“Besides, what is most charming about Crawford is not his skills, wonderful as they may be. No, what makes Crawford so rewarding to watch is what drove him to hunt Benavidez long after the fight’s outcome was inevitable. Although his jawing at Benavidez on media day was dismissed as contrived—ditto the weigh-in punch he intentionally whistled harmlessly off target—know that Crawford stopped Benavidez because the latter was owed a beating, and Crawford would find little satisfaction in squandering even that final sixty-second opportunity to deliver it.”

Read Maximum Penalty: Terence Crawford Stops Jose Benavidez Jr. on Hannibal Boxing.


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“Some will, of course, deny him this and anything else they can. They will ask what happened to the bogeyman with the absurd knockout ratio—if only to provide the answer they think best diminishes the fighter and his accomplishments. Such is Golovkin’s fate, and perhaps rightly so. Did he get old in his mid-thirties, as pressure fighters typically do? Perhaps. But then Golovkin is likely to still crumple all but the four or five best fighters in his division, so pointing to age as the crucial factor behind the diminished returns of his recent fights must to his detractors feel far too charitable. They would assert instead that it was a rather drastic improvement in his opposition that made a man of the monster. Trust that Golovkin’s supporters would respond by saying he should still be undefeated and so, man or monster, he remains the class of the division.”

Read The Transfer of Power: On Saul Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing


“There is less room for argument among the second tier, and even less after the main event at Barclays Center on Saturday night, where “Showtime” Shawn Porter won a narrow, unanimous decision over Danny “Swift” Garcia. Porter and Garcia are good fighters; they made a good fight. Alas, it was a fight regrettably short on hurt; slow-motion replay and some explanation would be required to identify the one or two moments where either man was concerned about landed leather. But the fighters punched purposefully and effectively enough to swing momentum, responding to each other’s successes with a spirit befitting their trade, and if that makes only for a good fight, well, who doesn’t enjoy a good fight?”

Read Regrettably Short on Hurt: On Shawn Porter-Danny Garcia on Hannibal Boxing.