On Saturday August 29 2015, Premier boxing Champions Presents to you, Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KO’s) VS Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KO’s).  The event will be live on ESPN at 10 pm eastern time from the Staples Center in Los Angeles California.  Also on the card will be Alfredo Angulo (23-5, 19 KO’s) VS Hector Munoz (23-15-1, 15 KO’s), and in the co-feature it will be Julio Ceja (29-1, 26 KO’s) VS Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KO’s).  They will fight for the interim WBC Super Bantamweight title.  Here is the breakdown and my predictions:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

-Record:  30 – 0 – 1, 17 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Featherweight (122 pounds) / also: Featherweight (126 pounds) & Bantamweight (118 pounds).

-Height:  5′ 7″ (170 cm)

-Reach:  69″

-Born:  8/10/88 (age 27)

-Notable Fights:   

  • Vusi Malinga  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/2/12.  (Won IBF Bantamweight Title)
  • Victor Tarrazas  —  Win, TKO 3rd round (12), 8/24/13.  (Won WBC Junior Featherweight Title)
  • Cristian Mijares  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/8/14.  (Retained WBC Junior Featherweight Title)

Leo Santa Cruz is coming off of a very nice 10 round fight in which he was awarded a unanimous decision victory.  He defeated Cayetano, in what was a very interesting fight.  Santa Cruz has not yet fought any elite opposition, but has the skills to do so.  Abner Mares will be his biggest test to date this coming Saturday.

ABNER MARES

-Record:  29 – 1 – 1, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Featherweight (122 pounds) / also: Featherweight (126 pounds) & Bantamweight (118 pounds).

-Height:  5′ 5″ (165 cm)

-Reach:  68″

-Born:  11/28/85 (age 29)

-Notable Fights:

  • Vic Darchinyan  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/11/10.  (Won vacant WBC silver & IBO Bantamweight Titles)
  • Joseph Agbeko #1  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 8/13/11.  (Won IBF Junior Featherweight title)
  • Daniel Ponce de Leon  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 5/4/13.  (Won WBC Featherweight Title)

Since getting knocked out by Jhonny Gonzalez in a first round KO fluke, Mares has won 3 fights in a row.  He defeated Jonathan Oquendo by UD (7/12/14), Jose Ramirez by TKO (12/13/14), and Arturo Santos Reyes by UD (3/7/15).  Mares has fought slightly better opposition then Santa Cruz has, but none the less, Santa Cruz will also be his toughest opponent to date.

PREDICTIONS:

Leo Santa Cruz  —  def  —  Abner Mares  —  via  —  Unanimous decision

Julio Ceja  —  def  —  Hugo Ruiz  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Alfredo Angulo  —  def  —  Hector Munoz  —  via  —  TKO 3rd round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

On october 26th of 1951, Joe Louis (64-3, 1NC, 52 KO’s) took on the fast rising Rocky Marciano (38-0, 33 KO’s at the time), in Madison Square Garden New York City.  The former Heavyweight champ Joe Louis was a slight favorite to win the fight against Marciano, and even outweighed him by 26 pounds.  Loius also had a 9 inch reach advantage over Marciano, and was clearly the bigger man.

In round 1, Marciano pressured Louis constantly, driving him back in to the ropes as he landed a huge right hand.  Marciano being the smaller man, wanted to make this an inside fight, and his shorter arms would actually play an advantage with the way he fought Louis.  Round 2, he continued the pressure, going to Louis’ body and head with thunderous shots.  Louis had no answer yet.

In round 3 though, Joe Louis would find his jab, and throw Marciano completely off of his game.  The frustrated Marciano, being outboxed, would start throwing wild right hands and missing the target consistently.  Round 4, Louis would finally stop Marciano from walking him down, as he continued to box and throw his jab.  He would also land a few power shots towards the end onf the round at close range, which of course were set up by the jab.  Round 5 would be more of the same from Louis, as Marciano looked like he didn’t know what to do.

In the 6th, Marciano would finally go back to his game plan, and Louis would not win another round.  The 7th was a pivotal round, as Rocky landed a huge left hook that momentarily stunned Louis.  And the 8th round would spell the end for who many considered the greatest champion of all time.  Marciano would proceed to land a hard left hook to the head of Louis that put him down for the first time in the fight.  Louis would get up and take two more devastating left hooks that would by followed by a hard right straight to the jaw.  That huge right hand would knock Louis straight through the ropes and out of the ring.  Louis would not be able to answer the 10 count, as Rocky Marciano would defeat the once great champion.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Record:  30 – 2, 22 KO’s

Alias:  “The Problem”

Birthday:  July 28th 1989 (age 26)

Division:  Welterweight    (Also rated at:  Junior Lightweight, Lightweight, Junior Welterweight)

Current Championships:  

  • WBA international  —  Junior Welterweight

Former Titles:  

  • WBA  —  Welterweight,
  • WBC  —  Lightweight,
  • WBO  —  Junior Lightweight,
  • WBO (intercontinental)  —  Junior Lightweight
  • WBC USNBC  —  Lightweight
  • WBC USNBC  —  Junior Lightweight
  • WBC youth (intercontinental)  —  Junior Lightweight

Key Wins:

  • Antonio DeMarco  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 11/17/12.  (Won WBC Lightweight Title)
  • Paulie Malignaggi  —  Win, SD (12), 6/22/13.  (Won WBA Welterweight Title)
  • John Molina Jr  —  Win, UD (12), 3/7/15.

Notable Losses:

  • Marcos Maidana  —  Loss, UD (12), 12/14/13.  (Lost WBA Welterweight Title)
  • Shawn Porter  —  Loss, UD (12), 6/20/15.

Recent News:

Adrien Broner is scheduled to fight former Junior Welterweight world champion, Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KO’s) on October 3rd of 2015.  Broner is coming off of a tough unanimous decision loss to Shawn Porter.  His fight against Allakhverdiev is for the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title.

Highlights:

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

cotto

So we thought it was set but it actually wasn’t.  Apparently now it is, since there is a banner.  Puerto Rico and Mexico will renew their rivalry when Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KO’s) defends his WBC, TheRing, and Lineal Middleweight titles against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.  It will be aired on HBO Pay Per View at 9 PM ET, and presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions, and Canelo Promotions.

This fight will take place at a catch weight of 155 pounds, as neither fighter is really a true Middleweight.  Cotto has only fought one fight at Middleweight really, and it was when he defeated Sergio Martinez for the Middleweight title.  He fought Daniel Geale afterward, in what was a 157 pound catch weight fight.  ‘Canelo’ has actually never fought at middleweight.  Officially this fight is for the middleweight title, but at a catch weight of 155 pounds, so technically its still not a true middleweight fight.

The most interesting part about this fight is that it sets up kind of a tournament, with the winner most likely fighting the winner of Golovkin VS Lemiuex.  If Golovkin can defeat Lemieux, he should be next in line to facd the winner of Cotto/Canelo.  Golovkin hold the interim WBC Title, so that figt would have to happen, unless the winner of Cotto/Canelo vacates the WBC title right after the fight.  That would be a shame as the only reason  tat would happen is to completely avoid fighting Golovkin.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Middleweight star Gennady Golovkins’ rise to fame has been a truly unbelievable story.  It has not come easy tho.  Golovkin has finally got the huge fight he has been looking for (against David Lemiuex).  “GGG” has spent the past two years, pretty much, looking for an opponent that was credible, to prove himself against.  He’s been criticized for not have an elite win under his belt, but how do you get an elite win, if no elite fighter is willing of face you?  Golovkins’ claim to fame has undoubtably been because of his crazy knockout streak that currently stands at 20 in a row, and while that is extremely impressive, it has come against opponents that are surely good fighters, but not great fighters.  While the Miguel Cottos’ and Andre Wards’ of the world keep preaching about fighting Golovkin, unfortunately it has not happened yet.  They say they want to fight, and then they don’t.

Well, one big name has finally Stepped up, and its about time.   David Lemiuex (34-2, 31 KO’s), will without a doubt be Golovkins’ toughest test to date.  Lemiuex has always been on the map as one of the hottest prospects in boxing early in his career.  He did suffer some bumps in the road with 2 losses a few years back (2011).  Lemieux is the current IBF Middleweight champion, and he just defeated Hassan N’Dam, a the time ranked #4 by The Ring Magazine in the Middleweight division.  Many though Lemieux was a one trick pony.  Power was all he had.  He proved that not to be true as he went all 12 rounds with N’Dam and completely massacred him.  But does Lemiuex stand any real chance of beating Gennnady Golovkin?

 Lemeiuxs’ only chance to win this fight will be his power, which is the only thing that he can match with Golovkin.  Gennady Golovkin is a complete boxer.  The thing that makes him so good is his power combined with the accuracy of his punches.  Golovkin also lands the highest percentage of jabs out of anyone in boxing right now, which is very surprising given the fact that he just knocks everyone out.  Lemiuex will have to land something big early and shake Golovkin up to the point where he is the one going backwards.  If he allows Golovkin to walk him down, being the superior boxer that “GGG” is, then Lemieux will get knocked out, just like everyone else.  This has fight of the year written all over it, because both guys are knockout artists, and these days thats what the fans want.  Golovkin will be defending his WBAsuper, IBO, and WBC (interim) Middleweight titles, while Lemieux is making his first defense of his IBF title, so its a winner take all situation here.  Will Gennady Golovkins’ knockout streak continue, or will David Lemieux end that on October 17th?

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

A very interesting fight has been added to the Pay Per View event of Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) VS David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO’s) on October the 17.  The main event of course will be action packed without a doubt, as two of the hardest punchers in the game square off for middleweight supremacy.  Golovkin and Lemiuex will go head to head for the WBAsuper, IBO, and interim WBC Middleweight titles in Madison Square Garden.

The co-feature that has been added to this tremendous PPV fight, Roman ‘Choclatito’ Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KO’s), will be defending his WBC & TheRing Flyweight titles, against Brian Viloria (36-4, 22 KO’s).  Viloria is ranked #1 by the WBO, #2 by the WBC, and #3 by the WBA, and is coming off of a victory against Omar Soto, who he knocked out in the first round.  The last time Viloria fought in a 12 rounder was in 2013, in which he did lose to Juan Francisco Estrada, but he has been mowing down his opponents ever since.  in fact, 3 of his last 4 victories have come by KO and have not lasted more then 5 rounds.

Roman Gonzalez is the WBC and TheRing Flyweoght Champion, and is ranked #2 Pound For Pound in the world by Ring Magazine.  Some even consider him the #1 Pound For Pound fighter in the world.  Gonzalez blew through a very tough fighter in Edgar Sosa back in May of 2015, and it just went to show that he is the real deal.  For a Flyweight, Gonzalez has extra ordinary power in both hands, not to mention he is a tremendous skilled pure boxer.  This should be a very interesting fight on the undercard, and it would not surprise me if it stole the show.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE