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Image result for horn vs crawfordESPN+ delivered tonight, as they put out a great undercard, co-feature, and main event.  On the undercard, Shakur Stevenson (7-0, 4 KO’s) defeated Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO 2nd round.  Stevenson knocked Mesquita down twice in the first round, and 3 times in the second before his corner ultimately threw in the towel.  Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) knocked out Frank Rojas (22-1, 21 KO’s) in the first round, and re established himself as a welterweight contender.  In the co-feature of the evening, Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s) won a decision against Antonio Moran (23-2, 16 KO’s) in a back and forth affair, but ultimately all 3 judges scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Jose Pedraza.

In the main event, Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) defeated Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) and captured the WBO Welterweight title, which now makes him a 3 division champion.  The first two rounds were feelers, as both fighters wanted to see what the other had to offer.  Horn’s herky jerky style definitely made Crawford a bit uncomfortable to start the fight.  In the 3rd round however, Crawford had Horn all figured out.  Horn was just coming straight forward, and Crawford landed a beautiful check hook, and a couple of huge straight lefts.  Horn continued to walk right into Crawford’s left hand in the 4th, with the 5th being more of the same.

In the 6th round,Crawford landed a huge uppercut as Horn was trying to pin him against the ropes, followed by some nice body shots as Horn started backing up.  In the 8th round, Crawford switched back to right handed, which he hadn’t done since the first round, and landed a double left hook (one to the body and one to the head) which really staggered Jeff Horn.  Bud then quickly switched back to lefty and peppered Horn with combinations.  He also landed a huge straight left right at the bell and almost put Horn down.  His glove was literally inches from touching the canvas.  In the 9th, Crawford landed another left that did put Horn down, but he would get back up.  Crawford, in attack mode now, started throwing left hand bombs, most of which landed flush, and referee Robert Byrd was forced to stop the fight.  Crawford remains undefeated in his move to 147 pounds, and is now the WBO Welterweight champion of the world.  He calls this the take over, and Horn is his first victim.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday June 9th 2018, Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO Welterweight title on the line agains Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be streaming live live on ESPN+ at 9:30pm ET.  (Subscription is $4.99/month).  In the co-feature, Frank Rojas (22-0, 21 KO’s) and Jose Benavidez (26-0, 17 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

JEFF HORN

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-Record:  18 – 0 – 1, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ali Funeka  —  Win, TKO 6th round (10), 12/10/16.
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, UD (12), 6/2/17.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)
  • Gary Corcoran  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 12/13/17.

 

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  32 – 0 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Beltran  —  Win, UD (12), 11/29/14.  (Won TheRing Lightweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, UD (12), 7/23/16.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won TheRing/IBF/WBC/WBO/WBA Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jose Benadivez  —  def  —  Frank Rojas  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jeff Horn  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for lomachenko vs linaresLast night on ESPN Boxing we had a real treat, as Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KO’s) via 10th round TKO to become the WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight Champion.  Lomachenko made history last night, becoming the fastest fighter ever to win a title in a third weight division.  It took Oscar De La Hoya 22 fights to do so, Mayweather did it in his 35th fight, and Manny Pacquiao in his 41st.  Lomachenko has set a new record that I seriously doubt will ever be broken.  With last nights victory, Loma might have just cemented himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, as he defeated his biggest test to date.  Although I believe that Terence Crawford is the actual #1, Loma has definitely moved past him on at least some pound for pound lists.

The first round was a feeler just as expected, as both men seemed to really respect each others ring skills.  Linares had a great second round, as perhaps with the move up in weight, Lomachenko was being a bit more cautious.  Rounds 3 and 4 were also pretty close, but Lomachenko got more comfortable and started opening up bit.  Even though the hand speed of both fighters was very close, Loma’s reflexes defensively were a lot quicker then those of Linares.  Realizing this, Lomachenko got a bit careless, and then something happened that we were all shocked to see.  The overly confident Lomachenko walked right in to a perfectly timed straight right hand from Linares, and was dropped on his back side in the fifth round.  A stunning turn of events, as the arguable #1 fighter in the world was dropped for the first time in his career.  The knockdown did come close to the end of the round though.  Loma looked slightly jelly-legged when he got up, but recovered quickly and the fight moved on.

Linares, gaining confidence, looked great in the next 2 rounds, and he edged both out on my scorecard.  At that point, in the 8th, Lomachenko perhaps feeling a slight sense of urgency, turned on the jets, and went to that level of skilled boxing that only he can go to.  In the 9th round, it was more of the same, a pretty close round, but Loma started peppering Linares with little combinations as he often does.

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At the beginning of the 10th round, Linares was looking good, as he was still flashing great hand speed late in the fight, and actually connected on a few shots in the beginning of the round.  Towards the middle of the round, Loma would once again step in to that gear that only he can, and started knocking Linares’ head around with great combinations.  Linares put his hands high in a peek-a-boo guard, and thats when the damage really happened.  Linares, with his hands high, totally exposed his rib cage, and Lomachenko landed a devastating sweeping left right to the liver, which sent Linares down to the canvas writhing in pain.  Linares would get up at the count of 9, but the grimace on his face from the body shot told the referee that he was in too much pain from the punch, and the fight was stopped right there.  Lomachenko is now a 3 division world champion, and continues to be on top of the boxing world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO’s) have agreed to fight each other on July 8th.  Although the agreement is only verbal so far, the fight will take place on July 8th 2018 in Kuala Lampur Malaysia.  Because of the time difference their July 8th fight will be televised in the US on July 7th, and will be live on ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing presented by Bob Arum.

