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This Saturday night February 24th 2018, we have an exciting triple header, SuperFly 2, as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KO’s) defends his WBC Super Flyweight title against Juan Fransisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KO’s).  The vacant Ring Magazine Super Flyweight title will also be on the line.  The fight will take place at The Forum in Inglewood California, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 9:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11 KO’s) and Brian Viloria (38-5, 23 KO’s) will go at is for the vacant WBA Flyweight title.  Also on the card, Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KO’s) will take on McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Flyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI

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-Record:  44 – 4 – 1, 40 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Flyweight

-Height:  5′ 3″

-Reach:  63.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Yota Sato  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 5/3/13.  (Won WBC Super Flyweight title)
  • Roman Gonzalez  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 3/18/17.  (Won WBC Super Flyweight title)
  • Roman Gonzalez  —  Win, KO 4th round (12), 9/9/17.

 

JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA

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-Record:  36 – 2 – 0, 25 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Flyweight

-Height:  5′ 4″

-Reach:  66″

-Notable Fights

  • Roman Gonzalez  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/17/12.
  • Brian Viloria  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 4/6/13.  (Won WBAunified & WBO Flyweight titles)
  • Carlos Cuadras  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/9/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Carlos Cuadras  —  def  —  McWilliams Arroyo  —  via  —  Decision

Artem Dalakian  —  def  —  Brian Viloria  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai  —  def  —  Juan Fransisco Estrada  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for garcia vs riosThis past Saturday night February 17th 2018, was a huge night for boxing.  We got a chance to look at a future superstar in boxing as David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KO’s) put a beat down on Ronald Gavril (18-3, 14 KO’s) in their long awaited rematch.  We also saw a star re-establish himself in the Welterweight division after suffering his first professional loss, as Danny Garcia (34-1, 20 KO’s) KO’d Brandon Rios (34-4-1, 25 KO’s) in the 9th round of their WBC Welterweight title eliminator.  The night was opened however by a matchup of two other rising stars, both looking to take that next step in their careers, as Yordenis Ugas (21-3, 10 KO’s) defeated Ray Robinson (24-2, 12 KO’s) via 7th round TKO.

The fight was an interesting one at the beginning, but it later became apparent that Ugas was the more skilled fighter.  He dropped Robinson on a flash knockdown in the second round, but Robinson was not hurt, as it appeared that he went down due to their feet being tangled up.  Robinson, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency after the knockdown, would land some nice shots in the 4th and 5th rounds, but they seemed to have no effect on Ugas.  Ugas however, nailed Robinson with a huge right hand in the 7th round.  Robinson would beat the count, but was clearly on dream street.  Gas then came with a flurry of punches, and the referee stopped the fight.

The co-featured bout of the evening was also an interesting one, even though it was very one sided.  In their first fight, Benavidez and Garvil fought to a very narrow split decision, a fight that Benavidez barley won.  Guess he wasn’t lying when he said he had the flu in their first meeting, because he beat Gavril down in this contest.  Benavidez found a home early for his right and left uppercuts, splitting the guard of Gavril on a regular basis.  In the 4th round, Benavidez caught Gavril with a huge uppercut, which sent Gavril crashing into the ropes.  Gavel was lucky because it would have been a knockdown if the ropes hadn’t kept him up, and still could have been scored a knockdown if a judge saw it that way.  Benavidez continued to pepper Gavril with creative nominations throughout the rest of the fight.  Gavril came alive a bit in the 10-12 rounds and actually had a really good 11th, but it was far from enough.  The final scores were 120-108/120-108/119-109.  One judge gave the 11th to Gavril, which was also the only round I gave him.  Benavidez remains undefeated, and the WBC Super Middleweight champion.
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The main event was a banger as expected, as Danny Garcia flattened Brandon Rios in the 9th round with an emphatic 1 punch TKO victory.  Rios looked slow in the first 2 rounds after the opening bell, and Danny Garcia, the historically slow starter, looked better then usual.  Rios would find a rhythm in the 3rd round however, and started throwing a lot more punches.  Garcia, who is usually a left hook artist, started nailing Rios with his right hand after the 4th round, and would continue to do so for the rest of the fight.  Rios looked good in rounds 6-8, maybe even taking a couple of them, but that would all come to an end in the 9th round.  Rios got a bit lazy with his jab and didn’t bring his left back quick or high enough, and out of no where, Garcia landed a master right cross that send Rios’ head flying backward.  Rios was dropped and clearly on another planet, and when he got up, he was very wobbly.  The referee was forced to stop the fight, as Rios was unable to walk straight.  At the time of the stoppage, Garcia was ahead on all 3 scorecards.

 

-Daivd Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Last night on Premier Boxing Champions, Victor Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KO’s) and Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KO’s) some how fought to a draw, even though Devon Alexander clearly won the fight.  I guess the only thing you can give in favor of Ortiz was that he threw more punches in the fight, but not by much.  Alexander was clearly the sharper, more accurate, and more effective puncher in the fight.  The fight was a good one, but this isn’t one of those fights that you try to build up a rematch.  It was a great battle, but no one will be clawing at the chance to see these two go at it again.  So why the bogus scoring?

From the opening bell, Ortiz was visibly slower and less effective then Alexander.  The first two rounds were close, but Alexander completely took over the middle rounds.  He was countering effectively, and landing a lot more then Ortiz.  Ortiz was looking very fatigued by the 9th round.  Ortiz came with one last flurry in the 12th round, and apparently it was enough for a draw on 2 scorecards and a win on the third.  Judges Glen Crocker and Levi Martinez both scored the fight 114-114, and judge Don Griffin scored it 115-113 for Ortiz.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Devon Alexander, which was the score that most unofficial cards read after 12 rounds.  Alexander landed 155 of 485 (32%) punches, while Ortiz landed 137 of 550 (25%) punches.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday February 17th 2018, Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KO’s) makes his ring return after an 11 month layoff, as he faces Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise Nevada, and will be live on ShowTime at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KO’s) will defend his WBC Super Middleweight title in a rematch against Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

DANNY GARCIA

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-Record:  33 – 1 – 0, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Amir Khan  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 7/14/12.  (Won TheRing/WBAsuper Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Robert Guerrero  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/23/16.  (Won vacant WBC Welterweight title)
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Split Decision (12), 3/4/17.

 

BRANDON RIOS

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-Record:  34 – 3 – 1, 25 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Miguel Acosta  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 2/26/11.  (Won WBA Lightweight title)
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/24/13.
  • Mike Alvarado #3  —  Win, TKO 3rd round (12), 1/24/15.

 

PREDICTIONS:

David Benavidez  —  def  —  Ronald Gavril  —  via  —  Decision

Danny Garcia  —  def  —  Brandon Rios  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight Saturday February 17th 2018, Victor Ortiz (32-6, 25 KO’s) and Devon Alexander (27-4, 14 KO’s) will make their ring comebacks and square off against each other.  The fight is brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions form the Don Haskins Center in El Paso Texas, and will be live on FOX at 8pm ET.  In the Co-feature, Caleb Plant (16-0, 10 KO’s) and Rogelio “Porky” Medina (38-8, 31 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Super Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Devon Alexander Tale of The Tape Victor Ortiz
27 Wins 32
4 Lost 6
14 KOs 25
0 Draws 2
31 Total Fights 40
45% KO% 63%
5’8″ Height 5’9″
71″ Reach 70″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
St. Louis, Missouri, USA Nationality Oxnard, California, USA
February 10th, 1987 Date of Birth January 31st, 1987

 

PREDICTIONS:

Caleb Plant  —  def  —  Porky Medina  —  via  —  Decision

Victor Ortiz  —  def  —  Devon Alexander  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-Daivd Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of acton.  Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KO’s) defeated Jonny Tapia (8-2, 3 KO’s) by an 8 round shutout unanimous decision victory.  All the judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Stevenson.  Tapia had no answer for Stevenson’s superior speed and his reach advantage, and just could not get any offense going.  Stevenson stays undefeated and continues to make a name for himself as one of boxings top young prospects.

The co-feature of the evening was not as exciting as everyone thought it would be, until of course it was.  Egidijus Kavaliauskus (19-0, 16 KO’s) defeated David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KO’s) by TKO in the 6th round.  Rounds 1 through 3 were very uneventful in this fight, as both fighters were shy to pull the trigger.  In round 4, Kavaliauskus staggered Avanesyan with a big right hand, but was unable to capitalize on it.  In the 6th however, Kavaliauskus landed another huge right hand through the guard, and Avanesyan was badly hurt.  With no legs under him, and taking a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight in the 6th, as Avanesyan was clearly done.

The main event was an exciting back and forth rumble, as Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) defeated Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KO’s) to finally capture his first world title in boxing.  With the title also comes a green card, which Beltran has been fighting for, so that he could stay with his family in the United States.  The WBO title should all but ensure that for the 36 year old Beltran.  Beltran came out of the gate swinging, and dominated the first round.  The 39 year old  Moses however, found a home for the right hand in the second round, and would continue to land it throughout the middle rounds.  Beltran seemed to take some of the middle rounds off, perhaps saving his energy for later, but came alive with a vengeance in the late stages of the fight.  Beltran dominated the 10th and 11th rounds and he went down to both sides of Moses body, which opened up the head for his devastating left hook.  The final round was a close one, but not enough for Moses to pull out a viceroy.  The final scores were 117-111/117-111/116-112, all in favor for the new WBO Lightweight champion Raymundo “Sugar Ray” Beltran.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 

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Tonight, February 16th 2018, Raymundo Beltran (34-7-1, 21 KO’s) and Paulus Moses (40-3, 25 KO’s) will go head to head for the vacant WBO Lightweight title.  The fight will take place at the Grand Sierra Resort Grand Theatre in Reno Nevada, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, David Avanesyan (23-2-1, 11 KO’s) will take on Egidijus Kavaliauskas (18-0, 15 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

 

Paulus Moses Tale of The Tape Raymundo Beltran
40 Wins 34
3 Lost 7
25 KOs 21
0 Draws 1
43 Total Fights 42
58% KO% 50%
5’8″ Height 5’8″
72″ Reach 68″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Okapya Nationality Mexico
June 4th, 1978 Date of Birth July 23rd, 1981
PREDICTIONS:
Egidijus Kavaliauskas  —  def  —  David Avanesyan  —  via  —  TKO 7th round
Raymundo Beltran  —  def  —  Paulus Moses  —  via  —  Decision
-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE