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Throwback Thursday: Ray Mercer Wins Decision Despite Stern Bert Cooper Test

Boxing’s heavyweight division is its own beast. These days, that beast is looking toothless and dreary, but in days past it was ferocious. There are no quick fixes, or simple answers as to how or why things change, we just know that the landscape of the heavyweight division now is mostly barren. American networks have […]

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Wide South China Sea

(Promoter Bob Arum, Pacquiao, Zhou and Algieri arrive in Macau; photo via) “You can pretend for a long time, but one day it all falls away and you are alone… Alone in the most beautiful place in the world.”- Jean Rhys Despite his unabashed confidence, which can at times border on a smugly dismissive sense […]

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On Hating Chris Algieri

(Photo via) Patrol the places where hardcore boxing fans live, and you’ll find a substantial strain of them whose commentary about this weekend’s HBO pay-per-view fight between Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri is significantly focused on hating Algieri. It’s not to hard to identify how this came to be, if you’ve studied Hardcorus Boxingfanius. And individual tastes on […]

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Deservedly Inevitable: Wladimir Klitschko Vs. Kubrat Pulev Preview And Prediction

This is just about as good as it gets for the modern heavyweight division: The true champion is facing the most qualified opponent he hasn’t yet defeated. It’s a legitimate fight, Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev. HBO is televising Saturday afternoon, as it should, no matter how tedious Klitschko fights are to many of us, because […]

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Anthony Mundine Pips Sergey Rabchenko Via Surprisingly Entertaining Decision

Anthony Mundine proved he has at least something left in the tank in Melbourne tonight, much to the disappointment of many boxing fans. The junior middleweight fringe contender managed to steal enough rounds in an entertaining, see-saw fight with Belarus’s Sergey Rabchenko to earn a split decision victory. Mundine was hurt at various stages throughout […]

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Bernard Hopkins’ Slow Burn

Everything has its limits. A car stops running, a cigarette burns down, a love affair only goes so long. How things run out of time is maybe more important than that they inevitably will. Watching Bernard Hopkins fight in Atlantic City this past Saturday night one was seeing the slow demise of a once and in many ways still […]

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Sergey Kovalev Beats Up Bernard Hopkins And Outclasses Him, Too

(Bernard Hopkins, black trunks, takes a punch from Sergey Kovalev; Ed Mulholland, USA TODAY Sports) ATLANTIC CITY – Sergey Kovalev couldn’t knock out Bernard Hopkins Saturday night on HBO. He was robbed of his trademark, the thing that has made him a sensation. But what he did might have been more impressive: He outboxed the ancient […]

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Sadam Ali Defies Expectations, Messes Up Luis Carlos Abregu

(Sadam Ali warms up before facing Luis Carlos Abregu; via @hboboxing on Twitter) ATLANTIC CITY — Sadam Ali fucked up Luis Carlos Abregu Saturday night, stopping him in the 9th, a result foreseen by no one. The young, unproven ex-Olympian was making a huge step up by taking on the dangerous welterweight puncher, a step perhaps […]

Hopkins Vs. Kovalev Running Undercard Results

ATLANTIC CITY — It might be a dying town, but AC has some life this weekend, even with the always-frigid November ocean breeze freezing those roaming the Boardwalk. The main event of the HBO broadcast is, naturally, the big attraction right now. The truly compelling bout between light heavyweights Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev is still […]

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TQBR Roundtable: Hopkins Vs. Kovalev Edition

Big fights are a special time here at The Queensberry Rules. They are an occasion for our team (a group spanning 15 time zones, four countries, three continents, and one tenuously shared language) to gather and slam our heads together until something useful oozes out. With that noble purpose in mind, we offer you our […]

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