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Just announced yesterday, a huge world heavyweight title bout will take place in March.  Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will take on Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s), as Wilder will defend his WBC World Heavyweight title against the Cuban monster.  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York on March 3rd 2018, and tickets are already on sale.  the co-featured bout has also been announced, as Andre Dirrel (26-2-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Jose Uzkategui (26-2-0, 22 KO’s) for the interim IBF World Super Middleweight title.

Wilder was supposed to fight Ortiz back in November of last year, but Ortiz was ultimalty replaced by Bermane Stiverne due to the fact that Ortiz tested positive for banned substances.  Wilder disposed of Stiverne in the first round with a vicious KO victory, and was clearly upset that Ortiz was not his opponent on that night.  With Anthony Joshua still seemingly ducking Wilder and going in a different direction, Luis Ortiz is the biggest name out there for Wilder to make a statement.  Ortiz is coming off of back to back knockout victories against David Allen (TKO 7) and Daniel Martz (KO 2) respectively, but neither is a household name.

If the undefeated Cuban is able to defeat Wilder, it will be tainted because of the positive test for performance enhancing drugs, but it would be his greatest victory to date.  Ortiz is 38 years old, but is a powerhouse.  He started his professional career late due to problems form defecting from Cuba, but none the less, he is one of the best heavyweights out there.  Ortiz would also be Wilders greatest victory, should he win, as Wilder has been criticized for lack of top tier opponents.  Wilder is not at fault for that however, as all his biggest potential opponents have tested positive for some kind of performance enhancing drug.  Just last year, Wilder was also supposed to fight Alexander Povietkin, but that fell through due to a positive test as well.  If Wilder is victories, Anthony Joshua will have no place left to hide.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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

Image result for lomachenko vs rigondeauxIt was a night to forget for one of the top pound for pond fighters in the world, as the best pound for pound fighter in the world mad him look absolutely silly.  Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KO’s) via TKO 7th round.  Rigondeaux is the 4th fighter in a row to not come out of the corner before the next round, as he quit on his stool between the 6th and 7th round.  It was a big night for young top prospects as well, as Shakur Stevenson (4-0, 2 KO’s) obliterated Oscar Mendoza in a 2nd round TKO victory.  Stevenson looked great, as he sat down on his punches more in this one.  That was the one knock on him so far in his young career, and he sure did change that.  The accumulation of damage in Mendoza was apparent, with no turn around in sight, so the fight was stopped in the second round.

Micheal Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s) was aslo in action as he defeated Luis Fernando Molina (7-3-1, 2 KO’s) in a shut out.  Conlan looked confident from the opening bell as he pretty much fought the whole fight with his hands down at his waste.  He was inviting Molina to dos something, but Molina was wildly swinging and missing the entire 6 rounds.  Conlan wins the shutout unanimous decision.  Christopher Diaz (22-0, 14 KO’s) looked superb in his fight, and continues to be looked at as a top prospect in all of boxing.  Diaz took on Bryant Cruz (18-3, 9 KO’s), and absolutely destroyed him 3 rounds.  Cruz went down in the first, but Diaz showed patience and took his time.  Cruz would go down again in the beginning of the 3rd, and then for good later in that same round.  Just as we said “Move over Tito Trinidad”, we will now say “Move over Miguel Cotto, there is a new star in Puerto Rico.”

The main event was a good one.  Well, it was good for Vasyl Lomachenko, and not Guillermo Rigondeaux.  This was a highly anticipated fight, as two of the top 10 pound for pound fighters squared off in Madison Square Garden.  The first round was a bit of a chess match, with Rigondeaux taking it by a slim margin purely based on activity.  This would be the only round won by Rigondeaux.  In the second round, just as he does to everyone else, Lomachenko started to make Rigondeaux look foolish.  It wasn’t as easy as usual, because Lomachenko has to fight through all the clinching being done by Rigo.  This was something that Lomachenko and his team discuss with the referee before the fight, as they were concerned that Rigondeaux would resort to this tactics.

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Lomachenko got more comfortable in the 3rd round as he started side stepping and landing combinations on Rigondeaux.  He even landed a triple uppercut in the round, something i have never seen before.  In the 5th, completely comfortable at this point, Lomachenko started tattooing Rigondeaux with every combination imaginable.  Rigo had to resort to holding again, and he was sternly warned for it in the round.  Continuing to get tattooed i the 6th round, Rigondeaux resorts to holding again, and he would be docked a point for his actions.  Being way down on the score cards, Rigondeaux said he would not be coming out if his corner for the 7th round, and it goes as a TKO victory for Vasyl Lomachenko.  Later on, Rigo said he did not continue because he hurt his left hand, but even if he actually was hurt, it wasn’t serious. This was a reputation saving move on his part.  He did not want anymore of Lomachenko.  Lomachenko has now stamped himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday December 9th 2017, is a big night for boxing as two of the top Pound-For-Pound fighters meet in the ring.  Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KO’s) will defend the WBO Junior Lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KO’s) who will jump up 2 weight classes for the fight.  The fight will take place at the Theater in Madison Square Garden New York NY, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Christopher Diaz (21-0, 13 KO’s) will take on Bryant Cruz (18-2, 9 KO’s) in a 10 round Junior Lightweight bout.  Also on the card, Bryant Jennings (20-2, 11 KO’s) will return to action, as he takes on Don Haynesworth (13-1-1, 11 KO’s) in an 8 round Heavyweight attraction.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

VASYL LOMACHENKO

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-Record:  9 – 1 – 0, 7 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 6″

-Reach:  65″

-Notable Fights

  • Gary Russel Jr  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 6/21/14.  (Won vacant WBO Featherweight title)
  • Rocky Martinez  —  Win, KO 5th round (12), 6/11/16.  (Won WBO Junior Lightweight title)
  • Nicholas Walters  —  Win, TKO 7th round (12), 11/26/16.

 

GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX

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-Record:  9 – 1 – 0, 7 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 4″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Nonito Donaire  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/13/13.  (Won WBO/TheRing Junior Featherweight titles)
  • Joseph Agbeko  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/7/13.
  • Moises Flores  —  No Contest 1st round (12), 6/17/17.  (Originally KO, later ruled no contest)

 

Predictions:

Bryant Jennings  —  def  —  Don Haynesworth  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Christopher Diaz  —  def  —  Bryant Cruz  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Vasyl Lomachenko  —  def  —  Guillermo Rogondeaux  —  via  —  Majority Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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