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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 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 […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 10/15

Floyd Mayweather is gone, again, and who knows how long he’ll be retired for this time. His departure leaves a vacancy atop the pound-for-pound throne. So who’s the new “The Man?” That was determined by the usual main standard, which is quality wins of recent vintage (with overall resume and the “eyeball test” secondary factors; […]

Roman Gonzalez Seals His “Best In The World” Status Vs Brian Viloria

Roman Gonzalez stopped Brian Viloria on a night where Viloria was fighting as well as he possibly could, which is to say that we were talking about a pretty dangerous Viloria Saturday on HBO Pay-Per-View. Viloria even hurt Gonzalez in the same round Viloria hurt him with a body punch, freezing him for about a […]

Keep Your Eyes Open: Roman Gonzalez Vs Brian Viloria Preview And Prediction

Pay-per-view undercards rarely get much attention, especially given the gruel that boxing’s power brokers have ladled forth over the past few years, but, Saturday night from Madison Square Garden, one of the sport’s most unique talents takes the stage in the chief supporting bout: Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (left) meets Brian Viloria (right) for Gonzalez’s flyweight […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 8/15

(Andre Ward after beating Paul Smith on June 20; Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images) Activity. Inactivity. They can have an effect on who deserves to be ranked among the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight. This month’s update brings the return of a fighter long off the scene, and the departure of two fighters who haven’t fought […]

Roman Gonzalez: ‘Chocolatito’ Gets Some HBO Love

Boxing viewers aren’t used to catching flyweights on major networks. Usually, we’re forced to watch them on grainy youtube videos or in quick highlight spots. But then again, most flyweights don’t fight like Roman Gonzalez. The reason that he’s shot up the pound-for-pound ranks — he’s currently just below Floyd Mayweather at #2 in the world, […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 10/14

(Roman Gonzalez, left; Akira Yaegashi, right) At last, some movement. Since our last update of the best boxers in the world, regardless of weight, some of them have, actually, you know, fought. And in some meaningful fights, too. There are two new entrants to the top 10 (hint: one of them is in the picture), […]

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being — Ricardo Lopez And The Kazakh KO King

Returning home at around midnight last night, I switched on the earlier BoxNation card and gamely attempted to stave off sleep. It didn’t work. No sooner had I watched Chris Eubank, Jr. destroy another journeyman when I promptly dozed off. I awoke some two hours later, in the midst of Mike Perez’s entrance for his […]

Macau Boxing Results: Zou Shiming, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Brian Viloria Win

Zou Shiming still isn’t a puncher, but he’s more than willing to trade shots, and with every fight the notion of him facing a top 10 flyweight gets more credible. Saturday on tape delay on HBO2 from Macau, China, he took a sizable leap upward in competition against Luis De La Rosa, who only has […]

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