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Image result for garcia vs lipinetsLast night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) joined the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, among a very few others, to win a world title in a 4th different weight class.  Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KO’s) via unanimous decision, to add his name to that very short list of legends.  The night began however, with a rematch between Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KO’s) and Keryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KO’s), because of their highly controversial first meeting.

In their first meeting in 2017, Rances Barthelemy and Keryl Relikh fought to a highly disputed decision, that had Barthelemy winning by a wide margin, even thought Relikh almost double him in landed punches.  This would not be the case last night however, as Relikh was well prepared for that scenario to arise again.  Relikh averaged 110 punches per round last night, and Barthelemy had absolutely no answer for his punch output.  Its worth to note that Barthelemy was deducted a point yet again for low blows, which would make it the 4th time in his career that it has happened.  Relikh defeated Barhtelemy by Unanimous Decision, and captured the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title, the very belt that Terence Crawford relinquished when he moved up to welterweight.

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The main event was a banger last night, as Mikey Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets via Unanimous Decision, to capture the IBF Junior Welterweight World title.  The first round was a chess match, as neither fighter was willing to throw very many punches, due to the fact that they wanted to feel out the other guy.  The Lipinets jab proved to be more effective then we thought, but Garcia was able to adjust in the middle rounds and find a home for his right hand.  There were a lot of close rounds in this fight, but then at the end of each one, Garcia would get the upper hand.

In the 7th round, Lipinets seemed to be coming on strong, but made one huge mistake, which led to Garcia pulling away on the scorecards.  Lipinets thew a jab followed by an uppercut, to set up his big left hook.  The problem was, after the right uppercut, Lipinets did not pull his right back quick enough, and left himself wide open up top.  Garcia saw this coming, and nailed him square in the middle of the face with a counter left hook, which caused the first knockdown of Lipinets’ career.  Garcia would finish strong, and after a wild and close 12th round, we went to the scorecards.  All three judges were in favor of Garcia with scores of 117-110/117-110/116-111.  I scored the fight 116-111 as well, and had Garcia winning 8 of the 12 rounds.




Image result for errol spence 2018IBF Welterweight World champion Errol Spence JR (23-0, 20 KO’s) will defend his title against mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KO’s).  The fight will take place in Dallas Texas on June 6th of 2018, but a specific venue has not yet been chosen.  Spence is coming of of a total wipe out victory over top welterweight contender Lamont Peterson, in a fight that looked super easy for Errol to get through.  Spence dominated the entire fight before ultimately getting a stoppage in the 7th round.  Aside for one nice rally that peterson had, which was a rest round for Spence, Spence was in complete control the entire fight.  If Spence was able to beat down a former champ and top 10 welterweight like Lamont Peterson like that, there is absolutely no telling what he will do to the less experienced Ocampo, come June 6th.

This is most definitely a nice fight for Spence, but more importantly one that he cannot avoid.  Carlos Ocampo is rated #1 by the IBF, which Errol Spence is a title holder in.  So that means that Spence must fight Ocampo (his mandatory challenger), or be stripped of the IBF Welterweight title.  There is little doubt that the IBF is known for bogus rankings among fighters.  This is not the first time that they have ranked a relatively unwon fighter at #1.  Ocampo is not even ranked n the top 10 by TheRing Magazine or ESPN.  So why if he ranked #1 by the IBF?  The WBC for instance has Ocampo ranked at #22, while the WBO has him ranked at #7.  The other thing is that Ocampo, while being undefeated, has never fought a top tier opponent.  The logical #1 for the IBF should be either Danny Garcia or Shawn Porter.

This is however a nice fight for Errol Spence JR.  It’s a great stop gap, while he waits until the end of the year for the fight he really wants, which is Keith Thurman.  Ocampo brings a nice undefeated record to the table, so on paper, it doesn’t look like a walk in the park for Spence.  Keith Thurman will have a come back fight sometime this summer after undergoing elbow surgery.  He has stated time and time again that he will not fight a top tier opponent in his first fight back since surgery.  For now, Spence has to deal with Ocampo however, so expect to see more of the same from the IBF champ.




