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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 night March 4th 2017, WBA Welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) and WBC Welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 18 KO’s), will square off to unify those very titles.  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, will air on Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS, and is brought to you by Premiere Boxing Champions.  In the co-feature, Erickson Lubin (17-0, 12 KO’s) will take on Jorge Cota (25-1, 22 KO’s), in a 12 round Junior Middleweight bout.  Also on the card, Andrzej Fonfara VS Chad Dawson in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

KEITH THURMAN

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-Record:  27 – 0 – 0, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Diego Chavez  —  Win, KO 10th round (12), 7/27/13.  (Won WBA interim Welterweight title)
  • Robert Guerrero  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/7/15.
  • Shawn Porter  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/25/16.

 

DANNY GARCIA

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-Record:  33 – 0 – 0, 18 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Erik Morales  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/24/12.  (Won vacant WBC Junior Welterweight title)
  • Amir Khan  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 6/14/12.  (Won WBAsuper/TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/14/13.  (Won Lineal Junior Welterweight title)

 

Predictions:

Andrzej Fonfara  —  def  —  Chad Dawson  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Erickson Lubin  —  def  —  Jorge Cota  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Keith Thurman  —  def  —  Danny Garcia  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for joe smith jrThere were a few fights to choose from for the INSIDE RINGSIDE 2016 upset of the year, and the two that i had trouble choosing between, both involved Joe Smith Jr (23-1, 19 KO’s).   Construction worker from Long Island New York by day, and fighter on the rise by night, had two very memorable victories this year.  He just defeated the future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins a few short weeks ago, which was a huge upset for sure, but not the biggest of the year 2016.  Hopkins was entering the final fight of his career at age 51, something that is unheard of in any sport, so his age prevented me from picking this as the upset of the year.  Hopkins, as great as he once was, is now way past his prime, and it was not that surprising that Joe Smith was able to defeat him.  It was more surprising the way he knocked him out.

The INSIDE RINGSIDE 2016 upset of the year, is Joe Smith’s fight before the Hopkins fight.  Smith shockingly knocked out Andrzej Fonfara in the first round, in a fight where he was a huge underdog.  The fight was supposed to be a tune up for Fonfara, before his potential rematch with Adonis Stevenson.  Joe Smith had other plans that night though.  Plans to put his name on the map, and get another big fight, which eventually led him to a showdown with the great Bernard Hopkins.  Smith rocked Fonfara with a huge counter right hand in the first round.  Fonfara was barely able to stand, stumbling around the ring like a drunk man, and the end would soon come.  Smith would then bull rush Fonfara with another huge right hand that hurt him again.  After a flurry of uppercut/left hook combinations, Smith would daze Fonfara with another left hook, and put him down for good with a straight right hand.  Joe Smith Jr defeating Andrzej Fonfara goes down as the INSIDE RINGSIDE upset of the year.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last Saturday night June 18th 2016, Joe Smith Jr (22-1, 18 KO’s) did the impossible, when he knocked out Light Heavyweight title contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KO’s).  Here is a look back at the knockout:

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

“The Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KO’s) did not fare well at all against little known full time construction worker, Joe Smith Jr (20-1, 17 KO’s).  The fight did not go long, as Fonfara losses via first round knock out.  Smith’s power has been talked about, but no one expected the 14-1 underdog to actually pull out a victory, against the #5 ranked Light Heavyweight in the world.  Smith, looking to make a name for himself, and make boxing his full time job, sure did take the next step towards that tonight.

Fonfara looked in control from the opening bell, and perhaps underestimating his opponent, went in with a full head of steam.  Fonfara staggered Smith a bit half way through the first round, but got a little wild with his punches, and dropped his hands.  Smith took advantage, hitting Fonfara with a huge overhand right, and put him down.  Fonfara would get up, but he was on dream street.  Realizing this opportunity, Smith came right at him with a flurry, and put him down for good with a left hook/straight right combination.  Smith will surely be talked about for more big fights now, and hopefully realize his dream of being a well known prize fighter.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Well it looks like Adonis Stevenson will cruise to yet another easy victory o September 11th.  “Superman” has pretty much been hand picking his opponents for the last year and a half, and the big elephant in the room (Sergey Kovalev), seems like its never going to take place.  The last fight that Stevenson had that was actually worth watching, was against Andrzej Fonfara back in May of 2014, when Fonfara actually almost knocked Stevenson out in the 9th round.  Since then, Stevenson has done everything possible to get easy fights that he knows he will win.  He fought Dimitry Sukhotsky in December of 2014, and knocked him out in the 5th round.  Then he fought Sakio Bika, who is way past his prime, and was never an elite fighter anyway.  Stevenson cruised to a unanimous decision victory, just like everyone thought he would.  Adonis currently holds the WBC Light Heaveyweight title, and is also the Lineal Champ of the division, and he will now take a voluntary title defense.  Granted, if it is voluntary, he can technically choose whoever he wants to fight.  But there are so many better options available.

Its been a while since Adinis Stevenson has given the fans what they want to see. So Adonis Stevenson chooses Tommy Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KO’s), who is ranked #9 by the WBC for his voluntary title defense.  The fact of the matter is that Adonis is coasting to easy victories time in and time out, and technically nothing can be done about it because Karpency is rated in the top 10 by the WBC.  Is this right for the fans though?  A lineal champion that refuses to face the best in the division?  Lineal meaning he is recognized officially as the best that the division he is in has to offer.  He is “the man to beat”.  But who can beat him if he won’t fight?

Fans want Adonis to fight Sergey Kovalev obviously.  Kovalev is unofficially and widely recognized as the best fighter by far in the Light Heavyweight division.  He pretty much holds all the other championships and a unification with Stevenson would be the ideal situation.  There are plenty of other names in this talent rich weight class as well that Stevenson could have chosen for his title defense.  Names like Artur Beterbiev, Bernanrd Hopkins, Elieder Alvarez, or even a rematch with Fonfara which would be a great matchup.  Stevenson just doesn’t seem interested in pleasing anyone but himself.

Karpency has the opportunity of a lifetime here, and he better take advantage of it.  Its not often that a Lineal champion pulls your name out of a hat and gives you an opportunity to become the man.  Karpency has racked up 25 wins over his professional career, but the opposition has been mediocre at best.  Karpency did defeat Chad Dawson in 2014 in a split decision victory over 10 rounds, but Dawson at that point was just a shell of his former self.  It will be interesting to see if he can somehow pull this one out against Stevenson, but fight fans, don’t hold your breath.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

After being totally obliterated by Andrzej Fonfara, Julio Cesar Chavez JR (48-2-1, 1NC, 32 KO’s) is back in action tonight against the hard hitting Marcos Reyes (28-1, 22 KO’s).  Chavez failed to make weight again coming in at 170.8 lbs, rather then the 169 pound limit.  Reyes even allowed Chavez to come in at 170 and he still failed to make it.  This has been problem for Chavez lately, and a permanent move to a 175 pounds should be strongly considered.  Chavez is looking to bounce back from that disappointing loss to Fonfara, which just happened to be the only time he was ever stopped, so look for him to come on strong. Never the less, here’ stye breakdown:

JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR

-Record:  48 – 2 – 1, 1NC, 32 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Middleweight (168 pound)

-Height:  6′ 1″

-Reach:  73″

-Notable Fights

  • Sebastian Zbik  —  Win, MD 12 rounds, 6/4/11.  (Won WBC Middleweight title)
  • Andy Lee  —  Win, TKO 7th round, 6/6/12.
  • Sergio Martinez  —  Loss, UD 12 rounds, 9/15/12.  (Lost WBC Middleweight title)

Chavez Jr was boxings golden boy for a long time, largely due to his father of course, but he’s trying to get back on the right track.  After losing to Sergio Martinez, Chavez impressed with back to back victories against Brian Vera.  He clearly won both fights, but then layer a goose egg against Fonfara.  He just looked like he didn’t want to fight on that particular night.  Hopefully tonight he gets in gear and proves that he is a good boxer.  Look for chavez to enter the ring with a chip on his shoulder, and be full throttle from the opening bell.

