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The Liver Punch: Shaving With Hanlon’s Razor

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.” I’ve been using this maxim for years when people automatically assume that a ridiculous score card in a close fight is the result of corruption. Imagine my shock and horror then when the scores were announced for Jose Benavidez vs. Francisco Santana Saturday. Kermit Bayless scored it as I did, 96...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford, Showing Greatness, Dominates Best Opponent

Terence Crawford has always looked like he is the complete package, but until Saturday night on HBO Pay-Per-View, he didn’t have a name on his resume like Viktor Postol. Now he does. And he didn’t just beat the most difficult foe of his career: He utterly dominated him. In facing the other best fighter at 140 pounds, Crawford became the new true champion at junior welterweight...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Undercard: Terence Crawford Vs Viktor Postol Results

Keep coming back here for updated Terence Crawford vs Viktor Postol results for the undercard… ****** Oleksandr Gvozdyk forced a frustrated Tommy Karpency to quit in the 6th round in a bout where Karpency started off with a bang and then couldn’t keep any momentum. Karpency, the more seasoned pro light heavyweight, caught Gvozdyk with a short right hand Gvozdyk didn’t see...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford, Jerry Odom And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

A saying around my first newsroom was, “Puppies sell papers.” Perhaps, also, “Terence Crawford sells papers?” The week has already brought us a hanfdful of noteworthy bouts, some more meaningful than others: Flyweight Kazuto Ioka beat Keyvin Lara and junior featherweight Jonathan Guzman beat Shingo Wake; heavyweight Joseph Parker took out Solomon Haumono. But these are the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Liver Punch: You Want HOW Much?

Unlike most major sports, boxing exists in an anarcho-capitalist wasteland. It’s the kind of environment that would give Ayn Rand a dusty orgasm and produce a raging semi in Ted Cruz that’s normally reserved for when he imagines Jesus power bombing a refugee child. Because of this, most fighters get paid based on how many tickets they can sell and how many people will watch them...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Deontay Wilder Smashes A Willing Chris Arreola — And Himself

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Chris Arreola openly acknowledged that he didn’t deserve to face Deontay Wilder Saturday night. He did, however, promise to leave everything in the ring in his attempt. He was right on both accounts. Wilder (37-0, 36 KO) defeated Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) via an 8th round stoppage to retain his title, battering — and, at times, humiliating — his challenger...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking The 2012 Olympic Boxing Gold Medalists

Olympic gold has traditionally been seen as a route to professional stardom. But for every Michael Spinks there’s been a Odlanier Solis, for every Cassius Clay a Rakhim Chakhiev. With an eye on the stars to come out of the upcoming Rio games, this list looks to rank those men who picked up gold in London 2012 and have since turned professional. Have they been worth their weight...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Liver Punch: How Much Information Is Too Much?

Ahead of successfully defending his alphabet straps in Ekaterinburg, Russia yesterday, light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev participated in a videotaped interview and feature with Yahoo’s Chris Mannix. Since Kovalev’s bout against Isaac Chilemba was his first time fighting in Russia since 2011, it made sense to revisit his last bout in his home country. The bout in question is often...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola, Sammy Vasquez And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

If there’s one thing I can predict with certainty about the week ahead in boxing, it’s that Deontay Wilder’s weird “Eyes Wide Shut” mask will make an appearance. But there’s quite a bit on even apart from the American heavyweight contender’s fight with Chris Arreola (which TQBR’s Jonathan Moreland will be covering live from Alabama), so let’s get into it. Deontay...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Kovalev Doesn’t KO Chilemba (Giving Ward Hope?)

Isaac Chilemba neutralized Sergey Kovalev for half of their bout Monday, then somehow left the ring on his own power, making him just the fourth man to do so in Kovalev’s 30 wins.  You have to imagine Andre Ward was watching with a grin at home in advance of their superfight later this year. But should he have been, if he was? The Kovalev-Chilemba bout was meant to be something...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mario Barrios, Devis Boschiero And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

High-level boxing is in a bit of a mid-winter lull, but there are lower-order fights on that might sustain your interest. Mario Barrios vs. Devis Boschiero, Saturday, ESPN/ESPN Deportes, Trenton N.J. Six-foot tall junior lightweight prospect Mario Barrios takes on Italy’s Devis Boschiero in a step-up fight that he should win (and shine). Jose Ramirez vs. Tomas Mendez, Saturday...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

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 match-up, and Herring got stopped in the final round. Herring (left), sadly, isn’t...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Jamel Herring, Denis Shafikov And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

A glance at the headline should clue you in about the quality of boxing on American television screens this week; when lightweights Herring and Shafikov are the biggest names you’ve got, things are likely a bit sparse. Denis Shafikov vs. Jamel Herring, Saturday, ESPN, Reading PA. A week after Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter showed Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions in its best...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Keith Thurman retains welterweight title in action fight

Keith Thurman got by Shawn Porter Saturday on CBS, but it was anything but easy. The scores illustrated just how close it was: 115-113 on all three cards, and it could’ve been that way either way for either man. And we got plenty of punches swapped in a bout that came close to living up to its hype. Thurman and Porter are two of the best young fighters in the sport, and two...
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June 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Anthony Joshua Keeps Wrecking Fringe Contenders

For the second fight in a row, heavyweight talent Anthony Joshua put a fringe contender in a vice and exploded him. In Saturday’s fight on Showtime, the vice was applied slowly, but he kept the pressure on until Dominic Breazeale crumpled along the ropes in the 7th round. The difference between Breazeale and Joshua’s last opponent, Charles Martin, was that Martin got compacted...
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June 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Haringey Box Cup Points To Strong GB Showing In Rio

The Haringey Box Cup in London this past weekend showcased both the depth of talent and the grassroots commitment to amateur boxing in the British Isles – something most nations will struggle to contend with at the Rio Olympics this summer. Europe’s largest amateur boxing event took place over three days and 296 bouts under the wrought iron and glass of Alexandra Palace’s grand...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Anthony Joshua And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

Toot toot, it’s fight week! And not only is the flute-wielding, luscious-haired Keith Thurman taking on Shawn Porter, but Anthony Joshua is fighting Dominic Breazeale (in a match-up that figures to be significantly less competitive). That’s not even all. Read on to find out more. Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter, Saturday, CBS, New York. Just a really good fight between two young...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Andrzej Fonfara, Rau’Shee Warren And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

There are just two (2!) televised fight cards this weekend, and neither is top flight. Polish light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara headlines a PBC on NBC card in his adoptive hometown of Chicago against a guy you’ve never heard of before, with a rematch between bantamweights Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’Shee Warren on the undercard. Not exactly the kind of event that screams “boxing...
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June 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Five pro boxers who might want to compete in the Olympics

The announcement that professional boxers will be able to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics is certainly controversial but is undeniably one of the most interesting developments in the amateur game in a long time. It remains to be seen whether any pros feel the need to try for a medal and can stand the pay cut and taking the hard-earned Olympic spot of a young amateur. 2016 Olympic...
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June 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Vasyl Lomachenko Scores Gorgeous KO Of Roman Martinez

Maaaaaaaybe Vasyl Lomachenko’s 130-pound debut went A-OK. On HBO Saturday night, he scored one of the best knockouts of 2016, taking out veteran contender Roman Martinez with a sensational uppercut-hook combo. Martinez went head-to-head with Orlando Salido twice, fought Juan Carlos Burgos, Diego Magdaleno, Ricky Burns and others and only lost by knockout one other time, to Mikey...
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June 11, 2016  |  Discuss

TQBR On Olympic Boxing

Some guy named “T.S.” wrote this for The Economist, about pros entering the Olympics. Look for another, original article on pros/Olympics in this space soon… (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – DEC. 6: Lisa Jane Whiteside of Great Britain, blue, fights Virginia Fuchs of the United States during the Women’s Fly  class during the International Boxing Tournament – Aquece Rio Test...
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June 09, 2016  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Vasyl Lomachenko And Ruslan Provodnikov

I’m calling it: Vasyl Lomachenko’s headband is the boxing fashion statement of the year. He’s fighting this week: against Rocky Martinez in what could be a really fun fight. Ruslan Provodnikov is back too. They’re not the most competitive match-ups they can be in, but hey, I ain’t complaining. Rocky Martinez vs Vasyl Lomachenko, Saturday, HBO, NY. I don’t think New...
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June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Francisco Vargas, Orlando Salido Wage Unforgettable War

We finally got a great fight in 2016. We were well overdue, and it was worth the wait. Francisco Vargas and Orlando Salido fought to a draw in the kind of bout where hardly anyone cared what the scorecards read: We witnessed, on HBO Saturday night, the best the sport has to offer. Two men with indomitable wills, iron in their gloves and something yet stronger in their chins delivered...
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June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

TQBR On Muhammad Ali

I’ve got a remembrance of Muhammad Ali, who passed away Saturday, over at The Daily Beast. Rest in peace, great one. (LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: A statue of Muhammad Ali on display in front of posters – at the preview of the ‘I Am The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali exhibition on March 3. The exhibition, at the 02, showcases the life and career of heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali...
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June 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Rances Barthelemy Overcomes Weirdness To Win Decision

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Lightweight Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs) looks poised to step up in weight after his split decision victory over Mickey Bey (22-2-10, 10KOs). Two ringside judges turned in correct, respectable scorecards, 117-110 and 116-111. Judge Hilton Whitaker III turned in a bogus 117-110 scorecard for Mickey Bey. The cards were expected to be closer than the actual fight...
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June 04, 2016  |  Discuss
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