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It was a gesture that revealed the bond between the two men: with a microphone in his face, trainer Virgil Hunter argued that his fighter, Alfredo Angulo, was indeed coming on at the time of the stoppage, and he called on the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, to support him, if not to strengthen his claim, than to console a beaten man, to help Angulo preserve his reputation and the confidence he draws from it. And it was a gesture sorely needed, because junior middleweight Saul Alvarez had just put the finishing touches on a one-sided thrashing of Angulo that culminated in a tenth-round TKO.

Read Rate of Decline: Saul Alvarez TKO10 Alfredo Angulo on The Cruelest Sport.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport

Lucas Matthysse

“After weeks of haggling over contractual details, the fight was finally sealed two weeks ago. Hopefully Garcia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, squeezed every dime he could out of the lengthy negotiations. Garcia-Matthysse is a fight that should end spectacularly; when the collective jaws drop, Garcia’s jaw stands to be the most radically unhinged. A frightening mashup of carnage and tranquility, Matthysse gives every indication of being the superior fighter. His skeptics, now largely regarded with the same distaste grubby placard-wavers on Speakers’ Corner are, were silenced when Matthysse destroyed normally durable Lamont Peterson in May.”

Read One Is The Loneliest Number: On Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse and Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul Alvarez on The Cruelest Sport

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“Junior middleweight Saul Alvarez has long endured the criticism that he was a pampered and protected golden calf, a fighter whose popularity and earnings were disproportionate to his achievements. And this is true. The response to such cries, of course, is that Alvarez is a defense in himself: he makes truckloads of money grinding the husks of the welterweight division because he is worshiped for more than his performances. Nor, for that matter, is his godliness self-ascribed, but rather bestowed by the sanction of the masses. In a sport where all pursue maximum reward for minimum risk, Alvarez need not apologize for anything. Included under this all-encompassing “anything” is the hard-fought decision he earned last night when 39,472 fans packed the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, to see him win a unanimous decision over Austin Trout.”

Read The Golden Calf: Saul Alvarez W12 Austin Trout on The Cruelest Sport.

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