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Your Flight Is Booked: Canelo Alvarez Dominates Callum Smith

It’s a little-known law of nature: Because crusty, bloated sportswriters are biologically predisposed to pearl-clutching, the survival of the species depends on the periodic rant about The Sanctity of the Game. In boxing, that means screeds about sanctioning bodies, state commissions, promoters, managers, yahoo judges, YouTubers, referees, Saved By the Bell refugees, various and sundry […]

2010-2019 Fighter Of The Decade: Floyd Mayweather

For better or worse — really, for better AND for worse — Floyd Mayweather cast a long shadow over the 2010s. This is the cultural impact of Mayweather in the decade: Among those who find him generally reprehensible, it’s easy to forget that Mayweather didn’t break all those pay-per-view buy records simply because those who […]

The Liver Punch: It’s The Skinny Pedal On The Right

Something I have always avoided doing that many people seem to enjoy, or at least pretend to enjoy on Facebook, is looking back and taking stock. I don’t want to think about where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished, and where I’ve failed. I tell myself that it’s because I am too focused on the present […]

Shawn Porter Bullies, Fouls Andre Berto To Defeat

Let’s face it: Andre Berto didn’t need much extracurricular business to lose Saturday night on Showtime, which is what he did. Fella has been past his prime for a long time — his last win over a top 10 welterweight was back in 2011, and he’s propped up his career with the occasional unexpected victory […]

The Liver Punch: Is This The New Normal?

Boxing is a worldwide sport. It always has been. One of the things that makes it special is that fighting is a universal experience for human beings. There are certainly cultures that place more value on it, but by and large, everyone gets it. Christopher Hitchens summed it perfectly when he lamented that our prefrontal […]

The Liver Punch: You’re Missing The Show

What does a fighter struggling, even in a win, say about his career? Answer: Not a fucking thing. Sometime in the last decade or two, the TV talking heads and social media have convinced us that every tiny aspect of every performance can be used to indict an athlete or that they prove greatness. It’s […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 5/16

Welcome to our first pound-for-pound list of 2016. If it seems overdue, it’s because the first couple months offered little prospect for movement. The two most recent? That’s been more productive for the best fighters in the world regardless of weight. Manny Pacquiao’s departure shakes thing up a little, and Takashi Uchiyama’s loss leaves another […]

Andre Berto, Thomas Williams, Jr. Get KOs In Wild Fights

You just knew anything might happen when Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz got back into the ring together after their 2011 slugfest, with the intervening years marked primarily by losses. And we got a dramatic reversal on PBC on FOX Saturday — Berto suffered a knockdown in the 2nd, then scored the knockout in the […]

Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz, Andre Dirrell And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

There’s a cheeky weekend of boxing coming up. Not only is Victor “Facelube” Ortiz (pictured, weird) taking on Andre Berto in an extremely washed rematch, the Dirrell brothers are in action and Badou Jack is taking on Lucian Bute. Let’s get to the preview. Anthony Dirrell vs Caleb Truax, Friday, Spike, Atlantic City. It’s a super middleweight festival, […]

Rearviewmirror: A Look Back At Boxing In 2015

2015 was a strange year for boxing. Like “Charles In Charge,” we took a lot of “bad” to go with the “good.” We got huge fights like Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, free fights like Keith Thurman vs Robert Guerrero, and no fights like Showtime. New stars emerged, while some faded away before our eyes. Lineal […]

2015 Fighter Of The Year: Floyd Mayweather

It’s easy, in retrospect, to belittle Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. It wasn’t terribly hard beforehand, either. We knew, coming in, that Mayweather was the heavy favorite, deservedly. We knew this because we watched these two men age over the years between when the fight was a twinkle in our eyes and when it finally […]

2015 Fighter Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing 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 […]

Floyd Mayweather Outclasses Hapless Andre Berto In Final Fight

Floyd Mayweather vs Andre Berto was every bit of the 18-1 mismatch Vegas bookies predicted. The future hall of famer out-boxed, out-smarted and out-everythinged his opponent for 12 rounds on Showtime Pay-Per-View en route to a unanimous decision to improve to 49-0, 26 KO, matching Rocky Marciano’s hallowed record. Mayweather dictated the fight with stiff jabs […]

The More Things Change: Floyd Mayweather Vs Andre Berto

The business of boxing is changing, and fast. Long-time fighter advisor turned media mogul Al Haymon is collecting fighters and broadcast deals like lesser mortals collect belly button lint. In less than a year, the sport has gone from a few expensive channels and late nights on ESPN2 (after the tennis) to prime-time on network […]

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