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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Suffice it to say, Alvarez is not as good as his career-best performance from August indicates; only the great meet this singular standard more than once. He struggled with lesser fighters than Kovalev, including a shopworn Jean Pascal (twice pulped by Kovalev) whom Alvarez squeaked by before the first Kovalev fight, and went feebly to defeat against a man he’d whacked helpless less than six months ago. If this assessment of him seems an effort to deny Kovalev his due, there is always this truth to clutch: Alvarez entered the ring Saturday before all else the man who destroyed Kovalev last August. That was who Kovalev was facing—that is who Kovalev tamed. Make of that taming what you will, but such feats are uncommon.”

Read Picking Up the Pieces: Sergey Kovalev Reverses His Loss to Eleider Alvarez on Hannibal Boxing.

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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Perhaps it was the aura of his opponent, a fighter with a preternatural—grotesque even—capacity for violence. Or maybe it was the troubles both professional and personal dogging him. He was the opponent that night, too; that designation—loudly confirmed by a crowd eager to see him scalped—felt especially ominous. And who could ignore the commentators’ narrative? They had their ideas about who was the future, who the past, and were hedging accordingly. Under these influences one couldn’t see him standing at the mouth of the tunnel, wrapped in funereal black, and not wonder: will tonight set this once-rare fighter on the path to a common end?”

Read A Backward Step is Treason: The Night Shane Mosley Shattered Antonio Margarito on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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He makes a decent gatekeeper, though, doesn’t he? Broner is talented enough to trouble all but the elite, can chin check any welterweight on the planet, takes a good punch himself, and yet isn’t committed to winning enough to force his opponent anywhere uncomfortable for long. He also has yet to be stopped, and the first man to do so will proudly—too proudly, no?—claim to have done what Marcos Maidana, Mikey Garcia, Manny Pacquiao could not. And while people may bemoan Broner’s antics outside the ring, his apathy within it, the Cincinnati fighter remains an attraction. A gatekeeper who still manages to bring an audience—is there any better kind? “The Problem,” then, should expect further outcomes as degrading as his effort. Funny how a fighter who has treated people he deems beneath him so poorly now mans the elevator to an elite club that long ago laughed off his application.”

Read Gatekeeping: Manny Pacquiao Dominates Adrien Broner on Hannibal Boxing.

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