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Image result for whyte vs browneToday on Sky Sports and HBO Boxing after dark, we had a special Heavyweight attraction, as Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KO’s) absolutely destroyed Lucas Brown (25-1, 22 KO’s).  Whyte was almost a 2-1 favorite to win the fight, but fought like a 30-1 favorite after the opening bell.  Whyte won every round before eventually knocking Lucas Brown’s head off in the 6th.  The first round was a feel out round between the two, but Whyte won it anyhow.  Whyte started punching to the body in the second round, something that he has been known to do quite effectively.  In fact, Whyte lands the second most body punches in the heavyweight division, behind only Joseph Parker who we will see next week against Anthony Joshua.

Whyte also opened up a cut over Brown’s left eye in that second round.  From then on the blood would poor, perhaps altering the vision of Brown.  The third through fifth rounds were more of the same, as Whyte sustained an effective body attack, which really opened up the head.  In the 6th round, Whyte landed a combination, which slightly threw Brown off.  After that, he landed a right hand followed by a delayed left hook, which knocked Brown out cold.  Brown was on the canvas for several minutes before he was able to get up, and when he was, he had on an oxygen mask.  After the fight, Whyte called out Deontay Wilder, telling the WBC champ, “I’m ready.”  Whyte remains the WBC Silver belt holder, which could possibly mean that he will be Wilder’s next mandatory challenger.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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The future looks bright for the sport of boxing, and in my opinion, the pound-for-pound list has more talent on it now, then it did even a mere 2 years ago.  So i thought to myself, if 2 years can make such a big difference, what will the pound-for-pound list look like 2 years from now in 2020.  Well, it will definitely look very interesting for sure, with superstars moving up in weight class, and the constant resurgence of the Heavyweights.  One heavyweight will actually make my list, even thought its kind of heard the believe.  Now that 2 spots on the list are opened, and aren’t being taken up by dead weight (Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao) we have many opportunities for other fighters to earn a spot on the list.

Lets face it, Mayweather was no longer a boxer towards the end of his career, he was more of a sports entertainer.  Pacquiao stayed on the list for so long due to respect, and all the difficult fights he had on his resume.  So without further ado, here is what I believe the pound for pound list will look like in 2 years, in the year 2020, going backwards from #10 to #1 along with their projected records:

10.  DEONTAY WILDER                                (projected record:  44 – 0 – 0, 42 KO’s)          

—  I was on the fence about putting a heavyweight on here, but Wilder will defeat Anthony Joshua in 2018 or 2019.  As for the rest of the Heavyweights, Wilder will keep blowing through them, and has a real chance at finishing his career with an undefeated record, due to being in a division with a lack of premier talent.

9.  SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI                    (projected record:  48 – 4 – 1, 42 KO’s)       

—  Even thought this is a low weight class, and punches are thrown by the dozens at a time, I still don’t see anyone matching this guys output.  If he can KO Roman Gonzalez, he can KO everyone in the division.  There are a few good fighters here, but no elite ones.  I don’t see him moving up in weight either, so Sor Rungvisai is safe of this list.

8.  OSCAR VALDEZ                                         (projected record:  27 – 0 – 0, 21 KO’s)

—   This guy is the truth.  There are doubters on him, but I’m completely sold.  He just got in the ring with his toughest opponent to date, fought 5 rounds with a broken jaw, and won.  Not only did he win, he made it look easier then it was.  Valdez will keep climbing this list as other get older.

7.  SAUL ‘CANELO’ ALVAREZ                         (projected record:  51 – 2 – 2, 35 KO’s)

—  Win or lose against GGG in their rematch, Canelo stays on the list because he will have over 50 wins by age 30.  That is simply unheard of these days, and he can beat anyone at 154 or 160 thats not named Gennady Golovkin.  GGG also retires by this point.

6.  DMITRY BIVOL                                          (projected record:  17 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s)

—  His nickname should be “Poised.”  This guy is a student of the game if we’ve ever seen one.  Power and skills, with an extensive amateur pedigree.  He’s Russian, thats all that needs to be said.  Light Heavyweight is his!

5.  MIKEY GARCIA                                          (projected record:  41 – 0 – 1, 31 KO’s)

—  Mikey drops slightly on the list but is still on it.  He drops due to the fact that he’s always moving around in weight, while fighting the best possible opponents.  I don’t think he will, but he could possibly take a loss somewhere along the way, simply because he’s just too damn brave.  He also drops slightly by default, as other younger studs start moving up.  He is safe on the list though.

4.  ERROL SPENCE JR                                     (projected record:  26 – 1 – 0, 22 KO’s)

—  Spence would be #2 on this list if it wasn’t for his eventual disputed loss to Terence Crawford.  Whether it happens by 2020 or not, Crawford is arguably the best in the world, but Spence will defeat all other big names at Welterweight.

3.  NAOYA INOUE                                             (projected record:  19 – 0 – 0, 17 KO’s)

—  This guy is a monster.  Lomachenko keeps moving up further in weight, so unfortunalty I don’t see Loma VS Inoue happening.  Inoue can not only beat, but KO anyone in or around his eight class.

2.  VASYL LOMACHENKO                                 (projected record:  14 – 1 – 0, 11 KO’s)

—  I’m getting heat for not having him number 1, but Loma will stay at number 2 at east for now.  Crawford just wins too many belts, and that will be the difference.  I don’t think they will ever fight each other, but Loma is going through weight classes like water, so it might be possible.  So don’t consider Lomachenko #2, consider his #1A.

1.  TERENCE CRAWFORD                                 (projected record:  35 – 0 – 0, 25 KO’s)  

—  Terence Crawford will eventually do to 147, exactly what he did to 140.  He will clean out the division, and will every belt yet again.  This is what puts him slightly above Lomachenko, and is the difference between 1 & 2.  Skill wise they are different, but even.  Crawford however has that “unconscious state” that he goes in to.  It almost like he’s not real, and he just wants to destroy your soul.  He is simply the best in the world, but not by much.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Champ – Vacant

  1. Deontay Wilder (40-0-0, 39 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Anthony Joshua (20-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Alexander Povetkin (33-1-0, 23 KO’s)
  5. Luis Ortiz (28-1-0, 24 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (14-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBC, WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (26-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Mairis Briedes (23-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Denis Lebedev (30-2-0, 22 KO’s)
  5. Yunier Dorticos (22-1-0, 21 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 27 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Dmitry Bivol  (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0-0, 12 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. George Groves (28-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (37-0-0, 25 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Callum Smith (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KO’s)   IBF
  5. David Benavidez (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (26-0-0, 20 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (30-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Jarret Hurd (21-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Sadam Ali (26-1-0, 14 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, WBC
  2. Errol Spence Jr (23-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Danny Garcia (33-1-0, 19 KO’s)
  5. Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Mikey Garcia (38-0-0, 30 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Viktor Postol (29-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  3. Antonio Orozco (26-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Regis Prograis (21-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Julius Indongo (22-2-0, 11 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (44-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (38-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Robert Easter (21-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Raymundo Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Richard Commy (26-2-0, 23 KO’s)
  5. Felix Verdejo (23-0-0, 15 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Miguel Berchelt (33-1-0, 29 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gervonta Davis (19-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Alberto Machado (19-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Francisco Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (28-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (24-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (26-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (31-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Diego De La Hoya (20-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Zolani Tete (26-3-0, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  3. Ryan Burnett (18-0-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  4. Juan Carlos Payano (19-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-2-0, 18 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Naoya Inoue (15-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3-0, 25 KO’s)
  3. Khalid Yafai (23-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Roman Gonzalez (46-2-0, 38 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Diago Higa (15-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Artem Dalakian (16-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Moruti Mthalane (35-2-0, 24 KO’s)
  5. Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA

  1. Ken Shiro (12-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Milan Melindo (37-3-0, 13 KO’s)
  3. Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16 KO’s)
  4. Pedro Guavara (30-3-1, 17 KO’s)
  5. Ganigan Lopez (28-7-0, 17 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (49-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (17-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0-0, 7 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KO’s)
  5. Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12 KO’s)

Image result for caneloSaul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) has tested positive for a banned substance, exactly 2 months before his scheduled rematch with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s).  Golden Boy Promotions quickly released a statement saying that Alvarez has tested positive for Clenbuterol.  The statement read as such:  “As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico.”  Golden Boy has apparently reached out to Glolovkin’s camp as well, informing them of the news.  Canelo has also stated that he will be moving his training camp from Mexico to the United States immediately.

Clenbuterol as originally developed as a bronchodilator for the treatment of asthma symptoms, but is known to increase heart rate, perspiration, and adrenalin.  Clenbuterol can be used in conjunction with anabolic steroids, as well as other performance enhancing drugs such as HGH, for reducing body fat while increasing growth of skeletal muscle.  The drug is highly coveted by bodybuilders, for this unique ability to burn fat while maintaining muscle mass.

Only trace amounts of the drug were found Canelo’s system, and Golden Boy claims its from the meat contamination in Mexico.  But, if Canelo was intentionally taking the drug, the damage has been done.  He has trimmed fat and gained muscle for sure, and could have been taking the drug up until only a week ago, as studies show that Clenbuterol will completely leave the system in 7 days.  So if trace amounts were found, there is no way of telling how long or how much Alvarez has taken, if he was knowingly taking it.  Perhaps Golden Boys statement is true, and it was from the meat contamination in Mexico, but never the less, this story will be closely monitored.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Last night on Premier Boxing Champions, Victor Ortiz (32-6-3, 25 KO’s) and Devon Alexander (27-4-1, 14 KO’s) some how fought to a draw, even though Devon Alexander clearly won the fight.  I guess the only thing you can give in favor of Ortiz was that he threw more punches in the fight, but not by much.  Alexander was clearly the sharper, more accurate, and more effective puncher in the fight.  The fight was a good one, but this isn’t one of those fights that you try to build up a rematch.  It was a great battle, but no one will be clawing at the chance to see these two go at it again.  So why the bogus scoring?

From the opening bell, Ortiz was visibly slower and less effective then Alexander.  The first two rounds were close, but Alexander completely took over the middle rounds.  He was countering effectively, and landing a lot more then Ortiz.  Ortiz was looking very fatigued by the 9th round.  Ortiz came with one last flurry in the 12th round, and apparently it was enough for a draw on 2 scorecards and a win on the third.  Judges Glen Crocker and Levi Martinez both scored the fight 114-114, and judge Don Griffin scored it 115-113 for Ortiz.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Devon Alexander, which was the score that most unofficial cards read after 12 rounds.  Alexander landed 155 of 485 (32%) punches, while Ortiz landed 137 of 550 (25%) punches.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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The first meeting ended in a controversial draw.  What will their second meeting bring, as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) will go at it once again on May 5th 2018.  The only reason why we will actually get to see a rematch between these two, is because Golovkin was robbed out of a victory by judge Adelaide Byrd, who only had him winning 2 out of the 12 rounds.  What she was looking at is still yet to be determined, but I personally think she was looking more at the numbers of a bribe then the actual fight.  Most people had GGG winning 7 of 12 or 8 of 12 rounds, which should have put the score somewhere around 115-113 or 116-112 in favor of Golovkin.  Adelaide Byrd had a score of 118-110 in favor of Canelo, which is absolutely absurd if you were actually watching the fight.  Unfortunately for true boxing fans, Adelaide Byrd was more concerned with the balance of her checking account going up, rather then giving a correct scorecard.

With a controversial ending to the first fight, the rematch is worth even more money then the original, which mostly benefits the fighter that appeared to lose the first meeting.  The rematch is great for Canelo, Oscar De La Hoya, and Golden Boy promotions.  It unfortunately does not benefit Golovkin at all.  Yes he will get a huge check, but he is a year older.  His undefeated record is in jeopardy, and he could potentially lose 3 championship belts.  Golovkin is now 35 years old, and logic says that he is nearing the end of his professional boxing career.  Canelo is 27 years of age, which means he is just entering his prime.  Canelo is a great fighter, there is no doubt, but he lost the first fight and was lucky to come out of it with a draw and not an official loss.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez stated the other day that if GGG doesn’t knock Canelo out, he won’t win.  Meaning he was implying that Golovkin would get screwed out of a victory yet again.  Unless Golovkin or Canelo knocks out the other fighter, this rematch won’t really settle anything, and I believe the promotors would push for a third fight in what would become a trilogy.  That would make GGG another year older and the sure underdog, when he should have just won the first fight.  The venue is yet to be determined, but the fight will be live on HBO PPV and air at 8pm ET.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

1.  Gennady Golovkin               37 – 0 – 1 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

2.  Terence Crawford                32 – 0 – 0 (23 KO’s)                Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

3.  Vasyl Lomachenko               10 – 1 – 0 (8 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

4.  Sergey Kovalev                   31 – 2 – 1 (27 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 Russia

5.  Saul Alvarez                        49 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)                Middleweight                        Mexico

6.  Naoya Inoue                       15 – 0 – 0 (13 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

7.  Mikey Garcia                       37 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.

8.  Errol Spence Jr                    23 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)                Welterweight                         U.S.A.

9.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 – 1 – 0 (11 KO’s)               Junior Featherweight              Cuba

10. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai         44 – 4 – 1 (40 KO’s)               Junior Bantamweight              Thailand