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A Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Fight Turned Into A Debacle? WHAAAAAT?

It began with ducked drug tests and a missed weight, continued on to snow cone-colored hair and ended in a quit job that spurred the delusional crowd in Phoenix to rain beer cans down on the ring Saturday night. In other words, a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout was a Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout. […]

Palooka Politicos: The 2020 Presidential Candidates If They Were Fighters

Sometimes, the forming of a more perfect union requires the separation of a rib or three. At least that’s what our politicians would have us believe. Bureaucrats, wonks, and snake-oil salesmen love nothing more than co-opting the language of boxing (“I’ll fight for you!”), but believe it or not, some pols have actually gone so […]

Canelo Beats Chavez, Lines Up Golovkin

It’s not often that a post-fight announcement overshadows the fight that just happened, but that’s how it went down Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View when Canelo Alvarez beat Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. then lined up Gennady Golovkin for September. That speaks to how bad Saturday’s main event was, in part. Although it also shows how much people […]

Gennady Golovkin Wastes More Time Against Dominic Wade

Gennady Golovkin is an absolute animal, as he demonstrated again Saturday night on HBO. The problem is that he’s an aging animal who is wasting our time and his facing opponents like Dominic Wade, who had no chance on paper and even less in reality. Golovkin took him out easily in the 2nd, after three […]

Quick Jabs: Manny Pacquiao On Homosexuality; Good Fights In The Works; More

There are a couple remarkable things about Manny Pacquiao’s recent remarks on homosexuality. His views in opposition to gay marriage were already well-known; that’s not new, and it’s not cool, nor has it ever been. No, what’s remarkable is the virulent nature of how he’s expressed those views lately, and how unrelenting he has been in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Defiant Until The End, Floyd Mayweather Goes Out On His Own Terms

Let’s start here first — this is in no way an endorsement of Floyd Mayweather’s reputed swan song, a Sept. 12 Showtime Pay-Per-View fight against Andre Berto. Far from it. Indeed, this writer’s reaction was part of the collective groan the boxing world let out when serious rumors first started swirling about a possible Mayweather […]

Andre Ward Vs Gennady Golovkin And The Weight Divide

It’s possible to think of better unmade fights right now than Andre Ward vs Gennady Golovkin, but the list only goes a couple fingers, tops. The two have danced around each other for the last couple years, each side accusing the other of not really wanting to lambada. But at this precise moment, it’s easy […]

Weekend Afterthoughts On Nonito Donaire, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., More

When’s the last time we had any Weekend Afterthoughts around here? Maybe enough time to let neogrunge fashion become a thing. This past weekend had few U.S. televised fights of any note, with most of the most meaningful fights off TV. There was this knockout by Amir Imam of Fernando Angulo, which has the final […]

It’s Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.’s Last Chance. But Not Really.

Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., who fights Saturday night on Showtime, (the network that has brought you all of your favorite fights this year like…) has pissed off a whole of people in short time. His attitude, apathetic at best, has turned many of his fans against him. He claimed to be rejuvenated for this fight, […]

With Top Rank Lawsuit, Now It’s Al Haymon Who’s Surrounded

Earlier this year, when influential boxing manager Al Haymon began securing broadcast arrangements with every channel on the dial, traditional boxing power HBO looked surrounded. Now, with yet another lawsuit against Haymon dropping Wednesday, it’s Haymon who looks like it’s him against the world. Promoter Top Rank joined the legal pursuit of Haymon over his alleged […]

Remembering The Marvel, Sergio Martinez

Martin Murray sat beside compatriot Darren Barker in the Sky Sports Studio as a smile grew across his face. A sturdy, thick-necked middleweight with a history of violent crime, he listened incredulously as Birmingham-born Matthew Macklin boasted proudly of his exploits, both domestically and abroad. Calling in from his gym on the south coast of […]

Floyd Mayweather Vs Manny Pacquiao: Dealing With The Casuals — A User’s Guide

Saturday night, THE ENTIRE WORLD will be watching one of the biggest boxing events in the history of the sport, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. Well, perhaps not the entire world, but a whole lot of people will be tuning in to see who is the best fighter of their generation. With a fight of […]

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