Monthly Archives: October 2012

IBR on The Cruelest Sport

“Undisputed odd man out Timothy Bradley has nearly scuttled his December 15th rematch with Lamont Peterson. A Peterson fight on HBO is the best case scenario for Bradley, who has seen any momentum he gained from beating Manny Pacquiao dissolve in the ether. Commenting on the proposed matchup, however, Bradley said, “I think he’s the only guy available to fight right now, so I’m willing to wait.” Choosing to wait is Bradley’s prerogative, but Godot would arrive before a better opponent than Peterson presents himself.”

Read Dishing It Out: On Bradley-Peterson, Berto-Guerrero, Broner-DeMarco, Khan-Molina, and Orlando Cruz on The Cruelest Sport.

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IBR on Fight Network

“In “Federer as Religious Experience” author David Foster Wallace writes, “high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty.” Save for the apotheosizing power of resilience and the dangers inherent in miscalculated range, there seems little connection between a game once played by the affluent in v-neck sweaters and the naked brutality of the cruelest sport. But Wallace’s exploration of human beauty in sport reveals itself to be apropos of prizefighting.”

Read The Promise of Beauty: Mike Alvarado Faces Brandon Rios on Fight Network.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport

“Promoter Lou DiBella’s triple-header from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort at Mashantucket, Connecticut, Saturday night put some unfamiliar names on perhaps the sport’s most recognizable platform. While the opportunity to watch three fights might seem like a windfall, a discerning viewer still had grounds for scrutinizing the competition with a “persecuting spirit.” A less discerning diner might wolf down this serving of largely uncompetitive action as a testament to his “love of the sport,” but one cannot help wonder whether such love should be given so freely when so little is given in return.”

Read AFTERMATH: Darchinyan-Del Valle, Rodriquez-Escalera, Decarie-Perez, Povetkin-Rahman on The Cruelest Sport.

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