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Mikey Garcia vs Robert Easter Jr

“Still, Garcia was near flawless again, his craft augmented by the contrast Easter provided. Easter waved amateurishly at Garcia’s feints while Garcia caught those punches he chose not to slip on his guard, barely compromising his potential to counter; Easter threw desperately, his punches serving mostly as a diversion under which to retreat while Garcia launched his with textbook form. And when Easter made clear his intent to see the final bell Garcia showed he could lead some, using head movement and timing to get inside while keeping the action lukewarm—just how he likes it.”

Read Great Assumptions: Mikey Garcia Calls Out Errol Spence on Hannibal Boxing.

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IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“The left hook Gassiev augered into Usyk’s body in the second, the right hook to the jaw he crashed home a few rounds later—these confirmed even for viewers that Gassiev would remain dangerous so long as he believed he was. Usyk would have to fight his fight for twelve rounds to win. And so he did. Gassiev’s left hook to the body? He struggled to land it ever after. His right hook? All it struck for the remainder of the fight was Usyk’s guard as the Ukrainian pivoted away. And thus, to the rhythm of Usyk’s tireless jab, went Gassiev’s belief in himself, taking with it his weapons, holstered, inert.”

Read Control Over Chaos: Oleksandr Usyk, King of the Cruiserweights on Hannibal Boxing.

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“In a fight that some will lament mistakenly as coming years too late, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao faces Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse on Saturday, at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. Because it is only now, in his thirty-ninth year, his sixty-ninth professional fight, in one of the last stops on an eleven-division ascent, that Pacquiao should concede Matthysse more than a puncher’s chance and the beating that is its usual price. Such is the abyss between good and great; an abyss that when finally traversed along the bridge left by the outlay of a historic career, can make for desperate action. Or so one hopes.”

Read The Realization of an Ideal: Manny Pacquiao Challenges Lucas Matthysse on Hannibal Boxing.

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