IBR on Hannibal Boxing

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“Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Terence Crawford fights for a title vouchsafed for him by Top Rank ever since “Bud” made clear his intent to invade the welterweight division. Against Jeff Horn, Crawford is a (-1000) betting favorite and should win in a manner that reflects those odds, sounding the alarm that marks the end of Horn’s fifteen minutes of fame and puts all welterweights on notice.”

Read On Notice: Terence Crawford, Jeff Horn and the Welterweights on Hannibal Boxing.

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IBR on 15 Rounds

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When Ukranian Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko entered the ring at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night he did so as a nearly -1400 betting favorite. Those odds, near criminal, were soon rendered absurd. Across the ring, Venezuela’s Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares stood at the pinnacle of his career. For years Linares had traversed the globe, refurbishing himself, grinding his way back to relevance after a pair of brutal stoppages nearly extinguished him. Linares fought on this and that opponent’s turf, off television, away from the bright lights he was supposed to occupy fixedly nearly a decade ago—all this to stand cornered in what looked very much like a cashout well-earned.”

Read The Lesson of the Master on 15Rounds.com

IBR on 15 Rounds

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This was not a man sublimating his instincts, mind you, as Wladimir Klitschko did in his valiant defeat to Anthony Joshua. It would be wrong to recast Lara on the basis of his performance Saturday night—he was courageous, yes, but fell short of endearing. Because Lara owed his decision to stand and fight his most imposing opponent yet to age, to the absence of a viable alternative. And, of course, to Hurd, who gladly let Lara draw those lines in the sand, believing full well that at some point the fight Lara dared Hurd to bring would be the only one unfolding—and that that fight, made earnestly as all Hurd fights are, would be too much for a fighter with aging legs and a negative style. There is no choice when options are removed, and even had Lara chosen (rather than been forced) to fight more doggedly, the price of stalling Hurd was clear enough to make a spectator await expectantly the fight’s second half.”

Read Blonde Ambition on 15 Rounds.com

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