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Image result for beltran vs pedrazaLast night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of action, and it definitely did not disappoint.  Jose Pedraza (25-1, 12 KO’s) defeated Raymundo Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KO’s) in a 12 round slobber knocker with a dramatic finish.  Issac Dogboe (20-0, 14 KO’s) trampled Hidenori Otake (31-3-3, 14 KO’s), and if you blinked, you missed it.  Dogboe nailed Otake with a huge left hook in the first, for the first knockdown of the fight.  Later in the round, a right hand sent Otake down again, as his glove touched the canvas, and towards the end of the round, a barrage of punches forced the referee to stop the fight.  Dogboe called out all the champions after the bout, asking them not to doge him.  The 23 year old, was more then successful with his 1st round knockout title defense.

Mexico VS Puerto Rico did not disappoint yet again.  Pedraza looked to be in complete control through the first 4 round of the fight, switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw, and sticking his long jab in the face of Beltran.  In the middle rounds, Pedraza seemed to tire a bit, and it became Beltrans fight.  Ray had Pedraza at close quarters, which is what he wanted, pinning him against the rope time and time again.  In the 11th round however, things would shift dramatically.  The fight seemed pretty even until Beltran walked right into a perfectly timed uppercut, which sent him crashing down to the canvas.  Pedraza landed the perfect punch at the perfect time, and from that point on, the fight was out of Beltran’s reach on the scorecards.  The final tallies were 117-110/117-110/115-112 all in favor for Jose Pedraza.  He is now a 2 division champion, with the only blemish being the loss to Gervonta Davis.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday July 7th 2018, Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KO’s) will defend his WBC Junior Welterweight title against Danny O’Connor (30-3, 11 KO’s).  Brought to you by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing, the fight will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno California, and will be live on ESPN at 9:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Egidijus Kavaliauskas (19-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Juan Carlos Abreu (21-3-1, 19 KO’s) in a 10 round welterweight bout for the NABF title.  Also on the card, Andy Ruiz (30-1, 20 KO’s) and Kevin Johnson (32-9-1, 14 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and prediction:

Danny O’Connor Tale of The Tape Jose Ramirez
30 Wins 22
3 Losses 0
11 KOs 16
0 Draws 0
33 Total Fights 22
33% KO% 73%
5’9″ Height 5’10”
69″ Reach 72″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Framingham, Massachusetts, USA Nationality Avenal, California, USA
March 30th, 1985 Date of Birth August 12th, 1992

 

PREDICTIONS:

Andy Ruiz Jr  —  def  —  Kevin Johnson  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

Egidijus Kavaliauskas  —  def  —  Juan Carlos Abreu  —  via  —  KO 5th round

Jose Ramirez  —  def  —  Danny O’Connor  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday June 30th 2018, Gilberto Ramirez (37-0, 25 KO’s) will defend his WBO Super Middleweight title against Roamer Angulo (23-0, 20 KO’s.  Presented by Top Rank boxing, the fight will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KO’s) will take on Leonardo Zappavinga (37-3, 27 KO’s in a 10 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gilberto Ramirez Tale of The Tape Roamer Alexis Angulo
37 Wins 23
0 Losses 0
25 KOs 20
0 Draws 0
37 Total Fights 23
68% KO% 87%
6’2″ Height 6’1″
75″ Reach  N/A
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Nationality Colombia
June 19th 1991 Date of Birth March 25th 1984

 

PREDICTIONS:

Alex Saucedo  —  def  —  Leonardo Zappavinga  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gilberto Ramirez  —  def  —  Roamer Angulo  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for horn vs crawfordESPN+ delivered tonight, as they put out a great undercard, co-feature, and main event.  On the undercard, Shakur Stevenson (7-0, 4 KO’s) defeated Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO 2nd round.  Stevenson knocked Mesquita down twice in the first round, and 3 times in the second before his corner ultimately threw in the towel.  Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) knocked out Frank Rojas (22-1, 21 KO’s) in the first round, and re established himself as a welterweight contender.  In the co-feature of the evening, Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s) won a decision against Antonio Moran (23-2, 16 KO’s) in a back and forth affair, but ultimately all 3 judges scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Jose Pedraza.

