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IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“Yes, however faint their buzzing, the flies have been thick since MAYHEM was announced. It speaks to boxing’s current malaise that what constitutes news, and even worse, entertainment, moves further and further away from ringside—despite the fact that all that really matters is what transpires between the ropes. A second installment of a surprisingly competitive fight? No, no, that is a grossly inadequate promotional angle in the TMZ days/daze.”

Read Like A Buzzless Fly: Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II Preview on The Cruelest Sport.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“Porter-Brook matches two men with unanswered questions and complimentary styles. The fight’s intrigue is further enhanced by what each participant might reveal of himself against his sternest test. Whether there is anything particularly special about either Porter or Brook (beyond his moniker) remains unclear, but there is a chance we will find out on Saturday, and this rare injection of mystery distinguishes this matchup in a woefully predictable year.”

Read Roughing It: Shawn Porter-Kell Brook Preview on The Cruelest Sport.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport

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“Movement, confident or desperate, is a natural consequence of sharing a ring with Rios, yet only Pacquiao has eluded him for twelve rounds. As if made of a denser matter, Rios, 147, imposes a gravitational pull on his opponents. Despite his leaden feet, despite often closing without punching, opponents inevitably find Rios tucked under their chins, working his fists into exposed tissue with uncanny accuracy. It is in these moments that a fighter must show his nerve, and it is in these moments that Chaves unraveled.”

Read An Ugly Affair: Brandon Rios DQ9 Diego Chaves on The Cruelest Sport.

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