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“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.

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“Orlando Salido and WBC junior lightweight titlist Francisco Vargas fought to a draw at StubHub Center in Carson, California on Saturday night in a performance not only rare for a sport that has spent the better part of two years in the doldrums but rare for sport in general. On a day when boxing celebrated perhaps its greatest competitor, two fierce competitors in their own right provided a spectacle celebrating all that is great about their sport.”

Read A Night In the Wilderness: On Francisco Vargas-Orlando Salido on UCN Live.

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“Saul Alvarez flattened Amir Khan in six rounds at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night. A single right hand, one launched, quite rightly, without regard for what might come in return, did the trick. With the win, Alvarez got back to harrowing welterweights as he did before Floyd Mayweather Jr. humbled him in 2013. Somehow the image of Khan, first crumpled then unfolded, impressed Alvarez’s adoring throng, a constituency devoted enough to ensure another welterweight (perhaps a Filipino one) will be challenge enough when Alvarez next defends his 155-pound middleweight championship for 60 of your dollars or millions of HBO’s.”

Read Dollars and Daylights: Saul Alvarez vs Amir Khan on UCN Live.


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