Sunday, May 28, 2017
The Sweet Science

The Sweet Science

Boxing Photographer Stephanie Trapp on Shooting in the Squared Circle

Beyond the Press Box is a regular feature profiling the folks who color outside the lines of sport. Interview by Kyle Magin Stephanie Trapp eats, sleeps and breathes boxing (and photography.) The San Francisco-based shooter has photographed both sides of Saturday's tilt between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos 'Chino' Maidana as well as a host of world-ranked fighters in big time...

Miguel Cotto does everything and we forget him for it

Cotto. vs. Alvarez is the drinks before dinner, the shirt before the shirt, the line before brunch, the Bud Light before the Fat Tire, the reservation before the upgrade...the fight before the fight.  Written by Kyle Magin Forgive yourself for looking past Saturday, because almost no matter what happens on the Mandalay Bay canvas in Las Vegas, Miguel Cotto or...

Antonio Margarito Does the One Thing You Can’t Do in Fighting

What's a bad sport to do with a bad man? By Kyle Magin Being a boxing fan is a lot like being Leonardo Dicaprio’s character in The Revenant. You’re constantly being clawed in the head by some terrible new thing and left for dead in the snow to breathe heavily and wonder what the fuck is going on. Frequently this violence...

Golovkin is crossing the Rubicon

The war may be over for Gennady Golovkin. Like any terrifying political conqueror (Caesar, Stalin and Mao are actually pretty apt comparisons here), the Kazakhstani middleweight may have moved past his conflict with forces conspiring to keep him away from boxing’s highest echelon. He’s now consolidating his power. If Golovkin, 32, can win Saturday against Mexican power puncher Marco Antonio Rubio, 34,...

About Face

Ah-hem. A day after I wrote boxing off as a sport only a mother… could love, no lesser figures than NBC and Al Haymon arrived to save the sport. The network and promoter announced a March 7 card featuring Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1) and Adrien “The Problem” Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) live, from Vegas, to appear on NBC proper. Not NBC...

Why PacMay is sports’ biggest ticket in 2015

A Michigan native reflects on what could have been, what is and what will be for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight and the sport of boxing. By Kyle Magin “I would’ve flown to Jerry World to see that fight,” is what my dad said about the long-awaited, now-scheduled Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in Vegas on May 2, and it’s all you need...

MayPac for Dummies

-Or- Five things you need to know about Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and the biggest fight in two decades. Written by Kyle Magin You’ve probably heard about the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight this weekend. Maybe you even plan to pay money to watch it. Maybe you plan to mooch off someone who is buying it. In these cases, you’ll want...

Hopkins fights time, also a man called ‘Krusher’

Bernard Hopkins is stepping into the ring this weekend against Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev. Kovalev is 31, Hopkins will be 50 in just over two months. To put 50 in athletics into context, think about Hopkins’ contemporaries in the soon-to-be five decade club. Ron Gant was born in 1965 and has been retired since an injury-plagued 2003—footage from his early years...

The Middleweights: Hard-up, Hammered, High and Not Here

In my dreams professional boxing’s middleweight divisions function like an actual sport. That means in 2015 we’d get Andre Ward-Gennady Golovkin. We’d get Carl Froch to cross the goddamn pond and take on a sober and in-shape Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez would take part in this eliminator, and hell, maybe Sergio Martinez could tape himself...

What you’ll pay to watch PacMay

Because boxing is rotten even when it’s resplendent, because it’s Roseanne even when it’s Rebecca Romijn, your wallet is getting taken to the cleaners this spring for the biggest fight in recent memory. By Kyle Magin When Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather throw down on May 2, you’re probably going to want to watch it—even though it’s five years too late...

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