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Danny O’Connor (), who was set to make his first title appearance as he challenged Jose Ramirez tonight, has withdrawn from the fight.  Apparently, O’Connor collapsed yesterday right before the weigh in due to dehydration after he exited the sauna trying to shed 2 pounds.

His team thought his kidneys might have shut down, so they did the smart thing and pulled out of the fight.  This would have been his first world title appearance, but O’Connor went on to say “My health is the most important thing.”

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 

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Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO’s) have agreed to fight each other on July 8th.  Although the agreement is only verbal so far, the fight will take place on July 8th 2018 in Kuala Lampur Malaysia.  Because of the time difference their July 8th fight will be televised in the US on July 7th, and will be live on ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing presented by Bob Arum.

Lucas Matthysse will be defending his newly acquired WBA Welterweight title.  Matthysse is the WBA (regular) champion, while Keith Thurman holds the WBAsuper World Welterweight title.  Matthysse won the vacant WBA title back in January, when he defeated Tewa Kiram via KO in the 8th round of their fight.  Matthysse wasn’t looking great in that fight until the KO came in the 8th, which is something to make note of.  Pacquiao on the other hand, has not looked great in a while now, and some say its time for him to retire.

In fact, the only fight Pacman has looked good in since 2015, was when he defeated Tim Bradley by decision.  Pacman was focused in that one because of his highly controversial loss to bradley in their first fight.  Then he beat Jesse Vargas, but not by much, and lost to Jeff Horn in another controversial decision.  But Pacman wasn’t himself in that fight anyway.  This will be a good matchup, for either of these reasons:  reason 1 being that both fighters have a straight forward knock your head off style.  Reason 2 is that both fighters didn’t look good in their last outing, so their defense won’t be great, which will make this a highly offensive fight.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for caneloThere has been some breaking news in the ongoing Canelo VS GGG saga.  Canelo Alvarez has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada Athletic commission, for testing positive twice for performance enhancing drug Clenbuterol.  Canelo Alvarez is currently scheduled to have a rematch against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on May 5th 2018, which is now in a bit of jeopardy.  Canelo’s positive test for PED clenbuterol was blamed on tainted meat in Mexico, which apparently is a problem over there.  Had Canelo been smarter and trained in the US, this all could have been avoided, unless of course he was knowingly taking the drug.  Clenbuterol is widely known for burning fat quickly while maintaining muscle mass, which is a boxers dream.

The Nevada Athletic commission will reconvene on April 10th 2018, where Canelo will be given the chance to appeal.  The fact that Alvarez is a huge money maker in the sport will definitely help his cause, but a final verdict is yet to come.  Apparently, the levels on Clenbuterol found in Canelo’s blood, are on par with the theory that he ate tainted meat but, Clenbuterol only take 7 days to completely leave the body.  That short period can suggest that the star was wangling taking the drug, and just stopped at some point before the testing.  The investigation is ongoing, ad updates will be available as soon as possible.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Terence Crawford has apparently suffered a hand injury in training camp, which will push his fight against WBO Welterweight champion Jeff Horn to May 19th, or perhaps some time in June.  Bob Arum’s exact words were “the Horn-Crawford fight will need to be rescheduled for May or June.  Crawford apparently hurt his right hand during a sparring session, where he accidentally his his sparing partner in the top of the head.  Crawford’s camp is saying that the injury is not that serious, but it is serious enough to postpone the fight a bit.

The venue will stay the same.  Horn VS Crawford will take place at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  The fight will air on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN as usual, as Top Rank had moved to mainstream television.  Terence Crawford is an overwhelming favorite to defeat Jeff Horn for the WBO World Welterweight title, so I’m sure Horn is willing to wait the extra 2 months.  Besides his disputed victory over Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn hasn’t really done anything of extreme importance in his career, but is trending up after his TKO victory over Gary Corcoran.  Even with that being said, plus Crawford’s hand injury, “Bud” Crawford is still the favorite by a long shot.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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It looks like Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) is heading for yet another weight class.  Lomachenko will move up to Lightweight (135 lbs) to challenge Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) for the WBA & TheRing World Lightweight titles.  The fight was made official today and will take place at Madison Square Garden On May 12th 2018.  Lomachenko only fights top teir opponents, and this will stay true in this fight, and might be his toughest opponent yet.  That was also said about his last two opponents, and Lomachenko made them both quit in the corner.

Lomachenko is coming off a 6th round TKO victory over fellow pound for pound fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux.  We thought Lomachenko would finally be tested, but Rigondeaux was actually tailor made for him, given the fact that he just doesn’t throw a lot of punches.  Liners does however, and is also a very slick boxer.  It will be even more of a test for Loma, because he’s moving up in weight for this fights.  Linares looked phenomenal in his last fight against Mercito Gesta, but Gesta was a bit overmatched.  It will be very interesting to see how their styles clash, and it will be a heck of a fight at MSG come May 12th.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3, 24 KO’s) was originally scheduled to fight Omar Figueroa on April 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, but he will now have a different opponent.  Omar Figueroa suffered a shoulder injury in training camp, and has officially pulled out of the fight.  He will be replaced by Jessie Vargas (28-2, 10 KO’s).  The fight will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, and will be live on ShowTime at 9pm ET.  The fight will also be set for a 144 pound catch weight.  When asked about the fight, Broner had this to say:  “I’m excited that this is an even bigger fight then Figueroa.”

Lets not forget about the spectacular undercard for this fight as well.  Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO’s) for the vacant WBAsuper Junior Lightweight title.  Davis seemed more concerned with showing off for the crowd then actually fighting in his last fight, but never the less, he still got the KO victory against Francisco Fonseca.  Also on the card, Jermall Charlo (26-0, 20 KO’s) will be facing rising star Hugo Centeno JR (26-1, 14 KO’s) for the vacant WBC interim Middleweight title.  Should be a great night of boxing at the Barclays Center on April 21st 2018.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for caneloSaul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) has tested positive for a banned substance, exactly 2 months before his scheduled rematch with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s).  Golden Boy Promotions quickly released a statement saying that Alvarez has tested positive for Clenbuterol.  The statement read as such:  “As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico.”  Golden Boy has apparently reached out to Glolovkin’s camp as well, informing them of the news.  Canelo has also stated that he will be moving his training camp from Mexico to the United States immediately.

Clenbuterol as originally developed as a bronchodilator for the treatment of asthma symptoms, but is known to increase heart rate, perspiration, and adrenalin.  Clenbuterol can be used in conjunction with anabolic steroids, as well as other performance enhancing drugs such as HGH, for reducing body fat while increasing growth of skeletal muscle.  The drug is highly coveted by bodybuilders, for this unique ability to burn fat while maintaining muscle mass.

Only trace amounts of the drug were found Canelo’s system, and Golden Boy claims its from the meat contamination in Mexico.  But, if Canelo was intentionally taking the drug, the damage has been done.  He has trimmed fat and gained muscle for sure, and could have been taking the drug up until only a week ago, as studies show that Clenbuterol will completely leave the system in 7 days.  So if trace amounts were found, there is no way of telling how long or how much Alvarez has taken, if he was knowingly taking it.  Perhaps Golden Boys statement is true, and it was from the meat contamination in Mexico, but never the less, this story will be closely monitored.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE