Sunday, April 23, 2017
The Sweet Science

The Sweet Science

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,...

Dear Fight Fans, Up Yours! Love, Floyd

A letter from Floyd Mayweather as dictated to Kyle Magin Dear Fight Fans, Go fuck yourselves! Have you heard yet? I’m going out of the fight game against Andre Berto on Sept. 12. You’re gonna show up and pay to watch me run my record up to 49-0 against a clown who’s 3-3 in his last six fights and last fought...

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...

Ali

I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want. — Muhammad Ali By Kyle Magin Were Muhammad Ali born 50 years earlier than 1942, he’d have been lucky to get a shot at the heavyweight boxing title of the world, and...

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...

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...

May is Money, not a legend

I won’t ever pilot an X-Wing. By Kyle Magin My Star Wars fantasy is relevant, so bear with. I’m never going to join Red Squadron in an attack on the Death Star. Luke Skywalker will never throw me a bro nod at an awards ceremony. I’ve made my peace with that. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to do the same with his desire to be remembered...

Antonio Margarito ¿El único que no puede hacer en la lucha contra

¿Qué es un mal deportista que ver con un hombre malo? By Kyle Magin Siendo un fanático del boxeo es mucho como ser el personaje de Leonardo DiCaprio en The Revenant. Constantemente estás siendo arañó en la cabeza por algo nuevo terrible y dejó por muerto en la nieve a respirar pesadamente y me pregunto qué coño está pasando. Con...

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...

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...

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