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Next Saturday June 17th 2017, will be the rematch between Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s), which is poised to be one of the biggest fights in 2017.  It is the battle for Light Heavyweight supremacy, with 4 titles on the line.  Ward will defend the WBA/WBO/IBF/TheRing Light Heavyweight titles, which he took from Kovalev last November, in a very close decision victory.  A lot of doubts were cast on Ward, and a lot of questions were raised about if he actually did beat Kovalev, in what was the narrowest decision in recent memory.  Many fans, and of course Kovalev, did not agree with the decision, and so we have the rematch.

So, is there any reason to think that Ward won’t be victorious this time around?  Between the 2 fighters, only Kovalev has fought someone twice.  He defeated Jean Pascal via TKO back in March of 2015, and then completely destroyed him in their rematch back in January of 2016.  But was Kovalev better in the rematch?  Or was Pascal just that much worse?  Pascal was very gun shy in their second fight, and Kovalev took complete advantage of that fact.  Never the less, it was a complete wipe out in their rematch.  In my opinion, this would be the only evidence that could support a possible Kovalev victory.  In the first fight with Ward, Kovalev knocked Ward down in the first round, but was unable to knock him out.  He will have to do that to win, because going to the scorecards after 12 rounds with Ward, will most likely not be favorable for any fighter for that matter.

Andre Ward on the other hand, has literally beaten everyone relevant in or around what ever weight class he has been in.  In his Super Middleweight days, he went on a rampage.  Ward was predicted to be one of the first eliminated from the Super 6 tournament.  Guess what.  He went on to win it.  He defeated all the top fighters at Super Middleweight which included Mikkel Kessler, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, and of course the great future hall of famer Carl Froch.  He then went on the defeat the once feared Chad Dawson, to completely take over the division.  Ward has made a career out of fighting and beating the best, so there is no reason to think otherwise here.  If anything, he has learned from the first encounter with Kovalev, and will defeat him more decisively this time around.  Kovalev needs a knockout to win here in my opinion, which is definitely not out of the question.  If it does go to the score cards after 12 rounds though, look for another close decision, but Andre Ward will be victorious.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for stevenson vs fonfara 2Last night on ShowTime Championship boxing, we had a double header from Montreal Quebec Canada where Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KO’s) defeated Jean Pascal (31-5-1, 18 KO’s) to remain the number 1 contender for the WBC Light Heavyweight title.  Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KO’s) was also victorious against Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KO’s) to retain his WBC Light Heavyweight title.  Stevenson has been super inactive the last 3 years since his first fight with Fonfara, but looked like he hasn’t skipped a beat.  Adonis put Fonfara down in the first round again, just as in their first fight, and Fonfara would get up and barely escape the round.  In the second round, Fonfara took a few more brutal left hands from Adonis, and his trainer Virgil Hunter was forced to stop the fight.  Stevenson remains the WBC Light Heavyweight champion.

In the co-feature, Eleider Alvarez defeated the gun shy Jean Pascal via a very surprising majority decision, in a fight that Alvarez clearly won.  Pascal was very inactive throughout the fight, and then tried to steal rounds in the final seconds.  His plan obviously did not work.  Alvarez won the fight with his jab, which was by far his best punch.  Pascal had a few flurries here and there throughout the fight, but would ultimately come up way short.  Alvarez landed 174 of 508 (34%) punches, while Pascal landed 104 of 369 (28%) punches.  Judge Rodolfo Ramirez had the fight 117-111, judge Jack Woodburn had the fight 116-112 both in favor of Alvarez.  Ironically, the only judge to score the fight a draw was judge Richard Decarufel (114-114), who was the only Canadian judge, where Pascal is a fan favorite.  Eleider Alvarez remains undefeated as he escapes Montreal with a majority decision victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday afternoon May 27th 2017, Kell Brook (36-1, 24 KO’s) puts his IBF Welterweight title on the line, when he takes on the undefeated Errol Spence Jr (21-0, 18 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Bramall Lane in Sheffield England and will be live on ShowTime at 5:15pm ET.  In the co-feature, George Groves (25-3, 18 KO’s) and Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KO’s) will go at it for the WBAsuper Super Middleweight title.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Kell Brook Tale of The Tape Errol Spence Jr.
36 Wins 21
1 Lost 0
24 KOs 18
0 Draws 0
37 Total Fights 21
65% KO% 86%
5’9″ Height 5’10”
69″ Reach 72″
Orthodox Stance Southpaw
Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK Nationality Desoto, Texas, USA
May 3rd, 1986 Date of Birth January 13th 1990

