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2019 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 […]

Gervonta Davis Stops Replacement Hugo Ruiz

Third-generation Floyd Mayweather clone (by way of Adrien Broner) Gervonta Davis made quick work of late replacement opponent Hugo Ruiz Saturday night on Showtime, stopping him him in one round after apparently breaking his nose. It’s exactly how he should’ve done it, given that Ruiz was a late replacement who’d fought less than a month […]

2016 Round Of The Year: Hozumi Hasegawa Vs Hugo Ruiz, Round 9

Every fight tells a story. The more complex the tale, the more interesting each round becomes, a new chapter that propels the riveting narrative. Sometimes, as with Hozumi Hasegawa vs Hugo Ruiz this fall, the story mirrors the hero’s entire career arc. And even more rarely, an individual round reflects that story in microcosm, like a […]

2016 Round 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 […]

Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

It’s boxing, so of course after weeks and week of virtually nothing on television, there are head-to-head cards on the two major premium cable networks this weekend. When it rains… Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg, Saturday, Showtime Extreme, Manchester. This long-awaited match-up of British junior featherweight contenders is easily the fight of the week, and thankfully Showtime have picked […]

Come On Up For The Rising: Leo Santa Cruz Brings His “A” Game

(Leo Santa Cruz; Suzanne Teresa, PBC) In the end, it was a hell of a fight, even if it didn’t quite live up to its Fight Of The Year expectations. Saturday night at the Staples Center, undefeated Leo Santa Cruz withstood a spirited attack from Abner Mares and beat him by majority decision in a […]

Script Flipped: Leo Santa Cruz Outboxes Abner Mares

Abner Mares wanted to be volume-punching Leo Santa Cruz Saturday night on ESPN. Leo Santa Cruz was ready to be boxer-puncher Abner Mares if he needed to be. Santa Cruz did a better job of being himself and enough of being Mares to take the win, with a majority decision in a good, not great, fight. […]

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