At least in London anyway. A sparing session with a future romantic partner seems like a great idea. I'm not joking, how else are you going to know if they fight dirty? Such knowledge is important if you're considering becoming sparing partners in life.
Full story: She broke my nose, then she broke my heart.
Surprising to no one: Floyd Mayweather Jr tops the highest earning athletes in the US list put out by Sports Illustrated.
It's interesting to note how far Floyd is beyond the second place earner. Floyd's estimated earnings: 90 million dollars. Second place: 56.5 million (for LeBron James). The only massive gap is between the first and second place earners, the differences between the amounts between tenth and second are miniscule in comparison.
Full story at Sports Illustrated.
Some time has past, but in case you missed it, there was a bit of news buzz claiming that boxing might have had something to do with the Boston bomber's craziness.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother who died, trained as a boxer. CNN put up an article soon after the brothers were identified suggesting boxing was a contributing factor. The article was widely panned, and I'm not going to give that drivel a link. Instead of that, you should check out the Los Angeles Times piece in defense of boxing, if you missed it.
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.
1. Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV, December 8
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV (HBO PPV)
Skills: 100 / Thrills: 100 / Significance: 100
2. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez, September 15
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV (HBO PPV)
Skills: 90 / Thrills: 100 / Significance: 95
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
Men have been boxing in Olympic Games since as early as 688 BC according to Wikipedia. Centuries later—this summer—women's boxing will appear for the first time as an Olympic event in London.
The International Boxing Association has announced that the uniform will potentially be, wait for it, skirts. The AIBA says: "...skirts help differentiate" the women from the men. Fans can't tell the difference? The long hair and sports bras up top aren't enough?
Before deciding it's all too silly to pay attention to, take a moment and imagine fighters urged to wear something that marked them by race instead.