IBR on The Cruelest Sport

“Enter Brooklyn, New York, welterweight Luis Collazo, a hardscrabble southpaw with a history of dropping close decisions to higher profile fighters, making them look awful in the process, and thereby giving himself enough hope and coin to continue lacing up his gloves. Collazo did as expected at the USF Sundome in Tampa, Florida, Saturday night, retiring on his stool at the end of the seventh round, unable to see out of an eye torn apart by a headbutt, yet strangely uninterested in lobbying for an outcome befitting the origin of his injury. “If I would have come out of my corner again I probably would have gotten caught with some unnecessary shots and I didn’t need that,” reflected Collazo, revealing just how unnecessary victory has become for him, and how little he warrants another high profile crack at one.”

Read Small Victories: Keith Thurman TKO8 Luis Collazo on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“Was Vargas denied the remaining seconds of the fight, and any improbable victory they might hold? Yes. But was he likely to accomplish what Kendall Holt and Ruslan Provodnikov, two bonafide punchers who had Bradley on his knees, could not? No. Replays showed a staggering Bradley not only raise his right hand to block a hook, but use what remained of his added strength to clamp onto Vargas as the fight drew to its premature close. If this is selling the finishing powers of a fighter with nine stoppages in 27 fights short, so be it.”

Read Eleventh Hour: Timothy Bradley W12 Jessie Vargas on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“Porter, the humble and affable athlete-turned-fighter, is nothing like Broner, and not simply because he does not videotape himself in threesomes, get arrested for DUI’s, or go rounds with Paulie Malignaggi. Broner is a relatively skilled fighter; one with some understanding of how to parse an opponent and then apply his own tools accordingly. He did this to staggering effect at lightweight, where “The Problem” walked down smaller opponents and did away with them with a swiftness befitting his dominance. Porter, on the other hand, while he embodies all of the adjectives scouts lavish on aspiring NFL halfbacks, fights artlessly. He is a fighter who cannot sublimate his fury to the demands of his craft.”

Read Mr Bungle: Shawn Porter W12 Adrien Broner on The Cruelest Sport.

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