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The Liver Punch: Church League Softball

Boxing is one of the most physically degrading sports in the world. It’s not just the fights themselves, but the rigors of making weight and training that accumulate over time. Elite athletes are left, often at a young age, in a diminished state that cannot be reversed. Common also, to the point of being stereotypical, […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/16

Yeah, yeah, it’s “technically” not 2016 anymore, but this serves as the year-end list, mofos. We’ve got a lot of changes since the last update a couple months back, given some un-retirements and big fights that closed out the year. As always, the main standard is quality wins, especially of recent vintage. The eyeball test […]

2016 Fighter 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 […]

Terence Crawford Is Playing With His Food

Terence Crawford is good at boxing. Saturday, in Omaha, Neb., he reminded us how good he is. Crawford’s junior welterweight bout with John Molina, Jr. on HBO was always destined to be a mismatch. Molina gave Lucas Matthysse a few rough moments while absorbing a frightening beating a few years back. He came back from […]

Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

It’s a packed fight weekend, but one tables-ladders-chairs match already got started in advance, as heavyweight Dereck Chisora threw a whole damn table at Dillian Whyte. And that’s one of the least interesting bouts on the ledger. Terence Crawford vs John Molina, Saturday, HBO, Omaha Neb. Junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford returns to his hometown for […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 10/16

It’s the kind of pastime you either hate, love to hate, or just find mildly interesting to debate: pound-for-pound updates of the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight. And boy howdy, do we ever have some movement since last time we did one one of these. We have a new man cracking the […]

The Liver Punch: You’re Missing The Show

What does a fighter struggling, even in a win, say about his career? Answer: Not a fucking thing. Sometime in the last decade or two, the TV talking heads and social media have convinced us that every tiny aspect of every performance can be used to indict an athlete or that they prove greatness. It’s […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Vasyl Lomachenko And Ruslan Provodnikov

I’m calling it: Vasyl Lomachenko’s headband is the boxing fashion statement of the year. He’s fighting this week: against Rocky Martinez in what could be a really fun fight. Ruslan Provodnikov is back too. They’re not the most competitive match-ups they can be in, but hey, I ain’t complaining. Rocky Martinez vs Vasyl Lomachenko, Saturday, HBO, NY. […]

Keith Thurman, Adrien Broner Triumph In Boxing’s Return To NBC

It was boxing’s big moment, and the first fight card cementing the deal between Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions and major television network NBC. And while neither Keith Thurman’s decision win over Robert Guerrero nor Adrien Broner’s decision win over John Molina, Jr. Saturday will be mistaken for actual “Fight of the Year” contenders, and […]

Al Haymon Set To Announce Boxing Deal With NBC

Al Haymon’s plans for world domination appear close to fruition, with NBC is set to confirm a multi-year, prime-time deal with the controversial “advisor.” According to The New York Times, the deal will feature five prime time shows a year on the main network, along with six on Saturday afternoons. There will be an additional nine shows […]

2014 Boxing Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end awards, continuing into 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 next week, is a pu-pu platter of awards […]

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