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“Unlike Bradley, the question of what Lomachenko has left is hardly worth asking: he is only 27, and but two years into his professional career. And yet, how Bradley reached his precipice is something Lomachenko might consider. Lomachenko will be the best fighter in the ring Saturday night, but greatness, which someone of his pedigree and ambition should be concerned with, demands more of such attributes than their mere possession. In speaking of that ambition, Lomachenko declared, “I love boxing for the sport of competing against the best. I want to fight the fighters who will challenge me. I have shown that I only want big fights.” If this is what he wants, Lomachenko wants a career like Bradley’s. But is he positioned for one?”

Read New Ambition: On Timothy Bradley and Vasyl Lomachenko on The Cruelest port.

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“Before 11,020 of his fellow cornhuskers at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday night, Terence Crawford did what all in attendance hoped for (and even more expected) when he stopped Dierry Jean in ten rounds. It was a performance exemplifying the “parse and dismantle” style Crawford has used to flawless effect. No, he does not explode from his corner, spurred into battle by any number of isms trusted to turn a stretch of canvas into an existential battlefield. Crawford does, however, invariably treat opponents according to their ability; which is to say, Jean, a competent but unremarkable fighter, stood no chance.”

Read Treading Water: Terence Crawford TKO10 Dierry Jean on The Cruelest Sport.

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“It may be a criticism of Golovkin that Lemieux thought so little of the beating he endured that he would suffer it again for similar recompense. Or, perhaps it speaks well of the type of offers the Golovkin brain trust can now make in seeking opponents. Either way, Lemieux, Laval, Quebec, seemed less than discouraged by his slow destruction; a destruction that began with a first round in which his hair moved more than his fists. Golovkin refused to adopt a similar passivity, and while not yet attacking with complete disregard for return fire, used an array of thudding jabs to disarm his (supposedly) most dangerous opponent to date.”

Read The Most Dangerous Game: Gennady Golovkin TKO7 David Lemieux on The Cruelest Sport.


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