“When James Toney got off his stool before the twelfth round of his cruiserweight title fight with Vassiliy Jirov, did he believe, as trainer Freddie Roach told him, that he needed a knockdown to win? Who knows? If the effort he put forth in those remaining three minutes is any indication, however, he took Roach’s words to heart. Did Jirov step from his corner believing, as trainer Tommy Brooks proclaimed, that the next round would define him? Another mystery. But Jirov fought that round as though it were his last.”

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“What is really needed to solve some of these ills is simplicity, and in 2018 the World Boxing Super Series provided it. While Jose Ramirez was being developed into an attraction, the men who could define him as a fighter, men like Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor, entered the junior welterweight version of the WBSS. While Gilberto Ramirez was in the doldrums of defenses, Callum Smith used the WBSS to unify titles with a career-defining knockout of George Groves. Super bantamweight too, began its own WBSS tournament, one that already belongs to Japanese concussionista Naoya Inoue, who has failed thus far in his earnest search for a chin or liver that can endure his power. Oleksandr Usyk, meanwhile, brought the first WBSS tournament to a close by traversing the globe to prove he is the best cruiserweight on it.”

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“Saul Alvarez, 51-1-2 (35), had no such trouble with his Saturday night farce. In his first performance for subscription streaming service DAZN and his debut at Madison Square Garden, Alvarez butchered hapless Rocky Fielding. Fielding, selected for his thimbleful of the diluted alphabet title soup, for his inability to secure any greater portion than that, was dropped four times in three ridiculous rounds, confirming what everyone knew long before the opening bell: that he does not belong in a ring with Alvarez; nor Alvarez in a ring with him.”

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