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Last night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, we had a wild triple header of action.  The first fight of the evening was the most exciting heavyweight bout since Wilder VS Ortiz, and it was a wild one, as Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO’s) defeated Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KO’s) via unanimous decision.  Kownacki came out throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Martin, as he is known to throw punches in bunches, which is rare for a heavyweight.  By the third round, Martin looked like he was out of gas, but would come back strong in the 7th and 8th rounds.  The final round was wild, as Martin was badly stunned by a left hook and looked like he was going down.  In the final minute, Martin landed a big shot of his own which stunned Kownacki, but it would not be enough.  Kownacki wins by unanimous decision.

The second fight of the evening was a completely one sided affair, as Yordenis Ugas (23-3, 11 KO’s) defeated Cesar Barionuevo (34-4-2, 24 KO’s) in a clean sweep on the scorecards.  Ugas’ defense was impenetrable as Barionuevo looked completely lost in his US debut.  Ugas pretty much picked him apart for 12 rounds, en route to a unanimous decision victory.  He is now the mandatory contender for a welterweight world title, with the fight ending in scores of 119-109/120-108/120-108.

The main event was a barn burner, as Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) narrowly defeated Danny Garcia (34-2, 19 KO’s) to become the new WBC Welterweight champion.  Porter started the fight trying to box from the outside, which is not really his game, and as soon as Garcia landed a big shot in the second round, Porter became Porter.  Porter would smother Garcia with his annoying in your face style, not giving Garcia any room to punch, and took the middle rounds, which ultimately was the reason he would win the fight.  Garcia would come on strong in the end of the fight, landing clean shots on Porter as he was able to create some separation, and fight his fight.  Garcia was clearly the more effective and accurate puncher, but was badly outworked by Porter, which the judges ultimately favored.  Porter threw almost 280 more punches then Garcia, even though the landed punches were almost identical.

The final scores of the fight were 116-112/115-113/115-113 all in favor of Porter, simply because he was the busier man, and not at all the more effective puncher.  I scored the fight 114-114 which was the same as Steve Farhood’s unofficial score, and also the correct one.  Never the less, Shawn Porter takes home the gold, and sets up a potential bout with Errol Spence Jr to unify the WBC and IBF Welterweight titles.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday September 8th 2018, Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KO’s) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) will make their long awaited ring returns as they battle for the vacant WBC World Welterweight title.  Brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, 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, Yordenis Ugas (22-3, 11 KO’s) will take on Cesar Miguel Burrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Charles Martin (25-1, 23 KO’s) and Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

DANNY GARCIA

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-Record:  34 – 1 – 0, 20 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5

-Notable Fights

  • Eric Morales  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 10/20/12.  (Won WBC Junior Welterweight title)
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Split Decision (12), 3/4/17.

 

SHAWN PORTER

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-Record:  28 – 2 – 1, 17 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 6″

-Reach:  69

-Notable Fights

  • Devon Alexander  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/7/13.  (Won IBF Welterweight title)
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/25/16.
  • Andre Berto  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 4/22/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Adam Kownacki  —  def  —  Charles Martin  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Yordenis Ugas  —  def  —  Cesar Miguel Burrionuevo  —  via  —  Decision

Danny Garcia  —  def  —  Shawn Porter  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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