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This Saturday night February 18th 2017, Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KO’s) steps back in to the ring to take on Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 11 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  The fight will take place at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati Ohio, and will be live on Showtime Boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KO’s) will take on David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KO’s) for the WBA interim Welterweight title.  Also on the card, Thomas Williams Jr (22-2, 14 KO’s) will face the undefeated Marcus Brown (18-0, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ADRIEN BRONER

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight/Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Paulie Mallignagi  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 6/22/13.  (Won WBA Welterweight title)
  • Marcos Maidana  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/14/13.
  • Shawn Porter  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/20/15.

 

ADRIAN GRANADOS

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-Record:  18 – 4 – 2, 11 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight/Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Felix Diaz  —  Loss, Majority Decision, 11/21/14.
  • Brad Solomon  —  Loss, Split Decision, 5/2/15.
  • Amir Imam  —  Win, TKO 8th round, 11/28/15.

 

Predictions:

Marcus Brown  —  def  —  Thomas Williams Jr  —  via TKO 8th round

Lamont Peterson  —  def  —  David Avanasyan  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Adrien Broner  —  def  —  Adrian Granados  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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After months and months of rumors surrounding the possibility of a Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KO’s) and Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KO’s) fight, the two have reportedly reached and agreement.  There was a purse bid for the fight scheduled for tomorrow (2/14/17), but the two have apparently reached an agreement on the terms.  The rumors have been floating around for a while now, even before the “GGG” fight.  Then after the Golovkin fight, Brook was going to apparently vacate the IBF Welterweight title, and only drop back down to junior middleweight (154lbs).  Then there were the rumors of Brook and Amir Khan finally fighting.  Finally after everything, it seems that Kell Brook will indeed fight Errol Spence Jr.  After fighting Golovkin at Middleweight, Brook will have to shed a lot of weight to get back down to 147 pounds, which is the welterweight limit, because right now, he looks like he’s floating somewhere between 175 and 180 pounds.

The fight will take place on May 20th 2017 at Bramal Lane in Sheffield England, Brooks hometown.  Bramal Lane seats 32000 people, so it should draw in a huge crowd, if not a sell out crowd.  Brook’s only loss of his career was when he moved up 2 weight classes to fight Gennady Golovkin at Middleweight, a fight that Spence would have lost as well if he had taken it.  At Welterweight, Brook is the current IBF champion, and is undefeated.  Both fighters have knockout power in both hands, but the power edge would have to go to Errol Spence.  If you are talking about pure boxing ability, Brook has the edge there, along with a longer resume, which means more experience.  This will be a great fight for fans and for boxing.  The best fighting the best!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

1.  Roman Gonzalez                 46 – 0 – 0 (38 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Nicaragua

2.  Andre Ward                        31 – 0 – 0 (15 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 U.S.A.

3.  Gennady Golovkin               36 – 0 – 0 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

4.  Sergey Kovalev                    31 – 1 – 1 (26 KO’s)               Light Heavyweight                 Russia

5.  Terence Crawford                30 – 0 – 0 (21 KO’s)               Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

6.  Vasyl Lomachenko               7 – 1 – 0 (5 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

7.  Saul Alvarez                       48 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)                 Middleweight                       Mexico

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

9.  Naoya Inoue                      12 – 0 – 0 (10 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

10. Mikey Garcia                      36 -0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.

Champ – Tyson Fury (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   RING

  1. Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-0, 53 KO’s)
  2. Deontay Wilder (37-0-0, 36 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Kubrat Pulev (24-1-0, 13 KO’s)
  4. Anthony Joshua (18-0-0, 18 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Luis Ortiz (27-0-0, 23 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (11-0-0, 10 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Denis Lebedev (29-3-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1-0, 16 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Andre Ward (31-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s)
  3. Adonis Stevenson (28-1-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Eleider Alvarez (21-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Artur Beterbiev (11-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. James DeGale (23-1-1, (14 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gilberto Ramirez (34-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  4. George Groves (25-3-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Andre Dirrell (25-2-0, 16 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (48-1-1, 33 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (36-0-0, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-1-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (24-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. David Lemieux (36-3-0, 32 KO’s)
  5. Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Saul Alvarez (48-1-1, 33 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Jermall Charlo (25-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 12 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Miguel Cotto (40-5-0, 33 KO’s)
  5. Jermell Charlo (28-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBC

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Kell Brook (36-1-0, 25 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Keith Thurman (27-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KO’s)
  4. Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Timothy Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Terence Crawford (30-0-0, 21 KO’s)   RING, WBC, WBO

  1. Viktor Postol (28-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  2. Adrien Broner (32-2-0, 24 KO’s)
  3. Antonio Orozco (25-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  4. Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KO’s)
  5. Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KO’s)   WBA

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (41-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (36-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Terry Flanagan (31-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Robert Easter (18-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KO’s)
  5. Denis Shofikov (38-2-1, 20 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1-0, 5 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO’s)
  3. Jezreel Corrales (21-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Miguel Berchelt (31-1-0, 28 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 23 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (27-1-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (23-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (23-1-0, 8 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guilliermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Genesis Servania (27-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  4. Rey Vargas (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)
  5. Nonito Donaire (37-4-0, 24 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2, 18 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  2. Rau’Shee Warren (14-1-0, 4 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Juan Carlos Payano (18-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  4. Lee Haskins (34-3-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1, 12 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Naoya Inoue (12-0-0, 10 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Roman Gonzalez (46-0-0, 23 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carlos Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KO’s)
  4. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KO’s)
  5. Juan Francisco Estrada (34-2-0, 24 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Kazuto Ioka (21-1-0, 13 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Johriel Casimero (23-3-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22 KO’s)
  4. Moruti Mthalane (32-2-0, 21 KO’s)
  5. Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1-0, 5 KO’s)

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Perdo Guevara (29-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  2. Akira Yaegashi (25-5-0, 13 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Ganigan Lopez (28-6-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Kosei Tanaka (8-0-0, 5 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KO’s)   WBA

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (45-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (14-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Byron Rojas (18-3-3, 8 KO’s)
  4. Jose Argumedo (19-3-1, 11 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO

Image result for vargas vs bercheltLast night on HBO Boxing After Dark, we were all lucky to see two wars happen, as Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KO’s) defeated Miguel Roman (56-12, 43 KO’s), and Miguel Berchelt (31-1, 28 KO’s) made a name for himself by upsetting the previously undefeated Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KO’s).  Both fights were absolute wars, but very different from each other.  Both fights will have a chance to be Fight-of-the-year candidates for sure, and both fights definitely shortened the careers of all 4 participants.

Miura and Roman both known for their offense and definitely not their defense, did not disappoint.  Miura seemed to have the advantage in the first few rounds, as he was more active and accurate.  Towards the middle of the fight, Miguel Roman almost took the fight over with his combinations, and staying busier then Miura.  Miura looked spent by the 7th round, and was even asked by his trainer if he wanted to continue.  The never say die Miura of course would not quit, but knowing that he was spent, he believed he needed a KO.  Loading up with every punch, Miura finally caught Roman with one of the most vicious body shots i have ever seen, and put him down in the 10th round.  He would put Roman down in the 11th as well, and still feeling the effects of that body shot, Roman would go down for good in the 12th from another flurry of punches.

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In the main event, we saw another banger, as Miguel Berchelt stepped up to the challenge, and defeated Francisco Vargas.  Vargas looked good in the first few rounds, but Berchelt was game to weather the early storm, and apparently trust his conditioning to go into deeper waters.  For someone that has never been past 6 rounds in his career, he looked great in the second half of the fight.  They would clash heads several times, and a very deep and wide cut would open up above Vargas’ left eye.  Berchelt Capitalized on this opportunity, and began to pepper Vargas with huge shots.  Vargas, with all the heart in the world, continued to fight, but by the 9th round, Berchelt took a commanding lead on the scorecards.  Perhaps it was due to the fact that Vargas had blood in his eye for pretty much half the fight and coildnt see the punches coming on his left side, but Berchelt was beating o him pretty good.  With no chance to win, the referee stopped the fight in the 11th round, and saved Francisco Vargas from himself.  It was apparent that neither man would go down, and the only thing that could have happened is that Vargas would just sustain more and perhaps permanent damage to his eye.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for frampton vs santa cruz 2Last night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, we witnessed a pair of dynamite fights.  in the co-featured bout of the evening, Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KO’s) made his ring return, in hopes of winning a championship in a third weight class.  Garcia is looking to climb back to the top of the sport after that 2 and a half year layoff, even publicly saying that he is the best boxer in the world today.  Last night, he took a major step in proving that point to the general public.  Garcia took on the WBC Lightweight champion, undefeated Dejan Vlaticanin (22-1, 15 KO’s).  The shorter Zlaticanin tired to bulls rush Garcia and wear him down with pressure, but to no affect.  Garcia’s superior boxing skills kept Zlaticanin at bay, while controlling the range of the fight.  In the 3rd round, Garcia hit Zlaticanin with a vicious uppercut that dazed him badly, and with his hands dropped and no idea wear he was, Garcia hit Zlaticanin with a huge right hand that put him down.  Zlaticanin was knocked out cold, and there was major concern after the fight.  Zlaticanin was dead weight and did not move for almost 5 min.  He would however eventually get up, with was a good sign.  Garcia’s concern for his opponent also really showed what a class act he really is, and he goes home with the WBC Lightweight title.

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In the main event, it was the long awaited rematch between Carl Frampton (23-1, 14 KO’s)  and Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KO’s).  Santa Cruz really showed what a versatile talent he really is, changing his game plan and style completely to adjust to Frampton’s counter punching ability.  In their first fight, Santa Cruz was his usual hyperactive wild self, and got countered all night long.  This time around, he stayed on the outside and very composed, using his jab more then we ever seen him.  Frampton obviously did not think that Santa Cruz was capable of fighting in thus style, and as a result, was very ill prepared. At the end of the fight, realizing he was obviously down on the score cards, Frampton had to sell out and risk getting hit, and start throwing bombs in hopes of getting a knock out win.  It was to no affect however, as Santa Cruz countered him effectively.  Santa Cruz escapes with a close win (even thought the judges had it a lot closer then it actually was), with the final scores of 114-114, 115-113, and 115-113.  He takes back the title he lost to Frampton, and hands him his first career loss, after Frampton did the same to him.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, January 28th 2017, it is the rematch we have all been waiting for.  Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KO’s) will put his WBAsuper World Featherweight title on the line against the man he took it from Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada.  It is brought to you by Premier zBoxing Champions, and will be live on Showtime Championship Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, two undefeated stars will go at it as Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KO’s) puts his WBC Lightweight title on the line against Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Carl Frampton Tale of The Tape Leo Santa Cruz
23 Wins 32
0 Lost 1
14 KOs 18
0 Draws 1
23 Total Fights 34
61% KO% 53%
5’5″ Height 5’7″
62″ Reach 70″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Belfast, Northern Ireland Nationality Huetamo, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico
February 21st, 1987 Date of Birth August 10th, 1988

 

Predictions:

Mikey Garcia  —  def  —  Dejan Zlaticanin  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Carl Frampton  —  def  —  Leo Santa Cruz  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE