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Tonight, Saturday September 17 2016, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) challenges Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KO’s) for the WBO Junior Middleweight championship.  The fight will take place at At&T Stadium in Arlington Texas, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Willie Monroe JR (20-2, 6 KOs) takes on Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KO’s) in a 12 round Middleweight bout, and Diego De La Hoya (15-0, 9 KO’s) will be in action against Luis Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 16 KO’s).  He is the breakdown and predictions:

LIAM SMITH

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-Record:  23 – 0 – 1, 13 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  N/A

-Notable Fights

  • Erick Ochieng  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/21/13.  (Won British Light Middleweight title)
  • John Thompson  —  Win, TKO 7th round (12), 10/10/15.  (Won vacant WBO Junior Middleweight title)

 

SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ

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-Record:  47 – 1 – 1, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Erislandy Lara  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 7/12/14.
  • Miguel Cotto  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/21/15.  (Won TheRing/Lineal/WBC Middleweight titles)

 

Predictions:

Diego De La Hoya  —  def  —  Luis Orlando Del Valle  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Willie Monroe Jr  —  def  —  Gabriel Rosado  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Saul Alvarez  —  def  —  Liam Smith  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for gennady golovkin vs daniel jacobsUnfortunately for Billy Joe Saunders, the WBA has ordered that their regular champion Daniel Jacobs (32-1, 29 KO’s), and their Super Champion Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KO’s) fight each other in their next fight.  Its about time this fight be made, because both men hold a version of the WBA Wolrd Middleweight title, which should be unified.  There is no reason why and weight division should have two world titles from the same sanctioning body.  The timetable is right, because Jacobs fought on Friday night, and Golovkin fought on Saturday night.  Jacobs won his rematch with Sergio Mora on Friday via TKO in the 7th round, and Golovkin won his fight against Kell Brook on Saturday via TKO in the 5th round.

The fight between GGG and Jacobs must take place within the next 120 days, and Golovkin is expected back in the ring on November 26th on HBO Boxing.  Golovkin will probably not be happy about this, because he hold the better version of the WBA title then Daniel Jacobs does, and will now not be able to get the unification fight against WBO Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.  The matchup between GGG and Jacobs is a much better one anyway, because both guys are extreme power punchers, and have a lot of KO’s to prove it. The fight against Saunders would be a much easier one, because Golovkin would simply just take his head off, while winning the last belt he needs to be the undisputed middleweight champ.  Time is running out for GGG, because he is 34 years old, and he wants all the belts.  If he gets through Jacobs, he must immidialaty make the Saunders fight happen, because he still must face Canelo down the road.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for gonzalez vs cuadrasOn Saturday night, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KO’s) defeated Carlos “The Prince” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) via unanimous decision, to capture the WBC Super featherweight title.  This was a championship in a 4th weight class for Gonzalez, which passes his mentor Alexis Arguello.  This was a fight for the ages, with non stop action, and by Chocolatito’s own admission, the toughest fight of his career.  He even said that it was a harder fight then when he fought Juan Francisco Estrada, which was a banger.

Cadres looked very good at times, and gave Gonzalez a run for his money no doubt, but Chocolatito proved to be just too much for Cadres to handle in the end.  The first half of the fight was all Roman Gonzalez.  I gave Cadres the first round, but by a very slim margin.  Chocoaltito dominated the whole first half, cutting off the ring effectively, and banging Cadres with huge shots.  Gonzalez usually takes a round or two to warm up, but he was on his motor from the opening bell.  Perhaps slightly intimidated by the bigger man, he felt a sense of urgency to put him away early.  In the second half, Cuadras began building confidence, probably surprised that he was still in it, and began putting together combinations, and wearing Gonzalez down a bit.  Gonzalez looked almost discouraged, but woke up again in the 12th round, and went right back to beating down his opponent.  The final tallies were 117-111, 116-112, &115-113, all in favor of Roman Gonzalez.  He captures the WBC Super Flyweight title, and hands Cuadras his first loss.

Kamegai Defeats Soto Karass

The first time they fought, it ended with a draw.  Both men thought they won and were not happy.   This was a chance for redemption for one of them, and boy did he get it.  Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KO’s) defeated Jesus Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18 KO’s) via TKO 8th round.  Kamegai hurt Soto Karass to the body badly in the first round, and it looked as if Soto Karass never really recovered.  Kamegai invested a lot to the body in the first half, and it paid off.  He finally knocked Soto Karass down in the 8th with a vicious left hook to the liver, but he would get up.  Kamegai would bang him to the head and body for the rest of the round, and Soto Karass would not come out for the ninth.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for golovkin vs brookOn Saturday night, at the O2 Arena in London England, Gennady Golovkin (36-0, 33 KO’s) took on perhaps his toughest opponent to date in Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KO’s), and defeated him via TKO in the 5th round, to remain the undefeated IBF/WBA/WBC Middleweight champion of the world.  There were speculations at the weigh in before the fight, that Golovkin was sick, or somehow feeling ill, as he looked pale and under the weather the day before the fight.  Golovkin got the win, but did not look himself at all.  He said after the fight that he felt fine, but who knows if that was actually true.  Perhaps it was the fact that he was feeling an urgency to knock Brook out, because Canelo knocked out Amir Khan, that he didn’t look like the regular GGG that we are used to seeing.

Kell Brook, to my surprise looked great against Golovkin early on, and if the fight went to the cards after the 5th, it is quite possible that Brook could have been the winner.  Brook’s ability to slip punches is unbelievable, and he was most definitely frustrating GGG.  The frustrated champion started to head hunt with wild shots, trying to get Brook out of there, and Brook just kept countering him with nice combinations.  Brook’s boxing IQ and his ability to put punches together while under extreme pressure, is absolutely unbelievable.  He is one of the greats of the sport, and will go on to have a superb career.

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in the third round, Golovkin hammered Kell Brook with a huge left hook, that put a swelling on Brooks right eye.  We didn’t think much of it at the time, because Brook kept fighting on.  In the fifth round, Golovkin finally woke up and pinned Brook against the ropes, and started banging him with huge shots.  even though Brook looked like he could go on, his trainer immediately got on the ropes, and threw in the towel.  At first glance, it really looked like a premature stoppage, but after the fight we got the full story, and his trainer was absolutely right for stopping the fight.  Brook admitted afterwards, that he was losing vision in his right eye, which is why his trainer stopped the fight.  Kell brook will have surgery today, because Gennady Golovkin actually broke his eye socket, with that one huge left hook earlier in the fight.  Golovkin improves to 36-0, and gets his 23 straight KO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 

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This Saturday night September 10th 2016, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO’s) moves up to Super Flyweight to take on WBC champion Carlos “The Prince” Cadres (35-0-1, 27 KO’s).  The fight will take place at The Forum in Inglewood California, and be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, it will be a rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KO’s) and Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KO’s) in a 10 round Junior Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

CARLOS CUADRAS

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-Record:  35 – 0 – 1, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Flyweight

-Height:  5′ 4″

-Reach:  66″

-Notable Fights

  • Wisaksil Wangek  —  Win, Technical Decision, 5/31/14.  (Won WBC Super Flyweight title)
  • Luis Concepcion  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/4/15.

 

ROMAN GONZALEZ

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-Record:  45 – 0 – 0, 38 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Flyweight

-Height:  5′ 3″

-Reach:  64″

-Notable Fights

  • Juan Francisco Estrada  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/17/12.
  • Akira Yaegashi  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 9/5/14.  (Won Lineal/TheRing/WBC Flyweight titles)
  • Brian Viloria  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 10/17/15.

 

Predictions:

Yoshihiro Kamegai  —  def  —  Jesus Soto Karass  —  via  —  TKO 10th round

Roman Gonzalez  —  def  —  Carlos Cuadras  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday afternoon, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) will put his WBA/WBC/IBF World Middleweight titles on the line against current IBF Welterweight champion Kell “Special K” Brook (36-0, 24 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the O2 Arena in London England and will be live on HBO Boxing & Sky Sports Network at 5pm ET.  Also on the card, Charlie Edwrads (7-0, 3 KO’s) will take on John Riel Casimero (22-3, 14 KO’s) for the IBF Flyweight title in a 12 round bout, and Lee Haskins (33-3, 14 KO’s) will take on Stuart Hall (20-4-2, 7 KO’s) for the IBF Bantamweight title in a 12 round bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  35 – 0 – 0, 32 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Marco Antonio Rubio  —  Win, KO 2nd round (12), 8/18/14.
  • Martin Murray  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 2/21/15.
  • David Lemieux  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 8/17/15.

 

KELL BROOK

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-Record:  36 – 0 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight/Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Shawn Porter  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 8/16/14.  (Won IBF Welterweight title)
  • Frankie Gavin  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 5/30/15.
  • Kevin Bizier  —  Win, TKO 2nd round (12), 3/26/16.

 

Predictions:

Lee Haskins  —  def  —  Stuart Hall  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Charlie Edwards  —  def  —  John Riel Casimero  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Kell Brook  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

1.  Roman Gonzalez                 45 – 0 – 0 (38 KO’s)                Flyweight                              Nicaragua

2.  Sergey Kovalev                   30 – 0 – 1 (26 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 Russia

3.  Gennady Golovkin               35 – 0 – 0 (32 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

4.  Andre Ward                        30 – 0 – 0 (15 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 U.S.A

5.  Terence Crawford                29 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)               Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

6.  Saul Alvarez                       47 – 1 – 1 (33 KO’s)               Middleweight                         Mexico

7.  Vasyl Lomachenko               6 – 1 – 0 (4 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

8.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 -0 -0 (11 KO’s)                 Junior Featherweight              Cuba

9.  Naoya Inoue                      11 – 0 – 0 (9 KO’s)                 Junior Bantamweight             Japan

10. Carl Frampton                    23 – 0 – 0 (14 KO’s)               Featherweight                       U.K.