Obviously, the only reason for me or anyone to post a fanshot like this is because Vitali Klitschko is in the middle of this mess, and he's been a fairly prominent front-line figure. Interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, some Western observers are not all that optimistic about how well Klitschko would fare if he were elected to a lead position of political power. Now, a "truce of sorts has been announced ahead of talks between Yanukovych and the opposition. So, here is a very in-depth summary from "The Monkey Cage" (part of The Washington Post, with embedded links to previous stories) summarizing just what this chaos is all about.

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Action or Antics: Victor Ortiz-Luis Collazo Preview

Yoked with consecutive defeats, Ortiz, 29-4-2 (22), exhibited little of the behavior we expect of serious men in a serious profession. He did not hole up like Goodhue Coldfield and he did not repeat the usual boxing platitudes. Instead, Ortiz spent his hiatus—one necessitated by the severity of his fractured jaw—like a resurrected child star. He cut rugs on Dancing with the Stars, launched a line of skincare products enticingly titled "VO by Facelube," shot a commercial that belongs in a time capsule, released VO cologne, and filmed scenes for the upcoming action flick, The Expendables 3. In short, Ortiz, the loser, the quitter, the laughing stock, managed to parlay his cultural currency into a level of crossover success most boxers rarely achieve. CLICK LINK FOR MORE FROM THE CRUELEST SPORT.

Juanma will rematch Ponce De Leon

Oh my, in one of the stupidest moves I've ever seen, Juanma will try to repeat his victory over Ponce de Leon. This is Shane Mosley type of denial (well, worse, because at least Shane Mosley was great in his heyday). He's going to train with the same trainer as always. This is a legitimately dangerous fight for him. Best case, he gets KOd early. Worst case, he ends up in another war like with Salido and that will fuck him up.

Straight to the Stars: Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute Preview

It may be a few years too late, but there is still plenty to get excited about when Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute—although perhaps no longer their best versions of themselves–clash tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Both men desperately need a win to resurrect their fortunes, while a crowd of over 20,000 will make for a roaring atmosphere. (Read more)

Miguel Cotto gets front row seats to the Michelle Rodriguez And Cara Delevingne show


At last night's Knicks game. More pictures here -

As concussion controversy rages, boxing writers look in the mirror

Article in the latest Columbia Journalism Review examining the realities of the fight game and our attraction to it.

Magomed Abdusalamov Likely Vegetable-ized

If you want to call it living, he's alive. Send money, please, and channel Ken Norton as hard as you can


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