Klitschko, The Sound, And Fury

The decade long reign of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko came to an end on Saturday when towering upstart Tyson Fury out-soft-shoed him to sing and dance away with the big boy crown. (More on that singing down the line.) Was this the end of an era or a brief interlude until Klitschko — or Dr. Steelhammer, as he’s more colloquially known — returns to reclaim the title...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tyson Fury Ends The Wladimir Klitschko Heavyweight Reign

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new heavyweight champion. And he’s an absolute maniac. Tyson Fury took Wladimir Klitschko’s crown Saturday, and while it wasn’t a stellar performance in the ring, as long as Fury reigns it will be a very different administration. Klitschko was a gentleman, owner of a PhD and does work for the United Nations on the side. Fury rides the line between...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxing, 'alphabetically' doomed

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez beat Miguel Cotto on November 21, 2015. With the exception of Mr. & Mrs. Cotto, no one worth mentioning thinks any different. But the judges in this fight scored the matter 117-111, 118-110 and 119-109. For the boxing neophyte or those of us who are mathematically challenged, a shutout in a 12 round fight (no knockdowns, 10 to 9 for the winner of...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

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 heavyweight champ who hasn’t been in a competitive fight in...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule Featuring Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, Erislandy Lara And James DeGale

Puerto Rico and Mexico had their superfight last week, now it’s Germany and the UK’s turn. Tens of thousands will pile into a football stadium to see heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko (pictured sparring with brother Vitali, now a Ukrainian politician) fight buffoon/possibly legit contender Tyson Fury on Saturday, US time. Saturday also sees a free replay of Saul “Canelo”...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Canelo Alvarez Out-Huges Miguel Cotto

That headline isn’t meant to troll. Canelo Alvarez boxed pretty well Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View against Miguel Cotto — he didn’t win just because he was massive. But massive-ness was the main mechanism of Alvarez’s wide decision win over the middleweight champion. We don’t know how much the two men weighed on fight night, but we can approximate that Alvarez might...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cotto Vs Canelo Undercard Results

Keep coming back here for updates on the Cotto vs Canelo undercard on HBO Pay-Per-View: ****** Junior lightweight Ronny Rios took a decision over Jayson Velez to kick off the Cotto vs Canelo card, overcoming a good start from Velez and a low-blow deduction from referee Jay Nady. Rios was going low, really, and the HBO team’s talk about “if you can’t see a fighter’s bellybutton”...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Professionals: Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez Preview And Prediction

Very few of us view our jobs with any romance. They’re something we do because we must. We work to live. We don’t live to work. Sports provide an escape from the drudgery of day-to-day routine and it’s easy to mythologize them. We see heartbreak and triumph in the feats of the athletically gifted, and for a few brief hours, we can join together to feel those same things. The...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Anger, Disappointment, Frothing Anticipation: Cotto Vs Canelo TQBR Roundtable

The only thing better than Ron Burgundy assembling the news team is the TQBR crew coming together to discuss a big fight. Since Cotto vs Canelo most assuredly qualifies as a big fight, we did that. Canelo Alvarez has been known to rehydrate to 170 lbs. by fight night. Will his size bother Miguel Cotto? Why or why not?  Lou Catalano: I absolutely think his size will play a role here...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Boricua to The Bone: Why Miguel Cotto Has No Place In The Hall of Fame

Next to presidents and dressmakers on Oscar night, professional athletes form arguably the most scrutinised group on the planet. Boxing, as a niche sport with a passionate and partisan fanbase, is a magnet for aggressive hyperbole. Yet within such caustic surroundings, the extent to which professional fighters can manipulate our perceptions is often quite remarkable. It’s frequently...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cotto vs. Alvarez is a fight for superstar supremacy

When Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez face off Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View, it won’t be to decide who the pound-for-pound king is. That honor goes to a fella they call “Chocolatito,” Nicaraguan punching machine Roman Gonzalez. But there is something huge at stake — the title of biggest attraction. In the wake of Floyd Mayweather’s retirement, and with Manny Pacquiao...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Alvarez vs Cotto undercard preview, plus rest of the week’s boxing schedule

Guess who ESPN Deportes have asked on as an analyst for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs Miguel Cotto? That’s right, heinous cheater turned soccer mom/unlikely cult hero Antonio Margarito! I’m not sure if he’ll have any insight, but his hair looks great. In other news, this is the post where we preview the Cotto vs Canelo undercard and the rest of the week’s boxing schedule...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Boxing Trash Talk And The Art Of Promotion

Vulgarity makes an easy news story. Promoters have always known it. Insults, expletives and occasionally even racism and homophobia have long been go-to methods for convincing fans to spend. Media outlets, desperate for content to fill 24-hour channels and websites, have little choice but to play along. Yet for much of the boxing public, a lot of what is supposed to shock feels part...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Cat’s Column: We Could All Use More Teddy Atlas And Other Random Notes

