IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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As for the elder Russian on the card? He did not fare so well. Fourteen months ago, Andre Ward bullied Sergey Kovalev beyond the threshold of his fitness and resolve and pocketed forever the aura of menace Kovalev had rightfully earned. Lost with that aura was a disproportionate amount of respect for Kovalev’s craft; two fights into the comeback trail Kovalev, 32-3-1 (28), showed enough of the skill and power that distinguished his title reign to suggest that, provided Ward remained beyond the ropes, light heavyweight might be Krushed anew. Could anyone entertain such an idea now?”

Read Dividing Line: Eleider Alvarez Shocks Sergey Kovalev, Light Heavyweight Division on Hannibal Boxing.

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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr

“Still, Garcia was near flawless again, his craft augmented by the contrast Easter provided. Easter waved amateurishly at Garcia’s feints while Garcia caught those punches he chose not to slip on his guard, barely compromising his potential to counter; Easter threw desperately, his punches serving mostly as a diversion under which to retreat while Garcia launched his with textbook form. And when Easter made clear his intent to see the final bell Garcia showed he could lead some, using head movement and timing to get inside while keeping the action lukewarm—just how he likes it.”

Read Great Assumptions: Mikey Garcia Calls Out Errol Spence on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“The left hook Gassiev augered into Usyk’s body in the second, the right hook to the jaw he crashed home a few rounds later—these confirmed even for viewers that Gassiev would remain dangerous so long as he believed he was. Usyk would have to fight his fight for twelve rounds to win. And so he did. Gassiev’s left hook to the body? He struggled to land it ever after. His right hook? All it struck for the remainder of the fight was Usyk’s guard as the Ukrainian pivoted away. And thus, to the rhythm of Usyk’s tireless jab, went Gassiev’s belief in himself, taking with it his weapons, holstered, inert.”

Read Control Over Chaos: Oleksandr Usyk, King of the Cruiserweights on Hannibal Boxing.

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