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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“Williams brings to mind a line from Don DeLillo’s End Zone: “Words move the body into position. In time the position itself dictates events.” People downplay their troubles for many reasons: to convince themselves those troubles are smaller than they are, for example; or to deter others from offering support; sometimes they do it to hide vulnerability. Williams isn’t doing any of those things. He is speaking himself into position, using his words to set a standard his actions must achieve, not downplaying his troubles but not exaggerating them either. In that position, with that perspective, Williams can act.”

Read The Giant: Paul Williams is Still Making Moves on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“His story is set now; it has been for years. Vernon Forrest was a champion and humanitarian. That is how we remember him, such that it almost feels mundane to distinguish him as such. And isn’t that ridiculous? Consider what passes for achievement today, for personality, for character. We are so easily satisfied with less, if only because we’ve lowered expectations to ensure fulfillment. And yet Forrest lives at the recesses of boxing’s collective memory.”

Read Postscript: Remembering Vernon Forrest on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“Before the seventh round, McGirt leaned into Gatti, “I’m stopping it, I’m stopping it. No more. No More. Your eyes are closing.” Gatti, the never-say-die warrior offered but a perfunctory protest. This was a new level of defeat; both men knew it. The sixth round had served as an exhibition of what a young Mayweather was capable of when the moment called for something more dramatic than a simple victory. Billed “Thunder and Lighting” the title reversed the natural order: lightning comes before thunder, and the electric Mayweather had flashed violently and disappeared long before Gatti could boom. Gatti had nothing for Mayweather, he never did, and Gatti–Mayweather was more event than fight. Mayweather, who knew as much all along, did as he should have, and butchered his iconic opponent.”

Read Future Gains: On Arturo Gatti-Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Hannibal Boxing.