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A Foregone Khanclsuion: Kell Brook Stops Amir Khan In 6

There’s comfort in predictability. Human beings are disgusting, pattern-seeking animals attempting to find order in an increasingly chaotic world. Having our expectations met and our biases confirmed helps us feel, if momentarily, that something somewhere is in control.  This is, of course, pure fantasy and we are all going to die alone, most likely in […]

The Liver Punch: Dancing With Myself

When I was in college, I was very briefly in a band. The sum total of our accomplishments was playing three open mics and recording a cover of Cake’s cover of “I Will Survive,” because that was the only song I could hit the notes for (that means I can’t sing for shit, if you […]

The Liver Punch: Proclamations And Irritations

“My business is not prognosis, but diagnosis. I am not engaged in therapeutics, but in pathology.” H.L. Mencken wrote that in his 1926 book, “Notes on Democracy.” Here we are nearly 100 years later and it’s still true. One of the weird things about boxing, and life for that matter, is that if you spend […]

2019 Fighter Of The Year: Canelo Also Rises

Somewhere in the memory banks, wedged between a 7,000-piece Millennium Falcon LEGO set and a fuzzy “Best of Christy Canyon” VHS tape, you’ll find a yellowed paperback copy of “The Sun Also Rises” — a remnant from Mrs. Nelson’s eighth-grade English Lit class. The novel, published in 1926, chronicles a very particular time and place, […]

Viva Andy! Anthony Joshua Vs Andy Ruiz After Action Report

  Almost every knowledgeable boxing fan/writer picked Anthony Joshua to win with the caveat that Andy Ruiz can really fight and might give him some trouble. What, in your mind, did Ruiz do that allowed him to be so effective? Brent: First and foremost Ruiz is just a damn good fighter. He’s as fundamentally sound […]

Melons Balled: Terence Crawford Tops Amir Khan

Give Amir Khan this: He does not merely invite derision. When Amir Khan comes calling, he asks derision to stay in the guest house for the week, drink all his top-shelf liquor and drive his wife around town, keep her company – you know, just show her a good time. It is easy for boxing […]

The Six Weirdest Things Jim Lampley Has Cried About

Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: It’s OK to cry. It’s good to cry. I’m crying right now, mostly about Verne Troyer’s death and how I never got to prove my theory that with enough duct tape and personal lubricant you could fit him inside a Pringles can. But […]

2018 Boxing Knockout of the Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing throughout this week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info.  On the second day after a category […]

Amir Khan Plays All The Old Hits, Wins Decision Over Samuel Vargas

Amir Khan is like a puppy chewing on a hand grenade: He’s a threat to anyone who comes near him but he’s just as likely to blow himself to high hell in the process. His ability to create dangerous situations for his opponent is rivaled only by the more precarious ones he creates for himself. […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/16

Yeah, yeah, it’s “technically” not 2016 anymore, but this serves as the year-end list, mofos. We’ve got a lot of changes since the last update a couple months back, given some un-retirements and big fights that closed out the year. As always, the main standard is quality wins, especially of recent vintage. The eyeball test […]

2016 Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, beginning this 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, which will finish after, is a pu-pu platter of awards ranging from […]

The Liver Punch: Adios Chino

It’s a little anti-climactic to learn of the retirement of someone who hasn’t fought in two years. Even the reaction to the news of Marcos Maidana’s official retirement was a bit strange. Normally when fans hear a favorite fighter is leaving the sport it’s met with bitter joy because the guy is usually shot and […]

Haringey Box Cup Points To Strong GB Showing In Rio

The Haringey Box Cup in London this past weekend showcased both the depth of talent and the grassroots commitment to amateur boxing in the British Isles – something most nations will struggle to contend with at the Rio Olympics this summer. Europe’s largest amateur boxing event took place over three days and 296 bouts under […]

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