2016 Fight 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, 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 […]

Oscar Valdez Steps Up, Stops Chris Avalos

Oscar Valdez probably got an HBO date prematurely in his last bout, where he was less-than-stellar as a much-ballyhooed prospect against unheralded Ruben Tamayo. (Maybe Tamayo was better than his resume, too.) Chris Avalos? He was a busted prospect but still pretty experienced, arguably a junior featherweight contender. Friday on truTV, on the smaller network […]

Hometown Hero Carl Frampton Makes Light Work Of Chris Avalos

Carl Frampton made light work of Californian Chris Avalos before an adoring Belfast crowd, Saturday. Hometown hero Frampton (20-0, 14 KO), dominated Avalos (25-3, 19 KO) throughout their junior featherweight showdown, before referee Howard Foster rescued the woozy visitor at 1:33 of round 5, when Avalos listed after absorbing a succession of flush right hands. […]

Carl Frampton Can Make A Great Fight Next

Carl Frampton dispensed with Chris Avalos Saturday with relative ease, as we knew he probably would, even if we also knew Avalos was going to bring the reckless attacking, which he tried to do. The fight itself matters less than this: Frampton is right in the thick of a glut of fighters who can make […]

Mayweather Pacquiao Finalized

TQBR Radio 2/24: Floyd Mayweather Vs. Manny Pacquiao Finalized, More

By now, everyone knows that Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is on for May 2. And by “everyone,” we do mean everyone. The issue, of course, is a signed fight takes away an easy scapegoat when pointing a finger at all of boxing’s ills. But you know what they say about haters and their natural […]

Round And Round, Featuring What’s Next For Mayweather, Pacquiao Undercards, Gennady Golovkin, Others

(Dec. 12, Seattle — Jay-Z speaks with an acquaintance before a press conference to introduce new Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano [not pictured] at Safeco Field. Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) That’s not just a picture of Jay-Z for no reason(able doubt).  The Jigga Man’s Roc Nation has rather quickly started making a splash […]