Image result for garcia vs lipinetsLast night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) joined the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, among a very few others, to win a world title in a 4th different weight class.  Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KO’s) via unanimous decision, to add his name to that very short list of legends.  The night began however, with a rematch between Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KO’s) and Keryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KO’s), because of their highly controversial first meeting.

In their first meeting in 2017, Rances Barthelemy and Keryl Relikh fought to a highly disputed decision, that had Barthelemy winning by a wide margin, even thought Relikh almost double him in landed punches.  This would not be the case last night however, as Relikh was well prepared for that scenario to arise again.  Relikh averaged 110 punches per round last night, and Barthelemy had absolutely no answer for his punch output.  Its worth to note that Barthelemy was deducted a point yet again for low blows, which would make it the 4th time in his career that it has happened.  Relikh defeated Barhtelemy by Unanimous Decision, and captured the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title, the very belt that Terence Crawford relinquished when he moved up to welterweight.

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The main event was a banger last night, as Mikey Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets via Unanimous Decision, to capture the IBF Junior Welterweight World title.  The first round was a chess match, as neither fighter was willing to throw very many punches, due to the fact that they wanted to feel out the other guy.  The Lipinets jab proved to be more effective then we thought, but Garcia was able to adjust in the middle rounds and find a home for his right hand.  There were a lot of close rounds in this fight, but then at the end of each one, Garcia would get the upper hand.

In the 7th round, Lipinets seemed to be coming on strong, but made one huge mistake, which led to Garcia pulling away on the scorecards.  Lipinets thew a jab followed by an uppercut, to set up his big left hook.  The problem was, after the right uppercut, Lipinets did not pull his right back quick enough, and left himself wide open up top.  Garcia saw this coming, and nailed him square in the middle of the face with a counter left hook, which caused the first knockdown of Lipinets’ career.  Garcia would finish strong, and after a wild and close 12th round, we went to the scorecards.  All three judges were in favor of Garcia with scores of 117-110/117-110/116-111.  I scored the fight 116-111 as well, and had Garcia winning 8 of the 12 rounds.




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This Saturday night, March 10th 2018, Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO’s) will be defending his IBF Junior Welterweight title against Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s).  Brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, the fight will take place at The Alamodome in San Antonio Texas, and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 10:15pm ET.  In the co-feature, Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KO’s) and Kiryl Relish (21-2, 19 KO’s) for the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title.  Also on the card, Richard Commey (25-2, 22 KO’s) and Alejandro Luna (22-0, 15 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:


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-Record:  13 – 0 – 0, 10 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  67″

-Notable Fights

  • Lenny Zappavigna  —  Win, KO 8th round (12), 12/10/16.
  • Akihiro Kondo  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/4/17.  (Won vacant IBF Junior Welterweight title)



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-Record:  37 – 0 – 0, 30 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight/Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Orlando Salido  —  Win, Tech Decision 9th round (12), 1/19/13.  (Won WBO/TheRing Featherweight titles)
  • Rocky Martinez  —  Win, KO 8th round (12), 11/9/13.  (Won WBO Junior Lightweight title)
  • Dejan Zlaticanin  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 1/28/17.  (Won WBC Lightweight title)



Richard Commey  —  def  —  Alejandro Luna  —  via  —  Decision

Rances Barthelemy  —  def  —  Kiryl Relikh  —  via  —  Decision

Mikey Garcia  —  def  —  Sergey Lipinets  —  via  —  TKO 9th round



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This Saturday night, March 10th 2018, Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KO’s) will defend his WBO World Featherweight title against former World Champion Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO’s).  Brought to you by Top Rank Boxing, the fight will take place at The StubHub Center in Carson California, and will be live on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Eric De Leon (17-0, 10 KO’s) and Andy Vances (20-0, 12 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Andy Ruiz (29-1, 19 KO’s) will take on Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KO’s) in an 8 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Scott Quigg Tale of The Tape Oscar Valdez
34 Wins 23
1 Lost 0
25 KOs 19
2 Draws 0
37 Total Fights 23
68% KO% 83%
5’8″ Height 5’5″
 N/A Reach 66″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Bury, Lancashire, United Kingdom Nationality Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
October 9th, 1988 Date of Birth December 22nd 1990



Andy Ruiz  —  def  —  Devin Vargas  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

Eric De Leon  —  def  —  Andy Vances  —  via  —  Decision

Oscar Valdez  —  def  —  Scott Quigg  —  via  —  Decision



Tomorrow night, Friday March 9th 2018, ShowTime Boxing Special Edition has an exciting Friday fight card.  Regis Prograis (20-0, 17 KO’s) will take on Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant WBC interim Junior Welterweight title.  The fight will take place at the Deadwood Mountain Grand, in Deadwood South Dakota, and will be live on ShowTime at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KO’s) and Anthony Yigit (20-0-1, 7 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tap and predictions:

Regis Prograis Tale of The Tape Julius Indongo
20 Wins 22
0 Lost 1
17 KOs 11
0 Draws 0
20 Total Fights 23
85% KO% 48%
5’8″ Height 5’10”
67″ Reach 71″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Nationality Windhoek, Namibia
January 24th 1989 Date of Birth February 12th 1983



Ivan Baranchyk  —  def  —  Anthony Yigit  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Regis Prograis  —  def  —  Julius Indongo  —  via  —  Decision



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.



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.




Image result for kovalev vs mikhalkinAs it often happens when friends fight one another, we do not get very interesting results in the boxing world.  This was the case last night on HBO Boxing, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) tore up the face of his friend Igor Mikhalkin (21-2, 9 KO’s), and won by 7th round TKO victory.  In the first 2 rounds, Kovalev almost looked reluctant to unload his usual arsenal towards Mikhalkin, and that may have very well been the case.  Need the less, he did win every single round in this fight.  After the second round, Mikhalkin’s face looked to become target practice for Kovalev, even though Mikhalkin did have dos moments here and there.  Mikhalkin, being the slick boxer that he is, did land sporadically on Kovalev’s face, but with virtually no power behind his shots.If he did have some power, this would have made for a more interesting fight.  Kovalev however, did open up 2 gruesome cuts under Mikhalkin’s right eye and on the bridge of his nose via accumulated punishment, and the referee was forced to stop the fight under doctors orders in the 7th round.

The co-feature was a very one sided fight as well, as Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KO’s) defeated Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO in the 12th round.  Bicol was the faster and stronger puncher and won every round of the fight, as Barrera struggled to find and answer for his offense.  Bivol slowed down a bit in the middle rounds, but was ultimately able to dispose of Barrera in the final round.  Bicol landed a power jab which stunned Barrera in the 12th, and followed it up with a jab and a monster right cross the the temple, which put Barrera down.  Barrera beat the count, getting up at 9, but the fight was stopped by the referee, as Barrera clearly had nothing left.  Bicol remains undefeated, and close to the top of the Light Heavyweight division.