IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“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.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“A middleweight in the amateurs, former junior middleweight, and now a herculean welterweight, Porter, 25-1-1 (16), is to weigh in Friday at no more than 144 pounds and to rehydrate to no more than 154 pounds by fight time. “The Problem” is looking to lance the bull before it is unleashed in the arena, a pre-emptive attack he has wisely kept quiet about.”

Read The Frameup: Adrien Broner-Shawn Porter Preview on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“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.


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