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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

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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

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Last night on Premier Boxing Chaampions (the ESPN debut), Keith “One Time” Thurman proved why he is the best pure athlete in the sport of boxing (according to Teddy Atllas).  The build up of the fight was pretty good I must say, even tho Collazo is a journeyman who was not fought for a title since 2009, when he lost to Anfre Berto.  Collazo was nothing to over look though, because he is a stalker with good inching power, and you can’t over look that he is also a former WBA welterweight champion.  Collazo was sporting a nifty 36 win record with 6 losses, but does have 19 knockouts to go along with those wins.  He is a pressure fighter and if he hits you with the right shot, theres a change that he can get you out of there.  As was the case last night with one clear body shot that really staggered thurman, but we will get into that in a bit.  For the most part, Thurman was being his regular self, calm, cool, and collected.  He is a very smart boxer/puncher, with a very high ring IQ.  Deemed the next big thing in the sport, last night sure helped out his cause.

Round 1 began as a sort of a feel out process for both fighters, which has actually been very common lately in the somewhat bigger fights.  No one wants to lose an undefeated record in the first round I guess.  Thurman would pump the jab and stay to the outside, while Collazo waited patiently for an opposing.  Thurman would go on tho win the first 4 rounds easily, as Collazo kept stalking, but not effectively.  Thurman would wait for Collazo to come forward and counter effectively on the southpaw.  The right hand finally found its mark on the left (Collazo) in the 4th, and it was more cosistant since then.

Dropping heavily on the score card 4 rounds to none, Collazo had to figure something out to stop Keith Thurman, and boy did he.  The SHOT that he had been airing for finally came in the middle of the 5th round.  Collazo backed Thurman into a corner, and while thurman tried to throw the straight right hand, Collazo nailed him perfectly right in the liver with a haymaker/uppercut in the perfect spot at the perfect time.  Thurman immediately winced at the punch, and honestly almost went down, barely surviving the round.  Collazo would let out a huge scream at the bell to punctuate his great punch.

Thurman was crealy hurt for the duration of that round and the next round, because those liver shots are brutal.  I’ve personally gotten hit in the liver a few years ago (playing basketball tho), and from experience I tell you, that i had to leave the game, and still felt the pain of it for about 3 days.  It is not pretty!!!  So Collazo clearly won the 5th round, and with Thurman still recovering in the 6th, Collazo would win that one as well.  And all of a sudden he have a fight, or do we.  An early clash of heads opened a small cut on Collazo’s eye.  It didn’t look too bad, but in the 7th round, Thurman was recovered and came out guns blazing.  After an accumulation of punches in the 7th round, Collazos’ cut would not hold up unfortuanly (just as it was getting good).  Collazo could not see out of his right eye, and decided to end the fight between the 7th and 8th rounds for his own safety.

So Keith “One Time” Thurman improves his stellar record to 26-0, 22 KO’s and retains the WBA welterweight championship.  After the fight the question of the day arose about none other then Floyd Mayweather.  Mayweather seems totally uninterested in fights keith Thurman, and why would he be.  Even though i believe Floyd would win, the fight doesn’t really make sense for him to take.  And with Andre Berto being the #1 WBA contender (and also the interim Champ), and Amir Khan being the WBCsilver champ, one must figure that it will be those 2 guys that have the best shot.  Thurman doesn’t care because he knows that even with these somewhat dumb rankings, Floyd Maywetahter can pretty much do and choose whatever he wants. “Im ready now lets go.  Ill go back to training camp right now”  -Keith Thurman.

Honestly there is not anything left to watch with Mayweather, and Keith Thurman (or Kell Brook) would be the best options for an exciting fights to end the elite career of Floyd Mayweather.  All thats left other then Brook or Thurman, would be rematches that no one wants to see, or a fighter that doesn’t deserve the shot to get paid like that.  Keith Thurman definitely deserves it.  He is undefeated and can do anything in the ring.  It remains to be seen what will transpire in the Mayweather sweepstakes, but I for one would love to see Money May take on “One Time” Thurman.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Abner Mares Defeats Arturo Santos Reyes

NBC brought us a very nice fight card for the start of Premier Boxing Champions.  This fight was televised later on NBC Sports, and was the last fight of the night, which I found a little strange.  It was however the most competitive.  Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KO’s) is fighting for one thing and one thing only.  To get a rematch with Jhonny Gonzalez and avenge his shocking first round KO loss.  In my opinion, he should have disposed of his opponent Arturo Santos Reyes much easier then he did.  This was a very competitive fight, with Reyes making his US debut, and giving Mares a run for his money.  Mares knocked down Reyes in the second round, but never really hurt him beyond that point.  Back and forth they went, but Mares eventually was able to get the unanimous decision victory.  Reyes did impress though as they traded combinations throughout the whole fight.

Adrien Broner Defeats John Molina

Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KO’s) blamed his only loss to Maidana, on the fact that he was trying to please the crowd with his style.  Whether or not thats actually true (its not), Broner took on John Molina (27-6, 22 KO’s) and absolutely whipped the floor with him.  Molina was coming off of a brutal beating at the hands of Lucas Matthysse, and I must say he looked very gun shy.  He was not taking his usual risks to try to KO his opponent, and was literally target practice for Broner.

Broner did look very sharp in this fight though, jabbing north and south, and mixing in blazing combinations.  Molina had one good round (the 3rd) which he actually won, but besides that, he didn’t impress at all.  He was very active in the 3rd, and hit Broner with a number of hard shots that ultimately won him the round.  Broners’ corner proceeded to tell him that he is fighting a “one handed fighter”.  Broner wised up to Molinas tactics and absolutely destroyed him on the scorecards the rest of the way, winning every round.  Broners hand speed is absolutely shocking and in my opinion, he has the skill to beat almost any fighter at 140lbs or 147lbs in the world today.  His boxing IQ is extremely high, he just needs to keep his head in the game.

Keith Thurman Defeats Robert Guerrero

On to the main event of the evening, and boy was it a good one.  Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KO’s), vowed to knock out Robert Guerrero (32-3-1, 18KO’s), and he almost did, but ultimately couldn’t get it done.  Guerrero has already said he wants a rematch, but if he had done things differently, he actually has a chance to win this fight.

When Guerrero closed the gap and fought on the inside, he actually got the better of Thurman on most of the exchanges.  The problem was, he didn’t do it enough.  Thurman would slide out and pepper him with shots from a safe distance.  In the 9th round, he his Guerrero with a thunderous blow and put him down on the mat.  Guerrero would then feel the sense of urgency, and on my card, he actually won the 11th and 12th rounds.  Too little too late though, and Keith Thurman cruised to a unanimous decision victory.

-David Jukic, INSIDERINGSIDE