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David Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KO’s) was a huge underdog in Saturday night main event on Premier Boxing Champions.  Peralta, having never fought outside of his native Argentina, came to the United States for the first time in his life, for an opportunity to put his name on the map.  He delivered, when he defeated Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KO’s) in a 12 round split decision victory on Saturday.  Peralta referred to the opportunity as “the single greatest moment of his life”, and the emotions showed after he got the victory.

The first 4 rounds of the fight were all Robert Guerrero.  It seemed like it would be just a matter of time before Guerrero knocked Peralta’s head off his shoulders.  The power difference seemed like it was a lot, and Peralta was not going to last.  Peralta, knowing that he would probably never get a shot like this again, woke up and started fighting.  Put working Guerrero in almost everyone of the rounds in the second half, Peralta put himself in a good position.  Guerrero, perhaps feeling frustrated, started throwing wild bombs to KO his opponent, but it would not work.  The final tallies were 115-113 (Guerrero), 115-113 (Peralta), and 116-112 (Peralta).  We surely will see mister Peralta, after he knocked off a former world champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Yesterday afternoon, we got a nice treat to watch one of the best rising stars in boxing, when Errol Spance Jr (21-0, 18 KO’s) obliterated Leonard Bundu (33-2-2, 12 KO’s), and became the number 1 contender for Kell Brook’s IBF Welterweight title.  Bundu came into the fight knowing that this was his last chance at a world title shot, being that he is 40 years old, and he came out aggressive.  In the first 2 rounds, Bundu was coming forward and pressuring Spence, even though Spence was still landing the more effective shots.  Spence, perhaps a bit gun shy because of Bundu’s awkward style, seemed a bit reserved in the first round and a half.

He started putting punches together at the end of the second round, with his left uppercut on display, which is one of his most effective punches, along with his stellar right hook.  After the 3rd round, where Spence was looking more and more comfortable, it was apparent that it was just a matter of time.  Spence put Bundu down in the 6th with a sublime left uppercut, and Bundu was hurt even though he beat the count.  A few seconds later, Spenec came at the hurt Bundu, with a left uppercut right hook combination, and knocked him out cold.  Bundu was nearly knocked out of the ring, and it was apparent that he was not getting up after that.  After the fight, Spence gestured the world title around his waist, and told Kell Brook to pull out of the GGG fight because he’s ready right now.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

The WBC has ordered a fight between the #1 contender Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KO’s) and the #2 contender Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s).  Povetkin was originally supposed to face Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title, but was removed from the fight for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.  After a “B” sample cleared Povetkin of any wrong doing, he was put on the shelf again, because Wilder already had a replacement opponent in Chris Arreola.

Wilder hurt himself badly against Chris Arreola in their fight, and will now be on the shelf until 2017.  Deontay broke his right hand again, and on top of that, he also tore his right bicep.  So Povektin will draw the short end of the stick again, as he goes from being next in line, to having to win to get his shot.  With Wilder on the shelf for a while now, the WBC ordered povetkin to face Stiverne for the interim WBC heavyweight title, with the winner taking on Wilder for the world title some time in 2017.  Negotiations for the fight begin today, and the have until September 16 to come to a financial agreement.  If they do not, there will be a purse bid on the 16th.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

In todays world of boxing, there are so many sanctioning bodies with all of these different belts, which unfortunately only translates in to one thing.  There are too many major world championships.  This makes it impossible for one champion to stand out above the rest, because these days, everyone is a champion.  There are 4 major sanctioning bodies in boxing as of today, which means that every single division has 4 major recognized world champions.  It is an absolute mess.  Actually I stand corrected, each division has 5 recognized champions, due to the fact that the WBA has a “regular” world title, and a “super” world title.  A champion in my eyes is a fighter who is ranked #1 (in some cases #2) in their respective division, and holds a world title belt.  To make matters even more complicated, on top of the “alphabet” titles, you also have TheRing championship belt, which the holder of that loosely translates into the “Lineal” champion of their respective division.  So all in all, you can actually say that each division had 6 major world championships.

Boxing must do something to unify all of these titles, so that we can have clear cut champions.  The WBA is actively trying to unify the “Super” title and the “Regular” title in each division, but they have been largely unsuccessful in doing so.  The reason being is, why would anyone want to give up their world title, because a sanctioning body made a mistake by creating too many belts.  There are way too many undeserving fighters these days that can technically call themselves world champions.  The first that comes to mind was Charles Martin (heavyweight).  Although Martin was beaten recently by Anthony Joshua, he never deserved the IBF title in the first place.  Tyson Fury was stripped of that title, when he refused a fight so that he can have his rematch with Klitschko, and Martin was thrown into a fight for a vacant title, and won because his opponent was injured.  Another example of a paper champion would be Danny Garcia (welterweight).  Although Garcia’s title run at 140 lbs was very respectable and deserving, he moved up to 147, and after 1 fight, got a title shot.  Garcia is currently ranked #6 in the welterweight division, and he holds a world title.  Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, and Tim Bradley (#3, #4, #5) all rank ahead of him, and do not hold titles.  Given, they did all lose their title fights, but Garcia was a champion before they got those title fights.  Its unfair.  The biggest paper champion of all is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.  Recently stripped of the WBC title for refusing to fight Gennady Golovkin, he still holds TheRing Middleweight title, which puts him at the top of the division, even thought Golovkin would destroy him.

Mergers between sanctioning bodies are completely out of the question, even though that is what boxing needs.  They simply make too much money to give up parts of their companies.  Bottom line, it will never happen.  If there was only some way for these bodies to work together and just merge the belts themselves, that would help tremendously.  For example, without the company itself merging, lets say that the WBA & WBO belts were one.  And the WBC & IBF belts were one.  That would eliminate 2 title belts in each division, and have more clear cut champions.  That will probably never happen as well, because these bodies make money off of the belts themselves.  Champions must pay fees to hold their belts, believe it or not, which in my opinion is also very wrong.

Lately we have seen a lot more unification fights, which is good for boxing, because even though it does not decrease the amount of championship belts, it decreases the amount of champions.  The latest of course being Terence Crawford VS Viktor Postol, when they unified the WBO/WBC/TheRing Junior Welterweight titles.  In 2014, Sergey Kovalev unified the WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight titles, when he beat Bernard Hopkins.  That cut the number of champions to just 2 in the Light Heavyweight division.  This was a good thing.  More titles must be unified, so that we can have true champions, because like I said before, there are way too many paper champions.  If u have a division with 2 fighters ranked #1 and #2, and they both hold 2 belts, how do you know who is actually better?  The WBA, being the biggest mess of all, must put up all of their “Super” champions and their “Regular” champions against each other, so that they can have just one title in each division.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) has chosen his opponent for his November 5th fight date.  The fight will be on HBO PPV, and Pacquiao’s opponent will be WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s).  Perhaps not the most popular choice, Pacquiao said “I chose Vargas because he is a champion”.  Vargas is coming off of a win against Sadam Ali, where he displayed more power then ever before, as he knocked Ali out in the 9th round of their fight, and won the vacant WBO Welterweight tile.  Ali was slightly favored against Vargas because of his Vargas’ lack of power, but Vargas changed up his style, loaded up on his punches, and got the TKO victory.

Pacquiao is being heavily criticized for his choice of opponent, after it was thought that Terence “Bud” Crawford was the frontrunner for the Pacman’s return to the ring.  Crawford wanted the fight at 140 pounds, and it made no sense for him to move up to 147, after just recently moving up to 140.  Pacquiao has gone down from 147 to 140 in the past, so he probably still can do it at this point, but refused to.  Instead he chose the natural 147 pounder, and will fight for the WBO title yet again.  Jessie Vargas in ranked 8th in the Welterweight division by Ring Magazine, which is why people are upset about the move.  If Pacquiao didn’t want to move down to face Terence Crawford, there are a number of more intriguing names that he could have faced, such as Keith Thurman, Amir Khan, or Danny Garcia, who are all ranked in the top 6.  Thurman and Garcia might have been a problem because of promotional issues, but Khan could have been an interesting fight (ranked #3), because of his speed.  Never the less, Manny Pacquiao will face Jessie Vargas for the WBO Welterweight title on November 5th on HBO PPV.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

In what was Andre Ward’s last tune up fight before his November 19th date with Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, Ward looked sharp in defeating Alexander Brand.  Brand, despite on having lost one time in his career, was way over matched.  Brand has not really fought any great competition in his 7 year career, and it was evident against one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world.  The 39 year old Brand had a very awkward style in the ring, but it was no problem for Andre Ward, as he disposed on him, winning every one of the scheduled 12 rounds.

Both fighters were quiet at the beginning of the fight, with Ward winning every round by default, because Brand was literally doing nothing.  Ward committed to the body early, and almost every one of his jabs was to the body.  In the fifth round, Ward noticed that he was hitting almost every left jab to the body, so he switched southpaw, to get more power behind the left hand.  Brand would drop his hands, and Ward would open up to the head, with sharp lefts and rights.  In the 8th, Ward would try to go for the KO, but it would not come.  Brands ability to roll with landed punches, kept him on his feet.  Ward would go on to dominate though, and win via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 120-108.  Ward would end up landing 190/490 pinches (39%), while Brand would only land 45/285 punches (16%).

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Tomorrow might August 6th 2016, Andre Ward (29-0, 14 KO’s) will take on Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KO’s), in a 12 round Light Heavyweight bout.  The fight will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland California, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Maurice Hooker (20-0-2, 15 KO’s) will take on Ty Barnett (23-4-1, 15 KO’s) for the WBO NABO Junior welterweight title in a scheduled 10 round bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ANDRE WARD

-Record:  29 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 1″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Mikkel Kessler  —  Win, Technical Decision 11th round (12), 11/21/09.  (Won WBAsuper Super Middleweight title)
  • Arthur Abraham  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/14/11.
  • Carl Froch  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/17/11.  (Won WBC & Vacant TheRing/Lineal Super Middleweight titles)

 

ALEXANDER BRAND

-Record:  29 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Badou Jack  —  Loss, Split Decision (8), 5/11/12.
  • Medzhid Bektemirov  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 12/5/15.

 

Predictions:

Maurice Hooker  —  def  —  Ty Barnett  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Andre Ward  —  def  —  Alexander Brand  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE