Olympic Fighters Lose the Headgear

No more headgear in Olympic boxing matches. Only the top tier of male fighters will go without headgear, fighters in the women's division and all fighters in lower levels will still have headgear.

Pro style 10-point must scoring will also appear during the next Olympics. (I think I'm not the only one that would have preferred pro scoring in London last summer.)

Full story at ESPN.

Boxing Key to Evolution of Human Hands, Says Science

It seems human hands are optimized for fist making. Other primates have fingers that are too long to curl into their palms, and their thumbs are all wrong to wrap around a fist. Previous theories suggested our unique hand shape evolved for tool making, but perhaps it evolved for beating up other humans. And taking their tools.

See the full story at NewScientist.

EOTR'S Year-End Pound-for-Pound Top 20

1. Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) - WBA Super 154, WBC 147
2012: Miguel Cotto (UD 12)

2. Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) - WBC 168, WBA Super 168
2012: Chad Dawson (TKO 10)

3. Nonito Donaire (31-1, 20 KOs) - WBO 122
2012: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (SD 12), Jeffrey Mathebula (UD 12), Toshiaki Nishioka (TKO 9), Jorge Arce (KO 3)

4. Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) - WBC 160
2012: Matthew Macklin (TKO 11), Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (UD 12)
Next Fight: Martin Murray, April 27

El Perro Is Back!

After being incarcerated (i.e., "detained") by INS for seven months--Angulo called it just like prison--El Perro finally got back in the ring on Saturday for the first time since getting brutally stopped by James Kirkland in one of the best action fights of last year. Angulo wasted no time getting back in the groove, knocking out the hapless Raul Casarez within a minute of the opening bell.

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