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A Butt Too Far: Josh Warrington Stops Kiko Martinez in Seven

The line that separates a sanctioned prizefight from a carnival freak show is an embarrassingly thin one, and the only presence keeping those of us on both sides of it from being marks are the in-ring officials. These are men with names like Russell Mora, Laurence Cole and Ian John-Lewis, and it’s up to them […]

2021 Boxing Knockout Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, continuing over the course of a week. Here’s how we do it around these parts: The major categories are Knockout of the Year, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info, as well […]

Mauricio Lara Scores Huge Upset Over Josh Warrington

Had you heard of Mauricio Lara before he secured a fight with Josh Warrington? Probably not. But you surely know his name after Saturday afternoon. The 33-1 underdog erased the undefeated record of Warrington and he wasn’t remotely nice about it. He dropped him in the 4th and Warrington basically fought the remainder of the […]

2016 Round Of The Year: Hozumi Hasegawa Vs Hugo Ruiz, Round 9

Every fight tells a story. The more complex the tale, the more interesting each round becomes, a new chapter that propels the riveting narrative. Sometimes, as with Hozumi Hasegawa vs Hugo Ruiz this fall, the story mirrors the hero’s entire career arc. And even more rarely, an individual round reflects that story in microcosm, like a […]

2016 Fight 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 […]

Carl Frampton, Scott Quigg, Leo Santa Cruz And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

It’s boxing, so of course after weeks and week of virtually nothing on television, there are head-to-head cards on the two major premium cable networks this weekend. When it rains… Carl Frampton vs Scott Quigg, Saturday, Showtime Extreme, Manchester. This long-awaited match-up of British junior featherweight contenders is easily the fight of the week, and thankfully Showtime have picked […]

Deontay Wilder Struggles, Then Scores Massive KO

Deontay Wilder had his hands full briefly Saturday night on Showtime before those hands eventually found their target on Artur Szpilka’s noggin, ending in a spectacular one-shot knockout. The physically gifted heavyweight finally faced someone with a pulse after a series of no-hopers following his breakthrough early-2015 win over Bermane Stiverne, a win that hinted […]

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 […]

Belfast’s Fight Fans Deserve A Monument All Of Their Own

(Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan at Parliament Buildings Monday; Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye) It is quite something when a fight crowd becomes a draw in itself. Sixteen thousand fans congregated in a Belfast shipyard on Saturday evening, there in support of Tiger’s Bay junior featherweight Carl Frampton, who joined compatriots Wayne […]

Port Authority: Magnificent Carl Frampton Underlines Superiority Over Kiko Martínez

(Carl Frampton, left, Kiko Martinez, right; via) BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – Belfast’s Carl “The Jackal” Frampton scored the biggest win of his career last night, besting former foe Kiko Martínez over 12 terse rounds. Frampton, a wildly popular figure in these parts, battered Martínez mercilessly to claim a unanimous decision via scores of 119-108 (twice) […]

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