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Leo Santa Cruz Edges Abner Mares In Action-Packed Rematch

Leo Santa Cruz had moved beyond it, this Abner Mares rematch Saturday on Showtime. Mares had done almost nothing to earn the do-over, while Santa Cruz had beaten a better fighter in Carl Frampton. You know what, though? The second time around was arguably better than the first, which ended with the same victor: Santa […]

Showtime Evening Of Junior Middleweights: Beside The Point

Showtime on Saturday evening hosted three major junior middleweight match-ups, and the results were largely satisfactory. Jermell Charlo scored a stunning 1st round knockout of Erickson Lubin. Jarrett Hurd stopped Austin Trout in a bout that was competitive through most of the fight. Erislandy Lara used the main event to Lara-fy the boxing ring, stinking […]

We All Float Down Here: Kell Brook Boldly Goes Where Canelo Will Not

When I was a kid, I was terrified of my parent’s basement. It was dark. There were weird noises. But the main reason I turned into Usain Bolt when the lights went off was very simple — I’d read Stephen King’s Novel “IT” when I was way, way too young. Most kids were scared of […]

Julian Williams Demolishes Luciano Cuello, Austin Trout Next?

It’s hard to believe, but there were still people who weren’t high on Julian Williams coming into Tuesday night on Fox Sports 1. He surely killed some of that noise on Fox Sports 1 with a crushing, shockingly easy knockout of rugged journeyman Luciano Cuello in less than a round. Cuello, who’d been in there […]

Young Boxers Potentially On The Rise: The 2015 List

(LAS VEGAS — Deontay Wilder poses by his corner after going 12 rounds with Bermane Stiverne during their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Jan. 17 [Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images]) With Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao right around the corner, there’s already been speculation about who, if anyone, is “next” in boxing, […]

TQBR Radio 12/16: Amir Khan Vs. Devon Alexander Recap, More

Boxing doesn’t know exactly where “across the street” is, apparently (photo via). But oddly enough, its two major network players, HBO and Showtime, seem to excel in scheduling shows across the street from one another. It was the last fight weekend of a particularly weak 2014 in boxing, so it was fitting that well over […]

A Sour Three Hours On ESPN Thursday Night

It seems that now is as good a time as ever to state that I’ve spoken too soon about the quality of boxing in 2014. After a decent card last week from HBO, we were treated with a laughably awful – no, perhaps not even laughable – three hour special from ESPN Thursday. It’s funny […]

Australian Boxing Might Explode Off The Planet — But It Shouldn’t

(July 26; New York; Gennady Golovkin [white gloves] reacts after knocking out Daniel Geale [black gloves] during their middleweight bout at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) In the win-loss measurement of things, Australian boxing has had a terrible few weeks. First Daniel Geale got smashed quickly by Gennady Golovkin. Then Blake Caparello […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Austin Trout And Don George

As is often the case when the week’s boxing schedule is thin, we’ve got a cool historical image in the header. This week’s it’s a shot from a boxing gym in Porthaethwy, Wales, via the National Library of Wales. Apart from badass kids in towns with lots of consonants in their name, there’s not much going […]

TQBR Radio 8/19: Kell Brook Vs. Shawn Porter Recap

Supposedly all things in the universe are a blend of light and dark, evil and good, Boston and The Eagles — yin and yang, if you will (via). And right now, when it comes to being appeased and getting serious value for their money, boxing fans sure are taking it up the yang. For however […]

Purity Ring: Alvarez Vs. Lara Preview And Prediction

It is hard to believe that in a year of boxing as sclerotic as 2014 that a fight like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara is happening Saturday. Simple, absolutely fundamental building blocks of a functioning sport like “the ability to make any kind of worthwhile match whatsoever” have been toppled in one thunderclap after […]

Froch Vs. Groves II: TQBR Roundtable, Psychological Warfare Edition

There have been few melt downs quite as magnificent as the one depicted in the video above, when a naïve Kevin Keegan fell prey to the mind games of arch-schemer Sir Alex Ferguson at the business end of the 1995-96 Premier League season. Keegan’s team, the swashbuckling Newcastle United, had at one point enjoyed a […]

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