IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“For years, Hopkins was boxing’s most self-righteous anti-establishmentarian, a mad rebel fit for the pages of Dostoevsky. He wore that distinction with the same defiant pride with which he sported his prison stint, jumbled teeth, and bedlamite ring attire. But Hopkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, embraced his role as indignant pariah for only as long as such dissentience served him. Once welcomed by the establishment, Hopkins stuffed his megaphone in his soapbox and buried both in his multi-car garage. This is what survivors do, and Hopkins, at 49 years-old, is boxing’s survivor par excellence.”

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Perhaps no professional sport places more emphasis on recent history than boxing, where general inactivity makes last impressions lasting. Adonis Stevenson, who won a unanimous decision over Andrzej Fonfara at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, last night, is the latest example of this phenomenon. Stevenson’s career is in many ways a sprint to separate his years in a criminal flesh trade from his years in a legal one. His success in this endeavor has nothing to do with contrition or atonement, of course, but in giving the public the fights it wants to see. Which is not to say Stevenson’s past does not remain on peoples’ lips.”

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Whatever one may think of his past—his well-documented immersion in a flesh trade far more heinous than the one he now embraces—Stevenson, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, has made every effort to keep that shadow cast behind him. However ironic his relationship with violence may be, Stevenson has found his salvation in hurting people, and he is enjoying a career year. In March, Stevenson knocked out Darnell Boone, avenging his only professional loss. A fight with light heavyweight Chad Dawson followed. Dawson, who had made a living off the seniors circuit, was blown out by the older Stevenson in just over a minute. Snarling Tavoris Cloud was next, but he could barely muster a whimper against Stevenson, who beat the bully out of Cloud for seven merciless rounds. Bellew, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom, swore to be different. And for the first few rounds, he made good on his promise.”

Read SIDEWINDER: Adonis Stevenson TKO6 Tony Bellew on The Cruelest Sport.