Thursday, July 20, 2017

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Pacquaio and Bradley worth watching for what could have been

It’s expected that somewhere north of 1 million homes will purchase HBO Pay-Per-View and tune in on Saturday to see welterweight boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s rematch with Timothy Bradley. By Kyle Magin Manny Pacquiao — the Filipino icon/actor/politician/philanderer/big-spender/born-again Christian/broke person — will be the ostensible draw. He’s a massive name, he’s charming enough to give a great interview in broken English...

Money Mayweather moves Vegas line (twice) by betting against, then for himself prior to title bout

LAS VEGAS — Known for his exploits in the sportsbook as much as he is for his spotless record, Floyd “Money” Mayweather reportedly laid down a staggering $18.8 million bet against himself Thursday for Saturday night's title bout with the similarly undefeated-against-stiffs Canelo Alvarez. Thirty-six-year-old Mayweather's wager moved the line to make the known gambler, who is taking home...

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