Its finally official, after months and months of dragging.  WBC & TheRing Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KO’s) will take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s) on November 21st 2015, at The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  The fight will take place live on HBO PPV, and hopefully be a decent price this time, as I doubt anyone will be willing to pay the same price as they did for the Mayweather VS Pacquiao fight.

Things are shaping up to end off 2015 with a bang, and this will no doubt be one of the biggest fights.  Miguel Cotto is coming off of a 4 round destruction of Daniel Geale, where he looked absolutely spectacular.  Cotto was all over Geale the entire fight, and KO’d him in the 4th round.  While Canelo Alvarez is coming off of a brutal fight with James Kirkland that he did win by KO in the third round, but it did not come easy.  Kirkland charged Canelo with a full head of steam the entire time, and even landed a few big shots on him.  None the less, Canelo found his opening and brutally knocked Kirlland out in the 3rd.

This should be a good one folks, and you definitely shouldn’t miss it no matter what the cost.  These two are both great boxers and they will definitely put on heck of a show in this one.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Well it looks like Adonis Stevenson will cruise to yet another easy victory o September 11th.  “Superman” has pretty much been hand picking his opponents for the last year and a half, and the big elephant in the room (Sergey Kovalev), seems like its never going to take place.  The last fight that Stevenson had that was actually worth watching, was against Andrzej Fonfara back in May of 2014, when Fonfara actually almost knocked Stevenson out in the 9th round.  Since then, Stevenson has done everything possible to get easy fights that he knows he will win.  He fought Dimitry Sukhotsky in December of 2014, and knocked him out in the 5th round.  Then he fought Sakio Bika, who is way past his prime, and was never an elite fighter anyway.  Stevenson cruised to a unanimous decision victory, just like everyone thought he would.  Adonis currently holds the WBC Light Heaveyweight title, and is also the Lineal Champ of the division, and he will now take a voluntary title defense.  Granted, if it is voluntary, he can technically choose whoever he wants to fight.  But there are so many better options available.

Its been a while since Adinis Stevenson has given the fans what they want to see. So Adonis Stevenson chooses Tommy Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KO’s), who is ranked #9 by the WBC for his voluntary title defense.  The fact of the matter is that Adonis is coasting to easy victories time in and time out, and technically nothing can be done about it because Karpency is rated in the top 10 by the WBC.  Is this right for the fans though?  A lineal champion that refuses to face the best in the division?  Lineal meaning he is recognized officially as the best that the division he is in has to offer.  He is “the man to beat”.  But who can beat him if he won’t fight?

Fans want Adonis to fight Sergey Kovalev obviously.  Kovalev is unofficially and widely recognized as the best fighter by far in the Light Heavyweight division.  He pretty much holds all the other championships and a unification with Stevenson would be the ideal situation.  There are plenty of other names in this talent rich weight class as well that Stevenson could have chosen for his title defense.  Names like Artur Beterbiev, Bernanrd Hopkins, Elieder Alvarez, or even a rematch with Fonfara which would be a great matchup.  Stevenson just doesn’t seem interested in pleasing anyone but himself.

Karpency has the opportunity of a lifetime here, and he better take advantage of it.  Its not often that a Lineal champion pulls your name out of a hat and gives you an opportunity to become the man.  Karpency has racked up 25 wins over his professional career, but the opposition has been mediocre at best.  Karpency did defeat Chad Dawson in 2014 in a split decision victory over 10 rounds, but Dawson at that point was just a shell of his former self.  It will be interesting to see if he can somehow pull this one out against Stevenson, but fight fans, don’t hold your breath.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

This Saturday night August 1st of 2015, Premier Boxing Champions brings to you Danny Gacia VS Paulie Malignaggi.  It will be live on ESPN and ESPN3 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY.  The Phillie boy Garcia will come into Paulie Malignaggi’s home town of Brooklyn and try to steal his thunder in his Welterweight debut.  It will be a nice double header as Daniel Jacobs will take on Sergio Mora in the co-feature.  Here is the breakdown and my predictions:

DANNY GARCIA

-Record:  30 – 0 – 0, 17 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 pounds) / Junior Welterweight (140 pounds)

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5″

-Notable Fights:

  • Erik Morales  —  Win, UD (12), 3/24/12.  (Won WBC Junior Welterweight title)
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, UD (12), 9/14/13.  (Retained WBAsuper/WBC/TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Lamont Peterson  —  Win, MD (12), 4/11/15.

There is no question that Danny Garcia has a spectacular resume.  He’s beaten Erik Morales, Zab Judah, Lucas Matthysse, and many others.  His recent streak has been questionable at best though.  He got a majority decision over Mauricio Herrera, which many (including myself) thought he lost.  Then he demolished a hand picked underdog in Rod Salka in 2 rounds, who never stood a chance.  And in his last fight, Garcia escaped with yet another very narrow majority decision victory over Lamont Peterson.  Now he moves up to welterweight to face Paulie Malignaggi, so it will be interesting to see how he fares.

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI

-Record:  33 – 6 – 0, 7 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 pound)

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights:

  • Lovemore N’Dou  —  Win, UD (12), 6/16/07.  (Won IBF Junior Welterweight title)
  • Vyacheslav Senchenko  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 4/29/12.  (Won WBA Welterweight title)
  • Zab Judah  —  Win, UD (12), 12/7/13.  (Won vacant NABF Welterweight title)

Malignaggis’ last fight was a disaster.  Everyone wondered if he would ever fight again, as “Showtime” Shawn Porter handed him the biggest beat down of his life.  Parts of it were hard to watch, and after the fight, Malignaggi looked like he didn’t even know where he was.  Well, the “Magic Man” is back, and defending his home turf.  Hopefully he can bounce back against Garcia, as he will he the naturally bigger man here.  He also holds a 2 inch reach advantage.

PREDICTIONS

Main Event:  Danny Garcia  —  def  —  Paulie Malignaggi  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision (12)

Co Feature:  Daniel Jacobs  —  def  —  Sergio Mora  —  via  —  TKO 7th round (12)

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Heavyweight   —   (No limit)

Champ – Wladimir Klitschko (63-3-0, 53 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA, WBO

  1. Alexander Povetkin (28-1-0, 20 KO’s)
  2. Deontay Wilder (34-0-0, 33 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Tyson Fury (24-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Kubrat Pulev (20-1-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Bryant Jennings (19-1-0, 10 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1-0, 14 KO’s)   RING, IBF

  1. Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Grigory Drozd (40-1-0, 27 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Denis Lebedev (27-2-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KO’s)
  5. Ilunga Makabu (19-1-0, 18 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Adonis Stevenson (26-1-0, 21 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Bernanrd Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO’s)
  3. Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Juergen Braehmer (46-2-0, 34 KO’s)
  5. Eleider Alvarez (17-0-0, 10 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Arthur Abraham (43-4-0, 29 KO’s)   WBO
  2. James Degale (21-1-0, (14 KO’s)   IBF
  3. George Groves (21-2-0, 16 KO’s)
  4. Gilberto Ramirez (32-0-0, 24 KO’s)
  5. Andre Dirrell (24-2-0, 16 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Miguel Cotto (40-4-0, 33 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Gennady Golovkin (33-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KO’s)
  4. David Lemieux (34-2-0, 31 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Billy Joe Saunders (21-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0-0, 26 KO’s)   RING, WBA, WBC

  1. Saul Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s)
  2. Erislandy Lara (21-2-2, 12 KO’s)
  3. Austin Trout (29-2-0, 16 KO’s)
  4. Jermell Charlo (26-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Floyd Mayweather Jr. (48-0-0, 26 KO’s)   RING, WBA, WBC

  1. Kell Brook (35-0-0, 23 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s)
  3. Tim Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Amir Khan (31-3-0, 19 KO’s)
  5. Keith Thurman (26-0-0, 21 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Danny Garcia (30-0-0, 17 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Lucas Matthysse (37-3-0, 34 KO’s)
  2. Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KO’s)
  3. Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Terence Crawford (26-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Adrien Broner (30-2-0, 22 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jorge Linares (39-3-0, 26 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Miguel Vasquez (35-4-0, 13 KO’s)
  4. Sharif Bogere (27-1-0, 19 KO’s)
  5. Mickey Bey (21-1-1, 10 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Takashi Uchiyama (23-0-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Takashi Muira (29-2-2, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Roman Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KO’s)
  5. Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Nicholas Walters (26-0-0, 21 KO’s)
  2. Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1-0, 2 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Garry Russel Jr (26-1-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KO’s)
  5. Lee Selby (21-1-0, 8 KO’s)   IBF

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Guilliermo Rigondeaux (15-0-0, 10 KO’s)   RING, WBA, WBO

  1. Scott Quig (31-0-2, 23 KO’s)
  2. Carl Frampton (21-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Genesis Servania (26-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Nonito Donaire (35-3-0, 22 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Juan Carlos Payano (16-0-0, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Anselmo Moreno (35-3-1, 12 KO’s)
  4. Koki Kameda (33-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Tomoki Kameda (31-0-0, 19 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Naoya Inoue (8-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Carlos Cuadras (32-0-1, 25 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (35-4-1, 31 KO’s)
  4. Zolani Tete (20-3-0, 17 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Omar Navarez (43-2-2, 23 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Roman Gonzalez (43-0-0, 37 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Juan Francisco Estrada (32-2-0, 23 KO’s)   WBA, WBO
  2. Amnat Ruenrroeng (16-0-0, 5 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Brian Viloria (36-4-0, 22 KO’s)
  4. Kazuto Ioka (17-1-0, 10 KO’s)
  5. Juan Carlos Recevo (35-2-0, 19 KO’s)

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Donnie Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KO’s)   RING, WBO

  1. Pedro Guevara (26-1-1, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Ryoichi Taguchi (22-2-1, 9KO’s)   WBA
  3. Javier Mendoza (24-2-1, 19 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Randy Petalcorin (23-1-1, 18 KO’s)
  5. Raul Garcia (36-3-1, 22 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Hekkie Budler (28-1-0, 9 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Katsunari Takayama (29-7-0, 11 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Wanheng Menayothin (38-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Kosei Tanaka (5-0-0, 2 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Knockout CP Freshmart (11-0-0, 6 KO’s)

Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s), who destroyed huge underdog Nadjib Mohammeddi (37-4, 23 KO’s), his #1 IBF title contender on Saturday night, is ready to move on the bigger and better things.  Kovalev absolutely whipped the floor with his highly overmatched opponent this past weekend, and when asked about Andre Wards’ recent comments about him, he reiterated his previous answer to Max Kellerman.  “I’m ready for anyone”.  Kovalev has proven that he will take on anyone in the ring, as he continues to fight top 10 opponents in the Light Heavyweight division, except Mohammeddi, which for reason unknown to me, was somehow ranked Kovalevs’ mandatory contender by the IBF.

Andre Ward had his tune up fight against Paul Smith after being out of the ring for a long time due to injuries and promotional troubles.  He seems to be foaming at the mouth, and hell bent on getting the biggest fights possible after his completely one sided return to the ring against smith.  Ward stopped Smith in the 9th rounds of their fight back on June 20 of this year, and ever since then has been throwing out huge names that he wants to fight “now”.  Is Ward for real?  Only time can tell, but by the way he’s talking, he wants action.

Andre Ward was dropped off of TheRing Magazine Pound for Pound list, and even the top 10 rankings in the Super Middleweight division due to extreme inactivity, but is still the best fighter in the division, and arguably the world when active.  Maybe this is why he’s looking for the biggest name to fight in a very quick manner.  He wanted to fight Gennady Golovkin first, at a catch weight somewhere between Middleweight and Super Middleweight, but that won’t happen now with Golovkin fighting David Lemuiex on the October 17th HBO PPV.  And, Ward has expressed interest in moving up to Light Heavyweight (175 pounds) anyway, so the biggest fight possible would have to be against Kovalev.

http://www.boxingscene.com got this quote from Kovalev.  “He’s a fighter on a high level.  He’s an olympic champion.  He’s the best right now in the Super Middleweigh division.  Right now I’m in the Light Heavyweight Division and Andre Ward is still in Super Middleweight.  This is a sport.  I’m open to fight anyone, I’m not Adonis Stevenson,” Kovalev said.  It remains to be seen if any of this will actually happen, but I personally believe both fighter with what they are saying.  Reasons being is that Kovalev just does not back down from anything, and the possibility of a showdown with Stevenson is looking very bleak.  Ward on the other hand, is one of the best, if not THE best pound for pound pure boxer in the world.  At the moment he is not recognized as one (due to the inactivity), and it must be eating him alive.  It looks like 2015 is setting up a large number of huge potential fights for 2016, and its all very exciting.

-Davvid Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

In what may have looked like a fight that Yuniesky Gonzalez dominated, was actually to my surprise called correctly by all three judges.  Gonzalez was hands down the busier fighter in this one, and a lot of the rounds were extremely hard to score.  They were very close and competitive, and usually in the eyes of the judges, when a round is too close to call, it goes to the busier fighter.

Gonzalez came put strong, beating Pascal to every punch in the first round, which he clearly won.  He outlander Pascal and hit him with cleaner and harder shots.  Pascal would come back in the second round.  They would be credited with landing 18 punches each, but Pascal landed the better ones, even though Gonzalez would throw more yet again.  Gonzalez would continue to walk Padcal down and keep him on his back foot, pretty much the whole fight, but Pascasl would rally and throw the better punches.

The unofficial scorecard had Gonzalez winning 5 of the 6 first rounds, but I gave Pascal the second, fourth and the sixth, so after 6, I believe they were dead even.  I can see why it would be that way, with gonzalez outworking Pascal in every round, but that does not mean he was actually winning these rounds.  Gonzalez’ right hand was more of a clubbing slap, which did land on Pascal numerous times, but didn’t really seem to have any effect.

Pascal would seize control of the fight in the second half, winning 2 minutes of every round, with Gonzalez just coming in strong in the last 30 seconds of every round or so.  The judges did not fall for it, and I’m glad they didn’t.  Pascal would continue to hurt Gonzalez with huge right hands for the rest of the fight, and he was clearly more accurate while doing so.   This fight stole the show last night, with the main event being sloppy, due to the awkwardness of Nadjib Mohammedi who was later KO’ed by Sergey Kovalev.  The right decision was called unanimously by all three judges, as they all had Pascal winning the fight 96-94.  Here are the final punch stats, just so there is no confusion:

Punch Stats
PUNCHES PASCAL GONZALEZ
Landed 154 163
Thrown 397 632
Percent 39% 26%

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Sergey Kovalev does it again.  Nadjib Mohammedi was the mandatory contender for Kovalev’s IBF Light Heavyweight title, and it was not looking good for him from the start.  Kovalev has developed an exquisite jab to set up that huge right hand of his.  He bends at the knees a little more now as well, instead if being straight up like he used to be.  This helps him get even more power on his punches, if thats possible to believe.

In round 1, Kovalev threw a lot more jabs then usually, but was still patient, as he always is in the beginning.  he used the first round to try to feel Mohammedi out, which was easier said then done.  Mohammedi was very awkward and jerky throughout, so the fight was very sloppy in the ring.  In the second, Kovalev smashed Mohammedi with a huge right which he followed with another short right that put him on the ground.  Mohammedi clearly would not recover, but would get up, and it was just plain sloppy from there on.  He held, and even dragged Kovalev down to the ground with him after getting nailed again.

In the third, Kovalev seemed to have had enough of Mohammedi’s awkward and downright awful fighting style.  He went for the kill, and boy did he get it.  After another minute or so of awkwardness in the ring, which was caused by Mohammedi of course, Kovalev nailed him him a huge straight right.  He followed it up immediately with a left power jab which hit Mohammedi right in the eye and nose and put him down.  Mohammedi immediately started pawing at his eye and nose, and it seemed like he broke something in his face.  He would not beat the 10 count, and it goes as a KO victory for Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev.  He improves to 28 – 0 – 1, 25 KO’s.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE