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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, […]

The Liver Punch: Adios Chino

It’s a little anti-climactic to learn of the retirement of someone who hasn’t fought in two years. Even the reaction to the news of Marcos Maidana’s official retirement was a bit strange. Normally when fans hear a favorite fighter is leaving the sport it’s met with bitter joy because the guy is usually shot and […]

Floyd Mayweather’s Next Fight: Easy, Hard Or Somewhere In The Middle?

Floyd Mayweather is out there making his usual headlines by saying some stuff that is designed to make headlines, this time about who he might fight next. Some of the potential opponents have put their own names in the mix. Let’s consider the contenders. And let’s rate them on a scale of one to five […]

Robert Guerrero Beats Aron Martinez, No Longer Looks Like A Contender

Robert Guerrero won a controversial split decision Saturday on NBC, the kind that is damning because of whom he did it against. Aron Martinez was there to restore Guerrero to the win column, pure and simple, and instead it was a bruising fight — in its tone, and literally, on each man’s face — that Guerrero […]

Man Vs Ghost: Robert Guerrero Gets A Tune-Up

Robert Guerrero needs a win. Badly. He’s lost two of his last three, albeit against some pretty nasty welterweight competition named Keith Thurman, Yoshihiro Kamegai and Floyd Mayweather. He lost basically every second to Mayweather, but gutted out a win 13 months later against Kamegai, who is a badass. In his first fight for Al […]

TQBR Radio 3/17: Sergey Kovalev Vs. Jean Pascal Recap

If ever there were a need to tranquilize a beast before it got out of hand, now might be that moment — before Sergey Kovalev becomes self-aware and develops wings or something. Hyperbole aside, after bashing Jean Pascal on the latter’s side of the playground, one fighter stands between Kovalev and supremacy at light heavyweight: […]

Andre Berto Stops Josesito Lopez In Shaky Victory

Photo: Josesito Lopez (L) throws a punch against  Andre Berto during their welterweight bout. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) In a battle for gatekeeper bragging rights, perennial Al Haymon favourite Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KO) took on the jawbreaker himself, Josesito Lopez (33-7, 19 KO), in the main event of the inaugural PBC Spike TV card. Berto, who […]

Mayweather Vs. Maidana: Keys To The Fight

So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest bouts of 2014, Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana, on May 3 on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Previously: the basics of Mayweather-Maidana; TQBR Radio on Mayweather-Maidana; the undercard, previewed. Next: a staff roundtable. Mind. Matter. How do Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana stack up in those categories? Here, we examine both the more […]

Floyd Mayweather Vs. Marcos Maidana: Opening Bell

So begins our marathon coverage of one of the biggest bouts of 2014, Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana, on May 3 on Showtime Pay-Per-View. Next: the undercard, previewed. This Saturday, the sport’s most recognizable name and its finest practitioner, Floyd Mayweather, is set to take on perhaps his most obscure opponent since his rise to enormous […]

Josesito Lopez Makes Aaron Martinez Abandon Their Fight On ESPN2

Protect yourself at all times. Halfway through the 5th round of a scheduled 10 round junior welterweight fight from the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Friday, Aron Martinez turned his back on his opponent Josesito Lopez, and referee Jack Reiss waved the bout off, saying (and then repeating ad nauseum) that Martinez […]

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