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Diamonds & Rust: Orlando Salido-Vasyl Lomachenko Preview

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Lomachenko’s formidable amateur credentials are not distinction enough—he need only ask Guillermo Rigondeaux and Andre Ward if people are hypnotized by swaying gold medals before their eyes. No, if Lomachenko is going to maximize his earning potential—and maybe capture an imagination or two in the process—he needs to tuck his medals under his shirt, find the baddest man on the block, and roll him for his gold. To continue reading click the link...

With Your Shield Or On Your Shield: Ruslan Provodnikov TKO10 Mike Alvarado

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Forgive Ruslan Provodnikov for his clichés. Because he speaks through an interpreter, his words may lose a richer meaning in translation. Or he may deal in clichés because they are easy to pick up, especially in a sport where fists are the primary tools of discourse. Besides, in the right context, those commonplace phrases are perfectly accurate. "I knew what I had to do was break him," Provodnikov told Max Kellerman in the afterglow of his victory over Mike Alvarado last night. A little trite, perhaps, but over ten grueling rounds at the 1stBank Center in Denver, Ruslan Provodnikov indeed broke Mike Alvarado, who did not answer the bell for the eleventh. Click the link to continue reading.

FALLOUT: On Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao

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Boxing is a sport that adds years to lives without extending them, that both glosses over and emphasizes the fact that getting punched in the head is bad for you. Admittedly, the study of brain trauma is a new and underdeveloped field, and it is still unclear whether the majority of the cognitive deficits that are associated with blunt head blows result from the physical trauma itself, or the brain responding to this trauma. Those deficits, however, are undeniable—even obvious—in boxing. Boxing can chuck a man out of his prime like a bouncer, dumping him on the curb, where balance, coordination, cognition and speech get lost in the gathering crowd. This is what is happening when a fighter gets old before our eyes. This is the ugly side of growing old in a bloodsport—the side that counts in dog years, that places asterisks next to ages and question marks on futures. Click the link to continue reading on The Cruelest Sport.

Rolling Thunder: Miguel Cotto TKO3 Delvin Rodriguez

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Was there a seance or two, maybe some dark hours with a ouija board scattered amongst the mitt work to help conjure up Cotto’s past as he prepared for Rodriguez? Whatever tactics Roach employed, they worked. Cotto reinvested in his bruising ways against Rodriguez, dusting off his left hook to the body. Roach wanted Cotto to fight. Cotto fought, and Rodriguez suffered the consequences. To continue reading on The Cruelest Sport click the link above.

The Smilex Factor: Danny Garcia W12 Lucas Matthysse

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Last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse promised a savage consolation for those who preferred punches to pageantry, carnage to catchphrases, and a sense of drama not undermined by the presence of an androgynous teeny bopper mean-mugging. No, Garcia-Matthysse was just a high-stakes fight between two guys who crack heads—perfect, almost foolproof, in its simplicity. To the surprise of most, the fight went the distance; to the surprise of almost as many, Garcia did the best cracking, earning a hard-fought unanimous decision. To continue reading, click the link.

Stiff As A Life Sentence: Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse Preview

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Falling somewhere between the bearded lady and the lion tamer in its curiosity and danger, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Saul Alvarez—who face each other at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night—is without question the biggest event in boxing. Having learned a few months ago that the success of a Mayweather event is not exclusive of his opposition, Golden Boy Promotions is using the semi as a gruesome audition for Mayweather’s next opponent. Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse will try to unmake each other over a superfluously scheduled 12 rounds. At stake: the junior welterweight crown and a likely crack at Mayweather. Read more by clicking the link above.

CUTTING STRINGS: Jhonny Gonzalez TKO1 Abner Mares

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His brains still scrambled, Abner Mares stood before Showtime cameras and was asked to comment on the first defeat of his professional career, a stunning first-round TKO loss to 11-1 underdog Jhonny Gonzalez. What he offered, beyond congratulations to his friend and former sparring partner, the same man who had minutes earlier dumped him on the canvas at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, was a maxim that could have been taken out of Letters from a Stoic: "As you learn how to win you have to learn how to lose, too." This is not entirely true: matchmaking can insulate a fighter—Gary Russell, Jr., for example—from ever having to learn the ins and outs of coming up short. But a fighter like Mares, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, had to know this moment was coming, if not against Gonzalez then against another opponent with aspirations rivalling Mares’ own. Facing the caliber of opponent Mares has since fighting Yohnny Perez to a draw in May, 2010, means inevitably taking a loss: at some point, the other guy will be the better man. Click the link to continue reading.

RAW POWER: Sergey Kovalev TKO4 Nathan Cleverly

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Punching power is spellbinding. You need only to consider the adjectives that accompany it for proof. Words like "frightening" or "chilling" indicate a visceral response to blows that turn a man’s lights out and freeze a crowd. Power produces outcomes people least want to suffer and therefore most want to see. Heavy-handed fighters fascinate because they deal in the same currency as their colleagues while producing more change. Plenty of fighters score knockouts, but power that breaks wills, that leaves men slumped, snoring, or stiff is qualitatively different. There is an element of mystery to this kind of power that is proportionate to its results. The more destructive the result, the less satisfying the explanation. "He is a born puncher," they say. And there the explanation stops. Click the link to read more.

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Storm Rider: Danny Garcia W12 Zab Judah

"You are fuckin’ something, man!" His arms draped across the fighter’s shoulders, looking reverently at, and beyond, the disfigured face, referee Steve Smoger offered this raw encomium. He...

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Cinders And Smoke: Danny Garcia-Zab Judah Preview

"You can roll your eyes at the redemptive narrative of Zab Judah, but the fact that he has clung to relevance over seventeen years is no meager accomplishment. Despite the worst intentions of men...

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The Golden Calf: Saul Alvarez W12 Austin Trout

Junior middleweight Saul Alvarez has long endured the criticism that he was a pampered and protected golden calf, a fighter whose popularity and earnings were disproportionate to his achievements....

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SLUMBER TIME: Guillermo Rogondeaux W12 Nonito Donaire

In “Culture and Value,” Ludwig Wittgenstein warns: “Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.” In winning the 2012...

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Paradox City: Gennady Golovkin & The Politics Of Avoidance

"Cleaved from his consciousness on March 30th—a single right hand having stretched him prostrate across the bottom rope in Monaco—Nobuhiro Ishida became the latest victim in Gennady Golovkin’s...

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Pain is Truth: On Boxing and Cruelty

"It is a sanctuary for all brands of racketeers, a Rota Fortuna powered by an immiscible concoction of money and blood. With his typical acuity, John Schulian christened boxing “the cruelest...

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