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  1. 2013 ESPN round of the year: Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnik...

    Eric Raskin

    Timothy Bradley Jr. and Ruslan Provodnikov proved in ESPN's 2013 round of the year that there's nothing more enthralling than the frantic final stanza of an up-for-grabs slugfest.

    Story | Conversation | December 29, 2013
  2. '12 Days': Stevenson-Kovalev

    Eric Raskin

    The cliched "irresistible force versus immovable object" paradox makes for a pretty darned good stylistic showdown in the boxing ring. But it's second-best in terms of excitement to when the irresistible force meets another irresistible force....

    Blog | December 23, 2013
  3. The Triple-Threat Match for Fighter of the Year

    Eric Raskin

    Sucker punches at weigh-ins. Judges filling out their scorecards in advance. Referees stopping fights at the count of nine. The "why wait?" attitude pervades boxing, so we at Grantland figure why wait until the end of the year to kick off our awards ...

    Blog | December 11, 2013
  4. The World Will Never Stop Paying Tribute to Arturo Gatti and Mick...

    Eric Raskin

    Provided clinch-happy heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko isn't involved, it's rare that the lasting image from a boxing match is that of a hug. But a hug is precisely what I picture when the subject of the third and final fight between Arturo Gatti...

    Blog | October 18, 2013
  5. Is a Mayweather Loss Whats Best for Boxing?

    Eric Raskin

    On June 16, 2012, a week after the Tim Bradley–Manny Pacquiao decision that launched every conspiracy theory short of a fourth judge on the grassy knoll, HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant uttered possibly the most perfect quote I've heard in my 16...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  6. The Boxing Business Gets It Right, for a Change

    Eric Raskin

    Traditionally, there has been no place for long-term thinking in boxing. If fighters permitted themselves much contemplation of the lasting effects of what they do for a living, few would become fighters in the first place. The same goes for fans, wh...

    Blog | July 19, 2013
  7. We Went There: Matthysse Makes a Statement in Atlantic City

    Eric Raskin

    This wasn't supposed to be a blog post about Floyd Mayweather. The Lucas Matthysse–Lamont Peterson fight on Saturday night at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall had nothing to do with Mayweather. This was a fight between two of the best three junio...

    Blog | May 20, 2013
  8. One man's opinion: Ward still trumps Floyd

    Eric Raskin

    It was just a week ago that, along with everyone else with even a passing interest in the sport of basketball, I found myself asking, "Who is that idiot who voted for Carmelo Anthony over LeBron James for NBA Most Valuable Player?" Turns out there...

    Blog | May 13, 2013
  9. How to Beat Floyd Mayweather

    Eric Raskin

    With apologies to Bernard Hopkins, Richard Alpert, and the girls of Lee High School, everybody gets old. The notion of an athlete growing old "overnight" is mostly a myth; it almost always occurs gradually. In the case of boxers, sure, one punch can ...

    Blog | May 03, 2013
  10. Is the Public Still Buying 'Money' Mayweather in 2013?

    Eric Raskin

    May Day (proper noun): The name recently given to an unofficial boxing holiday, so called because Floyd Mayweather is about to headline a boxing pay-per-view event on the first Saturday in May for the fourth time in seven years. Mayday (noun): The...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  11. TBRB: A viable alphabet alternative?

    Eric Raskin

    Anyone with even a passing interest in boxing can recognize the need for an alternative to the alphabet sanctioning bodies, which over the past half-century have proliferated like gremlins, been indicted for corruption, ranked dead men, and tried to ...

    Blog | April 02, 2013
  12. Rios-Alvarado II and a Deep Division, Divided

    Eric Raskin

    Let's play the bonus round on Pyramid: "I'm in the best shape of my life" ... "This has been the best training camp of my career" ... "I'm not looking for a knockout, I'm just looking to win" ... "He's never fought anybody like me before" ... "I have...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  13. Canelo-Trout: Have we seen this before?

    Eric Raskin

    The superstar-in-the-making, in his very early 20s, is relatively unproven in the ring but is already among the most popular and entertaining fighters in boxing -- particularly with Mexican and Mexican-American fans. He is risking his undefeated r...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  14. Money Walks: On Mayweathers Selection of Guerrero & and Showtime...

    Eric Raskin

    Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Floyd Mayweather's ascent to his position as king of the boxing box office is that he's done it without being an exciting fighter. Rather, he convinces fans to pay for his fights by distracting them from what w...

    Blog | February 20, 2013
  15. Victor Ortiz to Have the Smoothest Face on Dancing With the Stars...

    Eric Raskin

    According to the New York Daily News, "sources" say boxer Victor Ortiz will be among the contestants on the next season of Dancing With The Stars. Does this sound like reputable information that Grantland should be repeating without further confirmat...

    Blog | February 12, 2013
  16. Rejection of Perfection? Salido, Rosado Fight for the Right to Be...

    Eric Raskin

    Numbers never lie, right? Well, in boxing, at the very least, they fib. Numbers can misrepresent and misdirect. And that's dangerous because, in boxing, until you've won enough big fights to become a name, all you really are is a number — or, m...

    Blog | January 18, 2013