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Just announced yesterday, a huge world heavyweight title bout will take place in March.  Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will take on Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s), as Wilder will defend his WBC World Heavyweight title against the Cuban monster.  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York on March 3rd 2018, and tickets are already on sale.  the co-featured bout has also been announced, as Andre Dirrel (26-2-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Jose Uzkategui (26-2-0, 22 KO’s) for the interim IBF World Super Middleweight title.

Wilder was supposed to fight Ortiz back in November of last year, but Ortiz was ultimalty replaced by Bermane Stiverne due to the fact that Ortiz tested positive for banned substances.  Wilder disposed of Stiverne in the first round with a vicious KO victory, and was clearly upset that Ortiz was not his opponent on that night.  With Anthony Joshua still seemingly ducking Wilder and going in a different direction, Luis Ortiz is the biggest name out there for Wilder to make a statement.  Ortiz is coming off of back to back knockout victories against David Allen (TKO 7) and Daniel Martz (KO 2) respectively, but neither is a household name.

If the undefeated Cuban is able to defeat Wilder, it will be tainted because of the positive test for performance enhancing drugs, but it would be his greatest victory to date.  Ortiz is 38 years old, but is a powerhouse.  He started his professional career late due to problems form defecting from Cuba, but none the less, he is one of the best heavyweights out there.  Ortiz would also be Wilders greatest victory, should he win, as Wilder has been criticized for lack of top tier opponents.  Wilder is not at fault for that however, as all his biggest potential opponents have tested positive for some kind of performance enhancing drug.  Just last year, Wilder was also supposed to fight Alexander Povietkin, but that fell through due to a positive test as well.  If Wilder is victories, Anthony Joshua will have no place left to hide.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Floyd Mayweather  —  $100,000,000

VS

Connor McGregor  —  $30,000,000

 

Nathan Cleverly  —  $100,000

VS

Badou Jack  —  $750,000

 

Gervonta Davis  —  $600,000

VS

Fransisco Fonseca  —  $35,000

 

Andrew Tabiti  —  $100,000

VS

Steve Cunningham  —  $100,000

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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As if the beating he received from Connor McGregor in a sparring session wasn’t enough, Paulie Malignaggi now wants to fight Connor McGregor in a winner take all match, after McGregor faces Floyd Mayweather on August 26th.  MNalignaggi’s boxing career is over, and should not be resurrected unless he likes getting beat up.  Paulie was a solid fighter against second tier opponents, but is more known for his losses, as most of them were pretty brutal.  All the good fighters that he has ever faced have beaten him which includes Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, and Danny Garcia.

The names that Malignaggi did defeat, are not household names, even to the hardcore boxing fan.  Malignaggi said that he would give up the entire pot if he lost to McGregor, which by all means he would.  He went on to say, “You saw the edited footage.  Winner take all should suit him if he had that easy time with me, right?  Can’t edit that. August 26th theres no video editing.  I’d fight him in a winner takes all match.  Winner takes all if he’s that much better then me at this boxing as the edited video shows.”  This seems like a last desperate attempt for a payday, because even if Malignaggi lost the fight and gave up the entire pot, he would still make money off of endorsements, which would probably total more then the pot itself.  McGregor will not accept this fight, because he said he wants to do more in boxing after the Mayweather fight.  That means he wants boxing money from big fights that he won’t get if he fights Malignaggi.  Should McGregor tale the Malignaggi fight and lose, he would never get a big fight in boxing after that.  Fight won’t happen, and Malignaggi will do a lot of talking because of it.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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On August 19th 2017, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will go at each other in this unification bout, for the Undisputed Junior Welterweight Championship.  Terence Crawford will defend his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight championship, and on the flip side, Julius Indongo will be defending his WBAunified/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, and will be live at 9pm ET on ESPN.  This fight will be for all the marbles, as the winner will be crowned the first truly undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins took all the Middleweight belts back in 2004.

Julius Indongo has arguably been the most pleasant surprise in the Junior Welterweight division.  Up until his 21 bout, no one was quite sure what to make of him.  He was running through all of his opponents, but the level of skill in the competition he was facing, was mediocre at best.  After going 20-0 against pretty much nobody, Indongo would finally get his title shot.  He was the underdog against the hard hitting and feared Russian Eduard Troyanovsky, and no one really gave him a chance in that fight.  Indongo accepted the tough challenge, and mashed Troyanovsky to record a 1st round knockout victory.  Was it a fluke many were asking.  Indongo then put his belt on the line in a unification bout against Ricky Burns, and took care of business as well, for a decision victory.  He now holds every other belt that Terence Crawford does not.

Terence Crawford on the other hand, has been unconscious in the ring lately.  He is simply fighting like a man possessed.  Crawford has always been the best fighter in his weight class no matter what weight he was at, but in his last few fights he has stepped it up even further.  There is such a huge gap between Crawford and the next best Junior Welterweight, that I honestly believe no one at 140 or even 147 stands a chance against him.  Crawford, a natural righty, has seemingly completely abandoned the orthodox stance, and is fighting exclusively out of the southpaw stance now.  And boy has it been working for him.  His power has seemed to go up even more, even though he is fighting on his less dominant side.  He seems to be truly ambidextrous.   Usually when fighters step up the level of completion they face, they don’t look as good or have as much power.  Crawford was built for “the moment”.  The better the fighter in front of him is, the better he looks.  It is simply amazing how he takes on top notch fighters, and makes them look like amateurs.  Indongo, will unfortunately just be another stepping stone for Crawford.

 

-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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Vasyl Lomachenko:  129.6 lbs

Jason Sosa:  130.2 lbs

Oleksandr Gvozdyk:  174.2 lbs

Yuniesky Gonzalez:  174.8 lbs

Oleksandr Usyk:  199.4 lbs

Michael Hunter:  198 lbs

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE