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This Saturday night, September 15th 2018 will mark the long awaited rematch between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) for the WBA/WBC and vacant TheRing Middleweight titles.  The fight will take place at the T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will air live on HBO Pay Per View at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, David Lemieux (39-4, 33 KO’s) will take on Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KO’s) in a 12 round Middleweight bout.  Also on the card, the hard hitting Jaime Mungia (30-0, 25 KO’s) will defend his WBO Junior Middleweight title against Brandon Cook (20-1, 13 KO’s), and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KO’s) will make his return as he takes on Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KO’s) in a Super Flyweight 10 rounder.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 1, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • David Lemieux  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.  (Won IBF Middleweight title)
  • Daniel Jacobs  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/18/17.
  • Canelo Alvarez  —  Draw, Split Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

CANELO ALVAREZ

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-Record:  49 – 1 – 2, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  70.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Miguel Cotto  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/21/15.  (Won TheRing & WBC Middleweight titles)
  • Gennady Golovkin  —  Draw, Split Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Roman Gonzalez  —  def  —  Moises Fuentes  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Jaime Mungia  —  def  —  Brandon Cook  —  via  —  KO 8th round

David Lemieux  —  def  —  Spike O’Sullivan  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Canelo Alvarez  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for lomachenko vs linaresLast night on ESPN Boxing we had a real treat, as Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KO’s) via 10th round TKO to become the WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight Champion.  Lomachenko made history last night, becoming the fastest fighter ever to win a title in a third weight division.  It took Oscar De La Hoya 22 fights to do so, Mayweather did it in his 35th fight, and Manny Pacquiao in his 41st.  Lomachenko has set a new record that I seriously doubt will ever be broken.  With last nights victory, Loma might have just cemented himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, as he defeated his biggest test to date.  Although I believe that Terence Crawford is the actual #1, Loma has definitely moved past him on at least some pound for pound lists.

The first round was a feeler just as expected, as both men seemed to really respect each others ring skills.  Linares had a great second round, as perhaps with the move up in weight, Lomachenko was being a bit more cautious.  Rounds 3 and 4 were also pretty close, but Lomachenko got more comfortable and started opening up bit.  Even though the hand speed of both fighters was very close, Loma’s reflexes defensively were a lot quicker then those of Linares.  Realizing this, Lomachenko got a bit careless, and then something happened that we were all shocked to see.  The overly confident Lomachenko walked right in to a perfectly timed straight right hand from Linares, and was dropped on his back side in the fifth round.  A stunning turn of events, as the arguable #1 fighter in the world was dropped for the first time in his career.  The knockdown did come close to the end of the round though.  Loma looked slightly jelly-legged when he got up, but recovered quickly and the fight moved on.

Linares, gaining confidence, looked great in the next 2 rounds, and he edged both out on my scorecard.  At that point, in the 8th, Lomachenko perhaps feeling a slight sense of urgency, turned on the jets, and went to that level of skilled boxing that only he can go to.  In the 9th round, it was more of the same, a pretty close round, but Loma started peppering Linares with little combinations as he often does.

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At the beginning of the 10th round, Linares was looking good, as he was still flashing great hand speed late in the fight, and actually connected on a few shots in the beginning of the round.  Towards the middle of the round, Loma would once again step in to that gear that only he can, and started knocking Linares’ head around with great combinations.  Linares put his hands high in a peek-a-boo guard, and thats when the damage really happened.  Linares, with his hands high, totally exposed his rib cage, and Lomachenko landed a devastating sweeping left right to the liver, which sent Linares down to the canvas writhing in pain.  Linares would get up at the count of 9, but the grimace on his face from the body shot told the referee that he was in too much pain from the punch, and the fight was stopped right there.  Lomachenko is now a 3 division world champion, and continues to be on top of the boxing world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for caneloSaul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) has tested positive for a banned substance, exactly 2 months before his scheduled rematch with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s).  Golden Boy Promotions quickly released a statement saying that Alvarez has tested positive for Clenbuterol.  The statement read as such:  “As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico.”  Golden Boy has apparently reached out to Glolovkin’s camp as well, informing them of the news.  Canelo has also stated that he will be moving his training camp from Mexico to the United States immediately.

