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2018 Fighter Of The Year: Oleksandr Usyk

It’s sad, really, the way America — and much of the rest of the globe, actually — gives no fucks about the cruiserweight division, the stubbier sibling of the kaiju heavyweight class. So many of history’s best heavyweights, from Joe Louis to Rocky Marciano to Muhammad Ali, hovered around the cruiserweight 200-pound limit for large […]

2018 Boxing Fighter 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, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info.  On the second day after a category […]

2018 Boxing Knockout 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, Fight of the Year and Fighter of the Year. For each category, we give five finalists, with video and/or relevant info.  On the second day after a category […]

Oleksandr Uysk Vs Tony Bellew: The Excitement Of Invevability

What is it about a concussive knockout that brings people together? How does a left hand thrown from the depths of hell turn a normally vicious shit talker such as Tony Bellew into a gushing superfan of the man who threw it? Why would an arena packed with bloodthirsty Brits stand and applaud the man […]

The Liver Punch: Kinetic Energy

Last Saturday night, from Verona, New York, HBO gave the world a physics lesson, just as their “friends” at Premier Boxing Champions had done the previous week. What we saw was the difference between Kinetic energy and Potential energy. Kinetic energy is energy in action. It’s the energy generated in motion. Potential energy is the […]

Score One For The Fat Guy: Bellew Bests Haye

On an emotional night at London’s O2 Arena (the former Millennium Dome in Greenwich), logic took a back seat as Tony “Bomber” Bellew overcame red hot favorite David Haye in eleven dramatic rounds at heavyweight that not even the most hackneyed screenwriter could have conjured up. Former Hollywood star Bellew continued to erase memories of […]

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 […]

OK, This “Creed” Trailer Is Pretty Good

Maybe any skepticism in these quarters of this new “Creed” film wasn’t warranted after all. Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed’s son (do any of you remember any of his tykes running around in the “Rocky” movies?) looks like he’s going to do good things in the role. A mini-“Wire” union between Avon Barksdale/Wood Harris […]

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 […]

TQBR Radio 11/25: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Chris Algieri Recap

Really, what that title probably should read up there is “Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran Preview,” but it’s Manny Pacquiao, and we got mouths to feed. Besides, if we’re going to be made to shell out a few baker’s dozen clams to watch mismatches, we may as well revel in the horrifyingly one-sided slapping that […]

Orlando Cruz: The LGBT Champion of the World

After his Oct. 24 bout with Ruben Tamayo was called off, the latest setback to Orlando Cruz’s career must mean that thoughts of retirement are creeping into his mind. After 14 years as a pro featherweight he’s no closer to a world title. He failed to take the WBO belt from Orlando Salido last October […]

Super, Yes; Hero, No: Adonis Stevenson Vs. Andrzej Fonfara Preview And Prediction

This Saturday, light heavyweight champion of the world Adonis Stevenson makes his debut on Showtime, a downpayment that will begin to determine how much uncanny punching power it takes to erase fans’ animosity for spoiling perhaps the best fight in boxing. That fight, a drool-worthy match-up with Sergey Kovalev, is the subject of litigation after […]

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