Stretch For Power: Sergey Kovalev's Krusher Workout

Sergey Kovalev, the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, flew into New York last Friday from his training camp in Florida and took a car directly to the Russian part of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. He was heading to the Underground Boxing gym, which is on the third floor of a building just next to the Q train… » 7/30/14 3:31pm Yesterday 3:31pm

Robbie Lawler Returned From Oblivion To Impose His Will On The World

Sometime shortly after Robbie Lawler started hitting Matt Brown unreasonably hard in San Jose, Calif. Saturday night, a low rumble shook my apartment. It felt and sounded strangely like—and turned out actually to be—fireworks. This was silly, entirely too literal, but given that the fight featured Lawler, a man far… » 7/29/14 7:36pm Tuesday 7:36pm

Donald Cerrone And John Lineker Are What's Right With Fighting

I love body shots. There is a horrible, wonderful noise generated when a professional athlete hits another professional athlete in the torso, a thudding slap of skeleton and meat. It sounds like a Foley artist's garish exaggeration of what you think a body shot should sound like. I love this sound. » 7/17/14 3:23pm 7/17/14 3:23pm

How The UFC's Biggest Show Of The Year Turned Into A Fiasco

If you follow mixed martial arts long enough, even at a casual level, and if you are capable of feeling shame or outrage, the sport will eventually embarrass you. For those of us who follow the sport intently, especially those of us who deeply love it, this is a regular, sometimes daily, occurrence. Awful,… » 7/03/14 1:47pm 7/03/14 1:47pm

HIV, Hepatitis C, And More: New York's Amateur MMA Scene Is A Disaster

Things get bloody not long after the fight goes from technical battle to all-out brawl, and the former Hofstra wrestler and the kickboxer from Brooklyn up the tempo, mixing thudding kicks to the thigh with straight shots to the face. The venue—an event space in Chinatown called the Capitale—echoes with cheers. A… » 5/21/14 2:43pm 5/21/14 2:43pm

Matt Brown Got Violent This Weekend, And It Was Awesome

On Saturday night in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matt Brown and Erick Silva beat the hell out of each other for a while, and then things turned. In the end, it was Brown delivering and Silva absorbing a frightening thrashing, to the delight of nearly all, both his local fans in the arena and all those watching at home. This was… » 5/13/14 1:52pm 5/13/14 1:52pm

How Marcos Maidana Almost Beat Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana are not just different; they're near-perfect opposites, each possessing the inverse of the other's attributes. The clearest way this manifests itself is that Floyd Mayweather is the world's most masterful boxer, while Marcos Maidana fights like a man who has never boxed before, ever. » 5/05/14 1:41pm 5/05/14 1:41pm

Jon Jones Defends Light Heavyweight Title With A Perfect Fight

Going into last night's title defense, the question for UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones wasn't whether he'd win, but how. His opponent was Glover Teixeira, a tough but limited fighter whose main attributes are heavy hands and a hard chin, and whose principal skill is working inside with a set of basic but… » 4/27/14 2:56pm 4/27/14 2:56pm

Manny Pacquiao Is Back, But Will Manny Pacquiao Ever Be Back?

Manny Pacquiao worked Brandon Rios over for 12 rounds early this morning in a fight that more resembled sound check at a reunion tour than a match in contest. Whether or not that's enough to launch Pacquiao back into the realm of "men who might actually be able to knock Floyd the hell out" remains to be seen. » 11/24/13 12:08pm 11/24/13 12:08pm

The Scariest Man Alive Wears A Cardigan: A Day With Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin has what they call a moon face: Open, apple-cheeked, with wide lips and a toothy grin and a haircut that looks like a buzz cut that's been allowed to grow too long. Moon faces imply guilelessness. Such faces seem at home on simpletons. Less so on one of planet Earth's most feared humans. » 9/05/13 3:00pm 9/05/13 3:00pm

Paulie Malignaggi Vs. Adrien Broner: A Master Class In Macho Posturing

Imagine being a Brooklyn kid, born and raised in Brooklyn, representing Brooklyn, wearing "Brooklyn" clothes and yapping about Brooklyn! your whole life. And finally they build a big world-class stadium in Brooklyn, and you, the Brooklyn kid, get to headline a night of boxing there, and when you get off the train at… » 6/24/13 3:45pm 6/24/13 3:45pm

Floyd Mayweather Is Unbeatable. Goddammit.

Well. It turns out Floyd Mayweather has not lost a step after all. I was under the mistaken impression that Floyd Mayweather had lost a step—a tiny step, at least. After extensive review, however, we can now say that, as of the early morning hours of this past Sunday, Floyd Mayweather has not lost much of anything. » 5/06/13 2:05pm 5/06/13 2:05pm