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This past Saturday night, May 20th 2017, Gary Russell Jr (28-1, 17 KO’s) successfully defended his WBC Featherweight title, when he defeated Omar Escandon via 7th round technical knockout.  From the opening bell, Russell’s hand speed advantage was evident, as he clobbered Escandon with combinations.  Escandon was game, and in certain rounds was able to give Gary some fits.  Russell however, being the more skilled of the 2 by far, would counter with combinations throughout the whole fight.  In the 7th round, Russell would fire off a vicious combination, and put Escandon on jelly legs.  Russell then closed in and fired off a huge straight left, and as Escandon was going down, the referee would stop the fight.

Saturday also produced one of the biggest robberies in boxing history, as all three judges gave Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KO’s) the victory by a wide margin over Kiryl Relikh (21-2, 19 KO’s), in a fight that Barthelemy clearly lost.  Also, Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KO’s) defeated Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KO’s) by disqualification, after Uzcategui knocked Dirrell out with a punch that he threw after the bell.  What happened after was a shocker.  Dirrell’s uncle came into the ring and cold clocked Uzcategui with a bare fist, before running out of the ring.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis (18-0, 17 KO’s) stole the show however, as he made his first defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight title, when he defeated unbeaten Liam Walsh via 3rd round TKO.  Davis felt Walsh out for the first 2 rounds, and then in the 3rd, he pounded walsh against the ropes with combinations.  Walsh somehow got off the ropes, but took a vicious left to the head that put him down.  Walsh got up, but with no legs under him, and Davis went in for the kill.  Davis landed 2 punches and the fight was stopped in the 3rd.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight Saturday May 20th 2017, Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KO’s) defends his TheRing/WBC/WBO Junior Welterweight titles against Felix Diaz(19-1, 9 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Madison Square Garden and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10:15pm ET.  In the Co-feature, Raymundo Beltran(32-7-1, 19 KO’s) and Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Felix Diaz Tale of The Tape Terence Crawford
19 Wins 30
1 Lost 0
9 KOs 21
0 Draws 0
20 Total Fights 30
45% KO% 70%
5’5″ Height 5’8″
67″ Reach 70″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Dominican Republic Nationality Omaha, Nebraska, United States
1983-12-10 Date of Birth September 28th, 1987

 

Predictions:

Jonathan Maicelo  —  def  —  Raymundo Beltran  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Felix Diaz  —  via TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Tonight Saturday May 20th 2017, Gary Russell Jr (27-1, 16 KO’s) will take on Omar Escandon (25-2, 16 KO’s) and defend his WBC Featherweight title.  The Fight will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions form the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland, and will air on Showtime at 8pm ET.  In the co-feature, Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KO’s) will Take on Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KO’s) with the IBF Super Featherweight title on the line.  That fight will be brought to you from England.  Also, Anfre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KO’s) will take on Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gary Russell Jr. Tale of The Tape Oscar Escandon
27 Wins 25
1 Lost 2
16 KOs 16
0 Draws 0
28 Total Fights 27
57% KO% 59%
5’5″ Height 5’3″
61″ Reach 66″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Washington, DC, USA Nationality Ibague, Colombia
June 5th, 1988 Date of Birth July 10th 1984

 

Predictions:

Andre Dirrell  — def  —  Jose Uzcategui  —  via  —  Unanimous Deciosn

Gervonta Davis  —  def  —  Liam Walsh  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gary Russell Jr  —  def  —  Omar Escandon  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Related imageOn September 16th of 2017, the fight that everyone has been patiently waiting for will finally happen when Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) takes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s).  Every Middleweight title will be on the line in this matchup except the WBO middleweight world title, which is currently around the waist of Billy Joe Saunders.  Golovkin will be defending his WBAsuper/WBC/IBF Middleweight titles, while Canelo Alvarez will be defending his TheRing Middleweight title, and they will also duke it out for the vacant Lineal Middleweight title.

Canelo Alvarez is coming off of a completely one sided victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, in a fight where he won every round.  Canelo completely dominated Chavez from start to finish, in what was basically a 12 round beat down.  Chavez tried to box with Canelo, who is by far the superior boxer of the two, instead of doing what he normally does, and trying to make the fight a brawl, which hurt him badly in the end.  Golovkin recently defeated Daniel Jacobs, in what was a very narrow unanimous decision victory.  Golovkin knocked Jacobs down, and that proved to be the difference on the scorecards.  These are by far the worlds 2 best middleweights, and they will go at it on September 16th for all the marbles.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This past Saturday night April 29th 2017, Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KO’s) defeated Wladimir Klitschko (64-5, 54 KO’s) via TKO in there 11th round.  Joshua successfully defended his IBF World Heavyweight title, and won the vacant WBAsuper World Heavyweight title, in the back and fourth fight.  In the first few rounds, Klitschko looked a bit gun shy, just like in the Tyson Fury fight, and in the 5th round, Joshua would put him down.

Anthony Joshua definitely punched himself out in the 5th, going for the kill, and i assume that when Klitschko went down, Joshua thought the fight was over.  As a result, he looked completely gassed in the 6th round, and at that point, Klitschko would land a monster right hand that would put AJ down for the first time in his career.  Joshua would get up, but would also take the next few rounds off completely.  At that point, Joshua looked lie he was going to let the fight slip away, because the scorecards were very close.

In the 11th round, Joshua would have a resurgence.  He landed a huge uppercut that snapped Wladimir’s head back.  How he didn’t go down on that one is beyond me.  He would however go down twice later in the round.  Joshua would trap Klitschko in the corner towards the end of the round and throw a garage of punches.  Klitschko was still hurt from the knockdowns, and was not throwing back, so the referee stopped the fight.  It goes down as a TKO11 victory for Anthony Joshua.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday April 29th 2017, Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KO’s) will defend his IBF World Heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO’s).  They will also fight for the vacant WBAsuper World Heavyweight title.  The fight will take place at Wembley Stadium in London England, and will be brought to you by Sky Sports .  The fight will also be aired by HBO Boxing & Showtime at 4:15pm ET.  In the co-feature, Scott Quigg (32-1-2, 24 KO’s) will take on Viorel Simon (21-1, 9 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout for the WBA international title.  Also on the card, Luke Campbell (16-1, 13 KO’s) and Darleys Perez (33-2-2, 21 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Wladimir Klitschko Tale of The Tape Anthony Joshua
64 Wins 18
4 Lost 0
53 KOs 18
0 Draws 0
68 Total Fights 18
78% KO% 100%
6′ 6″ Height 6’6″
81″ Reach 82″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Kiev, Ukraine Nationality Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Born March 25, 1976 Date of Birth October 15th 1989

 

Predictions:

Luke Campbell  —  def  —  Darleys Perez  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Scott Quigg  —  def  —  Viorel Simon  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Anthony Joshua  —  def  —  Wladimir Klitschko  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 

Image result for lomachenko vs sosaLast night on HBO Boxing, Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KO’s) successfully defended his WBO Junior Lightweight title when he easily defeated Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KO’s) by technical knockout in the 9th round.  Lomachenko once again showed us why he belongs in the conversation amongst the elite fighters in the sport today.  Unfortunately it was at the expense of Jason Sosa, whom sadly did not win even one second of last nights fight.  It was another boxing lesson given put by the man that calls himself “High-Tech”, just as we saw him do against Nicholas Walters, and after Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin barley beat their last opponents, Lomachenko has to be talked about as the most difficult man to defeat in all of boxing.

Lomachenko, typically not the fastest starter, was a bit careful in the first round, and that’s all it took for him to figure out Jason Sosa.  By the 4th round, Lomachenko was peppering Sosa with blistering nominations, and Sosa had no answer for it.  After the 6th round it was just becoming embarrassing to watch, as Lomachenko started toying with Sosa completely.  He went as far as to make the hand gestures of being a matador, and Sosa being the dumb bull that couldn’t touch him.  This angered Sosa and he started throwing haymakers, missing all of them by the way.  Lomachenko then started flailing his hands in between combinations, making fun of Sosa that he couldnt hit him.

In the 9th round, Sosa’s eye which was starting to swell badly 2 rounds prior, took some more punishment.  Towards the end of the round, Lomachenko was hitting Sosa at will.  Sosa took a bad land hand, followed by a combination rendering him unable to really defend himself, and after the round his corner had seen enough.  Sosa’s trainer threw in the towel, and the fight was stopped by the referee.  If he hasn’t already done so, Vasyl Lomachenko has cemented himself in to the top 5 pound for pound fighter conversation. The final punch stats tell the whole story of the fight as Vasyl Lomachenko landed 275 of 696 (40%) of his punches, and Jason Sosa landed only 68 of 286 (24%) of his punches.

Also last night on the undercard, Aleksander Usyk defeated Michael Hunter by 12 round Unanimous Decision, handing Hunter his first career loss.  In the co-fratured bout, Oleksandr Gvozdyk completely wiped out Yuniesky Gonzalez in a 3rd round TKO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE