IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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Granted, it has been against forgettable opposition, but Wilder, 32-0 (32), has been snatching time from opponents since he turned pro in 2008. Having never fought through adversity, or even the fourth round, having never faced an opponent expected to do more than crumble under the first surge of hostility, Wilder’s achievements are not reflected in his gaudy record. However, considering the reactions of his opponents when he lands—all that spasming and silence—Wilder’s power seems legitimate. There is something frighteningly definitive about the finality he represents. One wonders not so much about whether Wilder’s fists are the genuine article, but whether the rest of him is.

Read Snatching Time: Bermane Stiverne-Deontay Wilder Preview on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“A boxing gym survives in the west end of Toronto, one of the dozen required to satisfy the interest of a Metropolitan Area of over 5 million whose population grows by 125,000 people each year. This gym, which shares its corner with equally tenuous operations like a public health office, a Catholic high school, and the boarded up showroom of a long dead condominium developer, has somehow managed to keep its doors open for decades.”

Read Notes on A Very Bad Year on The Cruelest Sport.

IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“The injury was gruesome enough: a sickly swelling encompassing the left side of his face. The insult added, however, was far grosser. Timothy Bradley outfought Diego Chaves over twelve rounds at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night, and walked away with only a draw.”

Read Mystification: Timothy Bradley D12 Diego Chaves on The Cruelest Sport.


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