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Why Not Lucy the Elephant Instead? Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson Preview

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How a bomb as big as Hopkins-Dawson I can produce a sequel is something only the boys in the backroom can answer. Contractual obligations, Public Enemy #1 for television networks—and, by extension, consumers—may have forced HBO to broadcast this fight, but must it be aired at such a reasonable hour? Like a midnight marquee film (think Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! or The Gore Gore Girls) Hopkins-Dawson II ought to take place in front of an audience sweating Cutty Sark or stoned out of its mind. From The Cruelest Sport

My Next Victim: Juan Manuel Marquez Takes Aim at Morales, Gesta, Rios, & Alvarado

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Flashes of guile and machismo notwithstanding, Morales is a greatly diminished fighter. It may reasonably be asked what a victory over the Tijuana fighter means for Marquez at this juncture. Marquez has retained his membership in the sport’s elite, while Morales is coming off of a loss to athletic yet unremarkable junior welterweight Danny Garcia. The careers of Marquez and Morales are on different trajectories. Morales would undoubtedly have his moments—to his credit he will not be denied them—but Marquez would be a prohibitive favorite should they meet. From The Cruelest Sport

AFTERMATH: Mares-Morel, Moreno-De La Mora, Taylor-Truax, Lara-Hearns, & Stevenson-Gonzalez

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Truax, 18-1-1 (10), now has the unique distinction of being the only fighter to score a knockdown against Taylor and lose. Even Taylor seemed to realize that. Despite being the former undisputed middleweight champion of the world, Taylor was feverishly proud of having survived being blasted to the canvas by a novice who had gone the distance with Antwun Echols. In the post-fight interview, Taylor spouted rubber-room gibberish generated by his shock at having survived a knockdown. His word salad spiel to Steve Farhood included the following: "I been knocked out lots of times, so who gives a damn? I don’t care. That’s what’s dangerous about me. I don’t care about it! You know what I’m saying? They gotta get me outta there!" Actually, what makes him dangerous is the fact that he is licensed to fight. From The Cruelest Sport

DOUBLE SHOT: Marquez Defeats Fedchenko to Keep Pacquiao in His Sights, Rios Slinks Past Abril

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Predictably, given the shoddy judging that continues to plague the sport, he got the victory anyway, "earning" a split decision by scores of 111-117, 116-112, and 115-113. Reaction after the bout was a mixed bag of outrage and indifference, but the question of which stunk worse – the decision or the action inside the ring – is a riddle not worth investigating. From The Cruelest Sport

Pacquiao vs. Marquez III fan cards are almost exactly split...

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...EyeOnTheRing.com collects and analyzes fan cards, & they have a 50% 'controversy rating' on this fight - about half the fan cards agree with the official outcome, half disagree. Maybe opinions really are split right down the middle, but sooner or later they will have more on one side or the other, I'd like to see some site like this aggregate fan opinion on these types of fights.

13 boxing cats (videos)

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The first cat hits the speed bag better than Antonio Margarito.

Terrors of the Lightweight Brigade: Ad Wolgast and Battling Nelson

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In one of the most savage fights of the 20th century, mortal enemies Ad Wolgast and Battling Nelson tore at each other before 18,000 fans in Richmond, California, for the right to be called lightweight champion of the world. On February 22, 1910, these two ironmen, in the days when drawing first blood was still a betting proposition, nearly murdered each other between the ropes. Finally, after nearly two hours of combat, Wolgast won via TKO in the 40th round when referee Edward W. Smith saved a defenseless Nelson from permanent injury. In the end, neither man could escape the frightful punishment accumulated in the ring. Nelson and Wolgast both wound up in sanitariums, with Wolgast, to his last sad and distant days, still "training" for a rematch with Nelson. Andrew Fruman presents a look at the fight from the viewpoint of those involved over a century ago. By Andrew Fruman

Juanma suspended for one year

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El Nuevo Dia is reporting that the Puerto Rico boxing commission has suspended Juanma Lopez for one year beginning on May 10th (which is when the mandatory suspension for a knockout ends). Juanma was also fined 10,000 dollars and expected to do 100 hours of community service. Obviously, Juanma will appeal the sentence.

10 & Counting: Linares, Pavlik, Kirkland-Molina Afterthoughts, Harry Crews & The Knockout Artist, Bell-Ringing Blues

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Kelly Pavlik gets to bask in the glow of "REDEMPTION" headlines—at least for a little while—after annihilating hapless Aaron Jaco in San Antonio on Saturday night in two farcical rounds. With only one start in five years going into this fight, Jaco was well-unprepared for his role as a crash test dummy. In fact, "Jedi" looked like he was ready to break open a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon before the first bell. Not even a lightsaber was going to help him against Pavlik. From The Cruelest Sport