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“With his first Premier Boxing Champions card this Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, mogul Al Haymon takes a purposeful stride toward his vision. While it is too early for trumpets and fanfare or pitchforks and torches, early expectations nevertheless tend toward the ends of the uproar spectrum. Those hailing Haymon as a savior typically preach the “boxing is a business” mantra—a mantra that sounds odd issued by enthusiasts who are supposed to encourage a little spectacle in a spectator sport. Still, braying of vicarious millionaires aside, there are reasons to be optimistic for now.”

Read Grand Schemes: On PBC, Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero, & Adrien Broner-John Molina on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Wherever he is recuperating, Martin Murray is likely to find some consolation in being the first man to extend Gennady Golovkin to the eleventh round. Golovkin, despite being the only fighter to stop the Englishman, is unlikely to feel pride commensurate to Murray’s consolation. Murray was simply the next man to be broken in a process of middleweight elimination Golovkin is determined to see through to the end. He scored a TKO over Murray at 0:50 of the eleventh round before a select crowd at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo.”

Read Under Siege: Gennady Golovkin TKO11 Martin Murray on The Cruelest Sport

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“There is more than wreckage in his wake. Gennady Golovkin, who returns to action against Martin Murray at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo on Saturday afternoon, is also trailed by criticisms. These criticisms are varied constructions of the same theme: that Golovkin has yet to fight anyone fit to validate his reputation.”

Read MYSTIQUE: Gennady Golovkin-Martin Murray Preview on The Cruelest Sport.


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