IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Sergey Kovalev did not, as he promised, retire Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on Saturday night. Pascal, kept on his stool at the end of the seventh round, will fight again; he will have as little difficulty finding a trainer willing to salvage and refurbish him as he will an opponent looking for a career best win. What he will not find, however, is the vitality Kovalev beat out of him. That beating—cynical, protracted, delivered with a calm born not of emotional detachment but of genuine relish—will forever be linked to the man who applied it.”

Read Make Him More Pain: Sergey Kovalev TKO7 Jean Pascal on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Danny Garcia outpointed Robert Guerrero over twelve rounds in a fight good enough to momentarily muffle the anti-PBC rhetoric and not good enough to warrant a second viewing. A typically current affair, then: one criticized for failing to meet lowered and lowering standards while being defended as no worse than the rest. The truth, less convenient than the people who most fervently claim its possession would assert, is no more likely to be found in the middle than it is in the extremes; but Garcia-Guerrero will neither turn away current aficionados nor create new ones. It is the latter of these two outcomes that the PBC professes to be concerned with and its failure in this regard is proof that the packaging has not supplanted the product.”

Read Tough Nothing: Danny Garcia W12 Robert Guerrero on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

Deontay Wilder v Artur Szpilka

“Wilder himself also appeared to regress, as he had stretches of trouble against Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and Szpilka. But perhaps regression is a misdiagnosis. Easily the best fighter Wilder has faced, and the only one to extend him the distance, Stiverne turned in a strangely lethargic effort against Wilder and was both hospitalized with dehydration after the fight and diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis. Perhaps Wilder, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is not regressing at all, but since beating a sickly Stiverne, simply turning in performances that betray his flaws against opponents selected to mask them. The natural assumption that Wilder would improve, or had improved, or that he was particularly good to begin with because he beat Stiverne might have been wrong.”

Read A Strange Appeal: Deontay Wilder KO9 Artur Szpilka on The Cruelest Sport.


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