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The 2020 Boxing Survivor Series

I’m on vacation this week which means my brain is too, so today we’re going to do something so pointless it’ll make my usual rambling parade of unfocused dipshittery look like Voltaire on an Adderall bender. First off, let’s get this out of the way right off the hop: I know nothing about contemporary professional […]

2010-2019 FIGHT OF THE DECADE: TIMOTHY BRADLEY UD 12 RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV

The 1st and 12th rounds were the same, Tim Bradley in mortal danger, just about out on his feet, punching back with all his might. When the final bell rang, Ruslan Provodnikov dropped to his knees and pounded the mat in tears of rage, agony, lust, and joy. Minutes later, Bradley admitted to HBO’s Max […]

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 […]

The Liver Punch: Whose Story Are You Telling?

My undergraduate mentor always starts a piece of advice with, “My boy…” I’m 35 and he still does it. He spoke to me that way when I was a precocious 18 year old hell bent on fucking up his own life. He said it to me when I was a driven, if utterly directionless, 23 […]

Roy Jones And The Death Of The Party

Shortly before his death in 2011, Christopher Hitchens said of his impending mortality, “It will happen to all of us, that at some point you get tapped on the shoulder and told, not just that the party’s over, but slightly worse: the party’s going on — but you have to leave. And it’s going on […]

The Liver Punch: Give Me A Trainwreck

Last week, still grouchy from the awful scorecards in Sergey Kovalev vs Andre Ward, I pondered if Nicholas Walters might give Vasyl Lomachenko a real test, and in doing so elevate both fighters. We got about half of that. Lomachenko was elevated in some minds because he was brilliant. That Walters decided after seven rounds […]

Manny Pacquiao Rebounds In Perhaps His Last Fight, Decisions Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao, if he ended his career Saturday night, did it on a high note. Looking excellent physically and like he was truly enjoying himself after a couple years of declining exuberance, Pacquiao again defeated rival Timothy Bradley, decisioning him and dropping him twice despite Bradley coming in with a solid game plan. It was a history-making […]

Teddy And Freddie: A Story About Boxing

Somewhere it is written that sons will suffer the sins of their fathers. And I don’t think anything reflects the wisdom of the ages better than the sport of boxing. In this, I’m not saying anything particularly new. Just read Mark Kriegel’s excellent sports bios and his most germane to the sport of boxing, “The […]

Quick Jabs: Who’s Afraid?; Jean Pascal Gets Racial; Poor Yuriorkis Gamboa

What in the living fu-. How is welterweight Danny Garcia regularly doing some of the best ratings that the “Premier Boxing Champions” series ever has done, even against Robert Guerrero in a match-up that not many people viewed as particularly competitive? I guess people like unconventional hairlines, cuz LeBron James is popular, too. It’s almost as […]

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 […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/15

Happy New Year. Here’s a last bit of sweeping up after 2015 — a year-end pound-for-pound list of the best boxers alive, regardless of weight. This entry brings just one exit (Miguel Cotto) and one entry (Tyson Fury) since last time, but some shaking up of things here and there. The heavyweight and middleweight championships […]

Cat’s Column: We Could All Use More Teddy Atlas And Other Random Notes

If anybody was curious as to how the new pairing of Tim Bradley and trainer Teddy Atlas would go, they got an emphatic response in between rounds 7 and 8 last Saturday night. Bradley was cruising. His opponent, Brandon Rios, was merrily plodding face-first into pretty much every punch Bradley threw, and Bradley was well ahead […]

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 […]

Timothy Bradley Stops Brandon Rios, An Odd Sight

Boxing watchers tend to see too much of one side or the other when a fighter looks good and his opponent looks bad. Both sides were in exhibition in roughly even — and extreme — measure Saturday on HBO when a nimble, disciplined Timothy Bradley, newly under the tutelage of Teddy Atlas, surprisingly stopped the […]

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