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Image result for stevenson vs jackIt was a tale of two fights last night in Toronto Canada as Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO’s) and Badou Jack (22-1-4, 13 KO’s) fought to a draw at the Air Canada Center.  The first half of the fight was all Adonis Stevenson, as Badou Jacks’ plan was to conserve his energy until the second half of the fight against the aging Stevenson.  Jack might have waited a round too long to get going though, because two judges had the fight a draw.  Badou Jack barely threw any punches in the first half of the fight, and Stevenson took the first half basically by default.  He was slightly busier then Jack, but neither fighter did much through the first 6 rounds.

Badou Jack turned on the jets in the 7t round however, as he started outlining Stevenson by wide margins.  Jack was totally in control of the fight until the 10th round, until Stevenson finally landed a big body shot.  The punch seemed to slow Jack down a bunch, and he gave away the round.  Perhaps if that one punch didn’t land, jack would have won the fight.  Jack came out blazing in the 11th however, and put the beating on Stevenson.  In the 12th round, it was more Jack, as he pinned Stevenson against the ropes.  If the fight was 10 seconds longer, he would have dropped Stevenson.  I scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Jack, agreeing with one go the judges, but we were over ruled but the other two who scored the fight 114-114.

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Also last night on Showtime championship boxing, Gary Russell Jr (29-1, 12 KO’s) defeated JoJo Diaz Jr (26-1, 14 KO’s) and retained his WBC Featherweight title via 12 round unanimous decision.  Russell started fast, walking Diaz down, and pumping the jab keeping him at bay.  In the 3rd round, Diaz tried to make it a scrappy fight, which worked for a while.  Russell fell into the trap for a few rounds, but ultimately Diaz ran out of gas as he punched himself out.  By the 9th round, Russell was cruising again, and Diaz had no answer for it.  The 11th and 12th rounds were all Russell, ad Jojo Diaz was unable to muster any offense what so ever.  Diaz went for broke one more time at the end of the 12th, but it was too little too late.  Russell remains at the top of the featherweight division, and awaits the winner of Santa Cruz VS Mares.

 

-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

Champ – Tyson Fury (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   RING

  1. Anthony Joshua (19-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  2. Deontay Wilder (37-0-0, 36 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Wladimir Klitschko (64-5-0, 53 KO’s)
  4. Kubrat Pulev (25-1-0, 13 KO’s)
  5. Luis Ortiz (27-0-0, 23 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (12-0-0, 10 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KO’s)
  4. Mairis Brides (22-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Denis Lebedev (29-3-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Andre Ward (32-0-0, 16 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA, WBO

  1. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s)
  3. Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  4. Artur Beterbiev (11-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Joe Smith Jr (22-1-0, 18 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. James DeGale (23-1-1, (14 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (35-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  3. George Groves (26-3-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Andre Dirrell (26-2-0, 16 KO’s)
  5. Callum Smith (22-0-0, 17 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

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

  1. Gennady Golovkin (37-0-0, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. David Lemieux (38-3-0, 33 KO’s)
  4. Billy Joe Saunders (24-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Andy Lee (35-3-1, 24 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (29-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Miguel Cotto (40-5-0, 33 KO’s)
  4. Demetrius Andrade (24-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  5. Austin Trout (30-3-0, 17 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (27-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Errol Spence Jr (22-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Kell Brook (36-2-0, 25 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Terence Crawford (30-0-0, 21 KO’s)   RING, WBC, WBO

  1. Viktor Postol (28-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  2. Julius Indongo (22-0-0, 11 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Antonio Orozco (26-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Regis Prograis (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  5. Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (41-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (36-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Terry Flanagan (33-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Robert Easter (19-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Denis Shofikov (38-2-1, 20 KO’s)
  5. Sharif Bogere (29-1-0, 20 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1-0, 6 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Orlando Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO’s)
  3. Jezreel Corrales (21-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Miguel Berchelt (31-1-0, 28 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (28-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (23-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (24-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guilliermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (29-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Nonito Donaire (37-4-0, 24 KO’s)
  5. Moises Flores (25-0-0, 17 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  2. Juan Carlos Payano (18-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  3. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1-0, 18 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Zolani Tete (25-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Rau’Shee Warren (14-2-0, 4 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Naoya Inoue (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Wisaksil Wangek (43-4-1, 39 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Roman Gonzalez (46-1-0, 38 KO’s)
  4. Carlos Cuadras (36-1-1, 27 KO’s)
  5. Juan Francisco Estrada (35-2-0, 25 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Kazuto Ioka (22-1-0, 13 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Donnie Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Diago Higa (13-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Juan Carlos Reveco (38-3-0, 19 KO’s)
  5. McWilliams Arroyo (16-3-0, 14 KO’s)

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Perdo Guevara (30-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  2. Kosei Tanaka (9-0-0, 5 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Milan Melindo (36-2-0, 13 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Carlos Canizales (17-0-1, 14 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Chayaphon Moonsri (47-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Thammanoon Niyomtrong (15-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Byron Rojas (19-3-3, 9 KO’s)
  4. Jose Argued (20-3-1, 12 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Carlos Buitrago (30-2-1, 17 KO’s)

 

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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

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Tonight Saturday May 20th 2017, Gary Russell Jr (27-1, 16 KO’s) will take on Omar Escandon (25-2, 16 KO’s) and defend his WBC Featherweight title.  The Fight will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions form the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland, and will air on Showtime at 8pm ET.  In the co-feature, Gervonta Davis (17-0, 16 KO’s) will Take on Liam Walsh (21-0, 14 KO’s) with the IBF Super Featherweight title on the line.  That fight will be brought to you from England.  Also, Anfre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KO’s) will take on Jose Uzcategui (26-1, 22 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gary Russell Jr. Tale of The Tape Oscar Escandon
27 Wins 25
1 Lost 2
16 KOs 16
0 Draws 0
28 Total Fights 27
57% KO% 59%
5’5″ Height 5’3″
61″ Reach 66″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Washington, DC, USA Nationality Ibague, Colombia
June 5th, 1988 Date of Birth July 10th 1984

 

Predictions:

Andre Dirrell  — def  —  Jose Uzcategui  —  via  —  Unanimous Deciosn

Gervonta Davis  —  def  —  Liam Walsh  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gary Russell Jr  —  def  —  Omar Escandon  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Champ – Tyson Fury (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   RING, WBA, WBO

  1. Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-0, 53 KO’s)
  2. Alexander Povetkin (30-1-0, 21 KO’s)
  3. Deontay Wilder (35-0-0, 34 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Kubrat Pulev (22-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  5. Luis Ortiz (25-0-0, 22 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Grigory Drozd (40-1-0, 28 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Denis Lebedev (28-2-0, 21 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Krzysztof Glowacki (26-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KO’s)
  5. Ilunga Makabu (19-1-0, 18 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Adonis Stevenson (27-1-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Bernanrd Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO’s)
  4. Eleider Alvarez (19-0-0, 10 KO’s)
  5. Andre Ward (29-0-0, 15 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. James DeGale (23-1-0, (14 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Badou Jack (20-1-2, 12 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gilberto Ramirez (34-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Andre Dirrell (24-2-0, 16 KO’s)
  5. George Groves (23-3-0, 18 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Gennady Golovkin (35-0-0, 32 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  2. Daniel Jacobs (31-1-0, 28 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (23-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. David Lemieux (34-3-0, 31 KO’s)
  5. Andy Lee (34-3-1, 24 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Erislandy Lara (22-2-2, 12 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Austin Trout (30-2-0, 17 KO’s)
  3. Miguel Cotto (40-5-0, 33 KO’s)
  4. Jermell Charlo (27-0-0, 12 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (23-0-0, 18 KO’s)   IBF

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Kell Brook (36-0-0, 25 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Amir Khan (31-3-0, 19 KO’s)
  3. Keith Thurman (26-0-0, 21 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO’s)
  5. Timothy Bradley (31-2-1, 13 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Viktor Postol (28-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Terence Crawford (28-0-0, 20 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Ruslan Provodnikov (25-4-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Lucas Matthysse (37-4-0, 34 KO’s)
  5. Adrien Broner (32-2-0, 24 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Jorge Linares (40-3-0, 27 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Dejan Zlaticanin (21-0-0, 14 KO’s)
  3. Terry Flanagan (30-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Sharif Bogere (28-1-0, 19 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20 KO’s)
  2. Francisco Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Takashi Miura (29-3-2, 22 KO’s)
  4. Orlando Salido (43-13-3, 29 KO’s)
  5. Roman Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KO’s)   WBO

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1-0, 2 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Garry Russel Jr (27-1-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KO’s)  WBA
  4. Lee Selby (23-1-0, 8 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guilliermo Rigondeaux (16-0-0, 10 KO’s)
  2. Carl Frampton (22-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Scott Quigg (31-1-2, 23 KO’s)
  4. Nonito Donaire (37-3-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Genesis Servania (27-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Juan Carlos Payano (16-0-0, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1, 12 KO’s)
  4. Jaime McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  5. Tomoki Kameda (31-2-0, 19 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Naoya Inoue (9-0-0, 8 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (39-4-1, 36 KO’s)
  4. Omar Navarez (45-2-2, 24 KO’s)
  5. McJoe Arroyo (17-0-0, 8 KO’s)   IBF

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Roman Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2-0, 24 KO’s)   WBA, WBO
  2. Amnat Ruenrroeng (17-0-0, 5 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Kazuto Ioka (19-1-0, 11 KO’s)
  4. Brian Viloria (36-5-0, 22 KO’s)
  5. Moruti Mthalane (32-2-0, 21 KO’s)

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KO’s)   RING, WBO

  1. Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Randy Petalcorin (23-1-1, 18 KO’s)
  3. Pedro Guevara (26-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Akira Yaegashi (23-5-0, 12 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Javier Mendoza (24-3-1, 19 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (41-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Byron Rojas (17-2-3, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hekkie Budler (29-2-0, 9 KO’s)
  4. Knockout CP Freshmart (12-0-0, 6 KO’s)
  5. Kosei Tanaka (6-0-0, 3 KO’s)   WBO

Gary Russell Jr has arguably the fastest hands in the sport of boxing.  He has proven that time and time again, going the first 24 fights of his career without having a single loss on his resume.  Granted, the level of opposition was somewhat sub par, until he faced and defeated Miguel Tomayo.  That was Russell’s first test, and he passed with flying colors, knocking out Toamyo in the fourth round.  He hit a little hiccup in his next fight, as he took a huge leap in level of competition.  He faced perhaps the greatest amateur fighter of all time in Vasyl Lomachenko.  Lomachenko is a superior boxer, and handed Russell the first loss of his career via majority decision.  Sadly for Russell, that fight was for the vacant WBO featherweight championship.

Russell would bounce back, and go on to defeat his next opponent (Christopher Martin Pena), via unanimous decision.  The stars would then align for Gary one more time, and he would get another title opportunity.  This time it would be for the WBC Featherweight title, against the hard hitting Jhonny Gonzalez.  Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KO’s), shocked the world when he defeated Abner Mares with a first round KO, to take the WBC title for the second time in his career.  He would go on to beat Clive Atwell and Jorge Acre, both by TKO, and retain his championship.

Gary Russell Jr is not the biggest puncher in the world, but is one of the slickest.  From the opening bell, the difference in hand speed could have been seen by a blind man.  Jhonny Gonzalez had no answer for the quick and sharp jab, and the elusiveness of Russell.  The combinations were blazing fast, and Gonzalez just looked totally overmatched.  Russell blew away Gonzalez on the scorecards in the first 2 rounds of the fight, and just as Gozalez started to look a bit better in the third, BAM!!!  Down he goes on a perfectly timed right hook.  Russell would come out in the 4th super aggressive, and with Gonzalez not fully recovered, he would go down again in the beginning of the round.  Wobbly getting up, Tony Weeks would give him a chance to go on and Russell would come out of his corner, guns blazing.  He would send Gonzalez down once more, and Weeks seen enough.  He put a halt to the contest, and Gary Russell Jr becomes the new WBC Featherweight champion.

Jermell Charlo Defeats Vanes Martirosyan

Jermell Charlo is a pure boxer.  Vanes Martirosyan is a brawler.  Styles would clash in this fight, or would they?  This whole fight was a chess match, a boxing match.  Both fighters hesitant to take a big risk.  Martirosyan could have won this fight if he stayed busy throughout, and kept join to the body.  When he did those two things, he was winning rounds.  When he didn’t, Charlo would jab his way to a winning round.  On my (unofficial) scorecard, and Steve Farhood would agree, I had this fight an even draw with a score of 95-95.  The judges would ultimately disagree with Steve and I, and give a unanimous decision victory to Jermell Charlo.  Charlo Stays undefeated and improves to 26 – 0.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE