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.

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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.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Suffice it to say, Alvarez is not as good as his career-best performance from August indicates; only the great meet this singular standard more than once. He struggled with lesser fighters than Kovalev, including a shopworn Jean Pascal (twice pulped by Kovalev) whom Alvarez squeaked by before the first Kovalev fight, and went feebly to defeat against a man he’d whacked helpless less than six months ago. If this assessment of him seems an effort to deny Kovalev his due, there is always this truth to clutch: Alvarez entered the ring Saturday before all else the man who destroyed Kovalev last August. That was who Kovalev was facing—that is who Kovalev tamed. Make of that taming what you will, but such feats are uncommon.”

Read Picking Up the Pieces: Sergey Kovalev Reverses His Loss to Eleider Alvarez on Hannibal Boxing.

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