Clenbuterol as originally developed as a bronchodilator for the treatment of asthma symptoms, but is known to increase heart rate, perspiration, and adrenalin.  Clenbuterol can be used in conjunction with anabolic steroids, as well as other performance enhancing drugs such as HGH, for reducing body fat while increasing growth of skeletal muscle.  The drug is highly coveted by bodybuilders, for this unique ability to burn fat while maintaining muscle mass.

Only trace amounts of the drug were found Canelo’s system, and Golden Boy claims its from the meat contamination in Mexico.  But, if Canelo was intentionally taking the drug, the damage has been done.  He has trimmed fat and gained muscle for sure, and could have been taking the drug up until only a week ago, as studies show that Clenbuterol will completely leave the system in 7 days.  So if trace amounts were found, there is no way of telling how long or how much Alvarez has taken, if he was knowingly taking it.  Perhaps Golden Boys statement is true, and it was from the meat contamination in Mexico, but never the less, this story will be closely monitored.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

Image result for vargas vs bercheltLast night on HBO Boxing After Dark, we were all lucky to see two wars happen, as Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KO’s) defeated Miguel Roman (56-12, 43 KO’s), and Miguel Berchelt (31-1, 28 KO’s) made a name for himself by upsetting the previously undefeated Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KO’s).  Both fights were absolute wars, but very different from each other.  Both fights will have a chance to be Fight-of-the-year candidates for sure, and both fights definitely shortened the careers of all 4 participants.

Miura and Roman both known for their offense and definitely not their defense, did not disappoint.  Miura seemed to have the advantage in the first few rounds, as he was more active and accurate.  Towards the middle of the fight, Miguel Roman almost took the fight over with his combinations, and staying busier then Miura.  Miura looked spent by the 7th round, and was even asked by his trainer if he wanted to continue.  The never say die Miura of course would not quit, but knowing that he was spent, he believed he needed a KO.  Loading up with every punch, Miura finally caught Roman with one of the most vicious body shots i have ever seen, and put him down in the 10th round.  He would put Roman down in the 11th as well, and still feeling the effects of that body shot, Roman would go down for good in the 12th from another flurry of punches.

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In the main event, we saw another banger, as Miguel Berchelt stepped up to the challenge, and defeated Francisco Vargas.  Vargas looked good in the first few rounds, but Berchelt was game to weather the early storm, and apparently trust his conditioning to go into deeper waters.  For someone that has never been past 6 rounds in his career, he looked great in the second half of the fight.  They would clash heads several times, and a very deep and wide cut would open up above Vargas’ left eye.  Berchelt Capitalized on this opportunity, and began to pepper Vargas with huge shots.  Vargas, with all the heart in the world, continued to fight, but by the 9th round, Berchelt took a commanding lead on the scorecards.  Perhaps it was due to the fact that Vargas had blood in his eye for pretty much half the fight and coildnt see the punches coming on his left side, but Berchelt was beating o him pretty good.  With no chance to win, the referee stopped the fight in the 11th round, and saved Francisco Vargas from himself.  It was apparent that neither man would go down, and the only thing that could have happened is that Vargas would just sustain more and perhaps permanent damage to his eye.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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So we thought it was set but it actually wasn’t.  Apparently now it is, since there is a banner.  Puerto Rico and Mexico will renew their rivalry when Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KO’s) defends his WBC, TheRing, and Lineal Middleweight titles against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.  It will be aired on HBO Pay Per View at 9 PM ET, and presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions, and Canelo Promotions.

This fight will take place at a catch weight of 155 pounds, as neither fighter is really a true Middleweight.  Cotto has only fought one fight at Middleweight really, and it was when he defeated Sergio Martinez for the Middleweight title.  He fought Daniel Geale afterward, in what was a 157 pound catch weight fight.  ‘Canelo’ has actually never fought at middleweight.  Officially this fight is for the middleweight title, but at a catch weight of 155 pounds, so technically its still not a true middleweight fight.

The most interesting part about this fight is that it sets up kind of a tournament, with the winner most likely fighting the winner of Golovkin VS Lemiuex.  If Golovkin can defeat Lemieux, he should be next in line to facd the winner of Cotto/Canelo.  Golovkin hold the interim WBC Title, so that figt would have to happen, unless the winner of Cotto/Canelo vacates the WBC title right after the fight.  That would be a shame as the only reason  tat would happen is to completely avoid fighting Golovkin.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Well it seems like Gennandy Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) has finally gotten a meaningful fight.  Not only that, it will be on Pay Per View.  His opponent for October 17th, the hard punching destroyer, David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO’s).  These two are hands down the hardest punchers in the Middleweight division, if not the two hardest pound for pound punchers in the world.  Save the date to watch this fight, because this will be a huge “drama show”, as Golovkin would say.  It will be an amazing fight, that somehow I doubt will go the distance, and this is the fight that the hardcore boxing fan craves for.  Golovkin holds the highest KO rate in Middleweight championship history at 91%, while the hard hitting Canadian, David Lemeiux has a KO rate of 89%.  A knockout out of some sort, to go along with several brutal knockdowns, is all but guaranteed in this one.  Fight fans have been waiting for a war like this, and they will finally get one for sure.

Gennady Golovkin is coming off of a fairly easy fight against Willie Monroe Jr, where I am convinced that he let him dance around a hit him for a few rounds.  Maybe to show other fighters that he isn’t in fact invincible, and someone should finally step up and face him.  Once Golovkin decided enough was enough (with Monroe), what did he do?  What he always does, he knocked him out.  Monroe never stood a chance, and everyone knew it.  The TKO victory came in the 6th round.

David Lemieux on the other hand, is coming off of a grueling 12 round unanimous decision victory against Hassan N’Dam.  This was a war for the vacant IBF Middleweight titie,  Lemieux clobbered N’Dam throughout the 12 rounds of action, knocking him down 4 times, but N’Dam would not go away.  He got Lemieux tired in several rounds, because Lemieux was hitting him with everything he had, and N’Dam just kept getting up.  N’Dam actually won a lot of the rounds in their fight, and if it wasn’t for the knockdowns, the scorecards would have been close.

The fight between Golovkin and Lemieux will take place on October 17th, live on HBO PPV, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Gennady Golovkin will be defending his WBA/IBO/WBCinterim Middleweight Titles in a unification match with David Lemieux who will be putting up his newly acquired IBF Middleweight championship.  This will be an all out war, and not for the faint of heart, as two legitimate destroyers go head to head for Middleweight bragging rights.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

In what was built up to be a great fight, sure did deliver.  Watching David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO’s) is truly an awesome spectacle, because pound for pound he is probably the hardest puncher in boxing.  I don’t know who would want to risk getting in the ring with him after the show he put on Saturday night against Hassan N’Dam (30-2, 17 KO’s).  This was hands down the most exciting fight of the evening, even with Broner VS Porter, and Ward VS Smith being televised at the same time.  Lemieux stole the show on Saturday night, and he did it with authority.

From the first round, Lemieux was stalking and cutting off the ring, just as he usually does, swinging for the fences.  N’Dam probably being the more skilled boxer was able to dodge almost everything in the first round.  Lemieux would drop N’Dam in the second round with a huge shot, then twice in the fifth, and once again in the sixth.  N’Dam, showing great resilience, got up all 4 times, but by then it would be way too late to catch up on the scorecards.  He would need a knockout, or several knock downs, but they would never come.  The final score cards read 115-109, 115-109, and 114-110.  So according to the judges on two cards, N’Dam won 5 rounds, and on the third card he won 6.  Thats just about correct, because in the rounds that he didn’t go down, he looked quite good.  The extra points from knockdowns would ultimately be to much to overcome, as David Lemieux gets the unanimous decision victory.

So where does David Lemieux go from here.  He certainly made a statement with the 4 knockdowns.  But will the statement attract top fighters, or scare them away?  A showdown with Golovkin would be a dream, because they are arguably 2 of the strongest punchers in the game.  I know that Golovkin has his mind made up about facing the winner of Cotto VS Canelo, but he’s got to get a big fight in the mean time while he waits.  A showdown with Cotto or Canelo would surely be somewhere in mid 2016, and we still have a long way to go this year.  Golovkin is starving for an opponent, and the Carl Froch option seems bleaker then ever, so I think a unification fight with Lemieux would be the way to go.  Golovkin is the current WBA middleweight champion, and Lemieux just won the IBF championship.  Like I said the other day, there are too many fighters with titles, so we should hopefully see some unifications in the near future.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE