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  1. Boxing Relevance Report: Erislandy Lara and the Negative Risk-Rew...

    Eric Raskin

    In 2012, Grantland introduced the boxing Relevance Rankings, an attempt to combine pound-for-pound talent with marketability to rank fighters according to their overall clout in the fight game. The Relevance Reports are a way to keep that franchise a...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  2. Oscar De La Hoya vs. Felix Trinidad revisited

    Eric Raskin

    Controversy and cash are the twin engines that power boxing rematches, and Felix Trinidad vs. Oscar De La Hoya produced bundles of both. When they exited the Mandalay Bay ring Sept. 18, 1999, with confetti clinging to their sweaty shoulders, Trinidad...

    Story | Conversation | June 03, 2014
  3. Boxing Relevance Report: Mayweather-Maidana and Floyd’s Fut...

    Eric Raskin

    Almost exactly two years ago, Grantland introduced the boxing Relevance Rankings, an attempt to combine pound-for-pound talent with marketability to rank fighters according to their overall clout in the fight game. The Relevance Reports are a way to...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  4. 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
  5. '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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The oral history of the 2003 World Series of Poker, in which Chri...

    Eric Raskin

    The oral history of the 2003 World Series of Poker, in which an amateur named Moneymaker turned $39 into $2.5 million and the poker boom was born.

    Story | Conversation | May 22, 2013
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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