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It official.  On November 12th 2016, Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KO’s) will face Malik Scott (38-2-2, 13 KO’s) on HBO Boxing After Dark.  The fight will be aired at 4pm ET and will take place at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.  #1 WBA ranked Luis Ortiz and unranked Malik Scott will go at it for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Heavyweight title.

Luis Ortiz destroyed Tony Thompson back in March of this year via 6th round knockout, in the DC Armory.  Coincidentally, Malik Scott’s last victory was also against Tony Thompson, when he defeated him by unanimous decision back in October of 2015.  Ortiz will be a heavy favorite in this fight, and it should be a fairly easy one for him.  Although they are about the same age, Scott is coming off of a very long lay off, and his age in the ring is higher then Ortiz’.  Scot has been in the professional game a lot longer, and his age will show a lot more then Ortiz’.




Image result for jim lampley the fight gameOn the last episode of “The Fight Game”, Jim Lampley slammed The Premier Boxing Champions series, and rightfully so, as he pretty much stated that the series, and promoter is preventing the biggest fights from happening.  he went on to say “despite the extraordinary accumulation of talent, and the seeming abundance of money, competitive fights like Leo Santa Cruz VS Abner Mares and Keith Thurman VS Shawn Porter, have been few and far in between.  For the most part, PBC stars have been given faint hearted match-ups, against lack luster opponents, followed by long lay-offs, with predictable results, in TV ratings and advertising sales.”  PBC has also announced that two prime time cards in December, have been dropped for now.  That goes along with 3 NBC Sports fight cards, also to be dropped.  There are no PBC fight cards scheduled as of now, for the remainder of 2016.

Is Jim Lampley correct in his statements against Premier Boxing Champions?  He most certainly is.  I wrote an article a while back about the PBC/Al Haymon problem, and it is proving to be true, if all the rest of the fight cards for 2016 have been dropped.  Except of Thurman VS Porter, and Santa Cruz VS Mares, every single other fight that has happened on PBC, has been totally predictable.  Hardcore boxing fans, and even some casual fans, could probably have told you the outcome of almost every fight on PBC before it even took place.  To go along with all that, the commercials kill the show.  Fans cannot see the in ring drama and pep talks that trainers give their fighters in between rounds, because prime time television must cut to commercial.

There are over 200 fighters that have bought into PBC, with huge names that include Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, Deontay Wilder, Mikey Garcia, Adrien Broner, and the list goes on.  Santa Cruz, Mares, Thurman, and Porter are the only ones that have had meaningful and unpredictable fights.  Everything else aired, has been completely lopsided, and thus very boring.  This series (PBC), was created to bring the biggest fights to a main stream audience that does not have the luxury of HBO and Showtime, and it has failed miserably to do so.  Will Premier Boxing Champions last past next year?  My prediction is no.  They will probably schedule a few fights, cancel a few, and ultimately the series will just fade away.  It has also prevented so many mega fights, with the biggest being Sergey Kovalev VS Adonis Stevenson, and will continue to prevent many more, until it is canceled for good.  Unfortunately, PBC creator Al Haymon, only like to do business with himself, and for that reason, the mega fights that should have been, actually never happened.



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

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

3.  Gennady Golovkin               36 – 0 – 0 (33 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                       48 – 1 – 1 (34 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.


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

  1. Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-0, 53 KO’s)
  2. Deontay Wilder (37-0-0, 36 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Kubrat Pulev (23-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  4. Anthony Joshua (17-0-0, 17 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Luis Ortiz (25-0-0, 22 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Grigory Drozd (40-1-0, 28 KO’s)
  2. Denis Lebedev (29-2-0, 22 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Oleksander Usyk (10-0-0, 9 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Tony Bellew (27-2-1, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1-0, 16 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Adonis Stevenson (28-1-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Eleider Alvarez (20-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  4. Andre Ward (30-0-0, 15 KO’s)
  5. Juergen Braehmer (48-2-0, 35 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. James DeGale (23-1-0, (14 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gilberto Ramirez (34-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  4. George Groves (24-3-0, 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 (23-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. David Lemieux (35-3-0, 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. Erislandy Lara (23-2-2, 12 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Jermall Charlo (24-0-0, 18 KO’s)   IBF
  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. Amir Khan (31-4-0, 19 KO’s)
  4. Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KO’s)
  5. Timothy Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Terence Crawford (29-0-0, 20 KO’s)   RING, WBC, WBO

  1. Viktor Postol (28-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  2. Lucas Matthysse (37-4-0, 34 KO’s)
  3. Adrien Broner (32-2-0, 24 KO’s)
  4. Antonio Orozco (25-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  5. Eduard Troyanovsky (25-0-0, 22 KO’s)   IBF

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

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

  1. Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0-0, 15 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. Richard Commey (24-1-0, 22 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO’s)
  3. Vasyl  Lomachenko (6-1-0, 4 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Takashi Miura (30-3-2, 23 KO’s)
  5. Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBA

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Garry Russel Jr (27-1-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Carl Frampton (23-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Lee Selby (23-1-0, 8 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KO’s)
  5. Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guilliermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Scott Quigg (31-1-2, 23 KO’s)
  3. Nonito Donaire (37-3-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Genesis Servania (27-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Rey Vargas (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

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

  1. Jaime McDonnell (28-2-1, 12 KO’s)
  2. Rau’Shee Warren (14-1-0, $ KO’s)   WBA
  3. Juan Carlos Payano (17-1-0, 8 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 (11-0-0, 9 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. Luis Concepcion (35-4-0, 24 KO’s)   WBA

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Roman Gonzalez (46-0-0, 38 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2-0, 24 KO’s)   WBA, WBO
  2. Kazuto Ioka (20-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  3. Johriel Casimero (23-3-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22 KO’s)
  5. Brian Virolia (36-5-0, 22 KO’s)

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Randy Petalcorin (23-2-1, 18 KO’s)
  3. Pedro Guevara (28-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Akira Yaegashi (24-5-0, 12 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Javier Mendoza (24-3-1, 19 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (42-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (13-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Byron Rojas (18-3-3, 8 KO’s)
  4. Hekkie Budler (29-2-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Jose Argumedo (18-3-1, 10 KO’s)   IBF

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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:


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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)



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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)



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



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.



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.