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2010-2019 Knockout Of The Decade: Juan Manuel Marquez KO 6 Manny Pacquiao

“He’s not gettin’ up, Jim!” That’s all anyone has to say. You know what they’re talking about. In a single moment on Dec. 8, 2012, and with a single punch, Manny Pacquiao was rendered unconscious and mortal. And he was rendered so by the only man in eight years who’d managed to withstand him. The […]

The Liver Punch: Get Out Of Your Depth

There’s an apocryphal story about the first meeting when Bernie Ecclestone took over Formula 1. As it goes, Enzo Ferrari dragged the dwarvish Brit into his office to let him know what was what. Enzo slammed his hand on the desk and said, “THIS is the sport!” then tapped his finger under the desk and […]

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 […]

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: Floyd Mayweather

It’s easy, in retrospect, to belittle Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. It wasn’t terribly hard beforehand, either. We knew, coming in, that Mayweather was the heavy favorite, deservedly. We knew this because we watched these two men age over the years between when the fight was a twinkle in our eyes and when it finally […]

2015 Knockout Of The Year: Canelo Alvarez Vs James Kirkland

Some knockouts are spectacular — there’s virtually no sight in sport as breathtaking as a person being suddenly and violently removed from consciousness. Others are surprising — upsets and come-from-behind victories, walk off home runs in the bottom of the ninth. Others still are significant within the sport — a championship run ended, a prospect exposed, a stadium packed. The Queensberry Rules’ choice for 2015 Knockout of […]

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 […]

2015 Knockout 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 […]

50 Cent Has Filed For Bankruptcy For SMS Promotions, But…

(50 Center lowered to the boxing ring while rapping; via) The schadenfreude is pretty heavy Tuesday after 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy for his boxing promotion company, SMS Promotions. This is just a note of caution about what it means, what it doesn’t mean and what it might not mean. It should surprise no one that […]

Quick Jabs: Canelo, Golovkin Ratings; Haymon Lawsuit; More

People just can’t get enough cinnamon these days. Quick Jabs We were waiting to talk about the Canelo Alvarez ratings for his fight with James Kirkland until we got more solid info on how much the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao replay helped boost it, but there is no solid info on that. What we do know […]

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, […]

Canelo Alvarez Brutalizes, Stops James Kirkland In Three Rounds

Boxing fans left unsatisfied by last week’s “Fight of the Century” were treated to a brutal one-sided shootout between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and James Kirkland in Houston Saturday night on HBO. The junior middleweight bout was entertaining as long as it lasted, but it was clear from early on that Canelo (45-1-1, 32 KO) was simply too good […]

Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Canelo Alvarez vs James Kirkland Preview And Prediction

HBO is playing it rather savvy with its May programming. Knowing that after Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally met, people would be wondering, “Who’s next for the mantle of boxing’s biggest star?” they threw in two of their best bids: Canelo Alvarez this weekend, Gennady Golovkin the one after. They also hedged their bets on blood: […]

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