Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado III (HBO Boxing)

Brandon Rios Clubs Mike Alvarado Out Early

The first time Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado declared war on each other they embraced the messy tenets of inside battle and let the tea leaves dictate who won;  it was Rios. The second time, Alvarado climbed the walls in Las Vegas, just barely escaping ruin to out-distance the gritty brawler. And this time, whatever series of […]

Miguel Cotto v Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Quick Jabs: Wilder-Stiverne Aftermath; Al Haymon’s Omnipotence; More

(Al Bello/Getty Images) Let’s just get it out of the way right off the bat: Whatever negotiations for Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao are happening — and, for once, it does seem like the negotiations have actually been happening, rather than both sides simply talking about each other — the proper posture to take about the fight […]


On Prospects And Underdogs

There’s a difference between an underdog and a human sacrifice. Underdogs go up against the odds but with enough of a shot to get the bookies nervous and the fans talking of “what ifs?” It’s not the same as when a fighter who everyone knows is hopelessly mismatched takes a hammering. Ask Rod Salka. Too […]

Jermain Taylor

No Different: Jermain Taylor Unravels

“I read that Martin Luther King said, ‘A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.’ I was like, dang. You know, I would die for boxing. I know that’s dumb. You’ll say, ‘You got your kids — your family.’ I know. But still, you died fighting. Jermain Taylor is a boxer.” […]


Reunited, And It Feels So Bad: Rios Vs Alvarado III

There are plenty of fights where it makes sense to strip away their components, one by one, and then reconstitute them, like a chemistry student studying an upcoming (sweet) science project. Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado III, this Saturday on HBO, isn’t one of them. Everything has chemistry at its core, even a couple of bricks. But […]


Grateful Nation Thanks Deontay Wilder For Ending American Decline

President Barack Obama today confirmed what many suspected: Deontay Wilder’s win over Bermane Stiverne for a meaningless heavyweight title on Saturday has ended the era of American decline. “I can finally look Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in the eye now that the best heavyweight in the world, excluding Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury and Alexander Povetkin, […]

Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder

Stiverne Vs Wilder Results: Deontay Outpaces Bermane For Decision Win

Deontay Wilder defeated Bermane Stiverne Saturday on Showtime by decision; what was surprising about that was not that Wilder won, but that anyone won “by decision,” given the power both men brought to bear. Wilder is a physically talented heavyweight, one who had questions about whether he could take a shot or deal with anyone […]


Stiverne Vs Wilder Results: Leo Santa Cruz Overloads Jesus Ruiz

An ugly mismatch on paper delivered a smidge more competition than expected but with the exact result everyone predicted on Showtime Saturday night, as Leo Santa Cruz halted Jesus Ruiz. Santa Cruz, a 122-pound volume puncher, had more trouble than he should’ve with Ruiz, who never had done anything of note. Ruiz was just an […]


Stiverne Vs Wilder Results: Amir Imam Stops Fidel Maldonado, Jr. In War

Who knew the potential fight of the night on Showtime Saturday might come from Amir Imam-Fidel Maldonado, Jr.? Most have high expectations for the main event, Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder, but an unproven junior welterweight prospect had a rollicking up-and-down affair, with Imam stopping Maldanado. Maldanado surpassed Imam with timing in the 1st, then […]

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Should Floyd Mayweather Be Allowed Into Australia?

While the boxing world’s attention is focused on whether a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao might finally happen, Mayweather has announced that he will visit Australia at the end of the month. The world’s best boxer and highest paid athlete won’t be fighting of course, merely making promotional appearances in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Even leaving […]


Risky Game: Stiverne Vs Wilder Preview And Prediction

That boxing is a sport where one punch can instantly end a contest is intrinsic to its appeal; that the danger of such a punch is all the more pronounced in the heavyweight division is part of why it commands such a lofty place among all weight classes. In recent years, under the rule of king […]

George Godfrey Art

Throwback Thursday: George Godfrey Smashes “Denver” Ed Smith

Over a century of gloved prizefighting has been logged, and still the sport is fumbling its way through its own Dark Ages. There are still disputes over gloves, television and media rights, race’s place in boxing and much more. There was something special about the chunk of time right before the start of the 20th […]