Excerpted from Ali: A Life, By Jonathan Eig.
Excerpted from Ali: A Life, By Jonathan Eig.
Boxers Mikaela Lauren and Cecilia Braekhus were performing the obligatory staredown at a press event Monday when Lauren went in for a kiss. It’s surprising that more boxing faceoffs don’t end like this. They get so close to each other!
Chris Eubank Jr. and Avni Yildirim will fight this weekend at 168 pounds, but the best fight of the event took place this morning, when Yildirim’s manager went ballistic. Ahmet Öner got into it with a member of Eubank’s camp and repeatedly yelled at him. He then threatened to fight him, sat down, then almost…
Andre Ward, the light heavyweight considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, has announced his retirement.
This piece originally appeared in the January 1981 issue of Inside Sports. It is reprinted here with permission of Jeanine Flaherty.
“WHORE the ramparts, weeee watched...” Some lady was singing the national anthem. “WHORE the lan-nnddd of the freeee...” We don’t care about that. We don’t care about any of that. We only want the Grade-A violence, now.
Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez put on a hell of a show on Saturday night. You could make a case that either fighter won the fight, and before the scorecards came out people were already talking rematch.
Saturday night’s middleweight bout between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez was a good one. The two judges who didn’t shock and appall viewers with their scorecards had it as a close one—Dave Moretti had it as a narrow (115-113) Golovkin win, while Don Trella had it as a 114-114 draw. All three judges gave Canelo…
ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas went berserk arguing the future of boxing with Stephen A. Smith tonight after judge Adalaide Byrd once again turned in a bizarre and suspicious 118-110 scorecard in favor of Canelo Álvarez at the end of the bout that was officially judged a split draw.
The IBF, IBO, WBA, and WBC world middleweight titles will not be changing hands after Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez found himself unable to deal Gennady Golovkin his first career loss as a professional, settling for interrupting the Kazakh’s 37-0-0 record with a dazzling display that left both fighters unsatisfied but fight…
Boxers will usually preen and maybe even scuffle with each other at weigh-ins to scare up interest for their match, but when has a fighter’s small child ever punched his rival in the penis?
Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez may be the world’s most popular boxer, and yet he has a problem: He lacks credibility among the sport’s largest fan bases, Mexicans and, increasingly, Mexican-Americans. Questions about Álvarez’s boxing skill extend beyond these two groups, but since he is Mexican, attempting to understand why he…
We haven’t heard from world-class shitbag Floyd Mayweather Jr. that much since he beat Conor McGregor in an extravagant fake boxing match and thank God, because he’s an evil moron. His latest extended interview with Hollywood Unlocked does a lot to cement that notion, and if you want to hear about what he “looks for…
Conor McGregor, who’s currently luxuriating in the afterglow of getting his ass kicked for money, recently saw a big boat. He was just hanging out on a boat of his own in Ibiza, but this boat was even bigger. The Irishman was struck dumb by the presence of the Big Boat, and yearned to learn more about it.
Boxer Magomed Abdusalamov will receive $22 million from the state of New York, nearly four years after he suffered serious brain damage during a fight.
LAS VEGAS, Nev.—“Man, I’m usually in a suit, but it’s too fucking hot today,” a scalper told me a few hours before the big fight. It truly was too fucking hot. A police dog had to wear booties to protect his feet. This particular scalper was forced halfway inside, working the buffer area between the two sets of doors…
Floyd Mayweather beat Conor McGregor’s ass; McGregor put on a respectable effort against an elite boxer, winning a moral victory. McGregor looked as sharp as he could have, and showcased improved skills; Mayweather was a faded husk of his former self. The fight was competitive in stretches; the fight wasn’t close.
“In the end,” tweeted the Times’s sports Twitter account, in the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s 10th-round TKO of UFC star Conor McGregor,“McGregor didn’t have enough stamina to beat the world’s best boxer.”
Now here’s some solid fight analysis: As Stephen A. Smith talked about how Floyd would’ve won tonight’s fight more easily if he were younger, a man in a Boston Celtics cap jumped in front of him and yelled, “Fuck the Mayweathers!” Of course.