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“The problem of Golovkin’s opposition then, regardless of where you fall on the matter, is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. What supporters and critics of Golovkin alike can admit, is that without those noteworthy challenges, Golovkin’s run is beginning to lack the drama that Golovkin is said to represent. He is still developing as a draw, has never been more popular, and yet, there is a festering impatience about his career that even his staunchest defenders must admit. Even Golovkin’s catch phrases, repeated ad nauseum in the build up to his fights, have lost much of their charm.”

Read Walls, Closing In: Gennady Golovkin TKO6 Willie Monroe Jr. on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

“Saul Alvarez dispatched James Kirkland in three rounds at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas, last night in a fight offering little of substance to take away for Alvarez, who never struggles with plodding fighters, and even less for Kirkland, who in all likelihood left what remained of his serviceable prime and earning potential stretched out on the canvas.”

Read The Illusion of Danger: Saul Alvarez KO3 James Kirkland on The Cruelest Sport.

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“For consecutive weeks aficionados will be graced with a fight well overdue, a fight that despite its delay should unfold no differently despite the years ticked off between its first mention and its final bell. These are ominous similarities, to be sure, unlikely to instill any optimism in a viewing public yet to untie itself from the barrel and hitch up its pants after Mayweather-Pacquiao. At least there is this much: Saul Alvarez and James Kirkland, who meet at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, tomorrow night, will provide greater entertainment than their counterparts from last week if for no other reason than the fact that Alvarez is too aware of his heritage to evade Kirkland, who is not nearly successful enough to consider taking a selfie during his ring walk.”

Read A Fraction of Ferocity: Saul Alvarez-James Kirkland Preview on The Cruelest Sport.


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