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“But jaws dropped in awe turned to yawns as Gamboa squandered much of his early success. Last year alone, Gamboa was linked to the Biogenesis PED scandal and charged with domestic violence for striking his wife. None of this would have mattered, mind you, had Gamboa delivered between the ropes, but it has been years since Gamboa did much of that. After bailing on a fight with Brandon Rios in 2012—a fight Gamboa specifically asked for—Gamboa fought just twice in the past two years, winning dull decisions against forgettable opposition that did little but raise red flags about his ability to excel above featherweight. Desperate to regain his lost momentum, Gamboa targeted Crawford, the latest protagonist in the Top Rank/HBO narrative. Crawford, a strapping switch-hitter with good speed and power was more than willing to oblige.”

Read Storm Chasing: Terence Crawford TKO9 Yuriorkis Gamboa on The Cruelest Sport.


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Adrien Broner v Gavin Rees

“It started with his pledge to “put on a show.” What was intended as entertainment, considering the showman, was more than the miserable expectations a mismatch can produce. What was intended as entertainment, considering the showman, was sure to involve extracurricular self-indulgence of the grooming and rapping variety. For those looking for a fight, what was intended as entertainment at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Saturday night included self-proclaimed showman Adrien Broner dismantling Gavin Rees over five lopsided rounds.”

Read “A Shallow Pulse: Adrien Broner TKO5 Gavin Rees” on The Cruelest Sport.

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“Questions about Adrien Broner persist, but following an arresting performance last night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, those questions have taken on a decidedly different tone.

Over eight clinical rounds, Broner brutalized sturdy Antonio DeMarco, closing the curtain on a captivating performance with a barrage of punches as evil as they were accurate. With their fighter outclassed, outgunned, and on the canvas for the first time in his career, DeMarco’s corner threw in the towel, the official time of the stoppage coming at 1:49 of the eighth round.”

Read In the Kill Zone: Adrien Broner TKO 8 Antonio DeMarco on The Cruelest Sport.