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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

 

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Newly crowned IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO’s), already has a list of possible opponents.  Joshua won the IBF World Heavyweight title just a week and some days ago, when he defeated then champion Charles Martin in England.  Well, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is wasting no time at all.  He has already scheduled Joshua’s first title defense for June 25th, which will take place at the O2 arena, in London England.  Hearn went as far as mentioning some names that Joshua could possibly defend against, and while nothing is set in stone yet, the names are quite intriguing.  The two biggest names that Hearn threw out there were Bryant Jennings (19-2, 10 KO’s) and Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s).  Two other names that were thrown out there, were Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KO’s) and Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KO’s), both of whom Joshua would completely destroy.  Breazeale is too young and raw, and Molina would probably just take a beating for 11 rounds and then get knocked out.

While Jennings is not really deserving of a title shot against Joshua, because of back to back losses to Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz, he would probably be a more intriguing opponent the Breazeale and Molina.  Jennings has fought better level of opposition then Breazeale for sure, and hasn’t yet been classified as just an “opponent”, like Molina has.  The problem with Jennings is this; he’s just not big enough to run with these Heavyweights we have these days.  They are huge, and they are much more powerful.  Bryant Jennings comes in to his fights, not far above 200 pounds, and in this day and age (the age of the super heavyweights in the heavyweight division), he just does not have the size to compete with those guys.  Jennings could probably drop the weight below 200, because he is super athletic, and probably become the most dominant Cruiserweight in the world.

While we all know that the most mouth watering fight would be a unification between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, that probably won’t happen for quite some time if ever.  Enter Bermane Stiverne.  He seems to be the most interesting option at the moment, and could pose a threat to Joshua’s title reign.  Stiverne is the only man to take Deontay Wilder 12 rounds, as he just refused to go down, despite being pounded by Wilder’s shotgun right hand.  Wilder hit Stivenre so hard, that he bent the metal rods inside his surgically repaired right hand.  Still, Stiverne did not go down!  Joshua has never been 12 rounds in his life, so if Stiverne were able to take him into deep waters, no one knows how Joshua would respond.  Personally i think he would still win, but you never no what can happen in a heavyweight fight.  One punch can change everything.  It remains to be seen what Joshua and Hearn will do, but any conversation with the name “Anthony Joshua” is an interesting one.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

The Heavyweight division is getting more and more exciting by the minute.  Except of course the Klitschko VS Fury fight, which was unfortunately a real snore.  With the likes of Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua on the rise, there is plenty to look forward to in the previously boring division.  The division need young and athletic heavyweights, and lately that is exactly what we are getting.  Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KO’s) and Bryant Jennings (19-2, 10 KO’s) did not disappoint.  The two squared of this past Saturday night in Verona NY, and put on quite a show, with Ortiz ultimately getting the better of Jennings.

In the first round, Ortiz had Jennings badly hurt, and looked like he was going to try to finish him off early.  Jennings made it to the bell and out of the round, and had a chance to recover in the corner.  Jennings would clear his head and come out strong in the second, outboxing Ortiz and taking the round.  They would flip flop the 3rd and 4th, with Ortiz badly sunning Jennings again in the 3rd.  Jennings would outbox Ortiz again in the 4th.

In the middle rounds, it would turn into a tremendous inside fight, with both fighters landing big shots on each other.  Jennings would try to neutralize Ortiz’ great power from the outside, by smothering him on the inside.  It would have worked beautifully if Jennings was more careful, but in the 7th round, Ortiz would take over again.  He hit Jennings with a right lead uppercut, and would proceed to load up with 2 left uppercuts that would put Jennings down.  Jennings would beat the count, but was badly hurt.  Ortiz then hit Jennings with a right hook straight left combination, and the fight had to be stopped.  Jennings mind knew exactly what was happening, but his body was on dream street.  Well aware that the fight was being stopped, Jennings cried out in disappointment (in himself), and Luis Ortiz got the TKO victory.

Walters Gets Axed

After winning every round except the last Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters got axed.  Jorge Sosa ended up being a formidable opponent, but in no way shape or form did he win this fight, as one judge says he did.  So one judge has the fight a draw, the second had Sosa winning, and the third had Walters winning.  This fight was fairly easy to score and the final should have been 99-91 on all three score cards.  Have we witnessed another screw job in boxing, or were the judges simply incompetent?

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

On Saturday night in Verona NY, the WBA interim Heavyweight title will be on the line as undefeated Cuban Heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz (23-0, 20 KO’s) takes on Bryant Jennings (19-1, 10 KO’s).  In the co-feature, undefeated Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KO’s) takes on Jason Sosa (18-1-3, 14 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  And fearless warrior Gabe Rosado (21-9, 13 KO’s) will be in action as he takes on the hard hitting Joshua Clotty (39-4, 22 KO’s), in a Junior Middleweight bout.  Here are all the prediction:

PREDICTIONS

Luis Ortiz  —  def  —  Bryant Jennings  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Nicholas Walters  —  def  —  Jason Sosa  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Joshua Clottly  —  def  —  Gabe Rosado  —  via  —  Unanimous decision

Yunieski Gonzalez  —  def  —  Vyacheslav Shabranskyy  —  via  —  Unanimous decision

Yuriorkis Gamboa  —  def  —  Hylon Williams Jr  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Jorge Melendez  —  def  —  Steve Martinez  —  via  —  Unanimous decision

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO’s) is the WBAsuper, WBO, IBF, IBO, and TheRing Heavyweight champion of the world.  He didn’t collect all these championships by luck, and he will put it all on the line against Bryant Jenning (19-0, 10 KO’s).  Klitschko has not lost a fight since 2004 when he got knocked out by Lamon Brewster.  His chin has been questioned, but Bryant Jennings simply does not have enough power to hurt the champ.  All Klitschko does, is fight top 10 contenders, and knocks out almost all of them.

Klitschko won the IBF and IBO Heavyweight titles in 2006 by knocking out Chris Bird.  In 2008, he went on to win the WBO Heavyweight title from Sultan Ibragimov by unanimous decision, and in 2009 he won TheRing Heavyweight title against Ruslan Chagaev, also by TKO victory. In 2011, Klitschko beat David Haye to win the WBAsuper Title by a totally one sided unanimous decision.  Since then, he has put every one of his titles on the line in every fight, and successfully defended all of them.

On April 25th 2015, Klitschko will once again defend every title he owns, against Bryant Jennings.  Jennings is undefeated, and ranked #5 on TheRing magazines rating list for Heavyweights, but the level of competition is not there for Jennings.  His resume is not overly impressive at all, and he will be in a world of trouble against Klitschko.  I was personally at Bryant Jennings last fight in July of 2014, although I was just there to see Gennady Golovkin, because he was the main event that night.  Jennings took on the sluggish and out of shape Mike Perez, who I was never a fan of by the way, and he escaped that close fight with a narrow split decision victory.  That fight could have gone either way, and Jennings was lucky to win on the scorecards.  All that was showcased was a lot of clinching and fatigue, and not very impressive ring IQ and boxing skills.  Now if Jennings can barely get by a slow and fat Mike Perez, how does anyone give him a chance against the Lineal Champion of the Heavyweight division?  Yes Klitschko does have his flaws, but Jennings is a sub par opponent despite being undefeated.  He simply hasn’t fought anyone worth mentioning.

In my opinion, Jennings is simply not ready to fight an opponent the caliber of Wladimir Klitschko.  Maybe with a few more fights under his belt when he really gets tested, but at this point in time, the Klitschko fight is a career killer for Jennings.  I can think of only two names that are ready for a Klitschko showdown in the very weak Heavyweight division, and this names are Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KO’s) and Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KO’s).  Those two are bonafied heavyweight killers, with Wilder holding the only other belt in the division, and the only two good enough to dance with Klitschko.  Jennings is not.

Prediction:  Wladimir Klitscho  —  def  —  Bryant Jennings  —  via  —  KO round 5

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE