IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“Calling himself “The American Dream” for escaping the economic shackles of Cuba, Lara, 21-2 (12), may have the most appropriate moniker in all of boxing—but not for the reason he thinks. Lara wants a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. And how does he audition for such an opportunity? By toying with Rodriguez, 28-8-4 (16), for twelve tedious rounds. In an era where people get rich off puppy pics on Instagram and Kim Kardashian’s creativity culminates in a book comprised of nothing but selfies, it is no wonder Lara feels he deserves so much for so little: something for nothing is the new American Dream.”

Read Aftermath: On Deontay Wilder, NIcholas Walters, Felix Verdejo, Erislandy Lara and More on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“It is fitting that in an era that will probably be remembered as belonging to Floyd Mayweather Jr. that Cotto values his trinket and his participation in a storied lineage solely by the leverage and dollars he can squeeze from them. The business of boxing was apotheosized this decade, made holy by those who venerate the undefeated record, and Cotto, once celebrated for a different type of professionalism—the kind that saw him spill blood at the request former promoter Top Rank —has remained a professional, but a professional in a sacrilegious new mold: that of the fighter who cares only about bleeding a bloodsport.”

Read Beloved And Despised: Miguel Cotto TKO4 Daniel Geale on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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The book on Khan has been out for some time. First published under Prescott, then reissued by Peterson & Garcia, this book tells the story of a fighter from Bolton, Lancashire, England, a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics who looks both unstoppable and eminently beatable. According to this book, a light-punching boxer like Algieri stood little chance against “King Khan,” a fighter to whom he conceded nearly every meaningful advantage. It is not so much that Algieri could not hurt Khan, as he did with an overhand right in the opening round, but that his style—that of the mobile boxer—would play to Khan’s strengths. And in those moments when Algieri either reverted to this style, or was forced into it by a better boxer, the fight played out by the book.

Read On the Fly: Amir Khan W12 Chris Algieri on The Cruelest Sport.

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