IBR on 15 Rounds


“Quietly ended a rivalry that would have provided greater drama had it played out at featherweight, where Walters—yet to lose a title on the scale, yet to suffer a draw at lightweight, still brimming with confidence from running roughshod over the worn and washed tributes offered to his mystique—was his most imposing. Perhaps too, had Walters not spent eleven months doing anything but fighting, doing whatever it was that made ominous the pictures of him as the weigh-in loomed, he would have mustered a better showing. Alas.”

Read Better Than Never (If Barely): On Vasyl Lomachenko-Nicholas Walters on 15 Rounds.

IBR on 15 Rounds


“The outcome is likely to be debated long after Ward and Kovalev have put the fight behind them; and for the most tenaciously outraged, perhaps even after the rematch—which there almost certainly will be—has provided some vindication. Because the explanation for Ward sweeping the last six rounds on two judges’ cards and picking up five of those six on a third, is near impossible to find in what transpired in the ring. This is not to imply judging corruption, only a sort of laziness, the judge’s fallacy that reasons that since Fighter A is no longer having the same success he had in the early rounds Fighter B must be winning. While it is true that Ward adjusted to Kovalev, and those adjustments got Ward back in the fight, the case that they won it for him was made most forcefully by people other than the “Son of God.””

Read At Least the Respect Was Deserved: On Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward on 15Rounds.com.

IBR on UCN Live


“What is left is a fighter still so formidable he need fight but a sixth of each round to pocket it, and then coast the rest. And that sounds very much like the approach Mayweather used. It was one that earned Mayweather, the greatest defensive fighter of his generation, the slings and arrows of most everyone looking for drama and daring in a prizefight. For the greatest offensive fighter of his generation to employ a tempered assault, however, regardless of the explanation for it, is doubly disappointing, and requires we look other than to Pacquiao’s idiomatic violence to celebrate his performances. Yet it was Pacquiao’s violence that endeared him even to the Mexicans whose native sons were left in his wake. Violence is what made him.”

Read The Wrong Kind of Predictable: On Manny Pacquiao on UCN Live.