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Image result for canelo alvarezThroughout the history of Boxing, the man they call the “Money Fighter” has gotten away with murder, both inside and outside of the ring.  The term “Money Fighter” can best be defined as, the fighter that is the main attraction in the sport at the moment.  They fighter that grosses the most money because the fans adore him.  one of the biggest examples of a money fighter getting away with things outside of the ring would probably be Mohamed Ali.  Yes Ali did a lot of great things in his life, such as contributing to society with awareness about racial injustice and things of that sort.  But Ali also did a lot of things that were questionable, but people loved him so it flew under the radar.  Another example would be Mike Tyson.  We all love “Iron Mike” but we also know that Mike has a very checkered past, and the second chances he got were endless.  Why??  Simply because he made the sport of boxing a ton of money, and was one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the ring of all time.

This decades money fighter will unfortunately be Canelo Alvarez.  Putting aside Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao of course, because they are at the ends of their careers.  Canelo Alvarez’s outside of the ring life was semmigly normal, until this year, when he got busted for Clenbuterol.  Alvarez and Oscar de La Hoya insisted that the positive test was due to the problems of tainted meat in Mexico, which actually is a real problem.  There have been several fighters from Mexico last year and this year that tested positive for the banned substance, but never a fighter of Canelo’s magnitude.  Lets say that he unknowingly ingested the drug.  How stupid is he for not training in America?  He’s got the money to do it, and he’s got an A+ team around him.  Did they really not realize this could happen?  The answer is quite simple.  He knew what he was doing, and he did knowingly take Clenbuterol.  How could he not know?  He also knew that the punishment for him would be a slap on the wrist, compared to other fighters not of his stature.

For those who don’t know, Clenbuterol is a banned substance, that allows you to burn fat without losing any muscle mass, and it boosts your energy levels at the same time.  It can also be used as a masking agent for other performance enhancing drug and steroids.  It was a genius plan if you ask me.  He got shredded, upped his energy, and had almost a year to prepare for his rematch against the aging Gennady Golovkin because of the 6 month suspension he had to serve for the positive test.  There was no appeal!!!  That should tell you everything you need to know on the matter.

Everyone loves Canelo.  Thats not an opinion, thats a fact.  Because of this, he has also gotten away with murder in the ring.  Canelo Alvarez is 50-1-2 (34 KO’s), but the fact of the matter is, his real record should be 47-4-3 (34 KO’s).  Canelo fought to a draw with Austin Trout (got the win on paper), he was beaten by Erislandy Lara (got the win on paper), and he was beaten twice by Gennady Golovkin (got a draw and a win).  For christ sake, when Canelo fought Mayweather, one judge scored it a draw.  Mayweather won 10-11 rounds of that fight!  Golovkin outlanded Canelo in both of their fights, and doesn’t have a win to show for it.  So the 47 wins that Canelo actually does have, were against outclassed opposition.  Every time he fights a top fighter, he losses or draws, but some how, some way, gets the win.  Its a sad truth of boxing unfortunately.  And it will continue to be a sad truth.  But Canelo will keep on ticking, because he is a fan favorite, which makes a ton of money for the sport.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Yesterday, September 22nd 2018, Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KO’s) successfully defended his WBA/WBO/IBF World Heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KO’s).  Povetkin looked good early as he displayed his superior hand speed in round 1.  He landed a brutal combination finishing with a vicious left hook which seemed to break Joshuas nose.  Blood began to pour from it, and Joshua clearly looked bothered by the damage to his nose.  Povetkin continued the combinations in round 2, as AJ certainly looked frazzled and dumbfounded by Povetkin’s early success.

In the 3rd round, Joshua seemed to find his range, and was being much more effective as he boxed Povetkin from the outside.  The 4th was more of the same, as Joshua seemed to be gaining control of the fight.  Povetkin, at age 39, seemed to be losing steam in the 5th round, and the fight would not last much longer.  In the 7th round, AJ landed a huge right hand that badly stunned Povetkin, and a few punches later, he would go down.  Povetkin, on dream street, somehow got up from the knockdown, and was somehow allowed to continue, even though he had no legs under him, and was clearly almost out on his feet.  Joshua bombarded hime with punches, and Povetkin would go down again, this time for good.  Joshua remains the unified World Heavyweight champion, with a 7th round KO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Today, Saturday September 22nd 2018, Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KO’s) will defend his WBA/WBO/IBF World Heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Wembley Stadium in London England, and will air live on Sky Sports at 1pm ET.  The fight will also be available for viewing on Dazn.com at the same time.  In the co-feature, Yvan Mendy (40-4-1, 19 KO’s) and Luke Campbell (18-2, 15 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Alexander Povetkin Tale of The Tape Anthony Joshua
34 Wins 21
1 Losses 0
24 KOs 20
0 Draws 0
35 Total Fights 21
69% KO% 95%
6’2″ Height 6’6″
75″ Reach 82″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Kursk, Russia Nationality Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
September 2nd, 1979 Date of Birth October 15th 1989

 

PREDICTIONS;

Luke Campbell  —  def  —  Yvan Mendy  —  via  —  Decision

Anthony Joshua  —  def  —  Alexander Povetkin  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for canelo vs ggg 2This past Saturday night, September 15th 2018, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) somehow escaped with the victory, as he defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s) via majority decision to become the new WBA/WBC/Ring Middleweight Champion.  The night started off with the return of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KO’s) as he easily defeated Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KO’s) via KO in the 5th round.  Gonzalez mauled Fuentes for 5 rounds, and finally in the fifth, recorded the knockout.  Fuentes was completely overmatched with skill, speed and power, and Gonzalez imposed his will for nearly 5 rounds.

The second fight of the evening was a very short one.  David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KO’s) put himself back in the title hunt as he defeat Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-3, 20 KO’s) with a vicious KO in the very first round.  There wasn’t much to say about this one, except Spike O’Sullivan just could not take Lemieux’s power, and he was disposed of quickly.  In the 3rd battle of the evening, Jaime Mungia (30-0, 25 KO’s) defeated Brandon Cook (20-2, 13 KO’s) in another quick one, as he stopped Cook in the third round of their fight.  Mungia successfully defended his new WBO Junior Middleweight title, and will no doubt be looking for the biggest fight possible, even though he is still only 21 years of age.

The main event was yet another disappointment for Gennady Golovkin, as he fought hard once again against Canelo Alvarez, and even though the final punch stats were in his favor again, he does not get the victory for the second straight fight.  Both fighters started off cautious in the 1st round, trying to find their range and gauge their opponent. The first 4 rounds were very hard to score and pretty even by anyones standards.  Golovkin would take over the fight in the middle rounds, as Canelo seemed to fade a bit.  Golovkin landed a few vicious right hands that seemed to bother Canelo, but again it wouldn’t be enough to convince the judges he won.  GGG had a great round 10 and 11, but Canelo came on strong in the 12th.  The final scores were 114-114 (Feldman), 115-113 (Moretti) in favor of Canelo, and 115-113 (Weisfeld) in favor of Canelo.  I score the fight 115-113 for Golovkin.  I feel compelled to note that just as in the first fight which was a draw, Golovkin outlanded Canelo by a pretty healthy margin in this fight as well, but he comes away with a draw and now a loss.  Never the less, Alvarez is now the unified WBA/WBC/TheRing middleweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night, September 15th 2018 will mark the long awaited rematch between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) for the WBA/WBC and vacant TheRing Middleweight titles.  The fight will take place at the T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will air live on HBO Pay Per View at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KO’s) will take on Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KO’s) in a 12 round Middleweight bout.  Also on the card, the hard hitting Jaime Mungia (30-0, 25 KO’s) will defend his WBO Junior Middleweight title against Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KO’s), and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KO’s) will make his return as he takes on Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KO’s) in a Super Flyweight 10 rounder.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 1, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • David Lemieux  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.  (Won IBF Middleweight title)
  • Daniel Jacobs  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/18/17.
  • Canelo Alvarez  —  Draw, Split Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

CANELO ALVAREZ

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-Record:  49 – 1 – 2, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  70.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Miguel Cotto  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/21/15.  (Won TheRing & WBC Middleweight titles)
  • Gennady Golovkin  —  Draw, Split Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Roman Gonzalez  —  def  —  Moises Fuentes  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Jaime Mungia  —  def  —  Brandon Cook  —  via  —  KO 8th round

David Lemieux  —  def  —  Spike O’Sullivan  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Canelo Alvarez  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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