IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Nothing about Spence’s performance Saturday is likely to embolden his Premier Boxing Companions into reckoning with him. That well-compensated and seasoned bunch knows too well that the remuneration for a stern challenge hardly exceeds that of two or three middling ones, and they plot their careers accordingly. (Spence also understands this simple calculation, though he seems less enamored by its efficacy). It should come as no surprise then that forty-year-old Manny Pacquiao was conveniently ringside to later hint at the biggest in-house event Al Haymon can deliver Spence—short of convincing Floyd Mayweather Jr. to unretire to be an underdog. All of the talent he has at welterweight and Haymon is using a lightweight and a man in his forties to build Spence. An indictment of Haymon’s welterweights, that, and a lesson in how not to dangle a carrot.”

Read No Man Down: Errol Spence Cruises Past Mikey Garcia on Hannibal Boxing.

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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Sometimes, though, this dismantling feels justified. It did last year when lightweight Mikey Garcia, 39-0 (30), concretized months of talk and signed to face Errol “The Truth” Spence. Spence is no worse than the world’s second-best welterweight; the fight will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (Spence’s adopted home state), under the promotional banner that has guided Spence’s career. At the time, Spence–Garcia felt absurd for reasons anyone taking the time to read this can appreciate. Worse, it felt cynical: a sacrificial formality intended to make a pay-per-view fighter of the PBC’s finest fighting achievement. Spence, 24-0 (21), once laughed at the notion of fighting Garcia, and many of us laughed right along with him.”

Read No Laughing Matter: Errol Spence Versus Mikey Garcia Preview on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Trussed in talk of Olympic pedigree, of retirement and new beginnings, James DeGale–Chris Eubank Jr. was imbued with the type of gravity American commentators are encouraged to and typically fail to conjure. And yet, with all due respect to our mates across the pond, who sing their pipes hoarse despite marathon efforts of sudsy lubrication, whose boisterous devotion is unlike anything an American fighter can hope to inspire, DeGale–Eubank fell well short of its billing. Although perhaps American skepticism about UK fighters best explains that response. Eubank Jr. won a unanimous decision over DeGale at the O2 Arena in London England Saturday.”

Read A Disaster of Technique: Chris Eubank Jr. Outpoints James Degale on Hannibal Boxing.

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