IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Was Vargas denied the remaining seconds of the fight, and any improbable victory they might hold? Yes. But was he likely to accomplish what Kendall Holt and Ruslan Provodnikov, two bonafide punchers who had Bradley on his knees, could not? No. Replays showed a staggering Bradley not only raise his right hand to block a hook, but use what remained of his added strength to clamp onto Vargas as the fight drew to its premature close. If this is selling the finishing powers of a fighter with nine stoppages in 27 fights short, so be it.”

Read Eleventh Hour: Timothy Bradley W12 Jessie Vargas on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Porter, the humble and affable athlete-turned-fighter, is nothing like Broner, and not simply because he does not videotape himself in threesomes, get arrested for DUI’s, or go rounds with Paulie Malignaggi. Broner is a relatively skilled fighter; one with some understanding of how to parse an opponent and then apply his own tools accordingly. He did this to staggering effect at lightweight, where “The Problem” walked down smaller opponents and did away with them with a swiftness befitting his dominance. Porter, on the other hand, while he embodies all of the adjectives scouts lavish on aspiring NFL halfbacks, fights artlessly. He is a fighter who cannot sublimate his fury to the demands of his craft.”

Read Mr Bungle: Shawn Porter W12 Adrien Broner on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“A middleweight in the amateurs, former junior middleweight, and now a herculean welterweight, Porter, 25-1-1 (16), is to weigh in Friday at no more than 144 pounds and to rehydrate to no more than 154 pounds by fight time. “The Problem” is looking to lance the bull before it is unleashed in the arena, a pre-emptive attack he has wisely kept quiet about.”

Read The Frameup: Adrien Broner-Shawn Porter Preview on The Cruelest Sport.


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