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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“What we perceive in the duck-rabbit image is often determined by what we bring to the observation. We might see the rabbit first because we had one as a pet and have to be shown the duck, or vice versa; we can see both simultaneously. Maybe that is the best way to perceive Crawford: as superlative and yet unproven, unproven and yet superlative, with what you see first determined by what you are looking for.”

Read Crawford vs. Brook: It’s still wait and see for TBC on Hannibal Boxing

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“‘Speed is the last excitement left,’ writes Don DeLillo in End Zone, ‘the one thing we haven’t used up, still naked in its potential, the mysterious black gift that thrills millions.’ Not flashy speed, thrilling speed—speed of hand and foot, shoulder and hip, harnessed to render men silent. Inoue has it. It’s part of the preternatural athleticism that underlies his mastery, infuses his movements with a dynamism and danger reminiscent of Roy Jones. Inoue is more orthodox than Jones—he keeps his hands higher, works behind his jab—but like Jones, his bearing reflects a fighter in complete control of his generational talent. Like Jones, he leaves before you arrive, returns before you can leave, and then leaves you to pick up the pieces.”

Read Naoya Inoue: A Gift to Thrill Millions on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on Hannibal Boxing

“He calls his ascension “The Takeover,” a title that brings to mind fellow Brooklynite, Jay-Z, whose own “Takeover” also claimed an industry. Repeated ad nauseum the term loses its appeal, and what catchphrase isn’t beaten to death in “the big drama show?” But it isn’t without its charm. “The Takeover” sounds aggressive, more violent than “ascension” or “arrival”; it conjures thoughts of usurping force, a hostile wresting of power.”

Read The Takeover: Teofimo Lopez Defeats Vasiliy Lomachenko, Becomes Lightweight King on Hannibal Boxing.