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Boxing’s 2009 Is Somewhere Between An “A” And “F”

If you stop 2009 on the afternoon of Dec. 22, the year boxing had ends up an unqualified success. Unprecedented pay-per-view sales and improved television ratings in the United States. Historic crowds and record television ratings abroad. Mainstream media recognition of the sport’s revitalization, a far cry from the “mixed martial arts is killing boxing” […]

One Day To The Next, Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao Looks Promising, Unlikely

Yesterday, something like a breakthrough occurred in the dreadfully disheartening negotiations to make Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, only very likely the biggest-selling fight ever. For the first time, Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, opened the door to the random drug testing Mayweather, represented by Golden Boy Promotions, sought. GBP put out a news release saying it found […]

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Top Four Historic Moments in Women’s Boxing 2009

When I asked some friends recently what kind of categories they’d like to see in The Queensberry Rules’ year-end awards, Lisa Creech Bledsoe of The Glowing Edge volunteered: Howsabout the best in women’s boxing for 2009? I thought it was a good idea, but I needed someone far more attuned to women’s boxing than me […]

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2009 Year-End Boxing Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Update

I have to invoke The Queensberry Rules mascot in the art of constructing pound-for-pound lists, Rene Descartes, to modify a guiding principle or two for the last pound-for-pound list of 2009. By the way, doesn’t Rene look dashing sans mustache? Anyway, the major guiding principle for my list as always is quality wins, with an […]

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum And Oscar De La Hoya All Disgracefully Play Chicken — With The Ongoing Viability Of The Sport At Stake

I’ve been trying not to get worked up about the bumpy negotiations between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao over what would be the richest fight in boxing history, because everybody who knows anything knows that a fight negotiation is an elaborate bit of kabuki theater. But I’m starting to get worried. I still have a […]

Open Thread: The Best Of The 2000s

I thought I’d revive the Open Thread for a day or more to give people the chance to reflect on the last decade of boxing, including this year that’s expiring now. As much as I rambled on, I’m sure there’s some stuff I left out. So: Favorite memories of the 2000s? Favorite fighters of the […]

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Boxing Fight Of The Decade, 2000s: Diego Corrales – Jose Luis Castillo I

It’s easy for me to say Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo I is the Fight of the Decade, under the circumstances. It’s because I think it’s the best fight ever. Period. There are good arguments for Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns and Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier III, among a handful of others. If you haven’t watched Castillo-Corrales, though, I […]

Boxing Fight Of The Decade Nominees, 2000s

Ten years of boxing, boiled down to the “best of” in four categories: Round of the Decade, Knockout of the Decade, Fight of the Decade and Fighter of the Decade. Sunday: Round of the Decade candidates, plus Knockout of the Decade candidates. Today: Fight of the Decade candidates now, plus Round of the Decade and Knockout of the […]

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Boxing Round Of The Decade, 2000s: Micky Ward – Arturo Gatti I, Round 9; Boxing Knockout Of The Decade: Manny Pacquiao – Ricky Hatton, KO2

Ten years of boxing, boiled down to the “best of” in four categories: Round of the Decade, Knockout of the Decade, Fight of the Decade and Fighter of the Decade. Sunday: Round of the Decade candidates, plus Knockout of the Decade candidates. Today: Round of the Decade and Knockout of the Decade winners now, plus Fight of […]

Boxing Knockout Of The Decade Nominees, 2000s

Ten years of boxing, boiled down to the “best of” in four categories: Round of the Decade, Knockout of the Decade, Fight of the Decade and Fighter of the Decade. Today: Round of the Decade candidates earlier, plus Knockout of the Decade candidates now. Monday: Round of the Decade and Knockout of the Decade winners, […]

Video Of Edwin Valero – Hector Velazquez, Johnriel Casimero – Cesar Canchila

Maybe you don’t have enough Latin American brawling in your life. After this you will be well on your way. Below, Ring mag’s #1 lightweight Edwin Valero stops Hector Velazquez in Venezuela, and Johnriel Casimero springs the upset on #6 junior flyweight Cesar Canchila in Nicaragua. (I only have the last round of Casimero-Canchila, but […]

Boxing Round Of The Decade Nominees, 2000s

Ten years of boxing, boiled down to the “best of” in four categories: Round of the Decade, Knockout of the Decade, Fight of the Decade and Fighter of the Decade. Today: Round of the Decade candidates now, plus Knockout of the Decade candidates later. Monday: Round of the Decade and Knockout of the Decade winners, […]

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