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Joe Smith Jr. Goes Full Joe Smith Jr., Stops Eleider Alvarez In Nine

Did you ever play Dungeons and Dragons as a kid? For the sake of your future sex life, please don’t answer out loud if you did. If not, try and picture the 10-sided dice used by those nerds. Now, on each face of the die, write a short description of every conceivable outcome you could […]

This Century’s Most Badass Boxing Moments

Boxing is the toughest sport. Science says so! That means if you’re doing something really badass in pugilism, you’re multiplications of badass. It’s one thing to be in the toughest sport. It’s a whole ‘nother level to be the most badass within the sport. Just last month, welterweight Shawn Porter delivered a really cool moment […]

This Is The End(ish): Kownacki Defeats Arreola

I think a lot about retirement. I’m not yet of an age that anyone other than my teenagers would consider “old,” but it occurs to me now and then that I’m closer to the end than to the beginning. I get tired. Most days, I possess neither the optimal levels of energy nor give-a-shit. The […]

It’s Probably Never Going To Happen For Demetrius Andrade

Demetrius Andrade has a deal with DAZN, which is why he was fighting there Saturday night, but more importantly he has a deal with DAZN because DAZN has the two biggest attractions in the middleweight division, champ Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. And during his fight with Maciej Sulecki this time out, DAZN’s broadcasting team […]

Dmitry Bivol Is Very, Very Good, And That Might Be All He Is

Dmitry Bivol this weekend hoped to make a statement on HBO: That he can be a thrilling knockout artist, not just a winning boxer. Jean Pascal didn’t cooperate, and as such Bivol made no such statement. But, it’s kind of looking like Bivol just isn’t that guy. Sometimes, Bivol has fought too patiently to be […]

Kovalev Doesn’t KO Chilemba (Giving Ward Hope?)

Isaac Chilemba neutralized Sergey Kovalev for half of their bout Monday, then somehow left the ring on his own power, making him just the fourth man to do so in Kovalev’s 30 wins.  You have to imagine Andre Ward was watching with a grin at home in advance of their superfight later this year. But should […]

Quick Jabs: The Kovalev Vs Stevenson Act; The Tysons; The Triangle

What? Something in boxing was FAKE? You mean that after their hilarious confrontation in the ring on HBO, Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson were hugging off camera? Shocking. Or is this what’s shocking: That trainer Freddie Roach was the one who alleged the forgery? Roach, who doesn’t even pretend that he’s not bullshitting us half the […]

Sergey Kovalev: Crime And Punishment

There has always been something sinister about light heavyweight knockout artist Sergey Kovalev, just like there has always been a language impediment when it comes to understanding him. Whereas another knockout king, Kazakhstan’s Gennady Golovkin, has always maintained an affable, happy-go-lucky demeanor outside the ring before turning into a full-on beast inside of it, Kovalev’s […]

Sergey Kovalev Grotesquely Punishes Jean Pascal

That wasn’t a rematch we needed, Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal II, and Saturday night confirmed it. On HBO, the two light heavyweights rumbled again, and just like the first time, Kovalev massacred Pascal, who had only moments of effectiveness. Someone should’ve stopped it long ago, before it ever happened, and once it actually began […]

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 […]

Sergey Kovalev Vs Jean Pascal II: Who’s Up For Another Beating?

There are always going to be pointless rematches in boxing. Hell, in a couple of months, Manny Pacquiao will fight Tim Bradley for a completely superfluous third time, even though one could make a strong argument that even the second fight was unnecessary. Yes, technically Pacquiao lost the first fight. But anyone besides the judges […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Sergey Kovalev And Jean Pascal

This week’s boxing schedule is brought to you by nightmarish Soviet-era anti-boxing claymation.  You’re welcome. Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal, Saturday, HBO, Montreal. Not sure what we’re meant to learn from this light heavyweight rematch, since Russian destroyer Kovalev put a nasty beating on Pascal last time out. Maybe he can really challenge himself by doing […]

Seven Predictions For Boxing In 2016

With 2015 in the rear view mirror, it’s time for some black magic. We’re busting out the tarot cards and the crystal ball, and we’re telling boxing’s fortune. Here are TQBR’s predictions for 2016: Heavyweight won’t get exciting just yet We have a new heavyweight champion (pictured, dressed as Batman) after a decade of Klitschko dominance, […]

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 […]

2015 Round 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 […]

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