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Yesterday afternoon on ShowTime Boxing International, Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KO’s) defeated Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KO’s) to unify the WBA WBO & IBF World Heavyweight titles.  The final score cards read 118-110/118-110/119-109, but the fight was actually a lot closer then that.  I scored the fight 116-112 for Joshua.  I had the fight even through the first 6 rounds, as there was really not much happening on either side.  Parker really let the fight slip away in the last 4 rounds, as his activity level really fell off.

Usually the first round or two are the feeling out rounds.  In this fight, the first 6 rounds were a feeling out process for both fighters, as neither seemed to be willing to fully commit to throwing power shot.  Perhaps they both were afraid to sell out due to the power of the other man.  Joshua did however take over in the second half of the fight, as Parker just stopped throwing and landing.  Joshua seemed to hurt Parker in the 8th round, and Parker became even less willing to throw big punches.  All in all, the fight definitely did not reach anywhere near the hype, but none the less, Anthony Joshua now hold 3 of the 4 major titles, and is the new unified Heavyweight champion if the world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Today, March 31st 2018 we have a huge Heavyweight matchup that will determine the future of the division.  Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KO’s) and Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KO’s) will go at it in a title unification fight.  Joshua will defend his IBF & WBAsuper World heavyweight titles, and Joseph Parker will defend his WBO World Heavyweight title.  The fight will take place in Principality Stadium in Cardiff Whales UK, and will be live on SKY Sports across the pond at 11 pm.  The fight will air live on ShowTime Boxing International at 5pm ET in the US.  In the co-feature, Alexander Povetkin (33-1, 23 KO’s) will take on David Price (22-3, 18 KO’s) in a 12 round Heavyweight bout to determine the mandatory contender for the winner of Joshua VS Parker.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ANTHONY JOSHUA

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-Record:  20 – 0 – 0, 20 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 6″

-Reach:  82″

-Notable Fights

  • Gillian Whyte  —  Win, KO 7th round (12), 12/12/15.
  • Charles Martin  —  Win, KO 2nd round (12), 4/9/16.  (Won IBF Heavyweight title)
  • Wladimir Klitsche  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 4/29/17.  (Won WBAsuper Heavyweight title)

 

JOSEPH PARKER

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-Record:  24 – 0 – 0, 18 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 4″

-Reach:  78″

-Notable Fights

  • Carlos Takam  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/21/16.
  • Andy Ruiz  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 12/10/16.  (Won vacant WBO Heavyweight title)
  • Hughie Fury  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 9/23/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Alexander Povetkin  —  def  —  David Price  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Anthony Joshua  —  def  —  Joseph Parker  —  via  —  TKO 10th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for whyte vs browneToday on Sky Sports and HBO Boxing after dark, we had a special Heavyweight attraction, as Dillian Whyte (23-1, 17 KO’s) absolutely destroyed Lucas Brown (25-1, 22 KO’s).  Whyte was almost a 2-1 favorite to win the fight, but fought like a 30-1 favorite after the opening bell.  Whyte won every round before eventually knocking Lucas Brown’s head off in the 6th.  The first round was a feel out round between the two, but Whyte won it anyhow.  Whyte started punching to the body in the second round, something that he has been known to do quite effectively.  In fact, Whyte lands the second most body punches in the heavyweight division, behind only Joseph Parker who we will see next week against Anthony Joshua.

Whyte also opened up a cut over Brown’s left eye in that second round.  From then on the blood would poor, perhaps altering the vision of Brown.  The third through fifth rounds were more of the same, as Whyte sustained an effective body attack, which really opened up the head.  In the 6th round, Whyte landed a combination, which slightly threw Brown off.  After that, he landed a right hand followed by a delayed left hook, which knocked Brown out cold.  Brown was on the canvas for several minutes before he was able to get up, and when he was, he had on an oxygen mask.  After the fight, Whyte called out Deontay Wilder, telling the WBC champ, “I’m ready.”  Whyte remains the WBC Silver belt holder, which could possibly mean that he will be Wilder’s next mandatory challenger.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night, Showtime Championship Boxing was a thriller, as Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KO’s) somehow was able to defeat Luis Ortiz (28-1, 24 KO’s), in what was surely the toughest fight of his entire career.  Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KO’s) also defeated Andre Dirrell (26-3, 16 KO’s) in their rematch of their highly controversial first fight.  Uzcategui was winning their first fight on all 3 scorecards before he got questionably disqualified, and he picked up right where he left off.  He was the sharper fighter in this one, and it showed a lot.  Dirrell did not look prepared at all, and kind of looked like a washed up fighter, and a former shell of himself.  the first 3 rounds were competitive, and then it was all down hill for Dirrell.  By the 5th round, Dirrell became Uzcategui’s punching bag, and it did not look like the fight would go the distance.  Uzcategui was using every punch in the book, and hitting Dirrell at will.  Dirrell would not come out of the corner for the 9th round, and Uzcategui gets the TKO victory.