Lucas Matthysse will be defending his newly acquired WBA Welterweight title.  Matthysse is the WBA (regular) champion, while Keith Thurman holds the WBAsuper World Welterweight title.  Matthysse won the vacant WBA title back in January, when he defeated Tewa Kiram via KO in the 8th round of their fight.  Matthysse wasn’t looking great in that fight until the KO came in the 8th, which is something to make note of.  Pacquiao on the other hand, has not looked great in a while now, and some say its time for him to retire.

In fact, the only fight Pacman has looked good in since 2015, was when he defeated Tim Bradley by decision.  Pacman was focused in that one because of his highly controversial loss to bradley in their first fight.  Then he beat Jesse Vargas, but not by much, and lost to Jeff Horn in another controversial decision.  But Pacman wasn’t himself in that fight anyway.  This will be a good matchup, for either of these reasons:  reason 1 being that both fighters have a straight forward knock your head off style.  Reason 2 is that both fighters didn’t look good in their last outing, so their defense won’t be great, which will make this a highly offensive fight.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Terence Crawford has apparently suffered a hand injury in training camp, which will push his fight against WBO Welterweight champion Jeff Horn to May 19th, or perhaps some time in June.  Bob Arum’s exact words were “the Horn-Crawford fight will need to be rescheduled for May or June.  Crawford apparently hurt his right hand during a sparring session, where he accidentally his his sparing partner in the top of the head.  Crawford’s camp is saying that the injury is not that serious, but it is serious enough to postpone the fight a bit.

The venue will stay the same.  Horn VS Crawford will take place at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  The fight will air on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN as usual, as Top Rank had moved to mainstream television.  Terence Crawford is an overwhelming favorite to defeat Jeff Horn for the WBO World Welterweight title, so I’m sure Horn is willing to wait the extra 2 months.  Besides his disputed victory over Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn hasn’t really done anything of extreme importance in his career, but is trending up after his TKO victory over Gary Corcoran.  Even with that being said, plus Crawford’s hand injury, “Bud” Crawford is still the favorite by a long shot.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Another StubHub Center classic took place last night on ESPN Boxing, as Oscar Valdez () defeated Scott Quigg (), in a slober-knocker of a fight.  In surely what will be a fight of the year candidate, the fight ended with Valdez missing teeth, and Quigg with a huge cut above his left eye, and what looked like a broken nose.  The co-feature was an exciting one as well, as Eric De Leon () and Andy Vences fought to a majority draw.  Vences’ boxing was the story of the first half of the fight, and De Leon’s pressure, the story of the second half.  The result, they split rounds evenly and fight to a draw.

The main event was a wild one, as Oscar Valdez retained his WBO Featherweight title by defeating Scott Quigg.  The main story line before the fight was that Quigg came in 3 pounds over the 126 pound limit, and actually weight 142 at the start of the fight.  The first 3 round, Valdez was in complete control, landing vicious left hooks to the body at will.  In the 4th Quigg would come alive a bit and make it a close round.

Quigg took the fifth round as he found a home for his right hand, landing a number of them in the round.  The 6th went to Valdez, but Quigg would make noise in the 7th again, by inuring Valdez to the mouth.  For the rest of the fight, Valdez was bleeding profusely from the mouth, but that did not seem to slow him down.  Valdez would find a home for the body shots once again in the 8th, and they really seemed to start bothering Quigg, as his hands began to drop.  The 9th and 10th rounds seemed to go to Valdez, but in the 11th Quigg looked good again.  The final round started off slow, but in the second half, both fighters would let their hands go once again.

Valdez would pull out what seemed to be a close victory, but the judges had it a bit wider then I personally thought.  Valdez would win on all 3 scorecards with scores of 118-110/117-111/117-111.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Valdez.  The final push stats were as follows:  Valdez landed 237 of 912 (26%) punches, while Quigg landed 143 of 595 (24%) punches.  The difference showed in the power punches landed however, as Valdez landed 175 of 485 (36%), while Quigg landed 129 of 519 (25%).  A star was born last night, as Oscar Valdez remains undefeated and the WBO Featherweight Champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of acton.  Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KO’s) defeated Jonny Tapia (8-2, 3 KO’s) by an 8 round shutout unanimous decision victory.  All the judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Stevenson.  Tapia had no answer for Stevenson’s superior speed and his reach advantage, and just could not get any offense going.  Stevenson stays undefeated and continues to make a name for himself as one of boxings top young prospects.

The co-feature of the evening was not as exciting as everyone thought it would be, until of course it was.  Egidijus Kavaliauskus (19-0, 16 KO’s) defeated David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KO’s) by TKO in the 6th round.  Rounds 1 through 3 were very uneventful in this fight, as both fighters were shy to pull the trigger.  In round 4, Kavaliauskus staggered Avanesyan with a big right hand, but was unable to capitalize on it.  In the 6th however, Kavaliauskus landed another huge right hand through the guard, and Avanesyan was badly hurt.  With no legs under him, and taking a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight in the 6th, as Avanesyan was clearly done.

The main event was an exciting back and forth rumble, as Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) defeated Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KO’s) to finally capture his first world title in boxing.  With the title also comes a green card, which Beltran has been fighting for, so that he could stay with his family in the United States.  The WBO title should all but ensure that for the 36 year old Beltran.  Beltran came out of the gate swinging, and dominated the first round.  The 39 year old  Moses however, found a home for the right hand in the second round, and would continue to land it throughout the middle rounds.  Beltran seemed to take some of the middle rounds off, perhaps saving his energy for later, but came alive with a vengeance in the late stages of the fight.  Beltran dominated the 10th and 11th rounds and he went down to both sides of Moses body, which opened up the head for his devastating left hook.  The final round was a close one, but not enough for Moses to pull out a viceroy.  The final scores were 117-111/117-111/116-112, all in favor for the new WBO Lightweight champion Raymundo “Sugar Ray” Beltran.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE