“’I used to get in a lot of street fights,’ he recalls. ‘So [boxing] was just me trying to find a way to fight without getting in trouble.’ For many, fighting is itself a form of trouble, but on the streets of Bailey’s youth if you beat someone up they might shoot you in return. Sanctioned violence gave young Bailey a security absent from the shadows beyond the streetlights.”

Read Real One: Randall Bailey and a Life Lived Fighting on Hannibal Boxing.

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Double-jab, right hand; feint, feint, double-jab. These were some of the tools Fury used to confound the heavyweight division’s premier seek-and-destroy expert. Fury need not even land those punches to disrupt Wilder: the aggression alone was enough to force Wilder back, make him reset his feet, restart the process of his right hand. But woe to any opponent who thinks muscle memory and a trainer’s reinforcement between rounds is enough to replicate this strategy. Fury is the only heavyweight with the size, speed, and reflexes to torment Wilder so. (And the nerve, a quality that until further notice eliminates Anthony Joshua from consideration. His feeble act of supposed vengeance against Andy Ruiz cannot be unseen. Joshua has the tools to beat both Fury and Wilder yet will remain the odd man out in the heavyweight triumvirate until he regains his champion’s arrogance.)”

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“Pascal and Donaire are proof we are eager undertakers, too quick to label as finished a fighter only a few fights away from surprising us. Why? Perhaps because witnessing the end of something appeals in the same way that witnessing a beginning does. The desire to share in history, even as a spectator, is a strong one—one underlying our preoccupations with lists, rankings, intergenerational comparisons. These activities are done to exalt the past, true, but just as frequently they serve the present and, by extension, those living in it. We want to participate in a special time, whether because it marked the birth of something historic or the end is of secondary importance.”

Read: Die Hard: On Jean Pascal, Nonito Donaire, and Roman Gonzalez on Hannibal Boxing.