IBR on Hannibal Boxing


“There was a time when Donaire, 40-6 (26), fighting a division or two above his best weight, earned less charity. His fights were a dying man’s EKG, lulls of nothing broken up by blips of excitement. Somehow an absurd athlete with knockout power in both hands became tedious. Age, defeat, the accompanying adjustment of expectations, and a handful of earnest fights made Donaire someone to appreciate again.”

Read Look to the Future: Naoya Inoue Turns Back Nonito Donaire, Wins WBSS Tourney on Hannibal Boxing.



“Josh Taylor will be on his phone a lot in the coming days, but he won’t use facial-recognition technology to unlock it. Regis Prograis will draw double-takes from strangers for a while, though if you think his face is bad, Prograis might suggest you “see the other guy.” Except he would never do that. That isn’t how prizefighters, people who normalize such grotesqueries, regard their wounds. And it is very often not how they regard their opponents, not after they do to one another what Taylor and Prograis did.”

Read Men of Will: Josh Taylor Grinds Past Regis Prograis on Hannibal Boxing.



“Relieved of his title and undefeated record, Gvozdyk remains one of the best light-heavyweights in the world. A knockout loss to Beterbiev puts you in growing company and does nothing to belittle your accomplishments. Gvozdyk showed world-class skills in being ground down. He moved well in the early rounds, circling right (away from Beterbiev’s right hand) and cracking the code of Beterbiev’s guard with sharp combinations. Indeed, Gvozdyk was ahead on two cards at the fight’s end. But how many fighters are better at rendering such tallies moot than Beterbiev?”

Read Rough Treatment: Artur Beterbiev Stops Oleksandr Gvozdyk on Hannibal Boxing.