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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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Last night on Premier Boxing Champions, Victor Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KO’s) and Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KO’s) some how fought to a draw, even though Devon Alexander clearly won the fight.  I guess the only thing you can give in favor of Ortiz was that he threw more punches in the fight, but not by much.  Alexander was clearly the sharper, more accurate, and more effective puncher in the fight.  The fight was a good one, but this isn’t one of those fights that you try to build up a rematch.  It was a great battle, but no one will be clawing at the chance to see these two go at it again.  So why the bogus scoring?

From the opening bell, Ortiz was visibly slower and less effective then Alexander.  The first two rounds were close, but Alexander completely took over the middle rounds.  He was countering effectively, and landing a lot more then Ortiz.  Ortiz was looking very fatigued by the 9th round.  Ortiz came with one last flurry in the 12th round, and apparently it was enough for a draw on 2 scorecards and a win on the third.  Judges Glen Crocker and Levi Martinez both scored the fight 114-114, and judge Don Griffin scored it 115-113 for Ortiz.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Devon Alexander, which was the score that most unofficial cards read after 12 rounds.  Alexander landed 155 of 485 (32%) punches, while Ortiz landed 137 of 550 (25%) punches.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night November 4th 2017, Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will put his WBC World Heavyweight title on the line against the only man he could not knock out in his career, Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s).  The fight will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, and will be live on ShowTime at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO’s) will go at it with Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 11 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO’s) will take on Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KO’s) for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight title.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

DEONTAY WILDER

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 7″

-Reach:  83″

-Notable Fights

  • Bermane Stiverne  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/17/15.  (Won WBC Heavyweight title)
  • Artur Szpilka  —  Win, KO 9th round (12), 1/16/16.
  • Chris Arreola  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 6/16/16.

 

BERMANE STIVERNE

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-Record:  25 – 2 – 1, 21 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 2″

-Reach:  80″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Austin  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 6/25/11.
  • Chris Arreola 2  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 5/10/14.  (Won vacant WBC Heavyweight title)
  • Deontay Wilder  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/17/15.

 

Predictions:

Sergey Lipinets  —  def  —  Akihiro Kondo  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

Shawn Porter  —  def  —  Adrian Granados  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Deontay Wilder  —  def  —  Bermane Stiverne  —  via  —  TKO 10th round

 

-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

Well, I guess Manny Pacquiao isn’t retired after all.  The former 8 division champion will be back in the ring before the year is out.  Once a fighter, always a fighter i guess.  From the reports swirling, it looks like Manny will be back in the ring on either October 29, or November 5th of this year.  The fight will be televised on HBO PPV according to Dan Rafael.  Bob Arum told us over and over, that Pacquiao was not done yet, and I guess we should have believed him.

Pacquiao and Arum have already put together a list of potential opponents.  The most likely seem to be fellow stable fighters Jessie Vargas and Terence Crawford.  Rumors have also swirled about Danny Garcia, but that seems highly unlikely.  Adrien Broner’s name has been thrown around as well, but who ever knows with that guy.  Broner seems content fighting much lower levels of opposition these days.  Garcia seems unlikely, because Bob Arum and Al Haymon working together is very unlikely.  The biggest money fight would no doubt be against Terence Crawford, given that he can get past Viktor Postol on July 23rd.  It remains to be seen who the opponent will be, and I’m sure there will be a ton more rumors, but I will keep you posted.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KO’s) is scheduled to fight tonight on Premier Boxing Champions against Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KO’s), for the vacant WBC Welterweight title.  Should Garcia defeat Guerrero tonight, he will have a mandatory contender in the form of Amir Khan.  If Guerrero wins, Khan would be his mandatory, because Khan is the #1 WBC challenger.  Danny Garcia has already defeated Amir Khan, when the two first met in July of 2012.  Garcia defeated Khan via 4th round knockout in that fight, and has expressed that he has no interest in a rematch.  Garcia has done this before.  He is never interested in giving a fighter a second chance after defeating them.  He usually just does his business and moves on.

In this case you would have to agree with Mr Garcia, because it was a clearcut win by knockout.  A rematch is only viable, if the decision was controversial in some manner.  For example, many thought that when Garcia fought Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico, that the decision to award the victory to Garcia was highly questionable.  In that case a rematch would be a viable option.  Khan was knocked out.  He doesn’t deserve a rematch.  If Garcia wins tonight, it would not surprise me at all, if he vacated the belt not to fight Khan again, and move on to other things.

The way I see it is Garcia would have two options here.  Option one would be to vacate the WBC welterweight title, in order to not fight Amir Khan.  Then Garcia can pick and choose his next opponent.  Option two would be that he keeps the belt, but takes voluntary title defenses against lesser opponents.  Option two would make Khan wait a while, and even then it would not be a guarantee that he gets the fight.  This is because Garcia could vacate the title before that time came anyway.  I would be extremely surprised to see a rematch of Garcia and Khan, if it was the next fight or if it was somewhere down the road.

The real interesting scenario would be if Robert Guerrero defeats Danny Garcia tonight.  Which if you’ve watched Garcia lately, that is not totally out of the question.  If Guerrero wins the title, I strongly believe he would take on Amir Khan (maybe after 1 voluntary defense), because he is nearing the end of his career, and a showdown with Khan could potentially be his last big payday.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), is a promotion that is run by Al Haymon, with its main attraction being that it brings back boxing to mainstream network television.  People don’t need to have HBO or Showtime to watch fights.  It is televised on ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Spike TV, and Bounce TV.  So its easy access to a large number of fans who do not have or want HBO and Showtime for whatever reason it may be.

So the question is raised.  Is Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon good for the sport of boxing?  Unfortunalty, there are a lot of different answers to this question.  It also raises a many more questions in my book.  Is Al Haymon doing it for the money?  Is he doing it for the fans? is he doing it to restore glory in the squared circle?  No one can really answer that except Al Haymon unfortunately.  There is no question that Haymon is a promotional genius to pull something like this off, because boxing has not been on mainstream television before this year for a very long time.  So I do tip my hat to him for bringing it back.  Is it a financially terrific idea and promotion?  Yes, absolutely!!!  It bring boxing to everyone, and myself being a obsessed fan, its really cool that it reaches so many people now.

PBC also has a terrific array of fighters, with the top dogs being the likes of Adrein Broner, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Erislandy Lara, Lamont Peterson, Shawn Porter, Adonis Stevenson, Keith Thurman, and Deontay Wilder, among many others.  I must say that is a very impressive list of fighters.  PBC is doing great, the ratings are through the roof, Al Haymon is making money, and millions of fans get to experience more boxing for free.  So it actually does a lot of good from that stand point.

Now, heres the bad, the fights themselves.  They are boring and predictable.  Sadly, Al Haymoin has a knack for setting up these kinds of fights, when you just know who is going to win as soon as the contract is signed, and the fight is still months away.  The name of the series is PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS”.  Shouldn’t a top tier fighter be fighting against another top tier fighter most of the time on this show, instead of a Champion always fighting a has been or never was?  I must admit, it started off well.  Khan VS Algieri was good, Garcia and Peterson were both big names even though no title was on the line, and Thurman/Guerrero was fun to watch.  Porter VS Broner was evenly matched as well, but other then that, there are a bunch of fights where there is an overwhelming favorite to win, and its just not fun.  Stevenson VS Bika would be a prime example of that.  And another would be Thurman VS Collazo.  Carl Frampton, who somehow went down twice on lucky shots in the first round, was also a huge favorite to win his fight against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, which of course he did.  Big surprise.

Another problem is the set up.  The commercials kill me, but it is network TV so you can’t complain about that.  The arena and walkway to the ring is a circus.  I feel like I went back in time to when U used to watch WWE Wrestling.  There is absolutely no “Boxing feel” in the ring entrances of the fighters.  They come out alone onto a huge stages with their hands up, like they are professional wrestlers, and in my opinion, it looks a little ridiculous.

Last but not least, the broadcast team needs to go.  Sugar Ray Leonard can stay of course, being that he’s a former all time great boxer, and his input on fights is very valuable.  I can stomach Marv Albert to a certain point, but anyone with any sort of advanced knowledge of boxing can tell that he is better off commentating on a different sport such as Football, Basketball, and Hockey.  He has a ton of experience there.  Al Michaels needs to go.  He has no clue.  He just calls it like he sees it without any personal opinions of his own.  I respect the man for all he’s done in the sports world to this point in his life.  It is actually quite remarkable, but boxing is just not his thing.  In conclusion, PBC is a great idea on paper.  It spreads boxing throughout the nation to millions of people.  But it needs a lot of work, starting with the caliber of fights that they air.  It started great, but it has become stale.  In fact it almost looks like set up fights at this point.  Once that is fixed, everything else will fall into place, and it should be a great series.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE