IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“You or someone you know believes Vasiliy Lomachenko is just that. Is he? The answer isn’t particularly important, in part because it is difficult to prove anyone’s claim to that title. And yet this mythical title provides much of the context for Lomachenko’s career; he will be measured by his worthiness of that crown so long as he seems fit to wear it. There is nothing odd about any of that, not in a sport without the clarifying conventions of a traditional schedule and playoff structure. But it does mean that Lomachenko is held to a more exacting standard, one that becomes more exacting the more he embraces it. And that is as it should be.”

Read Frightful Synergy: Vasiliy Lomachenko Defeats Jorge Pedraza on Hannibal Boxing.

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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“In years past, Stevenson would have turned to matchmaking to mitigate that conspiratorial threat. Indeed, his nine-fight reign as WBC light-heavyweight champion is likely to be remembered for the safe run of derelict defenses that allowed him to line his pockets late into his thirties. It was a tactic that vilified Stevenson. Already loathed by many for again turning violence—the dominant and dominating characteristic of his treatment of women in the rough trade of his youth—into profit, and for doing so with a fighter’s conceit, Stevenson’s seeming aversion to danger only turned people against him harder. That he depicted himself almost as a man more sinned against than sinning when pressed about his past did nothing to repair his image. There was a sense that if he had paid a little more in the ring, where violent men sometimes meet violent ends and justice is strangely tethered to entertainment, Stevenson would not have been the persona non grata he was.”

Read Violent Men, Violent Ends: Adonis Stevenson Falls to Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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And that is why Garcia, not Spence, is the story. Whether he is the best lightweight in the world is unclear, he has no claim to junior welterweight supremacy, yet he is facing one of the two best welterweights on the planet. Had he chosen Danny Garcia as an opponent, or Shawn Porter, or even Keith Thurman, the response to Garcia’s daring wouldn’t have been the same (because not one of them represents a seeming impossibility). That is how good Garcia is; that is how well he is esteemed. There is, then, a slight hedge in Garcia’s selecting Spence—because losing to the world’s most dangerous welterweight does less damage to his stature than it does his body.”

Read Deeds Matching Words: On Mikey Garcia-Errol Spence on Hannibal Boxing.

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