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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

 

Image result for brook vs spence press conferenceOn May 27th 2017, Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KO’s) will put his IBF Welterweight title on the line against the undefeated phenom Errol Spence Jr (21-0, 18 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Brammall Lane in Sheffield England and will air on Sky Sports and Showtime.  The air time is yet to be determined, but fans can expect the fight card to start in the afternoon, due to the 5 hour time difference between the US and UK.  This will be a fight of huge magnitude as two of the worlds best welterweights go at it for the IBF title, with the winner hopefully facing Keith Thurman to unify with his two titles.  This fight should produce even more fireworks then the Thurman VS Garcia fight a few weeks ago.

Neither fighter was shy at the press conference as both made stern promises of victory.  Spence expressed happiness that Kell Brook decided not to move up in weight and vacate his title.  He went on to say, “I don’t want to fight for a title that was vacated by a guy.  That’s not what true champions do.  True champions don’t want to take a vacated title, they want to beat a true champion.”  He then added, “There will be 30000 fans screaming for Brook, and I’m going to upset him.”

Kell Brook had some quotes of his own in response saying, “He’s never fought an animal like me.”  Brook spoke about his bout with Golovkin as well saying, “I would have beaten GGG if it wasn’t stopped.  I learned a lot from that fight and i want blood.”  Whether or not that is actually true remains to be seen, but Brook sounds really serious.  He then added, “If he’s as brilliant as he (Spence) says he is, he will bring out the best in me.”  Last but not least, Brook made an emphatic statement.  “Im Knocking you out, I promise you!!”

Fans should be really excited for this one, because both mens styles mesh so well.  Both Spence and Brook are very good boxers, and they both have plenty of power.  If you are talking about pure boxing ability, the edge would have to slightly go to Kell Brook, while the raw power edge would have to go to Errol Spence.  Boxing analysts should have a lot of difficulty predicting the outcome of this one, but one thing we can predict is that this will be a great fight for fans and for the sport of boxing!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Fresh of of his knockout victory over Gerald Washington, the WBC has already given Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) his next mandatory contender.  For some reason, the WBC #1 contender for Wilder’s title is the 38 year old Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s).  Wilder defeated Stiverne for the WBC Heavyweight title way back on January 17th of 2015.  Stiverne has only fought once since then, in November of 2015, and has not stepped foot in a ring since.

It is a bit of a head scratcher of why exactly Stiverne is the number 1 contender for Wilder’s WBC title, mainly because he has not fought anyone in nearly 2 years.  Stiverne is the only fighter that Deontay has not knocked out in his 38 professional fights.  Wilder did however cruise to a fairly easy 12 round unanimous decision, even though Stiverne did have a few positive moments in their fight.  Stiverne’s only fight since Wilder was a 10 round decision victory over Derric Rossy.  Who?  Exactly!  Stiverne struggled in that fight, and has been inactive ever since.  Should be an easier victory for Wilder then their first meeting.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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After months and months of rumors surrounding the possibility of a Kell Brook (36-1, 25 KO’s) and Errol Spence (21-0, 18 KO’s) fight, the two have reportedly reached and agreement.  There was a purse bid for the fight scheduled for tomorrow (2/14/17), but the two have apparently reached an agreement on the terms.  The rumors have been floating around for a while now, even before the “GGG” fight.  Then after the Golovkin fight, Brook was going to apparently vacate the IBF Welterweight title, and only drop back down to junior middleweight (154lbs).  Then there were the rumors of Brook and Amir Khan finally fighting.  Finally after everything, it seems that Kell Brook will indeed fight Errol Spence Jr.  After fighting Golovkin at Middleweight, Brook will have to shed a lot of weight to get back down to 147 pounds, which is the welterweight limit, because right now, he looks like he’s floating somewhere between 175 and 180 pounds.

The fight will take place on May 20th 2017 at Bramal Lane in Sheffield England, Brooks hometown.  Bramal Lane seats 32000 people, so it should draw in a huge crowd, if not a sell out crowd.  Brook’s only loss of his career was when he moved up 2 weight classes to fight Gennady Golovkin at Middleweight, a fight that Spence would have lost as well if he had taken it.  At Welterweight, Brook is the current IBF champion, and is undefeated.  Both fighters have knockout power in both hands, but the power edge would have to go to Errol Spence.  If you are talking about pure boxing ability, Brook has the edge there, along with a longer resume, which means more experience.  This will be a great fight for fans and for boxing.  The best fighting the best!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE