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“That transformation must have appealed to Corley, a man obsessed with discipline and control, specifically self-control, with what he can demand of himself. It isn’t maniacal, and there is nothing about Corley’s preternatural capacity for discipline that stands to harm other people. Sturdy but subtle, it’s woven quietly into his behavior such that it is discerned most clearly in contrasting his indulgences with those other forty-six-year-old men might permit themselves. It’s hard to believe Corley struggled much in a pandemic year, treating its unhinging restrictions as one more demand on his willpower, one more opportunity to embrace discipline.”

Read Command and Control: The Right Life for DeMarcus Corley on Hannibal Boxing.

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“5. Gonzalez welcomes a rubber match with Estrada, the third fight with Sor Rungvisai too. Perhaps this is what faith does? When all is God’s will even disaster is divine. And yet, while Gonzalez spoke to Nicaragua, his hands lifted in worship, voice cracking, did he betray a moment of genuine disappointment? It is easy to imagine him allowing himself a slackening in his sanguinity, hiding it safely in that devotional. There are no riddles to Gonzalez between the ropes. But if there are none beyond them, he is inscrutable.”

Read Estrada-Gonzalez ll: Proving the Reality of the Past on Hannibal Boxing.


“The bell was supposed to signal the end of the round. But there would be no more rounds. Instead, its plangent couplet barged into the silence that bore witness to Miguel Berchelt’s collapse. It was as if the bell, that signal of rest and respite, also knew the fight was over, that Berchelt, unmoving and alone on the MGM Grand’s blue canvas, needed a doctor, not a stool. And it was over. The adage goes that a fighter who hits the canvas facedown stays there. It makes some sense, that. If the reflex to defend your face—so primitive, elementary, undeniable—is inert, what can ten seconds’ grace do?”

Read Oscar Valdez and the War Against Cliché on Hannibal Boxing.