IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Or perhaps Max Kellerman, Jim Lampley, and Roy Jones Jr. celebrated fittingly the effort Bradley put forth, and this perceived lack of praise was the result of the ménage of fawning that preceded it. Because the commentary provided during the opening bout, which saw Vasyl Lomachenko dissect Romulo Koasicha in ten rounds, was shameless proselytizing. Lomachenko is a wonderful fighter, that much is obvious, (though, and this point may be lost on HBO, not made more so by the quality of opponent Lomachenko has recently faced). But his efforts were exceeded by those of the commentary team, who over ten rounds constructed a mythology for Lomachenko out of keeping with a fighter who needed more than a single punch to turn Koasicha into dust.”

Read The Wrong Kind of Drama: On HBO and Mythmaking on The Cruelest Sport.


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