayweather’s latest legal woes. The poke “reddened” and “discolored” the guard’s cheek. […]

Previews And Predictions For Amir Khan Vs. Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz Vs. Lamont Peterson And The Showtime Bantamweight Tournament

(from left: Abner Mares, Yonnhy Perez, Vic Darchinyan and Joseph Agbeko; credit: Howard Schatz, Showtime) Long live the Showtime tournaments. Saturday inaugurates the second installment in the network’s recent tourney binge, a bantamweight series that takes the super middleweight series and boils it down to four people instead of six, and four fights to the […]

Review: “The Fighter”

There are a couple different ways this blog might look at "The Fighter," the movie version of the story of real-life boxer Micky Ward: from the perspective of a movie fan, or as a boxing writer. Let's try both. From the vantage point of a movie fan, it's an excellent film, as good as a […]

Review: “Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali”

DC has reprinted the 1978 comic book “Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali,” a tale that is exactly what it sounds like, and if it’s not kooky-sounding enough already, the battle takes place in outer space as special guest referee Athena handles zebra duties and Jimmy Carter, Sonny Bono, Kurt Vonnegut and Andy Warhol sit ringside. It’s […]

TQBR Prediction Game 5.0, Update #3

Two people this weekend got a nice 600/550/600 combo in the TQBR Prediction Game, and you guessed it: Those two people are now our leaders for 5.0. NattyChamps aka DukeShadeBlue has a 50-point edge over Apemantus for first place. There were 19 people overall who got all three picks right, but a couple of them […]

Humberto Soto Tops Urbano Antillon In Fight Of The Year-Worthy Bout, Nonito Donaire Flashes “Special” In Demolishing Volodymyr Sydorenko, Saul Alvarez Turns In A Professional Win Over Lovemore N’dou

This is the Humberto Soto we all used to know and love. The lightweight has increasingly set aside boxing for brawling, but Urbana Antillon gave him little choice Saturday, crowding him and forcing him to trade. The end result was a seesaw battle that produced a close win for Soto and yet another Fight of […]

Quick Jabs: Sergio Martinez Defies The WBC, The WBC Orders A Mandatory; Arthur Abraham’s Trainer Calls Him A “Coward;” Wladimir Klitschko And Derek Chisora Trash Talk Strangely; More

Timothy Bradley-Devon Alexander is headed to the Pontiac Silverdome, and get this: The owners of the Silverdome may have paid a site fee that exceeded the price they paid for the Silverdome itself. Dan Rafael reported that the fee is more than $500,000 for the junior middleweight fight, while the Silverdome was recently sold for […]