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Tomorrow night, Saturday December 16th 2017, we will experience the “Declaration Of War”.  Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KO’s) will defend his WBO Middleweight title against KO artist David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Place Bell in Laval Quebec Canada, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 9:40pm ET.  In the co-feature, Gary O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KO’s) and Antoine Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Middleweight bout.  Also on the card, Custio Clayton (12-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Carlos Molina (28-8-2, 8 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS

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-Record:  25 – 0 – 0, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  N/A

-Notable Fights

  • Chris Eubank Jr  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 11/29/14.
  • Andy Lee  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 12/19/15.  (Won WBO Middleweight title)
  • Willie Monroe Jr  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

DAVID LEMIEUX

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-Record:  38 – 3 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Hassan N’Dam  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/20/15.  (Won vacant IBF Middleweight title)
  • Gennady Golovkin  —  Loss, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.
  • Curtis Stevens  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 3/11/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Custio Clayton  —  def  —  Carlos Molina  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Antione Douglas  —  def  —  Gary O’Sullivan  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

David Lemieux  —  def  —  Billy Joe Saunders  —  via  —  KO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for miguel cottoIt was a bitter sweet moment this past Saturday night, when we watched a legend put the gloves on one las time.  We expected a show, and Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KO’s) delivered.  Sadly, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KO’s), but he went out with a bang, and with class.  Miguel reiterated that even with the loss in what was his final fight, he would not return to the ring, he would stay home and focus on his family.  The sure fire hall of famer looked sad to leave the boxing world in his rear view mirror, but he said said over and over that now it is his turn to be there for his family, just as they have stuck by his side throughout his boxing career.

After a feel out first round for both fighters, things started heating up in the second.  Salam Ali hurt Cotto badly with a right hand and had him on wobbly legs.  Later in the round Ali went down on what looked like a knockdown, but was in fact a slip.  Cotto came back strong in the third, outlander Ali, but still looked a bit bothered by Ali’s hand speed.  Back and forth they would go, as again in the 4th, Ali stunned Cotto with a huge left hook, and had him dazed momentarily.  In the 6th, Cotto turned the tables with a huge right hand of his own, and had Ali trapped in the corner.  Ali would escape the round with a brilliant left hook counter, that got Cotto out of his face.

Cotto also had a huge 7th round, but in the 8th, things would start to turn in Ali’s favor.  For some reason, Cotto stopped throwing in the 8th round.  We would later learn that Cotto tore his left bicep, and it sure looked that way after the fight.  The bicep curled up and looked ads if it was in the wrong place on his arm.  Without the left arm at his disposal, Cotto lost his money much, which is his left hook.  In the 10th, Ali hurt Cotto again with a big left hook, and Cotto spent the rest of the round running.  Ali, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency in a close fight, came out guns blazing in the 11th, showing lightning quick combinations.

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In the final round of Cotto’s career, Ali’s speed would prove to be too much against the wounded veteran.  The 12th round was a toss up, and if given to Cotto, the fight would have ended in a draw.  Cotto did outland Ali in the final frame, but Ali landed the more meaningful punches, and just looked better in general.  The final scores were as follows:  Julie Lederman had it 115-113 (Ali), Eric Marlinski had it 116-112 (Ali), and Steve Weisfeld had it 115-113 (Ali).  The final push stats read as follows:  Cotto landed 163 of 536 (30%) while Ali landed 139 f 647 (21%).  The difference in the fight was the power punches.  Ali landed 122 of 373 (33%), while Cotto landed 108 of 322 (34%).  Ali was the busier fighter and he got the nod.  This could have easily been a draw, as the final round was a 50-50 call.  Never the less, the legend went out with a bang, and we thank him for that.  Salam Ali becomes the new WBO Junior Middleweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday December 2nd 2017, Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KO’s) will step in to the ring for the last time, as he takes on Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KO’s) and defends his WBO Junior Middleweight title.  The fight will take place in Cotto’s adopted home for Madison Square Garden in New York NY, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Rey Vargas (30-0, 22 KO’s) will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight title against Oscar Negrete (17-0, 7 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

MIGUEL COTTO

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-Record:  41 – 5 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  67″

-Notable Fights

  • Yuri Foreman  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/5/10.  (Won WBA Junior Middleweight title)
  • Antonio Margarito #2  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 12/3/11.
  • Sergio Martinez  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/7/14.  (Won TheRing/WBC Middleweight titles)

 

SADAM ALI

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-Record:  25 – 1 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  73″

-Notable Fights

  • Luis Abregu  —  Win, TKO 9th round (10), 11/8/14.
  • Jessie Vargas  —  Loss, TKO 9th round (12), 3/5/16.
  • Jorge Silva  —  Win, KO 3rd round (10), 1/28/17.

 

Predictions:

Rey Vargas  —  def  —  Oscar Negrete  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Miguel Cotto  —  def  —  Sadam Ali  —  via  —  TKO 11th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This past Saturday night was a big night in boxing, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO’s) showed the world that he is not yet done, when he decisively defeated Slava Shabranskyy (19-2, 16 KO’s) with a second round TKO victory.  Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KO’s) also resurrected his career with a controversial split decision victory over Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KO’s).   Gamboa was seemingly way behind on the score cards, but somehow got the nod from the judges.  The co-featured bout of the evening was a wild one.  Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KO’s) defeated Felix Valera (15-2, 13 KO’s) after the two fighters traded knockdowns in the first round.  Valera was penalized 3 times for low blows, and ultimately lost on the cards by a huge margin after being thoroughly outboxed by Barrera.  Barrera is now the mandatory contender for Dimitri Bivol’s Light Heavyweight title.

So the question of the night was, which Sergey Kovalev would show up?  The Krusher, or that other guy that lost to Andre Ward twice?  The answer was The Krusher.  Right out of the gate you knew Kovalev was coming to rip someone head off, as he threw a huge right to start the fight.  About halfway through the first round, Kovalev landed a big overhand right that put Shabranskyy on the canvas for the first time in the fight.  Later in the first round, Kovalev landed a right cross/left hook nomination that really hurt Shabranskyy and put him down for the second time in the round.  In the second round, Kovalev nailed Shabranskyy with another right hand that stunned him, and then finished him off with a combination.  Pinned against the ropes and badly hurt was Shabranskyy, so referee Harvey Dock was forced to step in and stop the fight.  Kovalev gets the TKO victory and regains his WBO Light Heavyweight title that he lost to the now retired Andre Ward.

The final punch stats read as follows:  Kovalev landed 50/113 punches (44%), while Shabranskyy landed a mere 16/71 (23%) punches.  Before the fight, Kovalev admitted that he lost his way between the two Ward fights.  He stopped training and stated drinking.  He just wasn’t right.  But he got himself back together, and it sure did show in the ring.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night November 25th 2017, Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KO’s) for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight title.  The fight will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Yuriorkis Gamboa (27-2, 17 KO’s) will square off against Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KO’s) will take on Felix Valera (15-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, UD (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBAsuper/IBF Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andre Ward  —  Loss, UD (12), 11/19/16.

 

VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 3″

-Reach:  75″

-Notable Fights

  • Yuniesky Gonzalez  —  Win, MD (10), 12/19/15.
  • Oscar Riojas  —  Win, KO 3rd round (8), 8/19/16.
  • Sullivan Barrera  —  Loss, TKO 7th round (10), 12/16/16.

 

Predictions:

Sullivan Barrera  —  def  —  Felix Valera  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Yuriorkis Gamboa  —  def  —  Jason Sosoa  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Vyacheslav Shabranskyy  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, August 26th 2017, Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KO’s) will make his ring return for possibly the last time as he take on Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KO’s), as the go at it for the vacant WBO Junior Middleweight title.  The fight will take place at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California and will be live on HBO Boxing at 9:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Ronny Rios (28-1, 13 KO’s) will take on Rey Vargas (29-0, 22 KO’s) with the WBC Super Bantamweight title on the line.  Also on the card, Emilio Sanchez (14-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Danny Flores (15-9-1, 8 KO’s) in an 8 round Super Bantamweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

MIGUEL COTTO

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-Record:  40 – 5 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  67″

-Notable Fights

  • Antonio Margarito  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 12/3/11.
  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/5/12.
  • Sergio Martinez  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/7/14.  (Won WBC/TheRing Middleweight titles)

 

YOSHIHIRO KAMEGAI

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-Record:  27 – 3 – 2, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Robert Guerrero  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/21/14.
  • Jesus Soto Karras  —  Draw, Split Decision (10), 4/15/16.
  • Jesus Soto Karras  —  Win, TKO 8th round (10), 9/10/16.

 

Predictions:

Emilio Sanchez  —  def  —  Danny Flores  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

Rey Vargas  —  def  —  Ronny Rios  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Miguel Cotto  —  def  —  Yoshihiro Kamegai  —  via  —  TKO 11th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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This Saturday Night July 1st 2017, Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 MO’s) will put his WBO Welterweight title on the line against Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Australia and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KO’s) and Jerwin Ancajas (26-1-1, 17 KO’s) will go at it for the IBF Super Flyweight title.  Also on the card, Shane Mosley Jr (10-1, 7 KO’s) will be in action as he takes on David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KO’s) in a 10 round Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

MANNY PACQUIAO

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-Record:  59 – 6 – 2, 38 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 6″

-Reach:  67″

-Notable Fights

  • Juan Manuel Marquez  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 3/15/08. (Won TheRing & WBC Super Featherweight titles)
  • Oscar De La Hoya  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 12/6/08.
  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/2/15.

 

JEFF HORN

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-Record:  59 – 6 – 2, 38 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Randal Bailey  —  Win, TKO 7th round (12), 4/27/16.
  • Ali Funeka  —  Win, TKO 6th round (10), 12/10/16.

 

Predictions:

Shane Mosley Jr  —  def  —  David Toussaint  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Derwin Ancajas  —  def  —  Teiru Kinoshita  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Manny Pacquiao  —  def  —  Jeff Horn  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE