IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Boone wasn’t programmed at birth to be a champion like Floyd Mayweather Jr. was, he wasn’t born into a fighting culture like Felix Trinidad, he didn’t have his family’s aspirations foisted on him like Mikey Garcia. His peripatetic career reflects a fighter free of the pressures of expectations beyond his own. Sure, Boone had to carve out a living, but he’d already proved a survivor. When he speaks about his early years in boxing the curiosity is undeniable. He is certainly pragmatic, something rooted in a guiding sense of responsibility to others, but Boone gives the impression of being the type of person who will stop at the reptile farm advertised on the interstate, flip through an old newspaper, listen to your demo. The fighter who has fought in forty-nine different venues in fifty-four fights had freedom afforded him by his late start and a lack of expectations—and he embraced it.”

Read Still Standing: On Darnell Boone on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on HANNIBAL BOXING

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“’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.

IBR 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.)”

Read The Way Out is Through: Tyson Fury Defuses Deontay Wilder on Hannibal Boxing.