 

Predictions:

George Groves  —  def  —  Fedor Chudinov  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Kell Brook  —  def  —  Errol Spence Jr  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This past Saturday night, May 20th 2017, Gary Russell Jr (28-1, 17 KO’s) successfully defended his WBC Featherweight title, when he defeated Omar Escandon via 7th round technical knockout.  From the opening bell, Russell’s hand speed advantage was evident, as he clobbered Escandon with combinations.  Escandon was game, and in certain rounds was able to give Gary some fits.  Russell however, being the more skilled of the 2 by far, would counter with combinations throughout the whole fight.  In the 7th round, Russell would fire off a vicious combination, and put Escandon on jelly legs.  Russell then closed in and fired off a huge straight left, and as Escandon was going down, the referee would stop the fight.

Saturday also produced one of the biggest robberies in boxing history, as all three judges gave Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KO’s) the victory by a wide margin over Kiryl Relikh (21-2, 19 KO’s), in a fight that Barthelemy clearly lost.  Also, Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KO’s) defeated Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KO’s) by disqualification, after Uzcategui knocked Dirrell out with a punch that he threw after the bell.  What happened after was a shocker.  Dirrell’s uncle came into the ring and cold clocked Uzcategui with a bare fist, before running out of the ring.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis (18-0, 17 KO’s) stole the show however, as he made his first defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight title, when he defeated unbeaten Liam Walsh via 3rd round TKO.  Davis felt Walsh out for the first 2 rounds, and then in the 3rd, he pounded walsh against the ropes with combinations.  Walsh somehow got off the ropes, but took a vicious left to the head that put him down.  Walsh got up, but with no legs under him, and Davis went in for the kill.  Davis landed 2 punches and the fight was stopped in the 3rd.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight Saturday May 20th 2017, Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KO’s) defends his TheRing/WBC/WBO Junior Welterweight titles against Felix Diaz(19-1, 9 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Madison Square Garden and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10:15pm ET.  In the Co-feature, Raymundo Beltran(32-7-1, 19 KO’s) and Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Felix Diaz Tale of The Tape Terence Crawford
19 Wins 30
1 Lost 0
9 KOs 21
0 Draws 0
20 Total Fights 30
45% KO% 70%
5’5″ Height 5’8″
67″ Reach 70″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Dominican Republic Nationality Omaha, Nebraska, United States
1983-12-10 Date of Birth September 28th, 1987

 

Predictions:

Jonathan Maicelo  —  def  —  Raymundo Beltran  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Felix Diaz  —  via TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Tonight Saturday May 20th 2017, Gary Russell Jr (27-1, 16 KO’s) will take on Omar Escandon (25-2, 16 KO’s) and defend his WBC Featherweight title.  The Fight will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions form the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland, and will air on Showtime at 8pm ET.  In the co-feature, Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KO’s) will Take on Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KO’s) with the IBF Super Featherweight title on the line.  That fight will be brought to you from England.  Also, Anfre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KO’s) will take on Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gary Russell Jr. Tale of The Tape Oscar Escandon
27 Wins 25
1 Lost 2
16 KOs 16
0 Draws 0
28 Total Fights 27
57% KO% 59%
5’5″ Height 5’3″
61″ Reach 66″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Washington, DC, USA Nationality Ibague, Colombia
June 5th, 1988 Date of Birth July 10th 1984

 

Predictions:

Andre Dirrell  — def  —  Jose Uzcategui  —  via  —  Unanimous Deciosn

Gervonta Davis  —  def  —  Liam Walsh  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gary Russell Jr  —  def  —  Omar Escandon  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-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