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Last night Saturday June 17th 2017 on HBO PPV, Andre “S.O.G” Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) for the second time Via TKO in the 8th round.  In what was a shocking turn of event, Ward turned the fight around and knocked Kovalev out with body shots.  In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KO’s) got a first round KO victory over the undefeated Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KO’s), on a very controversial call at the end of the first round.  Both fighters seemed to fight past the bell of the opening round, and Rigondeaux ld anded a punch after the bell that knocked Flores out.  The fight should have been called a no decision, but was instead called a KO victory for Rigondeaux.  Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KO’s) was also victorious over the gun shy Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KO’s), as he defeated him with a 4th round TKO.

Ward VS Kovalev 2 started in similar fashion as their first fight.  Kovalev was on the attack from the opening bell, and Ward was on his heels being very defensive, while trying to counter punch.  Kovalev out landed Ward in all of the first 6 rounds except one, and it seemed like Ward was far behind on the scorecards again.  Ward however did commit to the body of Kovalev, and it would end up paying dividends.  Ward’s slick and effective body punching would soften up Kovalev’s mid section, and have him looking gassed by the 5th round.  Kovalev was breathing heavy and losing steam, just like in their first meeting.

Ward started coming alive in the second half of the fight, just as he he in the first fight.  In the 7th round, he came right out with a huge right hand that hit Kovalev right on the money, and then continued with a sustained body attack.  In a tight 7th round however, Sergey Kovalev seemed to be tiring some more, even though he was the aggressor for most of the round.  In the 8th round, Kovalev seemed to start really being bothered by Andre Ward’s body punching mid way through the round.  With about a minuted left in the 8th, Ward landed a spectacular straight right hand which really stunned Kovalev, and Ward would go on the attack with Sergey backing up.  Kovalev, looking like he was about to keel over, got pinned against the ropes took 3 more hellacious uppercuts to the gut, and referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.  Kovalev simply looked as if he could no longer defend himself because of the sustained body punishment.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for stevenson vs fonfara 2Last night on ShowTime Championship boxing, we had a double header from Montreal Quebec Canada where Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KO’s) defeated Jean Pascal (31-5-1, 18 KO’s) to remain the number 1 contender for the WBC Light Heavyweight title.  Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KO’s) was also victorious against Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KO’s) to retain his WBC Light Heavyweight title.  Stevenson has been super inactive the last 3 years since his first fight with Fonfara, but looked like he hasn’t skipped a beat.  Adonis put Fonfara down in the first round again, just as in their first fight, and Fonfara would get up and barely escape the round.  In the second round, Fonfara took a few more brutal left hands from Adonis, and his trainer Virgil Hunter was forced to stop the fight.  Stevenson remains the WBC Light Heavyweight champion.

In the co-feature, Eleider Alvarez defeated the gun shy Jean Pascal via a very surprising majority decision, in a fight that Alvarez clearly won.  Pascal was very inactive throughout the fight, and then tried to steal rounds in the final seconds.  His plan obviously did not work.  Alvarez won the fight with his jab, which was by far his best punch.  Pascal had a few flurries here and there throughout the fight, but would ultimately come up way short.  Alvarez landed 174 of 508 (34%) punches, while Pascal landed 104 of 369 (28%) punches.  Judge Rodolfo Ramirez had the fight 117-111, judge Jack Woodburn had the fight 116-112 both in favor of Alvarez.  Ironically, the only judge to score the fight a draw was judge Richard Decarufel (114-114), who was the only Canadian judge, where Pascal is a fan favorite.  Eleider Alvarez remains undefeated as he escapes Montreal with a majority decision victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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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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

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

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Their first fight was amazing, in fact it was even on the score cards through the first six rounds.  The rematch told a different story.  On Saturday night March 25th, Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KO’s) proved that he indeed was the superior fighter, when he defeated Anthony Crolla (31-6, 13 KO’s) again in their rematch.  Corolla looked great in the first round, and looked like he would make this another close fight.  Unfortunately, that was the only round he looked great in.

Linares completely took over the fight from the second round on, by controlling the distance and range with his jab, and landing vicious left hooks to the body that slowed Crolla down.  In the 5th round, Linares found the right uppercut, and landed it repeatedly throughout the rest of the fight.  The left uppercut would come as well, as Linares dropped Crolla with it in the 7th round.  Crolla actually came out strong in the 8th, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency, and did box a bit better in the later rounds.  On my card, Crolla won the 8th, but it would be the only other round besides the first that he would win.  All judges were in agreement at the end of 12 rounds, with a final score of 118-109 in favor of Jorge Linares.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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What are we used to seeing from GGG?  Knockout wins!  On Saturday night we almost saw a loss, as Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) barely gets by Daniel Jacobs (32-2, 29 KO’s).  Golovkin Started off the fight by stalking his prey (Jacobs), just as he usually does, and in the 4th round, GGG knocked Jacobs down.  Just another Golovkin fight where he imposes his will on his overmatched opponent right?  Wrong!!!!!

Jacobs would recover from the knockdown and continue on.  The jab and movement were the keys for Jacobs.  He had a plan and he stuck to it.  He has to be given credit for that, because as the great Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan ’til they get hit in the mouth”.  Well jacobs got his alright, but he stayed tough and went the distance with GGG even though he lost the fight.  Golovkin made one critical mistake that almost lost him the fight, and if he wasn’t such a smart and skilled boxer, he would have lost.  His mistake was that he didn’t go to the body.  GGG is one of the best body punchers in the sport, and he totally abandoned that in this fight.  In fact, Jacobs landed more body punches then Golovkin.

Not going to the body, allowed Jacobs to keep moving and give Golovkin fits.  The final Scores of the fight were 115-112/115-112/114-113 all in favor of Golovkin.  I scored the fight 114-113, giving each man 6 rounds a piece with the knock down being the 1 point difference in the score.  Golovkin looked as if he grossly underestimated Jacobs, and one must ask the question.  Does GGG care anymore unless Canelo Alvarez is his opponent?  I don’t know the answer to that question, but it sure did look like it.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE