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Script Flipped: Leo Santa Cruz Outboxes Abner Mares

Abner Mares wanted to be volume-punching Leo Santa Cruz Saturday night on ESPN. Leo Santa Cruz was ready to be boxer-puncher Abner Mares if he needed to be. Santa Cruz did a better job of being himself and enough of being Mares to take the win, with a majority decision in a good, not great, fight. […]

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Trevor Bryan Wins Heavyweight Slugfest With Derric Rossy

It’s hard to get excited about many American heavyweight prospects these days. But while Trevor Bryan might not be worthy of “can’t miss” prospect status, his performance on tonight’s ShoBox card certainly was worth getting excited about. Bryan (16-0, 11 KO) kept his unbeaten record intact by decisioning the durable Derric Rossy (30-10, 14 KO) in an […]

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Mosley vs Mayorga Update: Fight Will Go On, Mayorga Is Still Insane

Shirts were removed. A woman’s derriere was slapped. Shoes were thrown. A near-riot ensued. No, “Jersey Shore” didn’t have a reunion episode. I hear some of them have other things going on. This was much more disturbing. It was a press conference for the rematch between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga, airing this Saturday night […]

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“Must Have Been A Helluva Fight, ‘Cause I’m Sure Tired”

Sports Illustrated asked me to cover the post fight activities – how the winner would spend the evening – which I expected would involve following Muhammad Ali around on a hectic evening of celebration. George Plimpton had expected a party. Sports Illustrated had asked him to cover Muhammad Ali’s celebrations after his March 1971 fight […]

The Week’s Boxing Schedule (Such As It Is)

So I’m here to inform you about the week’s boxing schedule. Trouble is, there isn’t much of one. So here are a couple of things you could do with the time you would have otherwise spent watching boxing. 1) Spend time with your family and friends. 2) Shower. 3) Watch some classic fights—I’ve been catching up […]

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PBC Weekend Review: Krzysztof Glowacki Vs Marco Huck Takes The Prize

It was another of those weekends where the only U.S.-televised shows came from influential adviser Al Haymon’s mostly-free PBC series, and while much of it was as bland as it looked on paper, we genuinely got one of the better fights of 2015 so far in Krzysztof Glowacki’s upset win over Marco Huck. The highlights: Krzysztof Glowacki […]

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Miguel Cotto Vs Canelo Alvarez Is On (Finally)

After interminable negotiations, it’s on — Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will challenge Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto for the lineal middleweight championship of the world on November 21 in Las Vegas on HBO pay-per-view. Never mind that neither man has so far campaigned as a true middleweight, this is one of the best fights that can be made […]

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Manny Pacquiao Thinks Salt Water Cured His Shoulder (Or He’s Lying)

(pictured: miracle sauce) Manny Pacquiao has always been a little on the daffy, superstitious side of things. This one takes the cake, or it’s something more insidious. That shoulder that was said to be injured before the Floyd Mayweather fight? It’s all good now, because miracles. “I’m fine. It’s God’s work. I never saw a doctor. […]

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Argentinian Boxer’s Bad Acting Puts Al Jefferson’s To Shame

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZQ2Bg1mqMs Al Jefferson’s voice acting in NBA 2K15 is a laughingstock. But at least you can believe that he’s really that boring, maybe. Marcos Gabriel Martinez — now THERE’S an unconvincing actor. We rarely get such blatant-looking dives as the one that just got Martinez suspended by Argentinian authorities. That one punch from Braulio Rodriguez […]

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Pound-For-Pound Top 20 Boxers Update, 8/15

(Andre Ward after beating Paul Smith on June 20; Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images) Activity. Inactivity. They can have an effect on who deserves to be ranked among the best fighters in the world, regardless of weight. This month’s update brings the return of a fighter long off the scene, and the departure of two fighters who haven’t fought […]

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