MARCOS REYES

-Record:  28-1, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Middleweight (168 pounds)

-Height:  6′ 2″

-Reach:  76″

-Notable Fights

  • Christian Solano  —  Win, TKO 4th round, 6/4/11.

Chavez must be careful in this fight because Reyes has some power.  22 of his 28 wins come by knockout, so look out.  Reyes’ resume is not very impressive at all, having been 12 rounds only 5 times in his career.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out tonight, with Reyes having the height and reach advantage over Chavez.

Prediction:

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr  —  def  —  Marcos Reyes  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision (10)

David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

It is hard to swallow the fact that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr got paid 2.5 million dollars for last nights fight, while Andrzej Fonfara only got $400,000.  Chavez senior warned his son not to take this fight, and boy was he correct.  After a 13 month layoff, Chavez Jr looked like a fool in the ring, and he would suffer the first knockdown of his career.  Fonafaras’ confidence all but peaked, when he sent Adonis Stevenson down to the canvas, despite losing their fight.  He is mentally at an all time high, and it really showed last night.

Chavez was over matched from the beginning, and I only gave him 1 out of the 9 rounds they fought on the scorecards.  Fonfaras’ short and crisp shot were just too much for any normal man to handle.  Never the less, no matter how one sided this fight was, it was still very exciting to watch.  Fonfara displayed tremendous power in both hands, as he peppered Chavez with thunderous shots.  In the 9th round, The Polish Prince hit Chavez with a huge left hand almost from a southpaw position, and it sent Chavez down for the first time in his csareer.  Having lost almost every round, there was no reason for Chavez to continue. The referee waved off the fight after the 9th round as Chavez’ corner seemed to stop the fight.  Or did they?  After watching the replay, it showed that it was actually Chavez who said he wanted no more, complaining that his leg was hurting.  So why did he say in his post fight interview that he was winning the fight?  Why would you call it quits if you were winning?  The answer is simple.  He was NOT winning, his leg was NOT hurt, he was just physically beat up, and mentally defeated.  His leg seemed absolutely fine, when he darn near sprinted back to the locker room after the fight.

After the fight, Chavez had the audacity to demand a rematch with Fonfara, one that he definitely will not get.  Fonfara has his heart set on a rematch with Adonis Stevenson, which would prove to be most intriguing.  Now here is my question.  How does Chavez say he would bet 2 million dollars, that he would knock out Gennady Golovkin, if he couldn’t even get through a fight with Andrzej Fonfara?  Without taking anything away from Fonfara, who is a good fighter, Triple G is elite.  What does Chavez think would happen to him in that fight?  I also have this answer, and that is, the result would be exactly the same, only quicker. Thank you and goodnight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.  You should donate that 2.5 million to the fans that paid good money to see you.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-3, 1NC, 15KO’s), is about a straight a puncher that there is.  Dou Dou Ngumbu 33-5, 12KO’s), is about as wide a puncher that there is.  Makes for an interesting matchup?  Not so much!  After going toe to toe with Adonis Stevenson, and almost knocking him out in a losing effort, Fonfara needed a win in a big way, and in impressive fashion.  That wasn’t really the case in this one.  A knockout victory would have been nice, especially if he wants a rematch with “Superman”.  None the less, Fonfara did come away with the victory, and even staggered Ngumbu a couple of times with his straight right hand.

