Last night on HBO Boxing Pay Per View, we had a 4 fight card full of fire works.  In the opening bout, future light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KO’s) defeated journeyman Tommy Karpency (25-6-1, 14 KO’s).  Karpency, a huge underdog, shockingly dropped Gvozdyk in the second round, but failed to pounce on him and put him away.  Gvozdyk’s awkward movements and boxing ability was too much for Karpency to handle, and after beating him up a little, Gvozdyk landed a huge straight right to the body in the 6th round.  Karpency went down to a knee, and feeling defeated already, chose not to answer the 10 count.

In the second bout of the evening, Jose Benavidez Jr (25-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KO’s) in a thrilling 10 round fight.  Benavidez looked great early on with his movement and sharp counters, rearranging Santana’s face.  In the middle rounds though, Benavidez would return to his old self, laying against the ropes and taking shots.  Santana would win some of the middle rounds by out working Benavidez, but it would not be enough.  Benavidez would finally wake up at the end of the fight, and pepper Santana with vicious counter shot in the 11th and 12th.  It would prove to be just enough, as Benavidez got the unanimous decision victory to stay undefeated.

The co-featured bout of the evening was a short one but a good one.  Undefeated top prospect Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18 KO’s) defeated fellow then undefeated fighter Mitias Rueda (26-1, 23 KO’s).  It was evident in the first round that this was a huge mismatch in skills.  Rueda was undefeated, but the level of opposition he had faced before yesterday was a lot lower.  Valdez came out in the first round guns blazing, as he demolished Rueda with several left hooks, which is his best punch.  In the second round, Valdez smashed Rueda in the liver with a left hook that put him down.  Rueda, still hurt, would get up, but would not stay up for long.  Valdez, noticing that Rueda was not steady and hurt to the body, went right back to it, and dropped him with another body shot.  The fight was immediately stopped, as Valdez stays undefeated, and captures the vacant WBO Featherweight title.

The main event, was a very one sided fight.  Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol to retain his WBO Junior Welterweight title, and capture the WBC & the vacant TheRing Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford now has 3 major championship belts, and is now considered the #1 junior Welterweight in the world.  Crawford was almost non existent in the first 3 rounds, which is usually the case, as he uses that time to strictly study his opponents.  In the 5th round, Postol and Crawford came rushing out of their corners, and Crawford threw a quick right hook that hit Postol on the top of the head, which totally caught him off guard and knocked him down.  Later in the round, Crawford hit Postol with a rocket left hand that put him down once again.  Postol would also get another point deducted in the 11th for hitting Crawford in the back of the head (which I don’t think was intentional), so at this point he was way behind on the scorecards.  Postol would try to muster up one more flurry in the final round to try and get a KO, but Crawford would actually get the better of the exchange.  The final scores of the fight were 118-107, 118-107, and 117-108.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Tonight July 23rd 2016, one of the biggest fights of the year will take place, when Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) go at it to unify the WBO & WBC Junior Welterweight titles.  The winner will also be awarded the vacant TheRing & Lineal Junior Welterweight title.  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, undefeated rising star Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated fighter Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda (26-0, 23 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, undefeated Jose Benavidez (24-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Francisco Santana (24-4-1, 12 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 20 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/1/14.  (Won WBO Lightweight title)
  • Raymundo Beltran  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/29/14.  (Won vacant TheRing & Lineal Lightweight titles)
  • Thomas Dulorme  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 4/18/15.  (Won WBO Junior Welterweight title)

 

VIKTOR POSTOL

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  74″

-Notable Fights

  • DeMarcus Corley  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 10/27/12.
  • Hank Lundy  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/21/13.
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, KO 10th round (12), 10/3/15.

 

Predictions:

Jose Benavidez  —  def  —  Francisco Santana  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Oscar Valdez  —  def  —  Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda  —  KO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Viktor Postol  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Tomorrow night, WBO Junior Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) and WBC Junior Welterweight champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) will fight to unify the titles.  It has been announced that the winner will also be awarded TheRing Junior Welterweight title.  TheRing belt is vacant and has been for a while, but under The Ring Magazine rules, if the #1 and #2 contenders fight one another and the belt is vacant, the winner shall be awarded that very belt.  So Crawford and Postol are actually fighting for 3 titles instead of 2, as they look to unify the WBO/WBC/TheRing Junior Welterweight titles.  This makes the fight even more interesting then it already is, because this day and age, it is rare for a #1 and #2 contenders to fight one another.  And the fact that there is another title involved on top of the ones that they already hold, it just ups the ante a little bit more.

The last fighter to hold the prestigious RING Junior Welterweight title was Danny Garcia, but he obviously gave that up with his move up to Welterweight.  The list of fighters that held the title goes one with great names that include the likes of Ricky Hatton, Kostya Tszyu, Carlos Hernandez, etc.  Postol and Crawford will try to add their names to that list.  Usually, the man that holds TheRing title is widely considered the Lineal Champ of his respective division, so basically if you win that title, you are the man.  Tomorrow night, Terence Crawford and Viktor Postol will try to become “the man”.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Adrien “The Problem” Broner (32-2, 24 KO’s) has a problem alright.  The former 4 division champion has been sent to jail for 30 days for contempt of court, after he failed to show up on time for his trial.  As soon as Broner didn’t show up on time, the judge immediately issued a warrant for his arrest.  Broner ended up showing up to the courtroom, but he was over 3 hours late, and the judge immediately charged him with contempt of court.  Broker’s name has been mentioned in a potential fight against Manny Pacquiao in November, so 30 days in jail will be a big hit for him, keeping him out of training.  Broker’s once promising career has been put to the test by constant legal issues, and there seems to be no light for him at all, at the end of the tunnel.

Broker’s trial was supposed to be for an incident he was involved in back on January 21 of this year, when Broner allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in a bowling alley, when the man refused to pay a bet that he lost.  The rumor was that there was a $12,000 bet on a game of bowling, and when the man refused to pay the debt, Broner pulled a gun on him and may have even assaulted him.  So Broner’s career will be put on hold again, for at least a month, and if found guilty, a lot longer then that.  Will we ever see the brilliance and promise we once saw from a younger Adrien Broner?  I sure do hope so, because he was very fun to watch, but I and many others remain skeptical.  It seems as if Broner would rather be a gangster, then a proffesioanl athlete.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Tonight on Premier Boxing Champions, Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KO’s) successfully defended his WBC World Heavyweight title, when he defeated Chris Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KO’s) by way of TKO in the 8th round.  Wilder was supposed to face Alexander Povetkin, but Povetkin failed a drug test, so Wilder took on Arreola.  From the beginning, Wilder’s jab took over, as Arreola just could not find a way around it.  The first round easily could have been scored 10-8, because Arreola simply did nothing.  It was more of the same in the second round, but Arreola would throw a bit more.  In the 3rd, Wilder would begin to open up a little bit behind the jab, as Arreola already looked defeated.

In the 4th round, Wilder would nail Arreola with a huge right hand, and then put him down with a flurry of punches.  At the end of the 4th, Wilder unloaded a cannon like right hand, which is where I believe he broke his hand, but Arreola would be saved by the bell.  Wilder would not throw a single right hand in the 5th, which is how I noticed he was hurt.  Wilder would barely throw his right hand the rest of the fight, and for 3 rounds, he basically fought one handed.  By this time though, Arreola was a defeated man, and between the 8th and 9th round, his corner stopped the fight, deeming he had taken too much punishment.  Wilder stays undefeated, and retains his WBC Heavyweight title.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Well, I guess Manny Pacquiao isn’t retired after all.  The former 8 division champion will be back in the ring before the year is out.  Once a fighter, always a fighter i guess.  From the reports swirling, it looks like Manny will be back in the ring on either October 29, or November 5th of this year.  The fight will be televised on HBO PPV according to Dan Rafael.  Bob Arum told us over and over, that Pacquiao was not done yet, and I guess we should have believed him.

Pacquiao and Arum have already put together a list of potential opponents.  The most likely seem to be fellow stable fighters Jessie Vargas and Terence Crawford.  Rumors have also swirled about Danny Garcia, but that seems highly unlikely.  Adrien Broner’s name has been thrown around as well, but who ever knows with that guy.  Broner seems content fighting much lower levels of opposition these days.  Garcia seems unlikely, because Bob Arum and Al Haymon working together is very unlikely.  The biggest money fight would no doubt be against Terence Crawford, given that he can get past Viktor Postol on July 23rd.  It remains to be seen who the opponent will be, and I’m sure there will be a ton more rumors, but I will keep you posted.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

This Saturday night July 16 2016, Premier Boxing Champions presents Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KO’s) VS Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KO’s), for the WBC World Heavyweight Championship.  The fight will take place at The Legacy Area in Birmingham Alabama, and will be broadcast live on FOX, at 8pm ET.  In the co-feature, Sammy Vasquez Jr (21-0, 15 KO’s) will take on Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Vic Darchinyan (42-8-1, 31 KO’s) returns to action as he takes on Ramiro Robles (13-5-1, 8KO’s) in a 10 round Super Bantamweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

DEONTAY WILDER

-Record:  36 – 0 – 0, 35 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 7″

-Reach:  83″

-Notable Fights

  • Malik Scott  —  Win, KO 1st round (12), 3/15/14.
  • Bermane Stiverne  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/17/15.  (Won WBC Heavyweight title)
  • Artur Szpilka  —  Win, KO 9th round (12), 1/16/16.

 

CHRIS ARREOLA

-Record:  36 – 4 – 1, 31 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 3″

-Reach:  76″

-Notable Fights

  • Vitale Klitschko  —  Loss, KO 10th round (12), 9/26/09.
  • Tomasz Adamek  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 4/24/10.
  • Bermane Stiverne #1  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/27/13.

 

Predictions:

Vic Darchinyan  —  def  —  Ramiro Robles  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Sammy Vasquez Jr  —  def  —  Felix Diaz  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Deontay Wilder  —  def  —  Chris Arreola  —  via  —  KO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE