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Broner Wins The Battle Of Same First Names Against Granados, Barely

Adrien Broner promised a new A.B., but he was still the same guy as always Saturday night on Showtime: a physical talent who looks like he’ll never deliver on his promise, as he nearly lost to a less-talented grinder, Adrian Granados. At least this kind of Broner ensures we get solid action. Broner won a split decision in a back-and-forth bout where Broner’s sporadic flashier...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lamont Peterson Gets “Pleasant” At New Weight

“Pleasant” isn’t the word many people associate with a boxer’s training camp, one of the most physically taxing periods of time a human being can endure. But it’s exactly the word Lamont Peterson used to describe his training camp in advance of this weekend’s fight. There’s a good reason for that word making a cameo. Peterson has been struggling for some time to make...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Liver Punch: Get Out Of Your Depth

There’s an apocryphal story about the first meeting when Bernie Ecclestone took over Formula 1. As it goes, Enzo Ferrari dragged the dwarvish Brit into his office to let him know what was what. Enzo slammed his hand on the desk and said, “THIS is the sport!” then tapped his finger under the desk and declared, “This is the business.” The moral of said story is that the moneyed...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

We All Get Old: Berchelt Beats Vargas

INDIO, CALIF. – 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 Gstti. We aren’t supposed to say that. We’re supposed to revere them. And we do. But maybe we put...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Leo Santa Cruz Avenges Carl Frampton Loss, Demonstrates New Dimensions

Between their two fights, and within them, Leo Santa Cruz vs Carl Frampton has been like a goddam lava lamp, shifting, evolving, never settling on one hard shape. In their excellent rematch Saturday on Showtime, it was Santa Cruz who showed the newest dimensions, and he won, barely, and justly. Watching these two men feed off what the other does has been a real purists’ pleasure...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Mikey Garcia Reminds Us, Brutally, Of His Excellence

Before a two-year-plus layoff, Mikey Garcia showed he was a brilliant all-around fighter, capable of outboxing you, helping you catch some Zs or both in the same night. Guess what? He’s still that guy. Taking on the #2 man in the lightweight division after just one rust-shedding bout, Garcia scored what will be hard to beat for the Knockout of the Year. And it’s just the first...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Carl Frampton, Francisco Vargas And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

So far, so good for 2017 in boxing, eh? Got us feeling like Scrooge McDuck this weekend. Carl Frampton vs Leo Santa Cruz II, Saturday, Showtime, Las Vegas. Showtime’s hot streak of great match-ups continues with a re-pairing of two men who shared the ring for a Fight of the Year-caliber bout. Frampton won the last featherweight smash-up clearly if not by a wide margin, and not...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Liver Punch: Falling Down The Rabbit Hole

Embarrassingly, I spent last Friday night watching Yuri Foreman get knocked out by Erislandy Lara. The fight was terrible, and the knockout punch was sneaky good, but nothing like the destructive mesmerization I seek. Normally I’d forget that I’d been foolish enough to watch it and move on with my life, but over the weekend, I caught myself watching the KO clip several more times...
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January 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 12/16

Yeah, yeah, it’s “technically” not 2016 anymore, but this serves as the year-end list, mofos. We’ve got a lot of changes since the last update a couple months back, given some un-retirements and big fights that closed out the year. As always, the main standard is quality wins, especially of recent vintage. The eyeball test is worth something, too, but it’s one thing to...
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January 01, 2017  |  Discuss

TQBR Fighter Of The Year

A Jackal is a wild dog. They look a little differently, and they sound a little differently than the dogs we know, but that’s what they are. They’re opportunists who kill when they must and steal when they can. They work as a team. They are the the kind of creature that we hate to admire. Belfast featherweight Carl Frampton calls himself “The Jackal.” For every negative word...
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December 30, 2016  |  Discuss

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 gets in the ring, you must watch. So when HBO decided to broadcast Salido vs fellow Mexican...
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December 30, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 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, 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 Trainer of the Year to more frivolous topics. For...
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December 29, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Round Of The Year: Hozumi Hasegawa Vs Hugo Ruiz, Round 9

Every fight tells a story. The more complex the tale, the more interesting each round becomes, a new chapter that propels the riveting narrative. Sometimes, as with Hozumi Hasegawa vs Hugo Ruiz this fall, the story mirrors the hero’s entire career arc. And even more rarely, an individual round reflects that story in microcosm, like a Russian nesting doll. That’s what we got...
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December 29, 2016  |  Discuss

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 from Trainer of the Year to more frivolous topics. For...
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December 28, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Knockout Of The Year: Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Roman Martinez

It’s fitting that discourse surrounding Vasyl Lomachenko ranges between extremes. Criticism is often speculative — sometimes wholly unfounded — and the praise can be hyperbolic to the point of absurdity. Similarly, the two-time Olympic gold medalist has not only faced extraordinarily lofty expectations, but also smashed them at an unprecedented pace. What’s more, the 28...
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December 27, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Round 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 Trainer of the Year to more frivolous topics. For each category...
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December 27, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Knockout 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 Trainer of the Year to more frivolous topics. For each category...
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December 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The Curious Case Of Artur Beterbiev

Artur Beterbiev on Friday put on a display of power punching en route to a 1st round knockout, showcasing what has made him such a potential player in the light heavyweight division. The keyword, there, is “potential.” And sadly, he has fallen into a netherworld from whence his escape is unclear. Isidro Prieto didn’t have a chance, and wasn’t expected to have one, so Beterbiev...
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December 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Naoya Inoue And The Rest Of The Year’s Boxing Schedule

We’ve only got one week boxing left in 2016, and only one fight of note this weekend. So let’s gather up one large stone, and pelt a couple birds with it, crushing them brutally beneath it with one monumental feather-and-blood-spurting boulder. Naoya Inoue vs Kohei Kono, next Friday, Tokyo. The Japanese really do love packing up the end of the year with big fights, and the first...
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December 23, 2016  |  Discuss

The Liver Punch: Time for Pound-For-Pound Lists To Go Pound Sand

“There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.” – Christopher Hitchens As we come limping into the homestretch of an ache-infested 2016, our collective sensibilities steel for the usual merry parade of the end-of-year annoyances and mediocrities: the passing endearment of holiday cards, the government cheese of baked goods known...
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December 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Oleksandr Usyk And The Rest Of The Week’s Boxing Schedule

A 51-year-old man headlines the boxing schedule this weekend. Do a search for “51-year-old man” on Google Images and you’ll turn up something like the picture above, although you’ll also get — really? — Keanu Reeves. Anyway. Bernard Hopkins’ fight is noteworthy mainly because Bernard Hopkins is in it, but there are some interesting fights this weekend, perhaps more...
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December 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Terence Crawford Is Playing With His Food

Nati Harnik, AP Terence Crawford is good at boxing. Tonight, in Omaha, NE, he reminded us how good he is. Crawford’s junior welterweight bout with John Molina Jr was always destined to be a mismatch. Molina gave Lucas Matthysse a few rough moments while absorbing a frightening beating a few years back. He came back from the brink to knock out Micky Bey. He jabbed his way into a...
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December 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Abner Mares Edges Jesus Cuellar, Jermall Charlo Smashes Julian Williams

Abner Mares took a nip-and-tuck affair Saturday night on Showtime against Jesus Cuellar, an outcome made more obvious with a clutch 11th round knockdown. It was a terrific comeback victory for a man who not that long ago was one of the 10 best fighters in the world, against an opponent who came to battle. Mares was far from perfect, and the featherweight contender Cuellar did plenty...
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December 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Anthony Joshua Shatters A Reluctant Eric Molina

Eric Molina came into Saturday’s underdog match-up with talented young heavyweight Anthony Joshua touting that he’d had a full training camp for the first time. The moment the opening bell rang, he looked more like a guy who didn’t want to be there. He lasted three rounds before Joshua smashed him to pieces. The bout, aired live on Showtime, turned out to be even more of a...
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December 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Joseph Parker Earns Majority Decision Over Andy Ruiz

In a wide-open heavyweight division, Joseph Parker positioned himself at the front of the pack on Saturday with a tense, hard-fought majority decision win over Andy Ruiz, Jr in Auckland, NZ. The unflappable Parker, the hometown favorite, used his jab to pick off rounds against the Mexican-American challenger, who never managed to turn the fight into the brawl he wanted it to be....
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December 10, 2016  |  Discuss
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