IBR on 15 Rounds

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“It would be bad enough if people could find the negotiations of a fight more interesting than the fight itself. Except it’s not about that kind of interest at all, not in the eyes of those devoted to fighters, even to promoters. Instead, they interpret in boxing’s failure to make fights something other than failure, finding instead hypothetical victories for fighters whose meaningful victories are delivered only by their fists and promotional outfits who should be judged by their ability to deliver intriguing fights.”

Read 2016: A Year Spent Fighting Over Nothing on 15Rounds.com.

IBR on 15 Rounds

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“The headbutt that opened a cut over Smith’s left eye seemed barely to register with the Long Island fighter, nor did the lead right hands that Hopkins bounced off his head once or twice a round. Kovalev suffered perplexing moments against Hopkins, Jean Pascal seemed to mentally unravel when Hopkins employed his intimidation tactics. Smith, however, perhaps because he knew there was but one path to victory for him, knew that, having interpreted the effect of his blows, that path was the only one he would need, betrayed not a tremor in his resolve. He simply followed the aged fighter around the ring, kept Hopkins at the end of his punches, and swung with the express purpose of bagging a trophy kill.”

Read Decades Under the Influence: Joe Smith Jr. Retires Bernard Hopkins on 15Rounds.com.

IBR on 15 Rounds

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“What Charlo-Williams offered, what aficionados are offered too infrequently, is an evenly matched prizefight on a premium network; a fight where the winner is in doubt both before the opening bell, and frequently enough during the fight’s five rounds to imbue not only the exchanges, but those tense moments of inaction with a drama so often absent from nights spent searching for entertainment in the inevitable. Never mind that both fighters were undefeated—an undefeated record is as much a masking agent as an indicator of merit. And never mind that Charlo held a title, given that he won that belt over a man in his forties, and first defended it against someone named Wilky Campfort. What mattered is that within minutes of them keeping no company but each other, Charlo and Williams recognized the quality of opponent before them and were concerned but unbowed by that knowledge.”

Read “Detract from what?”: Charlo Derails Williams on 15Rounds.com.