The Problem With Big Knockout Boxing

Boxing, like most combat sports, hardly qualifies for the second part of that descriptor. It’s violence with a thin veil of organisation. So it might sound funny that, as a boxing writer, I found the press release for “Big Knockout Boxing” disturbing. In case you haven’t been paying attention to the latest developments in futuristic […]


Macau Boxing Results: Zou Shiming, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Brian Viloria Win

Zou Shiming still isn’t a puncher, but he’s more than willing to trade shots, and with every fight the notion of him facing a top 10 flyweight gets more credible. Saturday on tape delay on HBO2 from Macau, China, he took a sizable leap upward in competition against Luis De La Rosa, who only has […]

Quick Jabs: Floyd Mayweather Criticism, Good And Bad; Al Haymon’s Moves; More

Very sorry. Look, having pictures in articles is a good thing from the standpoint of bloggery best practices. There isn’t a lot photographically to show you right now, so you get a graphic glance (or stare, given your inclinations) at naked 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins, from ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. This edition of Quick Jabs […]

Gesta Vs. Arceo Results: Mercito Gesta Dominates For Stoppage Win

Filipino lightweight Mercito Gesta had little difficulty with Luis Arceo on Fox Sports 1 Friday, and not for lack of trying by Arceo. On the same card, Chinese giant Taishan Dong made a successful, if not lumbering, pro debut. Gesta has often had trouble letting his hands go, for all his evident talent. He’s like […]


FNF Results: Inconclusive Night, But Emmanuel Taylor Wins

We got a no contest and a close decision on ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights, with Emmanuel Taylor taking away the unanimous win over Karim Mayfield in the main event. If you missed FNF this week, you didn’t miss much; it was fine on paper, it just didn’t materialize as “fine” in reality. The two junior […]

Track and Field Erislandy Lara

TQBR Radio 7/15: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Vs. Erislandy Lara Recap

Above, an artist depiction of Erislandy Lara’s performance against  Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, depending on who you ask (via). Okay, it wasn’t the blood-soaked war that nobody thought it was going to be, but Alvarez-Lara was one of those “necessary” fights, wasn’t it? Was it really the type of fight we want to see again right […]

Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs Erislandy Lara

Canelo Alvarez Wins Close, Tactical Decision Over Erislandy Lara

(Las Vegas; Erislandy Lara [red gloves] evades a blow by Canelo Alvarez [black gloves] during a junior middleweight fight at MGM Grand. Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) We got an especially close fight Saturday on Showtime pay-per-view between Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, and the tie went to the more popular fighter, young rising […]


Canelo Vs. Lara Results: Abner Mares Decisions Jonathan Oquendo, Lackluster-Style

(Las Vegas; Abner Mares celebrates his victory over Jonathan Oquendo during a featherweight fight at MGM Grand. Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports) Abner Mares was recovering Saturday night from his first loss, a long layoff and adjusting to new trainer Virgil Hunter, and he got a clear decision win over Jonathan Oquendo in a […]


Canelo Vs. Lara Results: Mauricio Herrera Nicks Johan Perez

It was a very good fight with a genuinely close result, but the right man won: Mauricio Herrera topped Johan Perez by majority decision in a bout marked by numerous shifts in the dynamic. Fighting on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez-Erislandy Lara on Showtime pay-per-view, Herrera (above left) rebounded from a disputed loss to junior […]