IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Pascal and Donaire are proof we are eager undertakers, too quick to label as finished a fighter only a few fights away from surprising us. Why? Perhaps because witnessing the end of something appeals in the same way that witnessing a beginning does. The desire to share in history, even as a spectator, is a strong one—one underlying our preoccupations with lists, rankings, intergenerational comparisons. These activities are done to exalt the past, true, but just as frequently they serve the present and, by extension, those living in it. We want to participate in a special time, whether because it marked the birth of something historic or the end is of secondary importance.”

Read: Die Hard: On Jean Pascal, Nonito Donaire, and Roman Gonzalez on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“So Crawford, 36-0 (27), did to Kavaliauskas what he was supposed to do, and he’ll get very little credit for it from his critics. Whether their valuation is fair will depend in part on what comes of Kavaliauskas. But how Crawford won should matter regardless. In that protracted execution, Crawford proved himself world-class; there is simply too much variety, intelligence, and talent in Crawford’s game for him to be a fraud. There is a fire there, too, the kind Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed in dominating Shane Mosley within seconds of Mosley wobbling him, but also the kind of fire that regards decisions as defeats. That does not make Crawford perfect, as Kavaliauskas showed. But there’s a reason Freddie Roach openly and unabashedly kept Manny Pacquiao away from Crawford. There’s a reason why Top Rank is going to have to overpay to get Crawford the opponents he needs, the Premier Boxing Chemicals required to accelerate the curing of his legacy.”

Read: The Unexpected Intentional: Terence Crawford Wrecks Egidijus Kavaliauskas on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“As the opponent pool evaporates, Crawford, 35-0 (26), is left waiting for junior-welterweights like Josh Taylor, Jose Ramirez, and Regis Prograis to move up. That could be an exercise in Kafkaesque absurdity. Given the kind of living the trio could make fighting each other, it could take years for them to risk a beating from Crawford. And years are not something a thirty-two-year-old without a signature win has to spare. For now, Crawford’s goal of becoming an undisputed champion in a second division is stalled. Because he can fight only who is available, he will suffer for challenges.”

Read: Hardwired: Terence Crawford Defends Against Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskus on Hannibal Boxing.