IBR on UNC Live

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“Perhaps the most interesting glimpse into the psyche of unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev is this: Kovalev once asked his trainer whether he punched hard enough to pursue a career as a professional fighter. That he posed this question at the dawn of his career is telling. Is it not possible this question hints at a fissure in the armor of boxing’s resident bully? In wondering if he has power enough to succeed – despite power hardly being a necessary or sufficient condition of success in the ring – Kovalev might well be revealing what fighting anxieties plague him in his most private moments.”

Read Aftermath: On Kovalev-Chilemba and Golovkin-Brook on UCN Live.

IBR on UCN Live


“To watch Joshua in the aftermath of his victory was to see a man treated like a warlord: undressed of his weaponry and armor by doting attendants, redressed in the gold befitting his status, receiving this ritual with a mixture of disregard and pride. Because the victor feels power enough to allow others to help him, his strength makes him both deserving of worship and able to accept it.”

Read Aftermath: On Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale on UCN Live.

IBR on UCN Live


“The rhetoric surrounding Lomachenko can still border on the absurd, so too the criticism. But what can be said of Lomachenko today, that could not be said of him as he last walked to the ring, is that most everyone now cares to see who is correct – his supporters or critics. For his supporters, Lomachenko’s treatment of Martinez was mere confirmation of what they have believed for some time: that “Hi-Tech” might one day be operating in a class by himself. For those who found his tendency to toy with opponents boring or amateurish, Lomachenko merely did what he is supposed to against an opponent, in many ways, made to order for him. Very well, let Lomachenko continue to do as he is supposed to – boxing needs more world-class fighters turning seasoned and sturdy professionals into rubberized amnesiacs.”

Read Aftermath: On Vasyl Lomachenko and Felix Verdejo on UCN Live.