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Denis Shafikov Ruins Jamel Herring = America Main Event

As a set-up for a July 4 weekend card, you could do worse than Olympic Marine Jamel Herring. As a meaningful fight for the 30-year-old lightweight prospect, Denis Shafikov was as hard as you ought to even think about offering him. But if you wanted Herring to win to commemorate AMERICA, it was a bad […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule Featuring Shane Mosley And Amnat Ruenroeng

In an average week of fights its nice to have an inspiring poster like this one for Amnat Ruenroeng and Johnriel Casimero’s Wednesday clash in Beijing. I do believe future! And yes, that is a creepy looking Mike Tyson. Anyway, on with the schedule. Amnat Ruenroeng vs Johnriel Casimero, Wednesday, Beijing. We may as well start with […]

Alternate Universe List Of The Pound-For-Pound Best Boxers, 2014 Edition

What if… there existed another universe where fighters were ranked pound-for-pound — i.e., who’s best regardless of weight — based nothing at all on any actual evidence from what a fighter had actually accomplished? A dimension where some figure or the other just points at a fighter and says, “I think he looks like he’s […]

FNF Results: Shafikov Breaks Nugaev’s Face

A violent war between two Russian hardasses ended with Denis Shafikov badly damaging Rustam Nugaev’s face en route to a stoppage victory on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. The two lightweights went right at it as if they didn’t once live together at an earlier phase of their careers, with Nugaev slightly outworking Shafikov through the first […]

In The Interest Of Establishing Real Boxing Champions, The 2014 List

(June 7, New York City: Miguel Cotto reacts after a TKO against Sergio Martinez in the 10th round of the middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden. Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) It’s been a few years since we last went through this exercise of looking at the lineal championship (aka real champs, as […]

Quick Jabs: Cotto Vs. Martinez Pay-Per-View Numbers; The Golden Boy Legal Action; More

If you’re looking for a classy place to sign a contract with Al Haymon, one resplendent with gravitas, why not McDonalds? Lightweight Miguel Vazquez making the Haymon move means we can almost surely forget about starting a new championship lineage by fighting Terence Crawford, since Crawford is represented by Top Rank, which despises Haymon. It’s […]

A Primer On Timothy Bradley Vs. Manny Pacquiao II

So begins our marathon coverage of one of the biggest bouts of 2014, Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao II, on April 12 on HBO Pay-Per-View. Next: Keys to the fight. How fitting it is that in this dreadful, murky year for boxing so far, in which the sport has sunken down into a depressing morass, […]

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