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2010-2019 FIGHT OF THE DECADE: TIMOTHY BRADLEY UD 12 RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV

The 1st and 12th rounds were the same, Tim Bradley in mortal danger, just about out on his feet, punching back with all his might. When the final bell rang, Ruslan Provodnikov dropped to his knees and pounded the mat in tears of rage, agony, lust, and joy. Minutes later, Bradley admitted to HBO’s Max […]

We All Get Old: Miguel Berchelt Bests Francisco Vargas

Action heroes are special. There are precious few of them in any generation. We like to pretend that every fight was an event, but mostly they are like any other fighter except for a few great nights. Mickey Ward was in his share of dreck fights. So was Arturo Gatti. We aren’t supposed to say […]

2016 Fight Of The Year: Francisco Vargas Vs Orlando Salido

Crown him: Orlando Salido is THE boxing action hero of his time. From 2011 to 2016, he’s waged war in a whopping six Fight of the Year candidates. The workmanlike Mexican — he moonlights as an Uber driver — secretes grit. And no one alive gives a damn that his record is 43-14-4. When he […]

The Liver Punch: Keeping Tabs

For all but the most devoted fans (i.e. people who need a life like me), only the top matters. If a fight isn’t for a belt or between contenders, they largely can’t be bothered to watch it. In some ways, this explains the proliferation of various nonsense alphabet straps over the last three decades. Convince […]

2015 Fight Of The Year: Francisco Vargas Vs Takashi Miura

Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura lived in a long shadow. It certainly was the kind of fight you might circle on your calendar on Nov. 21 as one to watch, if you were the sort of diehard boxing fan who was serious enough about the sport to know the names of two men in one of […]

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 […]

They Might Be Giants: Tyson Fury Will Make Wladimir Klitschko Fun For A Night

You know the overused movie plot where the boring, super-uptight guy meets the wild, crazy girl who finally shows him how to let loose and have fun? That’s what Saturday’s heavyweight title fight on HBO between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury has going for it. Except in this case, the boring dude is the reigning […]

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