No Reservations: Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana Preview

Taking a break from rapping, crapping, and whatever else he does to resonate with those who bookmark WorldStarHipHop in their web browsers, welterweight Adrien Broner returns to action Saturday night, facing Marcos Maidana at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (read more at The Cruelest Sport)

Broner v Maidana - Preview and Prediction

Just a preview of the fight I wrote yesterday. I went in leaning towards the Maidana upset, but after viewing the fights and looking at the punch stats, I leaned back in favor of a Broner UD. Check it out, any comments welcome!

Kevin Iole names Stephen Espinoza 2013 "Boxing Person of the Year"

He makes a pretty good case and I can't think of anyone who would make for a better choice. Thoughts?

Danzón Days: Guillermo Rigondeaux-Joseph Agbeko Preview

After toying with Donaire—and drawing the ire of many who believe an action sport should have a little action in it—Rigondeaux seemed to find himself right back where he was in 2010 when he stunk out the joint so badly against Ricardo Cordoba that his next fight was broadcast in the U.S. from Ireland via the internet. Neither Bob Arum nor HBO seemed much interested in Rigondeaux after he pulled the plug on "The Filipino Flash," and like Orson Welles after the arty one-two combo of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, Rigondeaux was persona non grata in the boxing equivalent of Hollywood—Premium Cable Land. It was exile redux for Rigondeaux.

¡Boxing Telenovela!

The site is en español, but if you're interested in reading about this television drama then plug the link into Google Translate. You can watch the entire series online through Univision website via your cable service provider. Yes it is in Spanish, but English subtitles are available. Some professional boxers such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Saul "El Canelo" Alvarez, Erik "El Terrible" Morales, and Mariana "La Barbie" Juarez appeared in this series.

Strictly Cosmopolitan: Carl Froch-George Groves Preview

The gulf in status between the two combatants – one a member of standing in boxing’s international class, the other a British export in waiting – is a reminder as to the type of continuum on which all prize fighters find themselves. On one end of this continuum is the local: a world of neighborhood boxing gyms operating on shoestring budgets, where fame only goes as far as a two-line blurb in the community weekly. New York City, Youngstown, Cuauhtemoc–it could be anywhere. On the other end, the global: a level of status transcending borders but most closely associated with Las Vegas, a city anchored on barren Nevada land but so self-contained in its neon excess that it might just as well exist ethereally or in the minds of men. To scale the heights of the sport, as is the dream of any fighter, is to fight one’s way from one pole to the other – from the local to the global. Even Muhammad Ali was the "Louisville Lip" before he was ever "The Greatest." (read more)

The Specter: Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios Preview

It is the wrong way to end a fight: looking more like the victim of a skydiving misadventure than the loser of a boxing match. Yet, this is how welterweight Manny Pacquiao found himself last December, when Juan Manuel Marquez so stunningly nailed him into the MGM Grand Garden Arena canvas. It is hard to believe that the most memorable moment in a career as improbable as Pacquiao’s may now be a loss. This is not to mistake it for the most defining moment. No, there are too many images of his hands raised, his foes broken, to trump his furious run. Pacquiao, 54-3-2 (38), will always be defined by his wins; by the performances he delivered securing them. But how he responds to the Marquez loss could determine his future in ways none of his previous fights could. For the first time in his career, Pacquiao, who faces Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, Saturday night, is faced with questions not even he can answer. Or maybe it is just one question: Is Manny Pacquiao finished as a prizefighter? (read more)

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