by Kieran Mulvaney
Boxing can be like a game of concussive chess, a cerebral challenge as much as a physical confrontation, two men laying and avoiding traps and adapting to changes in strategy over 12 three-minute rounds.
Or it can be shockingly abbreviated and violently conclusive, with one punch sufficient to end proceedings with whiplash rapidity.
In Montreal on Saturday night it was the latter. Chad Dawson was relieved of his light-heavyweight crown by Adonis Stevenson a mere 76 seconds after the bell rang to begin the contest. It's entirely possible that some of the multitude who, as is the case these days, filled the ring to capacity during Michael Buffer's opening orations had not even reached their seats before it was time for them to turn around and clamber back between the ropes again.