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Also tomorrow night June 9th 2018, Premier Boxing Champions presents the rematch of Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) VS Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s).  Santa Cruz will defend his WBAsuper World Featherweight title.  The fight will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KO’s) will defend his WBC Junior Middleweight title against Austin “No Doubt” Trout (31-4, 17 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

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-Record:  34 – 1 – 1, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Abner Mares  —  Win, MD (12), 8/29/15.  (Won vacant WBAsuper Featherweight title)
  • Carl Frampton #1  —  Loss, MD (12), 7/30/16.
  • Carl Frampton #2  —  Win, MD (12), 1/28/17.  (Won WBAsuper Featherweight title)

 

ABNER MARES

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 5″

-Reach:  66″

-Notable Fights

  • Daniel Ponce de Leon  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 5/4/13.  (Won WBC Featherweight title)
  • Leo Santa Cruz  —  Loss, MD (12), 8/29/15.
  • Jesus Cuellar  —  Win, SD (12), 12/10/16.  (Won WBA Featherweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jermell Charlo  —  def  —  Austin Trout  —  via  —  KO 7th round

Leo Santa Cruz  —  def  —  Abner Mares  —  via  —  decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Also tonight, May 19th 2018 on Showtime Championship boxing from a different venue, Gary Russell Jr (28-1, 17 KO’s) will make his long awaited ring return, as he defends his WBC World Featherweight title against Joseph Diaz Jr (26-0, 14 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland, and will be live on Showtime Championship boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Antonio Russell (10-0, 8 KO’s) will take on Esteban Aquino (14-4, 7 KO’s) in a 8 round Bantamweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gary Russell Jr. Tale of The Tape Joseph Diaz
28 Wins 26
1 Loses 0
17 KOs 14
0 Draws 0
29 Total Fights 26
59% KO% 54%
5’5″ Height 5’6″
61″ Reach 64″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
Washington, DC, USA Nationality South El Monte, California, USA
June 5th, 1988 Date of Birth November 23rd, 1992

 

PREDICTIONS:

Antonio Russell  —  def  —  Esteban Aquino  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Gary Russell JR  —  def  —  Joseph Diaz JR  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Another StubHub Center classic took place last night on ESPN Boxing, as Oscar Valdez () defeated Scott Quigg (), in a slober-knocker of a fight.  In surely what will be a fight of the year candidate, the fight ended with Valdez missing teeth, and Quigg with a huge cut above his left eye, and what looked like a broken nose.  The co-feature was an exciting one as well, as Eric De Leon () and Andy Vences fought to a majority draw.  Vences’ boxing was the story of the first half of the fight, and De Leon’s pressure, the story of the second half.  The result, they split rounds evenly and fight to a draw.

The main event was a wild one, as Oscar Valdez retained his WBO Featherweight title by defeating Scott Quigg.  The main story line before the fight was that Quigg came in 3 pounds over the 126 pound limit, and actually weight 142 at the start of the fight.  The first 3 round, Valdez was in complete control, landing vicious left hooks to the body at will.  In the 4th Quigg would come alive a bit and make it a close round.

Quigg took the fifth round as he found a home for his right hand, landing a number of them in the round.  The 6th went to Valdez, but Quigg would make noise in the 7th again, by inuring Valdez to the mouth.  For the rest of the fight, Valdez was bleeding profusely from the mouth, but that did not seem to slow him down.  Valdez would find a home for the body shots once again in the 8th, and they really seemed to start bothering Quigg, as his hands began to drop.  The 9th and 10th rounds seemed to go to Valdez, but in the 11th Quigg looked good again.  The final round started off slow, but in the second half, both fighters would let their hands go once again.

Valdez would pull out what seemed to be a close victory, but the judges had it a bit wider then I personally thought.  Valdez would win on all 3 scorecards with scores of 118-110/117-111/117-111.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Valdez.  The final push stats were as follows:  Valdez landed 237 of 912 (26%) punches, while Quigg landed 143 of 595 (24%) punches.  The difference showed in the power punches landed however, as Valdez landed 175 of 485 (36%), while Quigg landed 129 of 519 (25%).  A star was born last night, as Oscar Valdez remains undefeated and the WBO Featherweight Champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for santa cruz vs avalosThis past Saturday night October 14th 2017, Premier Boxing Champions was on the air with a triple header.  Antonio DeMarco (33-6-1, 24 KO’s) pulled off a huge upset when he knocked out the previously undefeated Eddie Ramirez (17-1, 11 KO’s).  Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s) also defeated Andres Gutierrez (35-2-1, 25 KO’s), when he pitched a shutout through 10 rounds before the fight was stopped in the 10th round.  The skill level difference was apparent from the opening bell.  Mares was the quicker and more skilled fighter, as he peppered Gutierrez with shot after shot in all 10 rounds.  In the 10th, Mares got rid of Gutierrez, after the doctor took a look at the cut over his eye that was just gushing blood.  Gutierrez was upset, but ultimately unable to continue.

The main event was more of the same, as Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) absolutely decimated Chris Avalos (27-6, 20 KO’s) in 8 rounds of non stop action.  Santa Cruz hurt Avalos bad in the 4th round, and it looked like Avalos was going to hit the canvas.  Avalon, who is known for having the hardest head and toughest chin in boxing, somehow stayed on his feet and made it out of the round.  Rounds 5-7 were more of the same, as Avalos just kept taking huge shots from Santa Cruz.  Leo would get the TKO victory in the 8th.  Avalon looked like a straight up bobble head in the 8th round, and after an accumulation of punishment, the referee decided to stop the fight, giving Santa Cruz the TKO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This past Saturday night, May 20th 2017, Gary Russell Jr (28-1, 17 KO’s) successfully defended his WBC Featherweight title, when he defeated Omar Escandon via 7th round technical knockout.  From the opening bell, Russell’s hand speed advantage was evident, as he clobbered Escandon with combinations.  Escandon was game, and in certain rounds was able to give Gary some fits.  Russell however, being the more skilled of the 2 by far, would counter with combinations throughout the whole fight.  In the 7th round, Russell would fire off a vicious combination, and put Escandon on jelly legs.  Russell then closed in and fired off a huge straight left, and as Escandon was going down, the referee would stop the fight.

Saturday also produced one of the biggest robberies in boxing history, as all three judges gave Rances Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KO’s) the victory by a wide margin over Kiryl Relikh (21-2, 19 KO’s), in a fight that Barthelemy clearly lost.  Also, Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KO’s) defeated Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KO’s) by disqualification, after Uzcategui knocked Dirrell out with a punch that he threw after the bell.  What happened after was a shocker.  Dirrell’s uncle came into the ring and cold clocked Uzcategui with a bare fist, before running out of the ring.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis (18-0, 17 KO’s) stole the show however, as he made his first defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight title, when he defeated unbeaten Liam Walsh via 3rd round TKO.  Davis felt Walsh out for the first 2 rounds, and then in the 3rd, he pounded walsh against the ropes with combinations.  Walsh somehow got off the ropes, but took a vicious left to the head that put him down.  Walsh got up, but with no legs under him, and Davis went in for the kill.  Davis landed 2 punches and the fight was stopped in the 3rd.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for abner mares vs jesus cuellarLast night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s) defeated Jesus Cuellar (28-2, 21 KO’s), and captured the WBA Featherweight title.  This was potentially Mares’ last opportunity to capture a title, and he delivered in exciting fashion.  The first round was all fire works, as both men came out swinging for the fences, trying to dispense of the other man early.  Cuellar got the best of Mares in the beginning of the fight, takin 3 of the first 4 rounds on my score card.  Mares found the adjustment to Cuellar’s attack however, in the form of the straight right hand.

Cuellar was trying to push the action after the 4th round, and every time he leaned in with the left hook, Mares would counter with the right.  Mares had to calm down and not get into a brawl with Cuellar, who by nature is a brawler, and that it exactly what he did.  Sharp counters from Mares slowed the pace a bit and gave the better boxer (Mares) the advantage.  Mares’ punches were quicker and more accurate from the middle of the fight on, and totally took the bullying mentality away from Cuellar.  In the 11th round, Mares was able to drop Cuellar to the Canvas, and if it was close on any scorecard, the knockdown put the fight out of reach for Cuellar.  Im not quite sure how it ended in a split decision, because Mares definitively won the fight.  Kermit Bayless scored the fight 115-112 for Cuellar (which was totally bogus), while Dave Moretti scored it 116-111 for Mares and Max Deluca scored it 117-110 for Mares.

Also Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KO’s) defeated Jullian Williams (22-1-1, 14 KO’s) by 5th round KO.  Charlo hit Williams with a vicious uppercut which put him down, and knocked him out with a hook later in the round to retain his IBF Junior Middleweight title.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, underdog Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (23-0, 14 KO’s) defeated Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KO’s) via majority decision.  This was Frampton’s first fight at featherweight, and he made the most of the title shot opportunity.  One judge had the fight a draw at 114-114, while the other two gave Frampton the nod with scores of 116-112, and 117-111.  While Santa Cruz outworked Frampton, and threw almost 300 punches more, Framptons connect percentage was higher, and the judges noticed that he landed the more meaningful shots.  Frampton deserved the victory, even though it could have gone the other way, strictly based on punch output, which Santa Cruz always wins.

Frampton won the first five rounds of the fight with precise counter shot.  Santa Cruz was putting the pressure on him from the beginning, and even though he was trowing more punches, Frampton’s counter shots were timely and effective.  Frampton stunned Santa Cruz in the second round and almost put him down, but Leo was able to somehow stay on his feet.  Even with the huge amount of pushes thrown by Santa Cruz, but fighters were landing the same amount, and Frampton was throwing far less.  The left hook was key for Carl, as Santa Cruz had no answer for it.  Throughout the entire fight, it seemed as if Frampton could land that punch at will.  In the end, it was just enough for the judges to see, and they made the correct decision.  Frampton stays undefeated, and becomes the first man from Northern Ireland to win world titles in 2 weight classes.

Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KO’s) was back in action in the co-feature, as he defeated Elio Rojas (19-2, 13 KO’s).  Garcia got the TKO in the 5th round, after putting Rojas down several times in the fight.  Tony Harrison (24-1, 20 KO’s) also got a victory last night over Sergey Robchenko (27-2, 20 KO’s) via 9th round TKO.  Paulie Malignaggi (36-7, 7 KO’s) was also in action, as he took on fellow Brooklyn native Gabriel Bracero (24-3, 5 KO’s), and defeated him via unanimous decision.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE