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With Top Rank Lawsuit, Now It’s Al Haymon Who’s Surrounded

Earlier this year, when influential boxing manager Al Haymon began securing broadcast arrangements with every channel on the dial, traditional boxing power HBO looked surrounded. Now, with yet another lawsuit against Haymon dropping Wednesday, it’s Haymon who looks like it’s him against the world. Promoter Top Rank joined the legal pursuit of Haymon over his alleged abuse of...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

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 D’Angelo Barksdale/Larry Gillard, Jr. and Jordan/Wallace — with Gillard...
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The Raymond Joval Award For The Worst Haircut In Boxing

Each year (more or less) TQBR recognises the worst haircut in boxing with the Raymond Joval award (named after retired Dutch middleweight titlist Raymond Joval, pictured above in all his glory). Points are awarded for originality (every Argentine journeyman and his dog has a mullet, that doesn’t win you many points), difficulty (both for the barber and any complications the ‘do...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Not Much Of Note

For the first time in what seems like ages, there’s no high-level boxing on this weekend. So make like the bear and chill this weekend. Unless the bear is watching boxing, in which case he’s going to be disappointed. Anyway, here’s the boxing schedule for the week, such as it is. Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs Paul Parker, Tuesday, Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, Philadelphia. Soon...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Timothy Bradley Survives Oddball Ending Vs Jessie Vargas

Fans watching Timothy Bradley vs Jessie Vargas Saturday on HBO couldn’t be blamed for thinking Vargas had won by 12th round technical knockout. Referees Pat Russell waved off the fight as if Vargas had halted Bradley, thanks to a big right hand and sustained Vargas assault. Vargas himself was convinced, and, same with the fans, it’s hard to blame him. Instead, Russell just screwed...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dominic Wade Barely Tames Sam Soliman

Nobody who fights Sam Soliman comes out the other end coated in glitter. He’s a mess, and he’s likely to upset the A-side with his completely random punch assortment, or else make the A-side look to the crowd like he lost. Friday on Showtime, Dominic Wade won a decision by one total point on the decisive scorecard. The crowd booed. More of the same, then. Surely Wade will benefit...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

What Is Al Haymon Doing With Danny Garcia?

Danny Garcia was once a superstar-in-the-making. He was a talented, tough fighter from Philadelphia with the brash, ostentatious father. He shot up the junior welterweight rankings by making fun fights and beating guys like Amir Khan, Erik Morales, and Zab Judah. But then his advisor, Al Haymon, creator of the “Premier Boxing Champions” series, started making some odd selections...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick Jabs: De La Hoya, Tyson, Marquez To Return?; Harassers And Investigators; More

It’s not entirely clear why the two Andres look so much like they’re giving a reaction shot in a low-budget comedy, but there it is. Maybe they’re surprised that Quick Jabs is back after such a long layoff. Actually that’s not possible, since Mr. Berto (right) put that picture up on Twitter last weekend. Both Mr. Berto and his buddy Mr. Ward (left) are subjects of this edition...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Timothy Bradley Is Still Fighting For Respect

Timothy Bradley, who fights this Saturday on HBO, is not a big puncher. That’s probably being kind. Of his 31 wins, “Desert Storm” has scored 12 of them by stoppage, good for a knockout percentage of 35 percent. At the top level, that’s just not very good, which makes his record more remarkable when you glance at some of the names he’s defeated — guys like Lamont Peterson...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

“Great Men Die Twice: The Selected Works Of Mark Kram,” Reviewed

Mark Kram worked for Sports Illustrated for 13 years, and for a good chunk of that time he was the magazine’s ace boxing writer, a coveted perch from which he penned a series of evocative, irreverent and generally superb pieces about the heavyweight wars of the 1970s. To be sure, he had lots of compelling raw material to work with. This was, after all, the era of Muhammad Ali and...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Tim Bradley, Jessie Vargas and Gilberto Ramirez

If you look at the picture above, you’ll see Adrien Broner being a knob (alternative caption: me if I ever have to watch another Adrien Broner fight). Luckily, there’s plenty of boxing on this week to wash the taste of AB’s spoiling/general tastelessness out of our collective mouth. There’s only one really big show: Tim Bradley vs Jessie Vargas on HBO, but there’s plenty...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Easy, Hard Or Somewhere In The Middle?

Floyd Mayweather is out there making his usual headlines by saying some stuff that is designed to make headlines, this time about who he might fight next. Some of the potential opponents have put their own names in the mix. Let’s consider the contenders. And let’s rate them on a scale of one to five fists, because this is boxing, duh. Andre Berto Mayweather recently threw this...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Sammy Vasquez, Jr. Steals Show From Rances Barthelemy

Sunday afternoon boxing on CBS delivered with its undercard fight, which was nice, because the main event was a one-sided fight that forecasted as such. Rances Barthelemy outclassed Antonio DeMarco in every round, only losing a point for low blows in the 9th round, drawing mysterious boos from the crowd, since he completely deserved it. The only other mystery in this fight was whether...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Ward Looks Like He Never Left Against Paul Smith

If Andre Ward could’ve done anything to make anyone glad he was back after nearly two years in the ring, it would’ve looked an awful lot like Saturday night on BET. Ward beat up an overweight Paul Smith, stopping him in the 9th round after turning him into a bloody mess. It’s a big “if,” of course. Ward’s extended absence and a fighting style that doesn’t enthuse some...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Porter’s House: Shawn Porter Easy Defeats A Listless Adrien Broner On PBC

Well, it wasn’t pretty, but “Showtime” Shawn Porter scored a unanimous decision victory over Adrien “The Problem” Broner on NBC’s “Premier Boxing Champions” main event. Broner’s “problem” was one that has plagued him throughout his career — he simply wasn’t busy enough.   While Broner has been campaigning at junior welterweight, Porter has been fighting...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Battle for Boxing: Cotto-Alvarez-Golovkin

With the boxing megafight to end all fights fully fizzled and fading from our unsatisfied palates, Floyd Mayweather calling Oscar De La Hoya out from retirement for a September showdown, and Manny Pacquiao quietly on the mend and unable to rotate his cuff, boxing loyalists are left to ponder who will assume the throne once the twilight years of Pacquaio and Mayweather play out...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Ward Might Reclaim His Pound-For-Pound Status, But Will Anyone Care?

There was a time, and it wasn’t terribly long ago, when Andre Ward was perched quite high on the shortlist of elite fighters. He had just blown right through Showtime’s ambitious but troubled Super Six Tournament, a round-robin battle between the world’s best super middleweights (at least, according to Showtime). He was barely tested, easily defeating Mikkel Kessler, Allan...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s The Problem: Can Adrien Broner Find Some Consistency?

Adrien Broner has never had a problem convincing us that he has the look of a superstar. His issues usually arise when he steps into the ring. It’s then that he has a hell of a time convincing us that he belongs among the best fighters in the world. For whatever reason, Broner’s performances in the ring have been as erratic as his actions outside it. For all of Broner’s skills...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Week’s Boxing Schedule, Featuring Andre Ward, Adrien Broner And Shawn Porter

I don’t want to be the guy to say it, but there’s almost too much boxing on this weekend. Most of it’s on Saturday night (damn it boxing, why can’t you just pace yourself), but there’s also a rare Sunday card. Let’s dive right in. (The picture, by the way, is a colorized shot of US marines boxing aboard the USS New York in 1898.) Shawn Porter vs Adrien Broner, Saturday...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

One Night in Birmingham: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Champ

Deontay Wilder’s triumph over Eric Molina was one of the most divisive fights I’ve ever witnessed. Wilder knocked Molina down three times before vanquishing his challenger for good with one of his colossal straight rights, so it’s not like I’m split about the outcome. Rather, I’m torn about what I’m supposed to do next. In my initial recap of the event, I was critical...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Question Persist As Deontay Wilder Knocks Out Eric Molina

Nick Saban, the University of Alabama’s revered head football coach, once complained to his fanbase that they should either stay for the entire game — no matter how lopsided the affair — or give their ticket to someone else. Tonight, Deontay Wilder probably wishes he could have sent his fans home earlier. Fighting in front of a raucous, sellout crowd of 9,300 at the Bartow...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicholas Walters, Felix Verdejo Win One-Sided, Yet Competitive, Decisions

Nicholas Walters and Felix Verdejo fought mystery opponents Saturday night on HBO, in that both were undefeated yet unproven. Both put up resistance, winning a round or two each, ultimately succumbing on the scorecards to more experienced and classier opposition. Verdejo was up first, and boy howdy did he get a dandy of a hummer from the HBO broadcast crew en route to his decision...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

PBC’s Recent Slide Continues: Erislandy Lara, Artur Beterbiev Win Mismatches

Even with a stable the size of boxing manager Al Haymon’s, even if you assume the most generous posture toward the PBC series, the frequency of the cards means that there are going to be some dead spots on the schedule. Friday’s Spike show was the second consecutive PBC card that was very nearly not worth even having, even if it was a slight step up from last weekend’s slate...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Geale And The Knockout

I’ve seen hundreds of men (and more than a handful of women) get knocked out in the boxing ring. Mostly, these knockouts were very satisfying. It seems terrible to write that you enjoy seeing people suffer (minor) brain injuries, but it’s self-evidently part of boxing’s appeal — witness the continuing popularity of Mike Tyson YouTube clips or the growing stardom of Gennady...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cotto Is Latest To Draw Viewers In Up Year For Boxing Ratings, Down Year For Fights

We’re halfway through 2015, and it’s well on its way to being one of the biggest years for U.S. boxing viewership on the TV in some time. That’s due in no small part to the record-shattering pay-per-view buys for Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao and the return of boxing to network television via the PBC series, but the traditional giants are holding up just fine in 2015...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss
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