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Things That Can’t Stop Emanuel Navarrete

It’s fair to assume that there’s ample overlap between boxing and people who have dark senses of humor. So one could be forgiven for laughing when hearing Christopher Diaz’s trainer tell him just before the final round of his Saturday war with Emanuel Navarrete: “There is no pain.” Buddy. Navarrete is nothing BUT pain! Easy […]

License To Trill

Just a heads up, I’m about to say a whole bunch of stuff that sucks. And not in the way I normally say stuff that sucks. This will not be fun or funny. This will hurt. We might not be friends after this. Hopefully you will find room in your heart for forgiveness and reconciliation […]

Joe Smith Jr. Survives Maxim Vlasov, Wins Majority Decision

Joe Smith Jr. works in construction. Did you guys hear about this?! The boxing media writ large has proven themselves wholly incapable of discussing Smith without mentioning it. You won’t read an article about the Long Island light heavyweight that doesn’t include the word “jackhammered” or “lunch pail” somewhere in the headline. Right now someone […]

Jaron Ennis A Study In Excellence Vs Sergey Lipinets

We can all agree Jaron “Boots” Ennis is pretty good, right? Like, that’s the minimum he is. And we can agree that knockout power hanging over his opponents as if a delayed blast fireball, simply waiting for the moment to detonate — along with his willingness to mix it up and prioritize offense — make […]

Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom And The Art Of Evasion

Concussive power is the ultimate equalizer in boxing; It can rescue a fighter from the jaws of defeat. Look no further than Randall Bailey’s victory over Mike Jones in 2012. Bailey was down on all scorecards in the eleventh round and looked to be heading home beltless. That is until he completely turned the tide […]

Dillian Whyte Avenges Big Loss To Alexander Povetkin With Big KO Of His Own

You don’t often see a rematch where one guy is on the receiving end of a Knockout of the Year-caliber obliteration, and it’s the deliverer who looks like he’s the one who’s in complete shambles. Enter Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin 2. There was an excitement about that heavyweight sequel Saturday on DAZN that, it […]

Artur Beterbiev Punches the Clock, Stops Adam Dienes in 10

Let’s start off with a quick math problem. What’s sixteen divided by eight? Take your time. If you came up with two, congratulations, your relationship with your Alexa is in a good place.  So what’s the significance of those numbers? Besides highlighting the fact that you went to public school, they represent the average number […]

All Growns Up: Vergil Ortiz Jr. Stops Maurice Hooker In 7th

What were you doing when you were 22? I was living in what was ostensibly a crackhouse with two of my best friends just outside of Minneapolis. We had no running water and survived mainly on dollar store beer and the charity of friends who worked in restaurants. Bands practiced in the basement where an […]

Gonzalez Falls to Estrada, But Not From Grace

For such a tiny man, Roman Gonzalez has a surprisingly easy time lugging around a legacy large enough to exert its own gravitational force. The phrase “first-ballot Hall of Famer” was practically an official honorific in the lead-up to Saturday’s junior bantamweight unification fight between Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada — a nod to Gonzalez’s […]

Everything BUT Canelo Alvarez Versus Avni Yildirim

Everything you need to know about Canelo Alvarez’s fight this past weekend rests in the fact that the fight itself was basically last on the list of things people were talking about afterward. Those conditions have not changed, either. And we are no better than the masses, apparently. Let’s take them one at the time, […]

Landing His Mark: Broner Decisions Santiago

By the time any of the first-person musings and pre-packaged on-screen interviews with Adrien Broner began rolling in from his latest training camp, there was nothing left to be shocked about. Broner had risen to fame (or ignominy, depending on your slant) on the delivery of a riffing, foul-mouthed, money-talks persona that could best be […]

Gatekeepers and Journeymen: Otto Wallin UD12 Dominic Breazeale

EXTRA! EXTRA! The big, dopey heavyweights are back! Man do I love me a good, jiggly-titted heavyweight slap-fest. Dudes who look like your middle school gym teacher, or your dad’s friend Rick, just throwing slow-motion bombs without a care in the world beyond wrapping things up before Arby’s closes. The kind where guys hike their […]

Oscar Valdez Impresses In Pulverizing Miguel Berchelt

For 10 rounds, Oscar Valdez was painting a boxing masterpiece Saturday on ESPN. That’s about as far as the painting metaphor goes, though, because it’s not often that Picasso or his ilk probably finish things up with a final stroke that outshines so much else of what had previously visited the canvas. Or maybe…  yes, […]

Mauricio Lara Scores Huge Upset Over Josh Warrington

Had you heard of Mauricio Lara before he secured a fight with Josh Warrington? Probably not. But you surely know his name after Saturday afternoon. The 33-1 underdog erased the undefeated record of Warrington and he wasn’t remotely nice about it. He dropped him in the 4th and Warrington basically fought the remainder of the […]

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