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Aftermath: A Little Perspective on Khan-Malignaggi & Other Weekend Results

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By Carlos Acevedo of The Cruelest Sport. Amir Khan stopped Paulie Malignaggi in 11 rounds before a lively crowd at The Theater in Madison Square Garden and already the peanut gallery is choking on its shells. Khan has been called, presumably without tongue in cheek, "a dominating 140-pounder" by RingTV.com. Sigh. Perspective is as lacking in boxing as honor is among thieves, but it is that much to expect a little rational discussion once in a while? Khan is a good fighter. But Malignaggi was, after all, as high as 4 ½ to 1 against on some books, and has scored only five knockouts in his entire career. The Cruelest Sport did not even bother to post a preview for this fight because, you know, 4 ½ to 1 fights are generally not meant to be competitive and why waste time pretending a lame donkey is Seabiscuit? Read the rest here...

Prefab Stardom: Is Amir Khan Ready For America?

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By Carlos Acevedo of The Cruelest Sport. Over the last few years, and perhaps since network TV drew the curtains on boxing, HBO has proactively attempted to manufacture stars via careful matchmaking and PR blitzes before, during, and after a bout. Usually the beneficiaries of this treatment were picked because of potential, background story, personality, or because of ties with ubiquitous managers, but they were always picked, for better or worse, by HBO suits. Read the rest here...

Speed Chess: Khan v Malignaggi Preview & Prediction

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By Andrew Harrison (Safe Side Of The Ropes) One of the chief criticisms levelled against Britain’s Amir Khan, is that the lightning quick light welterweight titlist has avoided big hitters like the plague, since Breidis Prescott almost decapitated him in Manchester 20 months ago. This Saturday’s fight with Paulie Malignaggi will do nothing to help his argument either, with the brash New Yorker falling very comfortably into the ‘feather fisted’ variety of fighters (read more).

Dan Rafael's Notebook

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I encourage everyone to read it this week, as it's filled will all kinds of great material (some of which I may write on independently, once I get the time). Most interesting tidbits: Michael Katsidis may face Robert Guerrero on BAD on March 27; on April 17, a Pavlik-Martinez / Bute-Miranda doubleheader looks likely; and promoters are working on a Darchinyan-Donaire rematch. In his blog, Rafael also mentions the possibility of a Andre Berto-Paulie Malignaggi Haiti benefit fight, Timothy Bradley-Marcos Maidana, and Zab Judah-Carlos Quintana or Victor Cayo.

At what point do you just cancel the card?

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Fernando Montiel has gotten injured, and his fight with Eric Morel is being postponed for the second time. Jorge Arce will be stepping in his place on the Latin Fury 9 card, facing Fernando Lumacad. At some point, Bob Arum should just say "screw it" and call the card off. What was once a promising card has been decimated. Edwin Valero refused to sign the dotted line, Mike Alvarado pulled out against Paulie Malignaggi and now the most compelling fight that was left has been struck from the card. Instead, you get a Juan Manuel Lopez showcase fight, a showcase fight with a severely faded Jorge Arce, Vanes Matirosyan against light-hitting gatekeeper Andrey Tsurkan, and what promises to be a complete snoozer between Yuri Foreman and Cornelius Bundrage. Not only are Latinos not involved in half the card, but I fail to see the fury either. If Big Bob still plans on charging more than 30 bucks for this farce, he should be ashamed of himself.

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