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  1. Maidana vs. Broner: The Unraveling

    Jay Caspian Kang

    Athletes should not be judged for losing, only for the way they handle losing, which means that on Saturday night in San Antonio, Adrien Broner, the undefeated champion of three weight classes, had some outs. Sure, he was in the middle of getting bea...

    Blog | December 16, 2013
  2. 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
  3. Paulie Malignaggi and Truth-Telling in Boxing

    Rafe Bartholomew

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

    Story | Conversation | December 09, 2013
  4. Remembering Mandela, the Boxer

    Keegan Hamilton

    With Nelson Mandela's death yesterday at age 95, the world lost not only a champion of equality, freedom, and democracy, but also an all-time great boxing philosopher and aficionado. Beyond his political career and achievements in human rights, Mande...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Bradley-Marquez: Redemption?

    Jay Caspian Kang

    It felt like redemption, but why? On Saturday night, Timothy Bradley beat a 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez in a split-decision victory that frustrated and bored the overwhelmingly Mexican crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The last time...

    Blog | October 14, 2013
  8. Vegas Weekend Recap: Johnny Football and a Boxing Judge

    RJ Bell

    Last weekend we had a major boxing match, a huge college football game, and a full slate of NFL games, including one of the most anticipated clashes of the regular season. The consensus estimate is that Vegas saw a 50 percent increase in sports betti...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  9. Money's Inferno: Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez

    Jay Caspian Kang

    Las Vegas, one of our many deflating cities, managed to puff itself up for the Canelo Alvarez vs. Floyd Mayweather bout. The sights usually associated with fight week stayed more or less within expectations — the heads of retired professional a...

    Blog | September 16, 2013
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Video: That Time Canelo Alvarez Took Over Peter Berg and Garry Sh...

    Grantland Channel

    In the below video, taken from the B.S. Report podcast, director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Battleship, and the upcoming Lone Survivor) tells Bill Simmons the story of how Canelo Alvarez revived the struggling boxing gym that Berg opened with G...

    Blog | September 12, 2013
  13. In Memoriam: Tommy Morrison, 1969-2013

    Jay Caspian Kang

    Tommy Morrison died late Sunday night at the age of 44, ending one of the most tragic and bizarre lives in a sport defined by tragedy and the surreal. All professional sports rely on the exploitation of the body, but I wonder if there has been an Ame...

    Blog | September 03, 2013
  14. Fight of the Year (So Far): Omar Figueroa vs. Nihito Arakawa

    Jay Caspian Kang

    Boxing's best recurring scene goes something like this: Two fighters who have beaten the living shit out of one another for 12 rounds meet in the center of the ring after the final bell and embrace one another in a show of mutual respect and sportsma...

    Blog | July 29, 2013
  15. Boxing Round of the Year: John Molina vs. Mickey Bey

    Jay Caspian Kang

    Was it a lucky punch or the inevitable outcome of 28 minutes of pressure? With 1:22 left in the final round of a 10-round bout on Friday night, John Molina Jr. swung blindly with a left hook and caught Mickey Bey on the chin. Bey slumped over, his ar...

    Blog | July 22, 2013
  16. 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