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This Saturday night, September 15th 2018 will mark the long awaited rematch between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) for the WBA/WBC and vacant TheRing Middleweight titles.  The fight will take place at the T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will air live on HBO Pay Per View at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KO’s) will take on Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KO’s) in a 12 round Middleweight bout.  Also on the card, the hard hitting Jaime Mungia (30-0, 25 KO’s) will defend his WBO Junior Middleweight title against Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KO’s), and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KO’s) will make his return as he takes on Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KO’s) in a Super Flyweight 10 rounder.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 1, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • David Lemieux  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.  (Won IBF Middleweight title)
  • Daniel Jacobs  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/18/17.
  • Canelo Alvarez  —  Draw, Split Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

CANELO ALVAREZ

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-Record:  49 – 1 – 2, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  70.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Miguel Cotto  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/21/15.  (Won TheRing & WBC Middleweight titles)
  • Gennady Golovkin  —  Draw, Split Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Roman Gonzalez  —  def  —  Moises Fuentes  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Jaime Mungia  —  def  —  Brandon Cook  —  via  —  KO 8th round

David Lemieux  —  def  —  Spike O’Sullivan  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Canelo Alvarez  —  via  —  Decision

 

-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

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Tomorrow night, Saturday September 8th 2018, Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KO’s) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) will make their long awaited ring returns as they battle for the vacant WBC World Welterweight title.  Brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, the fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Yordenis Ugas (22-3, 11 KO’s) will take on Cesar Miguel Burrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Charles Martin (25-1, 23 KO’s) and Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

DANNY GARCIA

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-Record:  34 – 1 – 0, 20 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5

-Notable Fights

  • Eric Morales  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 10/20/12.  (Won WBC Junior Welterweight title)
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Split Decision (12), 3/4/17.

 

SHAWN PORTER

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-Record:  28 – 2 – 1, 17 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 6″

-Reach:  69

-Notable Fights

  • Devon Alexander  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/7/13.  (Won IBF Welterweight title)
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/25/16.
  • Andre Berto  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 4/22/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Adam Kownacki  —  def  —  Charles Martin  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Yordenis Ugas  —  def  —  Cesar Miguel Burrionuevo  —  via  —  Decision

Danny Garcia  —  def  —  Shawn Porter  —  via  —  Decision

 

-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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Tonight, August 25th 2018, Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) will defend his WBO World Lightweight title against Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale Arizona, and will be live on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KO’s) will go at it with Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 KO’s) for the WBO Super Bantamweight title.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Raymundo Beltran Tale of The Tape Jose Pedraza
35 Wins 24
7 Losses 1
21 KOs 12
1 Draws 0
43 Total Fights 25
49% KO% 48%
5’8″ Height 5’9″
68″ Reach 70″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Mexico Nationality Puerto Rico
July 23rd, 1981 Date of Birth May 8th, 1989

 

PREDICTIONS:

Isaac Dogboe  —  def  —  Hidenori Otake  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Jose Pedraza  —  def  —  Ray Beltran  —  via  —  Decision

 

-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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Tonight, Saturday August 4th 2018, Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against his toughest opponent to date in Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KO’s).  The fight will take place at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KO’s) will defend the WBA Light Heavyweight title against Isaac Chilemba (25-5-2, 10 KO’s).  Also on the card, Frank Galarza (19-2-2, 11 KO’s) will be in action against Alex Duarte (13-5-1, 10 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 28 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, UD (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBAsuper & IBF Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andre Ward #2  —  Loss, TKO *th round (12), 6/17/17.

 

ELEIDER ALVAREZ

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-Record:  23 – 0 – 0, 11 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  75″

-Notable Fights

  • Isaac Chilemba  —  Win, MD (12), 11/28/15.
  • Lucian Bute  —  Win, TKO 5th round (12), 2/24/17.
  • Jean Pascal  —  Win, MD (12), 6/3/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Frank Galarza  —  def  —  Alex Duarte  —  via  —  Decision

Dmitry Bivol  —  def  —  Isaac Chilemba  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Eleider Alvarez  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE