Thursday, September 21, 2017

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are getting paid handsomely to be living, breathing manifestations of the worst of what we’ve become

Do not pay attention to their words. Do not watch their fight. By Andrew J. Pridgen There are racists, there are homophobes, there are small-minded people, there are celebrities we worship just because they have more than us. There are talented people who are awful and there are awful people with no talent—and all these types of folk can have...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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