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Last night on ShowTime Championship boxing we had a double header.  In the first bout of the evening, Jermell Charol () defeated former world champ Austin Trout by majority decision to retain his WBC Junior Middleweight title.  Not much of anything happened in the opening round, but in the second, Austin Trout out worked Charlo and won the round by default.  In the 3rd round, Charlo knocked down Trout, but it seemed to m\be more of a slip.  A punch did land at the same time so its scored a knockdown.  Later in the third however, Charlo landed a huge right that seemed to bother Trout.  In the 6th, Trout nailed Charlo with 2 very good lefts that seemed to slightly wobble Charlo, but he failed to capitalize on them, as Charlo didn’t really seem hurt.

Charlie would score another flash knockdown in the 9th round, which looked to be a punch behind the head.  Trout got up quickly and showed that the punch didn’t hurt him, just threw him off balance.  Charlo would take over completely in the 10th, as he landed a few huge right hands that bothered Trout.  The 11th and 12th weren’t that eventful, but Charlo looked like the fresher man in both rounds.  Judge Eddie Hernandez scored the fight 115-111 for Charlo, Tom Carusone scored it 118-108 for Charlo, and Fernando Villarreal somehow scored it 113-113.  He must have been watching a different fight.  Charlie wins by majority decision, and remains an undefeated champion.

The main event was very eventful on the other hand, as Leo Santa Cruz () defeated Abner Mares by unanimous decision.  In the first 2 rounds, Mares looked good, as he found a home for his right hand early.  In the third however, Santa Cruz would negate that right hand with his uppercut, which he landed a few times.  Rounds 4-6, Santa Cruz started boxing smart, as he controlled the range with his jab.  Mares was throwing less as a result.  In the 7th round, Santa Cruz started picking Mares apart with 1-2 combinations.  At the end of the round, there was a huge exchange of punches, as Santa Cruz landed a huge left hook on Mares.

The fight took a turn in the 8th, as a clash of heads caused a big cut above the left eye of Leo Santa Cruz.  As a result, Leo became a bit cautious and Mares started walking him down.  Santa Cruz’ corner did a good job on the cut, and it would bother him no longer.  The 12th round was an absolute brawl, but Leo Santa Cruz got the better of it.  Santa Cruz ends up landing 357 of 1061 punches, and Mares finishes at 208 of 931.  A mirror image of their first fight.  Recant Denseco scored it 115-113 (Santa Cruz), Steve Weisfelds scored it 116-112 (Santa Cruz), and Zachary Young scored it 117-111 (Santa Cruz).  Leo Santa Cruz wins by unanimous decision, and becomes the WBAundisputed World Featherweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Also tomorrow night June 9th 2018, Premier Boxing Champions presents the rematch of Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) VS Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s).  Santa Cruz will defend his WBAsuper World Featherweight title.  The fight will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KO’s) will defend his WBC Junior Middleweight title against Austin “No Doubt” Trout (31-4, 17 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

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-Record:  34 – 1 – 1, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Abner Mares  —  Win, MD (12), 8/29/15.  (Won vacant WBAsuper Featherweight title)
  • Carl Frampton #1  —  Loss, MD (12), 7/30/16.
  • Carl Frampton #2  —  Win, MD (12), 1/28/17.  (Won WBAsuper Featherweight title)

 

ABNER MARES

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 5″

-Reach:  66″

-Notable Fights

  • Daniel Ponce de Leon  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 5/4/13.  (Won WBC Featherweight title)
  • Leo Santa Cruz  —  Loss, MD (12), 8/29/15.
  • Jesus Cuellar  —  Win, SD (12), 12/10/16.  (Won WBA Featherweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jermell Charlo  —  def  —  Austin Trout  —  via  —  KO 7th round

Leo Santa Cruz  —  def  —  Abner Mares  —  via  —  decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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On June 9th 2018, we will witness the rematch of Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) and Abner Mares (34-1-2, 15 KO’s).  As in their first fight, Santa Cruz VS Mares 2 will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California, and will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions.  The fight will air on ShowTime Championship Boxing.  Their first encounter was a wild one with over 1000 punches thrown in the fight, with Santa Cruz winning by decision.  The rematch should be just as exciting.

ShowTime will be airing another fight brought by Premier Boxing Champions on April 7 2018 as well, and it will be a big one.  This fight will be a title unification bout between the WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s) and the IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (21-0, 15 KO’s).  A venue has not yet been chosen for this fight, but an announcement should be coming soon.  This fight will be a part of a sort of unofficial Junior Middleweight tournament, with the winner presumably taking on the current WBC Junior Middleweight champion Jermell Charlo.  Hurd’s most recent ring appearance was a 10th round stoppage victory over former champion Austin Trout, that won him the vacant IBF title.  Lara recently fought Terrell Gausha, and defeated him in a one sided decision victory.

 

-David Jukic,  INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for santa cruz vs avalosThis past Saturday night October 14th 2017, Premier Boxing Champions was on the air with a triple header.  Antonio DeMarco (33-6-1, 24 KO’s) pulled off a huge upset when he knocked out the previously undefeated Eddie Ramirez (17-1, 11 KO’s).  Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s) also defeated Andres Gutierrez (35-2-1, 25 KO’s), when he pitched a shutout through 10 rounds before the fight was stopped in the 10th round.  The skill level difference was apparent from the opening bell.  Mares was the quicker and more skilled fighter, as he peppered Gutierrez with shot after shot in all 10 rounds.  In the 10th, Mares got rid of Gutierrez, after the doctor took a look at the cut over his eye that was just gushing blood.  Gutierrez was upset, but ultimately unable to continue.

The main event was more of the same, as Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) absolutely decimated Chris Avalos (27-6, 20 KO’s) in 8 rounds of non stop action.  Santa Cruz hurt Avalos bad in the 4th round, and it looked like Avalos was going to hit the canvas.  Avalon, who is known for having the hardest head and toughest chin in boxing, somehow stayed on his feet and made it out of the round.  Rounds 5-7 were more of the same, as Avalos just kept taking huge shots from Santa Cruz.  Leo would get the TKO victory in the 8th.  Avalon looked like a straight up bobble head in the 8th round, and after an accumulation of punishment, the referee decided to stop the fight, giving Santa Cruz the TKO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night October 14th 2017, Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KO’s) will be defending his WBAsuper World Featherweight title against Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KO’s.  The fight will take place at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California and will be live on FOX at 7:30pm ET.  In the co-ferature, Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s) will defend his WBA Featherweight title against Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KO’s).  Also on the card, Antonio DeMarco (32-6-1, 23 KO’s) and Eddie Ramirez (17-0, 11 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Chris Avalos Tale of The Tape Leo Santa Cruz
27 Wins 33
5 Lost 1
20 KOs 18
0 Draws 1
32 Total Fights 35
63% KO% 51%
5’7″ Height 5’7″
67″ Reach 70″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Lancaster, California, USA Nationality Huetamo, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico
November 5th, 1989 Date of Birth August 10th, 1988

 

Predictions:

Eddie Ramirez  —  def  —  Antonio DeMarco  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Abner Mares  —  def  —  Andres Gutierrez  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Leo Santa Cruz  —  def  —  Chris Avalos  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

 

Image result for abner mares vs jesus cuellarLast night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s) defeated Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO’s), and captured the WBA Featherweight title.  This was potentially Mares’ last opportunity to capture a title, and he delivered in exciting fashion.  The first round was all fire works, as both men came out swinging for the fences, trying to dispense of the other man early.  Cuellar got the best of Mares in the beginning of the fight, takin 3 of the first 4 rounds on my score card.  Mares found the adjustment to Cuellar’s attack however, in the form of the straight right hand.

Cuellar was trying to push the action after the 4th round, and every time he leaned in with the left hook, Mares would counter with the right.  Mares had to calm down and not get into a brawl with Cuellar, who by nature is a brawler, and that it exactly what he did.  Sharp counters from Mares slowed the pace a bit and gave the better boxer (Mares) the advantage.  Mares’ punches were quicker and more accurate from the middle of the fight on, and totally took the bullying mentality away from Cuellar.  In the 11th round, Mares was able to drop Cuellar to the Canvas, and if it was close on any scorecard, the knockdown put the fight out of reach for Cuellar.  Im not quite sure how it ended in a split decision, because Mares definitively won the fight.  Kermit Bayless scored the fight 115-112 for Cuellar (which was totally bogus), while Dave Moretti scored it 116-111 for Mares and Max Deluca scored it 117-110 for Mares.

Also Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KO’s) defeated Jullian Williams (22-1-1, 14 KO’s) by 5th round KO.  Charlo hit Williams with a vicious uppercut which put him down, and knocked him out with a hook later in the round to retain his IBF Junior Middleweight title.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for jim lampley the fight gameOn the last episode of “The Fight Game”, Jim Lampley slammed The Premier Boxing Champions series, and rightfully so, as he pretty much stated that the series, and promoter is preventing the biggest fights from happening.  he went on to say “despite the extraordinary accumulation of talent, and the seeming abundance of money, competitive fights like Leo Santa Cruz VS Abner Mares and Keith Thurman VS Shawn Porter, have been few and far in between.  For the most part, PBC stars have been given faint hearted match-ups, against lack luster opponents, followed by long lay-offs, with predictable results, in TV ratings and advertising sales.”  PBC has also announced that two prime time cards in December, have been dropped for now.  That goes along with 3 NBC Sports fight cards, also to be dropped.  There are no PBC fight cards scheduled as of now, for the remainder of 2016.

Is Jim Lampley correct in his statements against Premier Boxing Champions?  He most certainly is.  I wrote an article a while back about the PBC/Al Haymon problem, and it is proving to be true, if all the rest of the fight cards for 2016 have been dropped.  Except of Thurman VS Porter, and Santa Cruz VS Mares, every single other fight that has happened on PBC, has been totally predictable.  Hardcore boxing fans, and even some casual fans, could probably have told you the outcome of almost every fight on PBC before it even took place.  To go along with all that, the commercials kill the show.  Fans cannot see the in ring drama and pep talks that trainers give their fighters in between rounds, because prime time television must cut to commercial.

There are over 200 fighters that have bought into PBC, with huge names that include Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares, Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, Deontay Wilder, Mikey Garcia, Adrien Broner, and the list goes on.  Santa Cruz, Mares, Thurman, and Porter are the only ones that have had meaningful and unpredictable fights.  Everything else aired, has been completely lopsided, and thus very boring.  This series (PBC), was created to bring the biggest fights to a main stream audience that does not have the luxury of HBO and Showtime, and it has failed miserably to do so.  Will Premier Boxing Champions last past next year?  My prediction is no.  They will probably schedule a few fights, cancel a few, and ultimately the series will just fade away.  It has also prevented so many mega fights, with the biggest being Sergey Kovalev VS Adonis Stevenson, and will continue to prevent many more, until it is canceled for good.  Unfortunately, PBC creator Al Haymon, only like to do business with himself, and for that reason, the mega fights that should have been, actually never happened.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE