IBR on HANNIBAL BOXING

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“Perhaps the only point of interest in this throwaway main event was this: Golovkin now seems to be fighting both opponents and his age. However stout his chin (and Golovkin is an absorber par excellence), however feeble his opponent, however foregone the fight’s conclusion, a world-class fighter should not take the kind of leather Golovkin took against Rolls. It is time to dispel forever that piece of fanatic lunacy that Golovkin takes punches in the name of drama—he takes them because he can’t help it. And he is open to them now more than ever in part because time has taken from him what Dominic Wade and Vanes Martirosyan and even Jacobs and Alvarez could not.”

Read Still Good for a GIF or Two: Gennadiy Golovkin Returns, Stops Steve Rolls on Hannibal Boxing.

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IBR ON HANNIBAL BOXING

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“The heavyweight division got what it needed on Saturday night. Not an undisputed champion, that supposed guarantor of clarity and cultural relevance for a fractured, niche sport. And not a new champion either, though we were indeed gifted one. No, what the heavyweight division needed was an upset, an invigorating dose of the unexpected to delay if not derail the glamor division’s journey to irrelevance.”

Read The Undeniable: On Andy Ruiz Jr Versus Anthony Joshua on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR ON HANNIBAL BOXING

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“Order was restored two minutes into the first round; a vehicle of chaos was responsible. There isn’t a fighter alive who can take Deontay Wilder’s Sunday punch, and his Saturday evening shot is hardly less evil. So when Wilder shattered Dominic Breazeale’s already fissured chin on Saturday, “The Bronze Bomber” spun away nonchalantly to begin his ritual celebrations confident that his night was over. Breazeale lay deboned on the canvas like he was always going to be, a lesson for gridiron failures with fighting aspirations.”

Read Half the Battle: Deontay Wilder Annihilates Dominic Breazeale, Joshua and Fury Stand By on Hannibal Boxing.

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