Lion Down: The Charlos On PBC On Fox

Let’s do some role playing for a minute. No, not that kind, weirdo. Take off the executioner mask and put the cakemixer down. Let’s pretend you run a boxing promotional outfit and you’re using the first card of a new multi-year bajillion dollar deal with national television networks to showcase two extremely marketable twin brothers […]

Josh Warrington Upends Carl Frampton

Win the Powerball once, you’re a lucky bastard. Hit it twice? Now you must be up to something. And that’s why, on Saturday in Manchester, it was clear to anyone who’d been paying attention that Josh Warrington didn’t beat the odds. He’d rigged the game. Back in May, Warrington was the irresistible underdog, the locals’ […]

Rusty-Looking Vasyl Lomachenko Still Handles His Business

The best boxer on the planet didn’t come in on a clear signal for large swaths of Saturday night, as Vasyl Lomachenko got some static from Jose Pedraza and maybe some interference from a layoff following shoulder surgery. Then came an electrifying two-knockdown 11th that shot the true Loma through in 4K. That Lomachenko was […]

UNITED STATES – APRIL 06: Boxing: WBC Middleweight Title, Sugar Ray Leonard (L) in action vs Marvin Hagler (R) at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV 4/6/1987 (Photo by Andy Hayt/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X34642 TK1 R1 F12)

Long Ears And Short Tongues: How Boxing Is Judged

I started boxing nearly seven years ago in a serendipitous chain of events.  A personal training session started out as expected with weights and plyometrics, but ended with boxing.  It was love at first punch, and the rest as they say, is history. I spent the next four years boxing two-three times per week and […]

Tyson Fury Vs Deontay Wilder: I Am The Resurrection

If you saw it in a movie you wouldn’t buy it. You would roll your eyes and bemoan the director’s inability to avoid rote, boxing movie clichés. A story, a fight, and a moment like this could only come from the minds of writers with just the faintest exposure to actual prizefighting. But this was […]

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury Put On A Show In A Tie

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought to a draw Saturday on Showtime Pay-Per-View, a heavyweight showdown that will be remembered for a few things: Fury, rising from the grave in the 12th after getting a stake through his heart. He banged his head on the ground flat on his back in a way boxers simply […]

Oleksandr Gvozdyk Ends Light Heavyweight Championship Hostage Crisis

We have a new, true light heavyweight champion. Saturday on Showtime, Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Adonis Stevenson in the 11th round with an intelligent, powerful attack that forced the referee to save the fallen divisional king. Gvozdyk boxed beautifully until that point — moving, countering, blocking and never getting sloppy to expose himself of boxing’s power-punching […]

Size Queens: Deontay Wilder Vs. Tyson Fury Preview

We are drawn to the giants. Throughout the history of humankind, the pituitarily and radioactively enhanced in our midst – from Goliath to Godzilla, from Voltron to Valuev – have never failed to stretch our capacity for wonder. The mountains who walk among us thunder into our collective consciousness, establishing intractable dominion and, to our […]

Dmitry Bivol Is Very, Very Good, And That Might Be All He Is

Dmitry Bivol this weekend hoped to make a statement on HBO: That he can be a thrilling knockout artist, not just a winning boxer. Jean Pascal didn’t cooperate, and as such Bivol made no such statement. But, it’s kind of looking like Bivol just isn’t that guy. Sometimes, Bivol has fought too patiently to be […]

Oleksandr Uysk Vs Tony Bellew: The Excitement Of Invevability

What is it about a concussive knockout that brings people together? How does a left hand thrown from the depths of hell turn a normally vicious shit talker such as Tony Bellew into a gushing superfan of the man who threw it? Why would an arena packed with bloodthirsty Brits stand and applaud the man […]

Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis Set Up Showdown

Like brain surgeons and the bomb squad, boxers don’t get to have bad days. But on Saturday in Chicago, in his semifinal matchup of the current cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series, there stood former world titlist Mairis Briedis, quite obviously getting his wires crossed and freezing up while the patient bled out on the table. […]

Command And Control: Crawford Stops Benavidez Late

Almost every Terence Crawford fight progresses in the same manner. They can seem scripted, borderline predestined in that way. Crawford starts in an orthodox stance before switching southpaw and slowly begins chipping away at his opponent. Against top contenders, he might even lose a couple of rounds early. Invariably, he slowly exerts more and more […]

Vargas And Dulorme Brawl To A Draw In The Real Chicago

You’ll want to take Cermak west, away from the lake, then veer north on to State through the South Loop – you’ll spot Reggie’s on your right. Hang a left on 18th, through East Pilsen and on to 90 West, or keep pushing up to Printer’s Row and go west at Harrison. Just get over […]

The Liver Punch: Well… Bye.

Yesterday afternoon HBO announced that after 45 years, they are getting out of boxing at the end of October. It seemed an ignominious death rattle for the sport’s marquee platform, but in many ways is a relief for those of us who grew into our fandom watching the network. There will doubtless be glowing eulogies […]