TIME: The Great Chinese Hope

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur boxing champion Zou of China works out on the speed bag at Wild Card Boxing Club while preparing for his upcoming professional boxing debut, in Los Angeles.
My latest. In TIME. A profile of boxer Zou Shiming.

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 5 Apr ’13 at 12:59 pm, filed under Boxing. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Esquire: Bradley-Provodnikov

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My latest. On boxing. In Esquire.

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 18 Mar ’13 at 5:22 pm, filed under Boxing, Concussion. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Agony of Ending an Agonizing Boxing Match

Brandon Rios Vs. Mike Alvarado. My take. In The Atlantic.

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 14 Oct ’12 at 12:47 pm, filed under Boxing. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Why Were There 2 Competing Boxing Matches in Las Vegas This Weekend?

Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. My take. In The Atlantic.

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 16 Sep ’12 at 12:41 pm, filed under Bob Marley's Top Pound-for-Pound Fighters, Boxing. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Hello God, It’s Me, Manny Pacquiao: What Does Defeat Mean?

Is God trying to tell Manny Pacquiao something?

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, the politician and newly re-energized Christian from the Philippines was a hitting machine, pounding his American opponent, Timothy Bradley, 28, into confusion and almost overt fear. Pacquiao, 33, might not have had the same electrifying foot speed he had in his best bouts and might not have thrown his combinations with the same intensity, but in Round 2, Pacquiao swung one of his red-gloved hands and hit Bradley so hard that the Filipino twisted one of the American’s ankles and fractured the other. When he returned to his corner, Bradley told his trainer about the injury but soldiered on. He took 253 Pacquiao punches in all, connecting with only 159. He would enter the postfight press conference in a wheelchair.

So Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley, huh? Sitting ringside, I scored the fight 10-2, Pacquiao. Didn’t even look close to me.

Here is what I wrote about the fight and how religion played a role in TIME. And my take for The Atlantic. Here is a color piece I wrote for Esquire Philippines.

What does this mean for Pacquiao-Mayweather? It’s too bad the two men haven’t figured out how to meet in the ring. My take on that, and the fight. Here. In Esquire.

Keep punchin’.

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 11 Jun ’12 at 10:13 am, filed under Bad Decisions, Boxing, PacMan. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Pacquiao-Bradley Official Scorecard

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 9 Jun ’12 at 1:48 pm, filed under Boxing, Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Grantland: The Mystery of Manny Pacquiao’s Calf Muscles


My biography of Manny Pacquiao’s calves. In Grantland. Read it–here–then–stretch!

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 5 Jun ’12 at 1:26 pm, filed under Boxing, Grapefruit-sized Muscles, PacMan. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Mayweather Vs. Cotto

My stories in Esquire and The Atlantic and Esquire Philippines about the Mayweather-Cotto fight. And Justin Bieber.

LAS VEGAS — So there was the boy Justin Bieber, side-stepping his way toward the ring alongside the nutjob Floyd Mayweather Jr., and no one really knew what he was doing there yet. It was the biggest fight of the year, and Lil Wayne and 50 Cent were there, too, but it was Saturday night at the MGM Grand, and who needs an 18-year-old human shield when you’re the self-anointed best boxer of all time, when you’re not even afraid of going to jail next month? And anyway the boy looked like he was a little upset with the whole experiment. Like a sucker.

But it sort of worked, this mysterious plan…

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 7 May ’12 at 10:20 am, filed under Bieber Fever, Boxing. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Only in Vegas. Mike Tyson Takes the Stage

Mike Tyson in a one man show. In Las Vegas. My review. In TIME. Here.

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 17 Apr ’12 at 1:30 pm, filed under Boxing. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



TIME: Vegas and Brain Science: Sin City Raises a Temple to Research

My profile of Larry Ruvo and The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, in TIME. Click here.

This entry was written by Poole, posted on 24 Feb ’12 at 10:19 am, filed under Boxing. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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