IBR ON HANNIBAL BOXING

“It was a nice fight for the public, I did what I could, and that was the result.” Such was Roman Gonzalez’s response to a question about the outcome of his third fight with Juan Francisco Estrada. A question loaded and predictable and handled flawlessly. That is where the griping about scorecards ends—with Gonzalez. For the second time in three tries, Estrada hung a loss on him, winning a majority decision before a boisterous and boisterously supportive crowd at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, this weekend. All three fights (as if they could be anything but) were fought at a level rarely achieved; thus, what separates the fighters in the eyes of the judges matters less than what unites them. Estrada–Gonzalez (or, if you prefer, Gonzalez–Estrada) is the defining trilogy of this era for its excellence, of course, but also its generosity: for even without it, both Estrada and Gonzalez have careers that make a mockery of many of their contemporaries.

Read What Separates and Unites: On Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez III on Hannibal Boxing.

Advertisement

IBR ON HANNIBAL BOXING

“What did Deontay Wilder see in Helenius? There was that striking resemblance to his nemesis: the bulk, the beard, the baldness. Indeed, were the police to assemble a lineup of suspects in their hunt for the man who twice made off with Wilder’s daylights, Helenius might find himself among them, called forward and asked to utter the word “dosser” before stepping back beyond the interrogatory light. What Wilder saw that Helenius did not, could not, was an opponent selected to recover the mystique of boxing’s most frightening puncher. Helenius was a sacrifice; all Wilder needed to do was finalize the process. And who deals in greater finality than Wilder?”

Read Bring the Noise: Deontay Wilder Wipes Out Robert Helenius in Return on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR ON HANNIBAL BOXING

“There will not be a fourth fight. Indeed there was barely a third. Saul Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin renewed frustrations at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday, where Alvarez won a unanimous decision in a fight that above all else revealed the decline of both fighters. A supposed grudge match (because calling it a comeback fight would have been too callous) devolved quickly into a transaction between a fighter drained by his trips around the sun and a fighter unable to capitalize on what those revolutions proffered to him.”

Read Cold War: Saul Alvarez Decisions Gennadiy Golovkin to End Trilogy on Hannibal Boxing.