In the main event, Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) defeated Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) and captured the WBO Welterweight title, which now makes him a 3 division champion.  The first two rounds were feelers, as both fighters wanted to see what the other had to offer.  Horn’s herky jerky style definitely made Crawford a bit uncomfortable to start the fight.  In the 3rd round however, Crawford had Horn all figured out.  Horn was just coming straight forward, and Crawford landed a beautiful check hook, and a couple of huge straight lefts.  Horn continued to walk right into Crawford’s left hand in the 4th, with the 5th being more of the same.

In the 6th round,Crawford landed a huge uppercut as Horn was trying to pin him against the ropes, followed by some nice body shots as Horn started backing up.  In the 8th round, Crawford switched back to right handed, which he hadn’t done since the first round, and landed a double left hook (one to the body and one to the head) which really staggered Jeff Horn.  Bud then quickly switched back to lefty and peppered Horn with combinations.  He also landed a huge straight left right at the bell and almost put Horn down.  His glove was literally inches from touching the canvas.  In the 9th, Crawford landed another left that did put Horn down, but he would get back up.  Crawford, in attack mode now, started throwing left hand bombs, most of which landed flush, and referee Robert Byrd was forced to stop the fight.  Crawford remains undefeated in his move to 147 pounds, and is now the WBO Welterweight champion of the world.  He calls this the take over, and Horn is his first victim.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday June 9th 2018, Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO Welterweight title on the line agains Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be streaming live live on ESPN+ at 9:30pm ET.  (Subscription is $4.99/month).  In the co-feature, Frank Rojas (22-0, 21 KO’s) and Jose Benavidez (26-0, 17 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

JEFF HORN

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-Record:  18 – 0 – 1, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ali Funeka  —  Win, TKO 6th round (10), 12/10/16.
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, UD (12), 6/2/17.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)
  • Gary Corcoran  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 12/13/17.

 

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  32 – 0 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Beltran  —  Win, UD (12), 11/29/14.  (Won TheRing Lightweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, UD (12), 7/23/16.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won TheRing/IBF/WBC/WBO/WBA Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jose Benadivez  —  def  —  Frank Rojas  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jeff Horn  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, May 12th 2018, Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) will defend his WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight titles against Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Madison Square Graden in New York City NY, and will be live on ESPN at 8pm ET.  Lomachenko moves up in weight yet again to take on his toughest opponent to date in Linares.  Here is the breakdown & prediction:

JORGE LINARES

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Javier Prieto  —  Win, KO 4th round (12), 12/30/14.  (Won vacant WBC Lightweight title)
  • Anthony Crolla  —  Win, UD (12), 9/24/16.  (Won WBA & vacant TheRing Lightweight titles)
  • Luke Campbell  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 9/23/17.

 

VASYL LOMACHENKO

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight/Junior Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-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)
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 12/9/17.

 

PREDICTION:

Vasyl Lomachenko  —  def  —  Jorge Linares  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO’s) have agreed to fight each other on July 8th.  Although the agreement is only verbal so far, the fight will take place on July 8th 2018 in Kuala Lampur Malaysia.  Because of the time difference their July 8th fight will be televised in the US on July 7th, and will be live on ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing presented by Bob Arum.

Lucas Matthysse will be defending his newly acquired WBA Welterweight title.  Matthysse is the WBA (regular) champion, while Keith Thurman holds the WBAsuper World Welterweight title.  Matthysse won the vacant WBA title back in January, when he defeated Tewa Kiram via KO in the 8th round of their fight.  Matthysse wasn’t looking great in that fight until the KO came in the 8th, which is something to make note of.  Pacquiao on the other hand, has not looked great in a while now, and some say its time for him to retire.

In fact, the only fight Pacman has looked good in since 2015, was when he defeated Tim Bradley by decision.  Pacman was focused in that one because of his highly controversial loss to bradley in their first fight.  Then he beat Jesse Vargas, but not by much, and lost to Jeff Horn in another controversial decision.  But Pacman wasn’t himself in that fight anyway.  This will be a good matchup, for either of these reasons:  reason 1 being that both fighters have a straight forward knock your head off style.  Reason 2 is that both fighters didn’t look good in their last outing, so their defense won’t be great, which will make this a highly offensive fight.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE