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Wild Bull Of The Peak District: Ovill McKenzie Rides Roughshod Over Tony Dodson

Garston’s Tony Dodson was unable to deal with the naked aggression and sheer brute strength of Ovill McKenzie at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester Friday night. Like the bare-handed bull tamers of Tamil Nadu, he could only collar the Commonwealth champion for a few fleeting moments before being tossed to the canvas and then trampled […]

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2011 Boxing Awards Pu Pu Platter, Part II

Pu Pu part two! Sillier than part one. Remember: Add “of the year” to everything. Best/Worst Excuse For Losing A Fight. There’s nothing more I like than a good excuse when a fighter comes up short. The more improbable, the better. I loved the excuse from Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr.’s camp that he was blinded by […]

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It Was A Very Good Year: A Review Of British Boxing In 2011

2011 has already been denounced in some quarters as an annus horribilis for British boxing. As viewpoints go, it’s a tad short-sighted and one probably informed by the nation’s dismal away record in alphabet world title fights and little more. Closer inspection reveals a bustling domestic scene packed with highly competitive and action-packed contests, many […]

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2011 Boxing Awards Pu Pu Platter, Part I

Your Pu Pu Platter of boxing awards has arrived. So sorry it’s late to your table. It’s still 2011, so it remains warm to the touch. Please savor its many flavors. In the first installment, that flavor is heavy and serious. In the second one, that flavor is light and fluffy. Just add “of the […]

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2011 Boxing Fight Of The Year: Akira Yaegashi – Pornsawan Porpramook

Much like the buzz that built about the fight as it circulated from boxing forum to boxing forum, from Twitter follower to Twitter follower, Akira Yaegashi-Pornsawan Porpramook was a slow burn at the beginning. I compared it originally to a motorcycle revving up — loud and dangerous, but the brakes were still applied. By the […]

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2011 Boxing Fighter Of The Year: Andre Ward

What to do with Andre Ward? The super middleweight is as talented and skilled as they come, but even purists who love inside fighting sometimes can’t stand to watch those stretches of Ward fights where he mauls his man. Outside the ring, he carries himself like a mixture of Michael Jordan and Tim Tebow, the […]

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2011 Boxing Fighter Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end awards, continuing throughout the week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from Trainer of the […]

2011 Boxing Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end awards, continuing throughout the week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from Trainer of the […]

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2011 Boxing Round Of The Year: James Kirkland – Alfredo Angulo, Round 1

It had to have been nightmarishly familiar for James Kirkland to find himself on the deck in the 1st round of his long-anticipated junior middleweight fight against Alfredo Angulo. Kirkland — a kind of Great Black Hope who had once exhibited the potential to reenergize black boxing fans with his Mike Tyson-esque qualities in the […]

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Floyd Mayweather Is Going To Jail, Likely No Manny Pacquiao Fight May 5

Floyd Mayweather is going to jail. According to TMZ and the live stream they provided, Mayweather pleaded no contest and was sentenced today to six months in prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa. Three months of the prison term will be suspended, which leaves three to serve, […]

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2011 Boxing Knockout Of The Year: Nonito Donaire – Fernando Montiel

There was an element of the cartoonish about what Nonito Donaire did to Fernando Montiel’s face in the 2nd round of their Feb. 19, 2011 rendezvous. You can imagine the artists and writers at a Warner Bros. storyboard session, coming up with a scenario where, during a zany bit of fisticuffs, one ‘toon caves in […]

2011 Boxing Round Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end awards, starting today and continuing throughout the week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from […]

2011 Boxing Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end awards, starting today and continuing throughout the week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. The final leg is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from […]

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Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/11

Insofar as pound-for-pound lists are debate fodder — and it’s one of the main ideas — there’s a lot to debate to be had with at the end of 2011 with this accounting of the top fighters in the world regardless of weight class. More than any time in a couple years, there’s a real […]

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