Category Archives: Boxing

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Russian war machine Sergey Kovalev returns to action on Saturday night in a fight with all the competitive merits of a tussle between an ant colony and a brat brandishing a Zippo and bottle of hairspray. Yet, if you can believe it, Kovalev’s scrap with the soon-to-be-supine Cedric Agnew, slated for The Ballroom in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, is actually supposed to fan the flames of intrigue surrounding “Krusher.” Seem like an odd move? Well, in a sport where wearing a green alien mask somehow adds to your legend, a squash job is as sensible a promotional strategy as any.”

Read Mack Truck Luck: Sergey Kovalev-Cedric Agnew Preview on The Cruelest Sport.



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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


It was a gesture that revealed the bond between the two men: with a microphone in his face, trainer Virgil Hunter argued that his fighter, Alfredo Angulo, was indeed coming on at the time of the stoppage, and he called on the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, to support him, if not to strengthen his claim, than to console a beaten man, to help Angulo preserve his reputation and the confidence he draws from it. And it was a gesture sorely needed, because junior middleweight Saul Alvarez had just put the finishing touches on a one-sided thrashing of Angulo that culminated in a tenth-round TKO.

Read Rate of Decline: Saul Alvarez TKO10 Alfredo Angulo on The Cruelest Sport.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Broner may be too lost in the swirl of his own hype and hype-men to ever learn from, or even acknowledge, his shortcomings. But Broner is unlikely to forget whatever he gleaned from the twelve painful rounds he shared with Maidana. Brought in yet again as a supporting player for another network star, Maidana, like he did to Victor Ortiz in 2009, threw the script in the garbage. Largely dismissive of Maidana in the build up to Saturday night, Broner, Cincinnati, Ohio, assured all that the plodding slugger was not on his level. The stoic Maidana promised only to do his part and to hit his opponent very hard. Which is what he did, for twelve merciless rounds.”

Read A Lesson In Violence: Marcos Maidana W12 Adrien Broner on the Cruelest Sport.

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