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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“He is not better than Tyson Fury. Fury proved that over three fights—arguably in each one—and never more comprehensively than he did at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. Twice on the canvas in round four, Fury steadied himself then ground Wilder to bits, corkscrewing him to the canvas in round eleven. He’d survived Wilder in their first fight, battered him in their second; accomplishing both in their third fight makes a fourth less than a priority. That may be an unpopular opinion now, but the drama over the second half of Saturday’s fight owes much to the question of how Wilder remained upright and his reputation as a puncher. In hindsight, the latter was less of a factor than it seemed, which is why the momentum stopped shifting when Fury got up. As for Wilder’s remarkable toughness, consider this question: How does he use it to win?”

Read The Diffusing: Tyson Fury Butchers Deontay Wilder Again on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“That smile was there again, Joshua’s tell, his irrepressible betrayal; it broke out broadest with mere seconds left in the final round. Usyk had answered the challenge of Joshua’s mid-fight rally by returning to—and amplifying—what worked. And so it was Joshua, smiling and sagging into the ropes, suffering punch upon punch as the seconds ticked away just fast enough for him to relinquish his titles on his feet rather than his back. The fighter who committed extra time to the heavy bag in training drowned by an opponent who never stops moving, one who moves his head before and after he punches, who knows not to be there when the return fire comes—and yet who seemingly gets bigger as the fight wears on. What Bart might’ve written about that.”

Read Kingdom Come: Oleksandr Usyk is a Heavyweight Champion on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“Were Tolstoy following boxing today, he might observe that all unhappy boxers are alike, but that each happy boxer is happy in his own manner. What awaits the men who find but one route beyond the privations of their condition? Who darken their tomorrows to keep the lights on today? They know all too well. And yet, “It won’t happen to me,” each says assuredly; that naivete, or arrogance, or essential lie, all but assuring they are wrong.”

Read Exit Strategy: In the Manner of Wayne Braithwaite on Hannibal Boxing.