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Horn Crawford Boxing

“It’s the smile, the mischief in it. There’s self-satisfaction there too, irrepressible, mocking. And something more sinister at work. A pleasure in cruelty perhaps? Even in the theatrical? A relish in the power to shape a moment according to one’s will maybe? To create a unity of the rapt thousands looking on? Yes, that’s certainly part of it. It is a conscious display, this smile, one understood by all—the crowd, the judges, the opponent—to signal one thing: that a beating is at hand.”

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IBR on Hannibal Boxing


“Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Terence Crawford fights for a title vouchsafed for him by Top Rank ever since “Bud” made clear his intent to invade the welterweight division. Against Jeff Horn, Crawford is a (-1000) betting favorite and should win in a manner that reflects those odds, sounding the alarm that marks the end of Horn’s fifteen minutes of fame and puts all welterweights on notice.”

Read On Notice: Terence Crawford, Jeff Horn and the Welterweights on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on 15 Rounds


When Ukranian Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko entered the ring at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night he did so as a nearly -1400 betting favorite. Those odds, near criminal, were soon rendered absurd. Across the ring, Venezuela’s Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares stood at the pinnacle of his career. For years Linares had traversed the globe, refurbishing himself, grinding his way back to relevance after a pair of brutal stoppages nearly extinguished him. Linares fought on this and that opponent’s turf, off television, away from the bright lights he was supposed to occupy fixedly nearly a decade ago—all this to stand cornered in what looked very much like a cashout well-earned.”

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