Ngumbu seemed to tire quickly in this one, and didn’t look like he had much left in the tank in the later rounds.  His constant wide shots from strange angles definitely played a huge role in tiring him out.  His jab total could probably be counted on one hand, as there were a couple of rounds where I didn’t see him throw a single jab.  The jab is the key to getting inside, and Ngumbu wasn’t getting anywhere without it.  Fonfara’s jab on the other hand looked pretty good.  He fought behind it and was able to land his power straight rights to stagger Ngumbu.  Now if “The Polish Pricne” wants a rematch with Stevenson, I believe he will have to take one more fight beforehand and win in dramatic fashion, AKA knockout.  The knockout was there for the taking, and Fonfara just didn’t take it.

Kameda VS Hernandez

This one was by far the best technical fight of the night, but actually not the most entertaining, and I’ll get to that next.  The 23 year old Tomoki Kameda (30-0, 19KO’s) is a very interesting story.  He moved from Japan to Mexico by himself at the age of 15 to pursue a boxing career.  On top of that, he is fluent in Japanese (obviously), and Spanish, and is currently learning English with hopes of relocating to Las Vegas.  He is a star in Mexico, and says he want to be a superstar worldwide.  That means he has to become a household name in the United States.

In only his second fight in the US, he was set to defend his WBO Bantamweight Championship against Alejandro Hernandez (28-10-2, 15KO’s).  Hernandez, who can best be described as a journeyman, was no match.  Kamedas superior hand speed was evident from the start.  He was constantly walking Hernandez down and his blazing combinations were quite overwhelming.  Kameda did suffer a nasty cut over his eye in the second half of the fight that really slowed him down for a few rounds.  This was Hernandez’ opportunity as he was seemingly losing every round.  He did not take advantage at all, and ended up losing in what was an absolutely bogus 115-113 split decision.  I scored this fight personally, and had it 118-110 in favor of Kameda.  Never the less, Kameda is an exciting young talent and has all the physical tools, hand speed, and carisma to make it in this business, and I can’t wait to see him fight again.

Fortuna VS Cotto

On to the most entertaining fight of the evening.  To say that I’ve never seen anything like this would be an understatement.  This fight was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.  I actually recall laughing out loud while watching.  I don’t even know where to start.  Referee Lou Hall is an absolute joke, and should undergo extensive training to keep his job.  I have watched boxing for a number of years, and this was by far the worst performance by a referee I have ever seen

Javier Fortuna (25-0, 1NC, 18KO’s) was extremely wild from the opening bell, and Abner Cotto (18-2, 8KO’s) looked like he was going to get demolished.  In the first round, Fortuna hit Cotto with a straight left right on the chin that really shook Cotto, and its a miracle that he made it to the bell.  Cotto then proceeds to hit fortuna in the back of the head twice in the second round, which directly caused him to take a knee.  Now this is where it gets interesting.  A knockdown cannot be caused by a foul under any circumstance, so referee Lou Hall proceeds to take a point from Cotto.  Thats all fine and dandy, but then he turns around and starts a 10 count to Fortuna, which means he ruled it a knockdown.  How can this be?  The knock down was caused by a foul.  Heres the answer… it can’t be.  Mistake number 1!

In the fourth round is where it gets really ridiculous.  After 2 low blows and Fortuna being on the receiving end of them, Lou Hall takes a point from Cotto.  Thats fair.  He deserved it.  After the round ended, Cotto ran up to Fortuna and proceeded to talk some trash.  Fortuna had enough, and responded by throwing a punch after the bell.  Thats wrong no matter what.  The funny part is that the punch missed, Cottos trainer runs into the ring, and tells Cotto to flop like the punch actually hit him.  Keep in mind this is all happening right in front of the referees eyes.  Cotto proceeds to grab his face and fall to the canvas like he actually got hit, and Lou Hall buys it.  The end result was another point taken, this time from Fortuna.  By the 5th round Fortuna had enough of this clown show, coming out of his corner guns blazing.  He hit Cotto with a clean shot and finally knocked him out.  It was a nice way for him to end this fight with a more then dirty fighter.  This is the most ridiculous thing that has happened in the squared circle since Tyson bit Holyfeild’s ear off!

-David

Reminder:  Hopkins VS Kovalev this Saturday Nov 8th on HBO