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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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On August 19th 2017, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will go at each other in this unification bout, for the Undisputed Junior Welterweight Championship.  Terence Crawford will defend his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight championship, and on the flip side, Julius Indongo will be defending his WBAunified/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, and will be live at 9pm ET on ESPN.  This fight will be for all the marbles, as the winner will be crowned the first truly undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins took all the Middleweight belts back in 2004.

Julius Indongo has arguably been the most pleasant surprise in the Junior Welterweight division.  Up until his 21 bout, no one was quite sure what to make of him.  He was running through all of his opponents, but the level of skill in the competition he was facing, was mediocre at best.  After going 20-0 against pretty much nobody, Indongo would finally get his title shot.  He was the underdog against the hard hitting and feared Russian Eduard Troyanovsky, and no one really gave him a chance in that fight.  Indongo accepted the tough challenge, and mashed Troyanovsky to record a 1st round knockout victory.  Was it a fluke many were asking.  Indongo then put his belt on the line in a unification bout against Ricky Burns, and took care of business as well, for a decision victory.  He now holds every other belt that Terence Crawford does not.

Terence Crawford on the other hand, has been unconscious in the ring lately.  He is simply fighting like a man possessed.  Crawford has always been the best fighter in his weight class no matter what weight he was at, but in his last few fights he has stepped it up even further.  There is such a huge gap between Crawford and the next best Junior Welterweight, that I honestly believe no one at 140 or even 147 stands a chance against him.  Crawford, a natural righty, has seemingly completely abandoned the orthodox stance, and is fighting exclusively out of the southpaw stance now.  And boy has it been working for him.  His power has seemed to go up even more, even though he is fighting on his less dominant side.  He seems to be truly ambidextrous.   Usually when fighters step up the level of completion they face, they don’t look as good or have as much power.  Crawford was built for “the moment”.  The better the fighter in front of him is, the better he looks.  It is simply amazing how he takes on top notch fighters, and makes them look like amateurs.  Indongo, will unfortunately just be another stepping stone for Crawford.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

Will it finally happen?  Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s), have been dancing around each other for a few years now.  Who is really to blame that this fight has never happened?  Who really knows.  Stevenson blames Kovalev, and Kovalev blames Stevenson.  Thats all we know for sure.  Another thing we know for sure, is that these two need to settle the score big time.

Adonis Stevenson was the fighter of the year in 2013.  He knocked out Darnell Boone, then he knocked out Chad Dawson winning the lineal light heavyweight title, and then he knocked out Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew.  4 KO’s in 1 year over top fighters will earn you fighter of the year for sure.  Since then, Stevenson has taken relatively easy fights, the whole time claiming he would fight Kovalev, while almost getting knocked out by Andzej Fonfara.

Sergey Kovalev won fighter of the year in 2014, a year after Stevenson.  His resume of 2014 consisted of a knockout of Cedric Agnew, a knockout of Blake Caperello, and a unanimous decision victory over the legendary Bernard Hopkins.  That  as well will earn you fighter of the year.  Kovalev fought twice in 2015, knocking out Jean Pascal in their epic battle, and also knocking out relatively unknown Nadjib Mohammedi.

These two fighters are and have been on a collision course for a very long time.  They are the two biggest punchers in the Light Heavyweight division, and need to fight each other to define their careers.  So supposedly sometime this summer, these two will meet.  Kovalev is scheduled for a rematch with Pascal on January 30th, and barring a loss, maybe this fight will finally happen.  Stevenson does not have an opponent scheduled yet, but look for him to take an easy fight to keep busy.  Thank you to “Boxings Finest” for the amazing promo.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE