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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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Floyd Mayweather’s 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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Porter’s House: Shawn Porter Easily 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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