IBR on Hannibal Boxing


“In a fight that some will lament mistakenly as coming years too late, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao faces Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse on Saturday, at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. Because it is only now, in his thirty-ninth year, his sixty-ninth professional fight, in one of the last stops on an eleven-division ascent, that Pacquiao should concede Matthysse more than a puncher’s chance and the beating that is its usual price. Such is the abyss between good and great; an abyss that when finally traversed along the bridge left by the outlay of a historic career, can make for desperate action. Or so one hopes.”

Read The Realization of an Ideal: Manny Pacquiao Challenges Lucas Matthysse on Hannibal Boxing.


IBR on Hannibal Boxing

Errol Spence Jr. v Carlos Ocampo

“Saturday night, at The Ford Center at The Star, in Frisco, Texas, Spence needed less than a round to sickle Carlos “Chema” Ocampo in two. A left to the belly and right hook to the body took Ocampo’s breath and emptied the lungs of the 14,000 people in the arena to see their native son incarnate his reputation. And while the matchmaking, forgettable, uninspiring, all-too-typical of a homecoming showcase or risible mandatory defense (and Ocampo represented both), was disappointing, Spence was not. Because that is what you do to an undeserving opponent you openly admit you would rather not have to fight: swiftly and spectacularly shatter him.”

Read Errol Spence Jr.: All the Right Moves on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on 15 Rounds

Horn Crawford Boxing

“It’s the smile, the mischief in it. There’s self-satisfaction there too, irrepressible, mocking. And something more sinister at work. A pleasure in cruelty perhaps? Even in the theatrical? A relish in the power to shape a moment according to one’s will maybe? To create a unity of the rapt thousands looking on? Yes, that’s certainly part of it. It is a conscious display, this smile, one understood by all—the crowd, the judges, the opponent—to signal one thing: that a beating is at hand.”

Read Parse and Punish: On Terence Crawford on 15Rounds.com