The main event was a banger, and surprisingly very reminiscent to the Anthony Joshua VS Wladimir Klitschko fight.  A very back and forth affair.  Luis Ortiz looked strong in the beginning, winning each of the first 4 rounds.  Ortiz was out boxing Wilder in those rounds, as Wilder looked dumb founded about how to approach him.  Ortiz’s smart jab was finding a home on Wilder’s face, which everyone thought would be the other way around.  Wilder has the best and longest babe of any current Heavyweight, and through the first 4 rounds, he simply could not land it.  Luis Ortiz display superb defense due to his amateur pedigree, and Wilder seemed baffled.

Things would drastically change in the 5th round however.  After winning most of the 5th round, Ortiz got nailed with a Wilder right hand that stumbled him, and the next punch would put him down.  Ortiz was saved by the bell however, as the knock down came with only 10 seconds left in the fifth.  Ortiz would recover in the 6th round, but Wilder would land a few more right hands throughout the round.  They would have a few more exchanges in a very interesting 6th round that Wilder squeezed out and won.

The mayhem would really start at the end of the 7th round.  Ortiz landed a clean monster left hook right on Wilder’s jaw which put him on dream street.  Ortiz landed a few more punches, including a huge left hand which looked like it would put Wilder down.  Wilder was completely out of it, but some how made it out of the 7th.  Wilder would come out in the 8th round still on dream street, and Ortiz was back on the attack trying to finish the fight.  Wilder would get lucky and make it through the 8th, as it seemed that Ortiz punched himself out a bit in the second half of the round.

The 9th round was pretty uneventful, as Ortiz seemed to has tired a lot, and Wilder was still recovering from that devastating 7th round, in which he almost lost the fight.  That would all change in the 10th however.  Wilder landed a huge right hand half way through the round, which was one of the loudest punches I have ever heard, and it wobbled Ortiz.  Ortiz was shoved down and it was ruled a slip, but he was clearly hurt.  Wilder came out of the corner throwing combinations, and nailed Ortiz with another right that put him down again.  Ortiz would barely beat the count, but continue on.  Wilder, knowing he had his man hurt, came out landing 2 clean right hands, and a huge right uppercut, which would put Ortiz down for good.  Deontay Wilder survives in dramatic fashion, and remains the unedited WBC World Heavyweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night March 3rd 2018, Premier Boxing Champions will bring to you what will be potentially the biggest Heavyweight fight of the year, as Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) will defend his WBC World Heavyweight title against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0, 24 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Andre Dirrell (26-2, 16 KO’s) and Jose Uzcategui (26-2, 22 KO’s) will go at is in a 12 round Super Middleweight bout, after their first fight ended in disqualification.  Also on the card, Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0, 9 KO’s) and DaShon Johnson (22-22-3, 5 KO’s) will go at it in an 8 round Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and prediction:

DEONTAY WILDER

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-Record:  39 – 0 – 0, 38 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 7″

-Reach:  83″

-Notable Fights

  • Bermane Stiverne #1  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/17/15.  (Won WBC Heavyweight title)
  • Artur Szpilka  —  Win, KO 9th round (12), 1/16/16.
  • Chris Areola  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 7/16/16.

 

LUIS ORTIZ

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-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 4″

-Reach:  84″

-Notable Fights

  • Bryant Jennings  —  Win, TKO 7th round (12), 12/19/15.
  • Tony Thompson  —  Win, KO 6th round (12), 3/5/16.
  • Malik Scott  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/12/16.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Sergiy Derevyanchenko  —  def  —  DaShon Johnson  —  via  —  KO 1st round

Andre Dirrel  —  def  —  Jose Uzcategui  —  via  —  Decision

Deontay Wilder  —  def  —  Luis Ortiz  —  via  —  TKO 11th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE