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Rough Translation: Usyk Takes Another Step Against Witherspoon

Oleksandr Usyk contains multitudes. Scratch that. Not multitudes. Magnitudes. The 32-year-old Ukrainian lineal cruiserweight champ-turned-heavyweight contender is guided by two indomitable polar forces, and he brings them to bear with magnetic energy, a twinkle in his maniacal eyes, and a gnashing of his gap-toothed grin. He’d be as comfortable wearing a Kievan Rus war helmet, […]

Krzysztof Glowacki, Mairis Briedis Set Up Showdown

Like brain surgeons and the bomb squad, boxers don’t get to have bad days. But on Saturday in Chicago, in his semifinal matchup of the current cruiserweight World Boxing Super Series, there stood former world titlist Mairis Briedis, quite obviously getting his wires crossed and freezing up while the patient bled out on the table. […]

The Liver Punch: Falling Down The Rabbit Hole

Embarrassingly, I spent last Friday night watching Yuri Foreman get knocked out by Erislandy Lara. The fight was terrible, and the knockout punch was sneaky good, but nothing like the destructive mesmerization I seek. Normally I’d forget that I’d been foolish enough to watch it and move on with my life, but over the weekend, […]

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 […]

Sergey Kovalev Vs Andre Ward And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

This weekend’s big, big main event has everyone dizzy with anticipation. So let’s clear the deck first before getting into staff roundtables and such. Sergey Kovalev Vs Andre Ward undercard, Saturday, HBO Pay-Per-View, Las Vegas. Matthew Swain will soon preview the main event, and the roundtable will cover the rest of the team’s views. The […]

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 […]

2015 Knockout 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 […]

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 […]

2015 Fight Of The Year Nominees

Welcome to The Queensberry Rules’ annual year-end boxing awards, beginning 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 […]

PBC Weekend Review: Krzysztof Glowacki Vs Marco Huck Takes The Prize

It was another of those weekends where the only U.S.-televised shows came from influential adviser Al Haymon’s mostly-free PBC series, and while much of it was as bland as it looked on paper, we genuinely got one of the better fights of 2015 so far in Krzysztof Glowacki’s upset win over Marco Huck. The highlights: Krzysztof Glowacki […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 8/15

(Andre Ward after beating Paul Smith on June 20; Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images) Activity. Inactivity. They can have an effect on who deserves to be ranked among the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight. This month’s update brings the return of a fighter long off the scene, and the departure of two fighters who haven’t fought […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 5/15

(Terence Crawford; Tom Pennington, Getty Sports) This is our first pound-for-pound update of 2015, and as such there are some major modifications. It made sense to wait this long after January and February produced negligible potential changes. It also made sense to wait until Mayweather vs Pacquiao, which would determine the p4p crown. As always, the […]

Young Boxers Potentially On The Rise: The 2015 List

(LAS VEGAS — Deontay Wilder poses by his corner after going 12 rounds with Bermane Stiverne during their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Jan. 17 [Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images]) With Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao right around the corner, there’s already been speculation about who, if anyone, is “next” in boxing, […]

Montreal News, Notes: Deontay Wilder, Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux, More

MONTREAL — Culled Friday at the weigh-in for Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal Saturday on HBO, get your red hot news tidbits from and about some of your favorite boxing personalities right here! Read on for more on these names: Deontay Wilder, Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux, Dierry Jean, Bermane Stiverne, Blake Caparello, Curtis Stevens, Roy Jones, Jr., […]

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/14

(Nov. 8, Atlantic City; Sergey Kovalev celebrates his win over Bernard Hopkins after their bout at Boardwalk Hall. Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports) Just about all the 2014 business is finished for the best boxers in the world across every weight division, with only Adonis Stevenson and Guillermo Rigondeaux on this list yet to have […]

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