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  1. Mayweather-Maidana 2: Nasty Money

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Boxing often feels like an alternate sports universe, and devotees of the sport tend to treasure that bubble. It's a world that's openly corrupt yet has developed its own internal logic based on money and power, risk and reward, y...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  2. Miguel Cotto–Sergio Martinez: The End of Maravilla

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Between rounds during Saturday night's middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, between the three-minute intervals Miguel Cotto spent stalking and battering Sergio Martinez, my mind kept flashing back to scenes and memories...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  3. Five Scenes From Marquez-Alvarado

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Was outboxing Brandon Rios in the March 2013 rematch of their rumble from the previous year the worst thing that could have happened for Denver junior welterweight Mike Alvarado's career? OK, "worst thing" superlatives can be over...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  4. Mayweather-Maidana: Wanna Tussle?

    Rafe Bartholomew

    A really good boxing crowd can feel like a gathering of all the crazy people in the world. There's no place you're more likely to spot panoramic scalp tattoos, except for maybe a nearby Six Flags park. There's nowhere el...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  5. The Layman’s Guide to Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev ...

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Somebody should have told Cedric Agnew, the undefeated Chicago light heavyweight who challenged Sergey Kovalev for his 175-pound championship Saturday night in Atlantic City, that it might not have been wise to walk to the ring to James Brown&rsq...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  6. Paulie Malignaggi and Truth-Telling in Boxing

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Boxing's great gadfly sells out. Is that so bad?

    Story | Conversation | December 09, 2013
  7. The Year in Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin

    Rafe Bartholomew

    The scene at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin's title defense against Curtis Stevens was a far cry from the atmosphere at Golovkin's first fight on U.S. soil, just 14 months ago at the Turning Sto...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  8. When Good Sports Go Bad: Looking Back at the Non-Legendary Vidond...

    Rafe Bartholomew

    At its best, boxing is beautiful to watch. Graceful and savage at the same time, it can force fighters to reach back and discover reserves of strength and desire that seem beyond human. If we're lucky, we might see some of that Saturday night, when F...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  9. Gennady Golovkin Introduces Matthew Macklin to Agony: Five Scenes...

    Rafe Bartholomew

    1. A Sudden Redness The first minute of Saturday's middleweight title fight between champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Matthew Macklin was uneventful. Macklin pushed his jab out, usually an inch or so short of Golovkin's face, and Golovkin m...

    Blog | July 01, 2013
  10. The Most Depressing Allen Iverson YouTube Cameo of 2013 & We Hope...

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Your first impulse might be to put your face in your hands and weep. That's not far from how I felt upon seeing Allen Iverson's cameo in About Billions, a web documentary series on the life of Cincinnati boxer Adrien Broner, who beat Paulie Malignagg...

    Blog | June 25, 2013
  11. Will boxing ever forgive Timothy Bradley for beating Manny Pacqui...

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Will boxing ever forgive Timothy Bradley for beating Manny Pacquiao?

    Story | Conversation | March 15, 2013
  12. We Went There: Gennady Golovkin vs. Gabriel Rosado

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Gennady Golovkin, the middleweight champion boxer from Kazakhstan, has entered a strange stage in his career. He is still largely unknown to the American audience, but he has been so wildly hyped within the boxing community that one almost expects hi...

    Blog | January 21, 2013
  13. We Went There: Five Scenes From Fight Night

    Rafe Bartholomew

    1. Does anyone actually know which boxers are good, which are great, and which are fake? I'm not sure. The sport is so balkanized that there just doesn't seem to be a reliable way of determining who the best fighters really are. If you tried to make...

    Blog | December 03, 2012
  14. Donaire's Opponents Quickly Go From Fighting to Surviving

    Rafe Bartholomew

    It's unclear whether Nonito Donaire's opponents enter the ring afraid of the 122-pound super bantamweight champion's power, or if they realize sometime early in the first round that they've bitten off more than they can chew. In fact, since Donaire's...

    Blog | October 15, 2012
  15. Zen and the Art of an Andre Ward Beatdown

    Rafe Bartholomew

    A theory: If you found someone who had never watched a round of boxing, and you made him watch the recent fights of Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Nonito Donaire, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko,...

    Blog | September 10, 2012
  16. Why little known middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin from Kaza...

    Rafe Bartholomew

    Finding magic in an unheralded middleweight title bout.

    Story | Conversation | September 04, 2012