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Yesterday, September 22nd 2018, Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO’s) successfully defended his WBA/WBO/IBF World Heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KO’s).  Povetkin looked good early as he displayed his superior hand speed in round 1.  He landed a brutal combination finishing with a vicious left hook which seemed to break Joshuas nose.  Blood began to pour from it, and Joshua clearly looked bothered by the damage to his nose.  Povetkin continued the combinations in round 2, as AJ certainly looked frazzled and dumbfounded by Povetkin’s early success.

In the 3rd round, Joshua seemed to find his range, and was being much more effective as he boxed Povetkin from the outside.  The 4th was more of the same, as Joshua seemed to be gaining control of the fight.  Povetkin, at age 39, seemed to be losing steam in the 5th round, and the fight would not last much longer.  In the 7th round, AJ landed a huge right hand that badly stunned Povetkin, and a few punches later, he would go down.  Povetkin, on dream street, somehow got up from the knockdown, and was somehow allowed to continue, even though he had no legs under him, and was clearly almost out on his feet.  Joshua bombarded hime with punches, and Povetkin would go down again, this time for good.  Joshua remains the unified World Heavyweight champion, with a 7th round KO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for canelo vs ggg 2This past Saturday night, September 15th 2018, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) somehow escaped with the victory, as he defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s) via majority decision to become the new WBA/WBC/Ring Middleweight Champion.  The night started off with the return of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KO’s) as he easily defeated Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KO’s) via KO in the 5th round.  Gonzalez mauled Fuentes for 5 rounds, and finally in the fifth, recorded the knockout.  Fuentes was completely overmatched with skill, speed and power, and Gonzalez imposed his will for nearly 5 rounds.

The second fight of the evening was a very short one.  David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KO’s) put himself back in the title hunt as he defeat Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-3, 20 KO’s) with a vicious KO in the very first round.  There wasn’t much to say about this one, except Spike O’Sullivan just could not take Lemieux’s power, and he was disposed of quickly.  In the 3rd battle of the evening, Jaime Mungia (30-0, 25 KO’s) defeated Brandon Cook (20-2, 13 KO’s) in another quick one, as he stopped Cook in the third round of their fight.  Mungia successfully defended his new WBO Junior Middleweight title, and will no doubt be looking for the biggest fight possible, even though he is still only 21 years of age.

The main event was yet another disappointment for Gennady Golovkin, as he fought hard once again against Canelo Alvarez, and even though the final punch stats were in his favor again, he does not get the victory for the second straight fight.  Both fighters started off cautious in the 1st round, trying to find their range and gauge their opponent. The first 4 rounds were very hard to score and pretty even by anyones standards.  Golovkin would take over the fight in the middle rounds, as Canelo seemed to fade a bit.  Golovkin landed a few vicious right hands that seemed to bother Canelo, but again it wouldn’t be enough to convince the judges he won.  GGG had a great round 10 and 11, but Canelo came on strong in the 12th.  The final scores were 114-114 (Feldman), 115-113 (Moretti) in favor of Canelo, and 115-113 (Weisfeld) in favor of Canelo.  I score the fight 115-113 for Golovkin.  I feel compelled to note that just as in the first fight which was a draw, Golovkin outlanded Canelo by a pretty healthy margin in this fight as well, but he comes away with a draw and now a loss.  Never the less, Alvarez is now the unified WBA/WBC/TheRing middleweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, we had a wild triple header of action.  The first fight of the evening was the most exciting heavyweight bout since Wilder VS Ortiz, and it was a wild one, as Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO’s) defeated Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KO’s) via unanimous decision.  Kownacki came out throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Martin, as he is known to throw punches in bunches, which is rare for a heavyweight.  By the third round, Martin looked like he was out of gas, but would come back strong in the 7th and 8th rounds.  The final round was wild, as Martin was badly stunned by a left hook and looked like he was going down.  In the final minute, Martin landed a big shot of his own which stunned Kownacki, but it would not be enough.  Kownacki wins by unanimous decision.

The second fight of the evening was a completely one sided affair, as Yordenis Ugas (23-3, 11 KO’s) defeated Cesar Barionuevo (34-4-2, 24 KO’s) in a clean sweep on the scorecards.  Ugas’ defense was impenetrable as Barionuevo looked completely lost in his US debut.  Ugas pretty much picked him apart for 12 rounds, en route to a unanimous decision victory.  He is now the mandatory contender for a welterweight world title, with the fight ending in scores of 119-109/120-108/120-108.

The main event was a barn burner, as Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) narrowly defeated Danny Garcia (34-2, 19 KO’s) to become the new WBC Welterweight champion.  Porter started the fight trying to box from the outside, which is not really his game, and as soon as Garcia landed a big shot in the second round, Porter became Porter.  Porter would smother Garcia with his annoying in your face style, not giving Garcia any room to punch, and took the middle rounds, which ultimately was the reason he would win the fight.  Garcia would come on strong in the end of the fight, landing clean shots on Porter as he was able to create some separation, and fight his fight.  Garcia was clearly the more effective and accurate puncher, but was badly outworked by Porter, which the judges ultimately favored.  Porter threw almost 280 more punches then Garcia, even though the landed punches were almost identical.

The final scores of the fight were 116-112/115-113/115-113 all in favor of Porter, simply because he was the busier man, and not at all the more effective puncher.  I scored the fight 114-114 which was the same as Steve Farhood’s unofficial score, and also the correct one.  Never the less, Shawn Porter takes home the gold, and sets up a potential bout with Errol Spence Jr to unify the WBC and IBF Welterweight titles.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for beltran vs pedrazaLast night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of action, and it definitely did not disappoint.  Jose Pedraza (25-1, 12 KO’s) defeated Raymundo Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KO’s) in a 12 round slobber knocker with a dramatic finish.  Issac Dogboe (20-0, 14 KO’s) trampled Hidenori Otake (31-3-3, 14 KO’s), and if you blinked, you missed it.  Dogboe nailed Otake with a huge left hook in the first, for the first knockdown of the fight.  Later in the round, a right hand sent Otake down again, as his glove touched the canvas, and towards the end of the round, a barrage of punches forced the referee to stop the fight.  Dogboe called out all the champions after the bout, asking them not to doge him.  The 23 year old, was more then successful with his 1st round knockout title defense.

Mexico VS Puerto Rico did not disappoint yet again.  Pedraza looked to be in complete control through the first 4 round of the fight, switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw, and sticking his long jab in the face of Beltran.  In the middle rounds, Pedraza seemed to tire a bit, and it became Beltrans fight.  Ray had Pedraza at close quarters, which is what he wanted, pinning him against the rope time and time again.  In the 11th round however, things would shift dramatically.  The fight seemed pretty even until Beltran walked right into a perfectly timed uppercut, which sent him crashing down to the canvas.  Pedraza landed the perfect punch at the perfect time, and from that point on, the fight was out of Beltran’s reach on the scorecards.  The final tallies were 117-110/117-110/115-112 all in favor for Jose Pedraza.  He is now a 2 division champion, with the only blemish being the loss to Gervonta Davis.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Sergey Kovalev’s (31-3-1, 27 KO’s) reign as Light Heavyweight Kingpin came to an end on Saturday night, when Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KO’s) knocked him out in the 7th round of their championship bout.  Alvarez has waited for his opportunity for a number of years now.  He has been the mandatory challenger for Adonis Stevenson for quite some time now, but never got the opportunity to fight the WBC champ.  Adonis has been known to dodge his mandatory contenders so this was nothing new.  Sergey Kovalev defended his WBO title against Alvarez, and the results are not favorable for Kovalev.

Sergey Kovalev looked to be in complete control of the fight in the beginning.  I scored 1 round for Alvarez through the first 6 rounds.  Kovalev out worked Alvarez in rounds 1 & 2.  Alvarez landed so big inches in the 3rd that seemed to bother Kovalev a bit, but at that point he was in no real danger.  Kovalev came out in the 4th, out working Alvarez, and landing the more meaningful punches.  The 5th and 6th rounds were more of the same, and things were not looking good for the challenger.

With a little over a minute left in the 7th, Alvarez nailed Kovalev right in the temple with a huge right cross, and Kovalev went down hard.  Temple shots tend to throw of equilibrium and take long to recover from, and Kovalev was not looking good.  About 15-20 seconds later, Kovalev walked right into a left hook that Alvarez followed up with a right hand, and Kovalev went down again.  He would get up before 10, and continue.  Pretty much on dream street, one punch would end the fight, and thats exactly what happened when Alvarez nailed him again.  The referee stopped the fight, and just like that the reign was over.  Eleider Alvarez is the new WBO Light Heavyweight champion, and the #1 fighter in the division.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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

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