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Sergey Kovalev’s (31-3-1, 27 KO’s) reign as Light Heavyweight Kingpin came to an end on Saturday night, when Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KO’s) knocked him out in the 7th round of their championship bout.  Alvarez has waited for his opportunity for a number of years now.  He has been the mandatory challenger for Adonis Stevenson for quite some time now, but never got the opportunity to fight the WBC champ.  Adonis has been known to dodge his mandatory contenders so this was nothing new.  Sergey Kovalev defended his WBO title against Alvarez, and the results are not favorable for Kovalev.

Sergey Kovalev looked to be in complete control of the fight in the beginning.  I scored 1 round for Alvarez through the first 6 rounds.  Kovalev out worked Alvarez in rounds 1 & 2.  Alvarez landed so big inches in the 3rd that seemed to bother Kovalev a bit, but at that point he was in no real danger.  Kovalev came out in the 4th, out working Alvarez, and landing the more meaningful punches.  The 5th and 6th rounds were more of the same, and things were not looking good for the challenger.

With a little over a minute left in the 7th, Alvarez nailed Kovalev right in the temple with a huge right cross, and Kovalev went down hard.  Temple shots tend to throw of equilibrium and take long to recover from, and Kovalev was not looking good.  About 15-20 seconds later, Kovalev walked right into a left hook that Alvarez followed up with a right hand, and Kovalev went down again.  He would get up before 10, and continue.  Pretty much on dream street, one punch would end the fight, and thats exactly what happened when Alvarez nailed him again.  The referee stopped the fight, and just like that the reign was over.  Eleider Alvarez is the new WBO Light Heavyweight champion, and the #1 fighter in the division.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday August 4th 2018, Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against his toughest opponent to date in Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KO’s).  The fight will take place at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KO’s) will defend the WBA Light Heavyweight title against Isaac Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KO’s).  Also on the card, Frank Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KO’s) will be in action against Alex Duarte (13-5-1, 10 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 28 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, UD (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBAsuper & IBF Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andre Ward #2  —  Loss, TKO *th round (12), 6/17/17.

 

ELEIDER ALVAREZ

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-Record:  23 – 0 – 0, 11 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  75″

-Notable Fights

  • Isaac Chilemba  —  Win, MD (12), 11/28/15.
  • Lucian Bute  —  Win, TKO 5th round (12), 2/24/17.
  • Jean Pascal  —  Win, MD (12), 6/3/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Frank Galarza  —  def  —  Alex Duarte  —  via  —  Decision

Dmitry Bivol  —  def  —  Isaac Chilemba  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Eleider Alvarez  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday August 4th 2018, Premier Boxing Champions presents Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KO’s) VS Devon Alexander (27-4, 14 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale New York, and will be live on FOX5 at 7:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Peter Quillin (33-1-1, 23 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on J’Leon Love (24-1-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Middleweight bout.  Also on the card, Luis Collazo (37-7, 20 KO’s) will take on Bryant Perrella (15-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Andre Berto Tale of The Tape Devon Alexander
31 Wins 27
5 Losses 4
24 KOs 14
0 Draws 0
36 Total Fights 31
67% KO% 45%
5′ 8″ Height 5’8″
68 ½” Reach 71″
Orthodox Stance Southpaw
Winter Haven, FL, USA Nationality Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
September 7th, 1983 Date of Birth February 10th, 1987

 

PREDICTIONS:

Bryant Perrella  —  def  —  Luis Collazo  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

Peter Quillin  —  def  —  J’Leon Love  —  via  —  Decision

Devon Alexander  —  def  —  Andre Berto  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night, July 14th 2018, Regis Prograis (21-0, 18 KO’s) will defend his WBC Interim Junior Welterweight title against Juan Jose Velasco (20-0, 12 KO’s).  The fight will be brought to you by Bob Arum’s Top Ranl Boxing.  It will take place at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans Louisiana, and be live on ESPN at 7pm ET.  In the co-feature, William Silva (25-1, 14 KO’s) and Tiofimo Lopez (9-0, 7 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Regis Prograis Tale of The Tape Juan Jose Velasco
21 Wins 20
0 Losses 0
18 KOs 12
0 Draws 0
21 Total Fights 20
86% KO% 60%
5’8″ Height  N/A
67″ Reach  N/A
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Nationality Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Arge
January 24th 1989 Date of Birth May 2nd 1987

 

PREDICTIONS:

Tiofimo Lopez  —  def  —  William Silva  —  via  —  Decision

Regis Prograis  —  def  —  Juan Jose Velasco  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Danny O’Connor (), who was set to make his first title appearance as he challenged Jose Ramirez tonight, has withdrawn from the fight.  Apparently, O’Connor collapsed yesterday right before the weigh in due to dehydration after he exited the sauna trying to shed 2 pounds.

His team thought his kidneys might have shut down, so they did the smart thing and pulled out of the fight.  This would have been his first world title appearance, but O’Connor went on to say “My health is the most important thing.”

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday July 7th 2018, Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KO’s) will defend his WBC Junior Welterweight title against Danny O’Connor (30-3, 11 KO’s).  Brought to you by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing, the fight will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno California, and will be live on ESPN at 9:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Egidijus Kavaliauskas (19-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Juan Carlos Abreu (21-3-1, 19 KO’s) in a 10 round welterweight bout for the NABF title.  Also on the card, Andy Ruiz (30-1, 20 KO’s) and Kevin Johnson (32-9-1, 14 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and prediction:

Danny O’Connor Tale of The Tape Jose Ramirez
30 Wins 22
3 Losses 0
11 KOs 16
0 Draws 0
33 Total Fights 22
33% KO% 73%
5’9″ Height 5’10”
69″ Reach 72″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA Nationality Avenal, California, USA
March 30th, 1985 Date of Birth August 12th, 1992

 

PREDICTIONS:

Andy Ruiz Jr  —  def  —  Kevin Johnson  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

Egidijus Kavaliauskas  —  def  —  Juan Carlos Abreu  —  via  —  KO 5th round

Jose Ramirez  —  def  —  Danny O’Connor  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday June 30th 2018, Gilberto Ramirez (37-0, 25 KO’s) will defend his WBO Super Middleweight title against Roamer Angulo (23-0, 20 KO’s.  Presented by Top Rank boxing, the fight will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KO’s) will take on Leonardo Zappavinga (37-3, 27 KO’s in a 10 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gilberto Ramirez Tale of The Tape Roamer Alexis Angulo
37 Wins 23
0 Losses 0
25 KOs 20
0 Draws 0
37 Total Fights 23
68% KO% 87%
6’2″ Height 6’1″
75″ Reach  N/A
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Nationality Colombia
June 19th 1991 Date of Birth March 25th 1984

 

PREDICTIONS:

Alex Saucedo  —  def  —  Leonardo Zappavinga  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gilberto Ramirez  —  def  —  Roamer Angulo  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE