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Last night on ShowTime Championship boxing we had a double header.  In the first bout of the evening, Jermell Charol () defeated former world champ Austin Trout by majority decision to retain his WBC Junior Middleweight title.  Not much of anything happened in the opening round, but in the second, Austin Trout out worked Charlo and won the round by default.  In the 3rd round, Charlo knocked down Trout, but it seemed to m\be more of a slip.  A punch did land at the same time so its scored a knockdown.  Later in the third however, Charlo landed a huge right that seemed to bother Trout.  In the 6th, Trout nailed Charlo with 2 very good lefts that seemed to slightly wobble Charlo, but he failed to capitalize on them, as Charlo didn’t really seem hurt.

Charlie would score another flash knockdown in the 9th round, which looked to be a punch behind the head.  Trout got up quickly and showed that the punch didn’t hurt him, just threw him off balance.  Charlo would take over completely in the 10th, as he landed a few huge right hands that bothered Trout.  The 11th and 12th weren’t that eventful, but Charlo looked like the fresher man in both rounds.  Judge Eddie Hernandez scored the fight 115-111 for Charlo, Tom Carusone scored it 118-108 for Charlo, and Fernando Villarreal somehow scored it 113-113.  He must have been watching a different fight.  Charlie wins by majority decision, and remains an undefeated champion.

The main event was very eventful on the other hand, as Leo Santa Cruz () defeated Abner Mares by unanimous decision.  In the first 2 rounds, Mares looked good, as he found a home for his right hand early.  In the third however, Santa Cruz would negate that right hand with his uppercut, which he landed a few times.  Rounds 4-6, Santa Cruz started boxing smart, as he controlled the range with his jab.  Mares was throwing less as a result.  In the 7th round, Santa Cruz started picking Mares apart with 1-2 combinations.  At the end of the round, there was a huge exchange of punches, as Santa Cruz landed a huge left hook on Mares.

The fight took a turn in the 8th, as a clash of heads caused a big cut above the left eye of Leo Santa Cruz.  As a result, Leo became a bit cautious and Mares started walking him down.  Santa Cruz’ corner did a good job on the cut, and it would bother him no longer.  The 12th round was an absolute brawl, but Leo Santa Cruz got the better of it.  Santa Cruz ends up landing 357 of 1061 punches, and Mares finishes at 208 of 931.  A mirror image of their first fight.  Recant Denseco scored it 115-113 (Santa Cruz), Steve Weisfelds scored it 116-112 (Santa Cruz), and Zachary Young scored it 117-111 (Santa Cruz).  Leo Santa Cruz wins by unanimous decision, and becomes the WBAundisputed World Featherweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for horn vs crawfordESPN+ delivered tonight, as they put out a great undercard, co-feature, and main event.  On the undercard, Shakur Stevenson (7-0, 4 KO’s) defeated Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO 2nd round.  Stevenson knocked Mesquita down twice in the first round, and 3 times in the second before his corner ultimately threw in the towel.  Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) knocked out Frank Rojas (22-1, 21 KO’s) in the first round, and re established himself as a welterweight contender.  In the co-feature of the evening, Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s) won a decision against Antonio Moran (23-2, 16 KO’s) in a back and forth affair, but ultimately all 3 judges scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Jose Pedraza.

In the main event, Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) defeated Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) and captured the WBO Welterweight title, which now makes him a 3 division champion.  The first two rounds were feelers, as both fighters wanted to see what the other had to offer.  Horn’s herky jerky style definitely made Crawford a bit uncomfortable to start the fight.  In the 3rd round however, Crawford had Horn all figured out.  Horn was just coming straight forward, and Crawford landed a beautiful check hook, and a couple of huge straight lefts.  Horn continued to walk right into Crawford’s left hand in the 4th, with the 5th being more of the same.

In the 6th round,Crawford landed a huge uppercut as Horn was trying to pin him against the ropes, followed by some nice body shots as Horn started backing up.  In the 8th round, Crawford switched back to right handed, which he hadn’t done since the first round, and landed a double left hook (one to the body and one to the head) which really staggered Jeff Horn.  Bud then quickly switched back to lefty and peppered Horn with combinations.  He also landed a huge straight left right at the bell and almost put Horn down.  His glove was literally inches from touching the canvas.  In the 9th, Crawford landed another left that did put Horn down, but he would get back up.  Crawford, in attack mode now, started throwing left hand bombs, most of which landed flush, and referee Robert Byrd was forced to stop the fight.  Crawford remains undefeated in his move to 147 pounds, and is now the WBO Welterweight champion of the world.  He calls this the take over, and Horn is his first victim.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Also tomorrow night June 9th 2018, Premier Boxing Champions presents the rematch of Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) VS Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s).  Santa Cruz will defend his WBAsuper World Featherweight title.  The fight will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KO’s) will defend his WBC Junior Middleweight title against Austin “No Doubt” Trout (31-4, 17 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

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-Record:  34 – 1 – 1, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Abner Mares  —  Win, MD (12), 8/29/15.  (Won vacant WBAsuper Featherweight title)
  • Carl Frampton #1  —  Loss, MD (12), 7/30/16.
  • Carl Frampton #2  —  Win, MD (12), 1/28/17.  (Won WBAsuper Featherweight title)

 

ABNER MARES

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 5″

-Reach:  66″

-Notable Fights

  • Daniel Ponce de Leon  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 5/4/13.  (Won WBC Featherweight title)
  • Leo Santa Cruz  —  Loss, MD (12), 8/29/15.
  • Jesus Cuellar  —  Win, SD (12), 12/10/16.  (Won WBA Featherweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jermell Charlo  —  def  —  Austin Trout  —  via  —  KO 7th round

Leo Santa Cruz  —  def  —  Abner Mares  —  via  —  decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday June 9th 2018, Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO Welterweight title on the line agains Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be streaming live live on ESPN+ at 9:30pm ET.  (Subscription is $4.99/month).  In the co-feature, Frank Rojas (22-0, 21 KO’s) and Jose Benavidez (26-0, 17 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

JEFF HORN

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-Record:  18 – 0 – 1, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ali Funeka  —  Win, TKO 6th round (10), 12/10/16.
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, UD (12), 6/2/17.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)
  • Gary Corcoran  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 12/13/17.

 

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  32 – 0 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Beltran  —  Win, UD (12), 11/29/14.  (Won TheRing Lightweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, UD (12), 7/23/16.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won TheRing/IBF/WBC/WBO/WBA Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jose Benadivez  —  def  —  Frank Rojas  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jeff Horn  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday May 26th 2018, Jerwin Angcajas () will defend his WBC Super Flyweight title against Jonas Sultan ().  The fight will be brought to you by Top Rank Boxing, will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno California, and will be televised live on ESPN at 7pm ET.  Here is the tale of the tape and prediction:

Jerwin Ancajas Tale of The Tape Jonas Sultan
29 Wins 14
1 Losses 3
20 KO’s 9
1 Draws 0
31 Total Fights 17
65% KO% 53%
5’6″ Height 5’4″
66″ Reach  N/A
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines Nationality Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
1992-01-01 Date of Birth 1991-12-16

 

PREDICTION:

Jerwin Ancajas  —  def  —  Jonas Sultan  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for stevenson vs jackIt was a tale of two fights last night in Toronto Canada as Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO’s) and Badou Jack (22-1-4, 13 KO’s) fought to a draw at the Air Canada Center.  The first half of the fight was all Adonis Stevenson, as Badou Jacks’ plan was to conserve his energy until the second half of the fight against the aging Stevenson.  Jack might have waited a round too long to get going though, because two judges had the fight a draw.  Badou Jack barely threw any punches in the first half of the fight, and Stevenson took the first half basically by default.  He was slightly busier then Jack, but neither fighter did much through the first 6 rounds.

Badou Jack turned on the jets in the 7t round however, as he started outlining Stevenson by wide margins.  Jack was totally in control of the fight until the 10th round, until Stevenson finally landed a big body shot.  The punch seemed to slow Jack down a bunch, and he gave away the round.  Perhaps if that one punch didn’t land, jack would have won the fight.  Jack came out blazing in the 11th however, and put the beating on Stevenson.  In the 12th round, it was more Jack, as he pinned Stevenson against the ropes.  If the fight was 10 seconds longer, he would have dropped Stevenson.  I scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Jack, agreeing with one go the judges, but we were over ruled but the other two who scored the fight 114-114.

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Also last night on Showtime championship boxing, Gary Russell Jr (29-1, 12 KO’s) defeated JoJo Diaz Jr (26-1, 14 KO’s) and retained his WBC Featherweight title via 12 round unanimous decision.  Russell started fast, walking Diaz down, and pumping the jab keeping him at bay.  In the 3rd round, Diaz tried to make it a scrappy fight, which worked for a while.  Russell fell into the trap for a few rounds, but ultimately Diaz ran out of gas as he punched himself out.  By the 9th round, Russell was cruising again, and Diaz had no answer for it.  The 11th and 12th rounds were all Russell, ad Jojo Diaz was unable to muster any offense what so ever.  Diaz went for broke one more time at the end of the 12th, but it was too little too late.  Russell remains at the top of the featherweight division, and awaits the winner of Santa Cruz VS Mares.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Also tonight, May 19th 2018 on Showtime Championship boxing from a different venue, Gary Russell Jr (28-1, 17 KO’s) will make his long awaited ring return, as he defends his WBC World Featherweight title against Joseph Diaz Jr (26-0, 14 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland, and will be live on Showtime Championship boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Antonio Russell (10-0, 8 KO’s) will take on Esteban Aquino (14-4, 7 KO’s) in a 8 round Bantamweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gary Russell Jr. Tale of The Tape Joseph Diaz
28 Wins 26
1 Loses 0
17 KOs 14
0 Draws 0
29 Total Fights 26
59% KO% 54%
5’5″ Height 5’6″
61″ Reach 64″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
Washington, DC, USA Nationality South El Monte, California, USA
June 5th, 1988 Date of Birth November 23rd, 1992

 

PREDICTIONS:

Antonio Russell  —  def  —  Esteban Aquino  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Gary Russell JR  —  def  —  Joseph Diaz JR  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE