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IBR on HANNIBAL BOXING

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“Might Gvozdyk—by some distance the best fighter he’s faced as a professional—fold Beterbiev early? Certainly. We don’t yet know whether Beterbiev can take the kind of power Gvozdyk did against Stevenson. He’s also hit the canvas early against fighters nowhere near Gvozdyk’s level. A momentary carelessness in the first round of his 2014 fight against Jeff Page Jr. left Beterbiev on his trunks. He explained away the knockdown, saying, “I felt a bit sleepy before the fight. I think I just lost my concentration for a fraction of a second.” If Beterbiev loses his concentration against Gvozdyk, further sleepiness awaits. A year ago, Callum Johnson dropped Beterbiev hard with a counter hook. Beterbiev’s fighting arrogance, his belief that he needn’t land clean to hurt his opponent, played a role in both knockdowns and, it should be noted, the stoppages he scored when he regained his feet. It will be interesting to see how that arrogance factors Friday, should Gvozdyk not only withstand Beterbiev’s assault but reciprocate.”

Read The Imminent: Oleksandr Gvozdyk-Artur Beterbiev Preview on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on HANNIBAL BOXING

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“During Saturday’s middleweight title fight between Gennadiy Golovkin and Sergiy Derevyanchenko a member of DAZN’s commentary team distinguished one of the most celebrated destroyers of recent years by praising his jab. Golovkin’s jab is sublime, but that’s beside the point. The jab is not, and never has been, what Golovkin is known for—and DAZN did not sign Golovkin to coax subscriptions with his stick.”

Read “A Bloody Theater: Gennadiy Golovkin Survives Sergiy Derevyanchenko” on Hannibal Boxing.

IBR on HANNIBAL BOXING

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We are closer to the truth now, a sign that what transpired in the ring in Staples Center this past Saturday had purpose and consequence. An exciting fight, untainted by scandal yet close enough to leave room for debate—this is what the welterweight unification between Errol “The Truth” Spence and “Showtime” Shawn Porter gave us. The action that made a unified champion of Spence was as good as we will see this year. For some, Spence is to inherit the sport. If Saturday was any indication, his bid for supremacy will be one to watch.”

Read Closer to the Truth: Errol Spence Wars with Shawn Porter on Hannibal Boxing.