IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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Philo: “Please don’t start there. If we are going to do this, let’s take our first steps on firmer ground.”

Cleanthes: “What do you mean?”

Philo: “The hand speed argument. Hand speed is overvalued for being so immediately discernible. Gary Russell Jr. has fast hands (especially on the mitts), but all those punches opponents can’t see coming haven’t really been worth seeing.”

Cleanthes: “Nothing worth seeing? No one was saying that when Russell turned pro, and if anything, the turn against him is rooted primarily in a general impatience about the pace and trajectory of his career. If we accept your line of reasoning, that Russell is little more than fast hands—”

Read A Dialogue: On Jhonny Gonzalez-Gary Russell Jr. on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Born in Port-au-Prince Haiti, but now living in Laval, Quebec, Pascal was, in a sense, the wrong fighter in the ring. Serving as a sort of stand-in for fellow Haitian-Canadian Adonis Stevenson—who bolted for the security of Al Haymon’s insular universe when the drums for Kovalev beat loudest—Pascal was the next best man for the job. Unorthodox, athletic, and a proven draw in Montreal, Pascal resembled Stevenson closely enough to keep the “what if” scenarios churning in the shame campaign Main Events has conducted since Stevenson made his much-maligned business decision.”

Read With Malice Aplenty: Sergey Kovalev TKO8 Jean Pascal on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero

“Whatever sums Al Haymon paid for last night’s inaugural Premier Boxing Champions broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, he paid in the name of control. If aesthetics are any indicator of cost, Haymon spent heavily. Rarely do the theatrics of American boxing broadcasts achieve the splash of the casinos that house them; that the PBC production tried shows that Haymon understands the value of first impressions. The extravagance of the PBC broadcast should also serve as an indicator—and to his competition, fair warning—that the control Haymon is pursuing goes beyond the pageantry of production and the creation of an alternative to premium cable offerings.”

Read Cruise Control: Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner Dominate PBC Debut on The Cruelest Sport.


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