If anybody was curious as to how the new pairing of Tim Bradley and trainer Teddy Atlas would go, they got an emphatic response in between rounds 7 and 8 last Saturday night. Bradley was cruising. His opponent, Brandon Rios, was merrily plodding face-first into pretty much every punch Bradley threw, and Bradley was well ahead on the scorecards. Teddy wanted more. “Pick it up....
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Requiem For Rios – Or How I Learned To Stopped Worrying And Love The Bam

“Talk to me son,” bellowed referee Russell Mora after Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios had received a third low blow In the space of two minutes. “Let’s go baby!” came the defiant response from a man who seemed almost to be drawing energy from his opponent’s attempts to foul. Although his body would sag with each punch absorbed below the belt, the brawler from Kansas seemed...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Edwin Rodriguez And Frank Galarza

The boxing schedule is late this week (apologies!), but there’s not much on so hopefully you can forgive us. Edwin Edwin Rodriguez vs. Michael Seals, Friday, Spike, Biloxi Miss. Former Andre Ward (who?) victim Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KO) continues on his way against Seals (19-0, 14 KO), at light heavyweight. Seals has hardly beaten anyone with a winning record, and it’s really...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

“30 For 30: Chasing Tyson,” Reviewed

For a time in the early and mid 90s, there were two major professional sports in Atlanta: Braves Baseball and Evander Holyfield. If you were a young fight fan in the south, The Real Deal was your guy. Undersized for a heavyweight, he won with tenacity and an absurd work rate. ESPN’s new documentary “30 for 30: Chasing Tyson” — which airs tonight — gives Holyfield the attention...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Timothy Bradley stops Brandon Rios, an odd sight

Boxing watchers tend to see too much of one side or the other when a fighter looks good and his opponent looks bad. Both sides were in exhibition in roughly even — and extreme — measure Saturday on HBO when a nimble, disciplined Timothy Bradley, newly under the tutelage of Teddy Atlas, surprisingly stopped the previously unstopped Brandon Rios, who was so out of it he retired...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

ShoBox Results And Analysis: Douglas Destroys Sherrington, Shelestyuk Dissects Kozaev

Broadcasters called it “Antoine Douglas Graduation Night” from the opening moments of the ShoBox telecast Friday night. Douglas responded with a rousing valedictorian (at least on this night) speech in the form of a 4th round TKO of Les Sherrington. Douglas (19-0-1, 13 KOs) began his systematic breakdown of Sherrington (35-8, 30 KOs) in the 1st, feeling him out for one minute...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Alexander Povetkin Dominates Mariusz Wach, Wilder Next?

Heavyweights have become a near afterthought to the boxing community. There’s Wladimir Klitschko, and then there’s the rest of the weight class — a stew of raw prospects, pretenders with tissue-soft resumes and challengers that Dr Steelhammer has already defeated. There are more questions (and mistruths) than answers at heavyweight. Fortunately, Alexander Povetkin (30-1...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

An Afternoon Of Upsets: Results From The Povetkin Vs Wach Undercard

Who knew the pay-per-view of the year would come on a Wednesday afternoon? The undercard for the heavyweight main event between Alexander Povetkin and Mariusz Wach has produced a smorgasbord of stunning upsets, curious refereeing and brutal knockouts. Here’s a look at the bouts that led up to the main event in Kazan, Russia: EDUARD TROYANOVSKY (23-0, 20 KO) KO6 CESAR RENE CUENCA...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley And Ruslan Provodnikov

It’s a mixed bag on the boxing schedule this week, with one big and very intriguing fight on premium cable, a fan favourite in a get-well fight off TV and various prospect-oriented cards of varying quality on a variety of networks. In other news, it might be about time for Brandon Rios to change his Boxrec photo (above). Timothy Bradley Jr. vs Brandon Rios, Saturday, HBO, Las...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Sergey Kovalev Vs Jean Pascal II Is What You Get When The Inmates Run The Asylum

This is not an indictment of Jean Pascal’s skills as a fighter. He’s a perfectly fine boxer, and he’s fun to watch. He’s got a huge heart and stones to match. He’s got the grit. And he actually won a couple of rounds in his first meeting with the terrifying Sergey Kovalev, backing his opponent up on occasion and strafing him with hard power shots. This is not easy to do...
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October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Jermell Charlo And Tony Thompson

You know it’s a slow week in boxing when the biggest fight is a Charlo brothers mismatch and the biggest story involves Ronda Rousey. The latter involves her being on the cover of RING Magazine (pictured), and some fans aren’t that impressed since she’s not, you know, a boxer. “Is boxing next?” asks the magazine. “No,” answers everybody. As for that Charlo fight, read...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford Makes A Good Dierry Jean Look Pedestrian

Let’s be clear: Dierry Jean is a borderline contender at best, and he has no signature wins; one of his best showings was a loss against top 140-pounder Lamont Peterson. But nobody thinks Peterson is “special,” and the difference was clear Saturday night on HBO when Terence Crawford was on the other side from Jean. One guy was special. And as a measuring stick, Jean was proof...
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October 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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