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Image result for crawford vs benavidezThis past Saturday night October 14 2018, Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) proved to everyone why he is the worlds top Pound For Pound fighter, as he defeated Jose Benavidez (27-1, 18 KO’s) to retain his WBO Welterweight title with a 12th round TKO victory.  The fight started off slow, as Crawford was struggling to find his range against the much bigger challenger.  Benavidez was seemingly un phased by any of Crawfords punches in the first few round.  He looked to be walking right through them, and throwing back his own punches.  The first 6 rounds of the fight were pretty hard to score, because even though Crawford was slightly out landing Benavidez, Benavidez was walking him down at will.

The 7th round was the turning point of the fight.  Crawford started going to the body more, and it finally started paying off.  Benavidez was clearly slower at this point, and the 7th round was target practice for Crawford.  He won the fight mentally in that round, and Benavidez had nothing left.  The next few rounds looked like Benavidez just ran out of ideas on how to fight Crawford, and Crawford took advantage, peppering him with combinations.  The 12th and final round was a wild one.  Crawford continued to land punches at will, and towards the end if the round, he nailed Benavidez with an uppercut that put him down.  Benavidez would get up, but Crawford pinned him against the ropes and landed a huge right hook followed by a devastating left hand.  The fight was stopped there, and Crawford retained his WBO Welterweight title.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night, October 13th 2018, top pound for pound fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) will defend his WBO Welterweight title against one of boxings top prospects Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the CHI Health Center in Omaha Nebraska, and will be live on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KO’s) will face off against Duarn Vue (14-1-2, 4 KO’s) in a 10 round welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Carlos Adames (14-0, 11 KO’s) and Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Junior Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  33 – 0 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 7/23/16.  (Won TheRing & WBC Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)
  • Jeff Horn  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/9/18.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)

 

JOSE BENADIVEZ

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-Record:  27 – 0 – 0, 18 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  74″

-Notable Fights

  • Mauricio Herrera  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/13/14.
  • Jorge Paez Jr  —  Win, TKO 12th round (12), 5/15/15.
  • Frank Rojas  —  Win, KO 1st round (12), 6/9/18.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Carlos Adames  —  def  —  Joshua Conley  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Shakur Stevenson  —  def  —  Duarn Vue  —  via  —  KO 4th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jose Benavidez  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

1.  Terence Crawford              33 – 0 – 0 (24 KO’s)           Junior Welterweight           U.S.A.

2.  Vasyl Lomachenko             11 – 1 – 0 (9 KO’s)             Junior Lightweight             Ukraine

3.  Saul Alvarez                      50 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                    Mexico

4.  Gennady Golovkin             38 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                     Kazakstan

5.  Mikey Garcia                     39 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)            Lightweight                     U.S.A

6.  Naoya Inoue                     16 – 0 – 0 (14 KO’s)            Bantamweight                 Japan

7.  Oleksandr Usyk                  15 – 0 – 0 (11 KO’s)            Cruiserweight                 Ukraine

8.  Errol Spence Jr                  24 – 0 – 0 (21 KO’s)            Welterweight                   U.S.A.

9.  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai        46 – 4 – 1 (41 KO’s)           Junior Batamweight           Thailand

10. Eleider Alvarez                  24 – 0 – 0 (12 KO’s)           Light Heavyweight             Colombia

Heavyweight  —  (No Limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Anthony Joshua (22-0-0, 21 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Deontay Wilder (40-0-0, 39 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Luis Ortiz (29-1-0, 25 KO’s)
  4. Gillian Whyte (24-1-0, 17 KO’s)
  5. Joseph Parker (24-1-0, 18 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Oleksandr Usyk (15-0-0, 11 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO

  1. Mairis Briedes (24-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  2. Murat Gassiev (26-1-0, 19 KO’s)
  3. Denis Lebedev (31-2-0, 23 KO’s)
  4. Yunier Dorticos (22-1-0, 21 KO’s)
  5. Krzysztof Glowacki (30-1-0, 19 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Eleider Alvarez (24-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Dmitry Bivol  (14-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Badou Jack (23-1-3, 13 KO’s)
  5. Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1, 28 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. George Groves (28-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (38-0-0, 25 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Callum Smith (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. David Benavidez (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Jose Uzcategui (27-2-0, 23 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING, WBA, WBC

  1. Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s)
  2. Daniel Jacobs (34-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0-0, 10 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (27-0-0, 21 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Jarret Hurd (22-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (31-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Erislandy Lara (25-3-2, 14 KO’s)
  4. Jaime Munguia (31-0-0, 26 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Brian Castano (15-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Errol Spence Jr (24-0-0, 21 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Terence Crawford (33-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Regis Prograis (22-0-0, 19 KO’s)
  2. Josh Taylor (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  3. Jose Ramirez (23-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Keryl Relikh (22-2-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Viktor Postol (29-2-0, 12 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1-0, 9 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (39-0-0, 30 KO’s)   IBF, WBC
  2. Jorge Linares (44-4-0, 27 KO’s)
  3. Robert Easter (21-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Jose Pedraza (25-1-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Richard Commy (27-2-0, 24 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Miguel Berchelt (34-1-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Gervonta Davis (20-0-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Alberto Machado (20-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  4. Tevin Farmer (26-4-1, 5 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (29-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (26-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Oscar Valdez (24-0-0, 19 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Josh Warrington (27-0-0, 6 KO’s)   IBF

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Isaac Dogboe (20-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO’s)
  3. Rey Vargas (32-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Daniel Roman (25-2-1, 9 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Jesse Magdaleno (25-1-0, 18 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Zolani Tete (27-3-0, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Naoya Inoue (16-0-0, 14 KO’s)
  3. Ryan Burnett (19-0-0, 9 KO’s)  WBA
  4. Emmanuel Rodriguez (18-0-0, 12 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Juan Carlos Payano (20-1-0, 9 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Juan Francisco Estrada (37-3-0, 25 KO’s)
  2. Khalid Yafai (24-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Kazuto Ioka (23-1-0, 13 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Roman Gonzalez (47-2-0, 39 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Moruti Mthalane (36-2-0, 24 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Artem Dalakian (17-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Andrew Selby (10-0-0, 5 KO’s)
  4. Cristopher Rosales (28-3-0, 19 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Sho Kimura (17-1-2, 10 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Hekke Budler (32-3-0, 10 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA

  1. Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12 KO’s)
  2. Ken Shiro (13-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carlos Canizares (21-0-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Milan Melindo (37-3-0, 13 KO’s)
  5. Felix Alvarado (33-2-0, 29 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (51-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (18-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0-0, 7 KO’s)
  4. Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KO’s)
  5. Vic Saludar (18-3-0, 10 KO’s)   WBO

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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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