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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 […]

Quarantine Classics: Scott Pemberton Vs Omar Sheika

There is no boxing thanks to COVID-19 and we might have roving gangs of warboys before pro pugilism returns. So we TQBRers are looking back at the beforetimes. As I write this, I am age 44. Seventeen years ago, then, doesn’t seem so far back. Yet 2003 seems like a distinctly different time, when viewed […]

Turning Pro: A British Prospect’s First Steps Into The Professional Ranks

1. The Decision The Holiday Inn, Stratford, London, 21st March 2019 “Go to Tokyo, represent my country, win a medal.” He spent years striving for Olympic glory but now won’t be going. He’s all smiles as he explains the decision, any regrets overtaken by the excitement at what next. Dalton Smith is turning pro. The […]

This Century’s Most Badass Boxing Moments

Boxing is the toughest sport. Science says so! That means if you’re doing something really badass in pugilism, you’re multiplications of badass. It’s one thing to be in the toughest sport. It’s a whole ‘nother level to be the most badass within the sport. Just last month, welterweight Shawn Porter delivered a really cool moment […]

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 […]

Let’s Fix Boxing, Shall We?

If sports were restaurants, boxing would be the rustic, old steakhouse that hasn’t changed so much as a side dish since prohibition. The kind that bills its own reluctance to adapt to modern ideas as “classic.” Sure, the filet mignon is boiled and there’s rats in the bathroom the size of campground raccoons but hey, […]

Requiem For Rios – Or How I Learned To Stopped Worrying And Love The Bam

“Talk to me son,” bellowed referee Russell Mora after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios had received a third low blow In the space of two minutes. “Let’s go baby!” came the defiant response from a man who seemed almost to be drawing energy from his opponent’s attempts to foul. Although his body would sag with each […]

Mouthwash For Mayweather Vs Pacquiao: Five Best Fights Of This Century

(What a great fight looks like: Israel Vazquez, left, Rafael Marquez, right) Let’s say you expected the “Fight of the Century” this weekend between Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao to be the BEST fight of this century, at least so far. You were dreaming. Also, there are 85 more years to go. But since the […]

Two Gallants

destiny noun – the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future. There is no question of their suitability for one another, of their dual commitment to a fighting ethos that has fallen out of fashion with large sections of modern fans: A shared rejection of tomorrow, a stand against due care that […]

Additional Thoughts On (And From) Brian Kenny, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. And Manny Pacquiao

(Brian Kenny and Floyd Mayweather, after breaking bread) Welcome, Awful Announcing readers visiting The Queensberry Rules for the first time, and welcome, TQBR regulars. Somehow, we couldn’t fit everything we wanted in the 6,000 (!) word piece we teamed up on over there about the five-year anniversary of Brian Kenny’s sizzling interview with Floyd Mayweather […]

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