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The first meeting ended in a controversial draw.  What will their second meeting bring, as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) will go at it once again on May 5th 2018.  The only reason why we will actually get to see a rematch between these two, is because Golovkin was robbed out of a victory by judge Adelaide Byrd, who only had him winning 2 out of the 12 rounds.  What she was looking at is still yet to be determined, but I personally think she was looking more at the numbers of a bribe then the actual fight.  Most people had GGG winning 7 of 12 or 8 of 12 rounds, which should have put the score somewhere around 115-113 or 116-112 in favor of Golovkin.  Adelaide Byrd had a score of 118-110 in favor of Canelo, which is absolutely absurd if you were actually watching the fight.  Unfortunately for true boxing fans, Adelaide Byrd was more concerned with the balance of her checking account going up, rather then giving a correct scorecard.

With a controversial ending to the first fight, the rematch is worth even more money then the original, which mostly benefits the fighter that appeared to lose the first meeting.  The rematch is great for Canelo, Oscar De La Hoya, and Golden Boy promotions.  It unfortunately does not benefit Golovkin at all.  Yes he will get a huge check, but he is a year older.  His undefeated record is in jeopardy, and he could potentially lose 3 championship belts.  Golovkin is now 35 years old, and logic says that he is nearing the end of his professional boxing career.  Canelo is 27 years of age, which means he is just entering his prime.  Canelo is a great fighter, there is no doubt, but he lost the first fight and was lucky to come out of it with a draw and not an official loss.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez stated the other day that if GGG doesn’t knock Canelo out, he won’t win.  Meaning he was implying that Golovkin would get screwed out of a victory yet again.  Unless Golovkin or Canelo knocks out the other fighter, this rematch won’t really settle anything, and I believe the promotors would push for a third fight in what would become a trilogy.  That would make GGG another year older and the sure underdog, when he should have just won the first fight.  The venue is yet to be determined, but the fight will be live on HBO PPV and air at 8pm ET.



1.  Gennady Golovkin               37 – 0 – 1 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

2.  Terence Crawford                32 – 0 – 0 (23 KO’s)                Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

3.  Vasyl Lomachenko               10 – 1 – 0 (8 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

4.  Sergey Kovalev                   31 – 2 – 1 (27 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 Russia

5.  Saul Alvarez                        49 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)                Middleweight                        Mexico

6.  Naoya Inoue                       15 – 0 – 0 (13 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

7.  Mikey Garcia                       37 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.

8.  Errol Spence Jr                    23 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)                Welterweight                         U.S.A.

9.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 – 1 – 0 (11 KO’s)               Junior Featherweight              Cuba

10. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai         44 – 4 – 1 (40 KO’s)               Junior Bantamweight              Thailand

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Tomorrow night Saturday January 20th 2018, Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 19 KO’s), will defend his IBF Welterweight title against former champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO’s).  Brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, the fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY, and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Robert Easter Jr (20-0, 14 KO’s) will defend his IBF Lightweight title against Javier Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KO’s).  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 Predictions:


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-Record:  22 – 0 – 0, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Chris Algieri  —  Win, TKO 5th round (10), 4/16/16.
  • Leonard Bundu  —  Win, KO 6th round (12), 8/21/16.
  • Kell Brook  —  Win, KO 11th round (12), 5/27/17.  (Won IBF Welterweight title)



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-Record:  35 – 3 – 1, 17 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Amir Khan  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 12/10/11.  (Won WBAsuper & IBF Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Danny Garcia  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 4/11/15.
  • David Avanesyan  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 2/18/17.  (Won WBA Welterweight title)



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

Robert Easter Jr  —  def  —  Javier Fortuna  —  via  —  Decision Victory

Errol Spence Jr  —  def  —  Lamont Peterson  —  via  —  TKO 8th round





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April 14th will apparently be a very busy day in the boxing world, as Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) will make his Welterweight debut, as he challenges Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) for his WBO 147 pound title.  The fight will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York NY, and will air live on ESPN.

This fight is interesting because Crawford gets a title shot in his first 147 pound fight against the man that defeated Manny Pacquiao.  Crawford is a monster, and he absolutely cleaned out the 140 pound division.  He won every title available (WBA/WBO/WBC/IBF/TheRing), to become the first undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins did it back in his Middleweight days.  Horn’s only chance here is to brawl, but Crawford can do that too.  He can do anything in the ring.  Hopefully its not too much of a blowout, but the 147 pound division is going to have a very exciting year.



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Tomorrow night November 4th 2017, Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will put his WBC World Heavyweight title on the line against the only man he could not knock out in his career, Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s).  The fight will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, and will be live on ShowTime at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO’s) will go at it with Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 11 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Sergey Lipinets (12-0, 10 KO’s) will take on Akihiro Kondo (29-6-1, 16 KO’s) for the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight title.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:


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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 7″

-Reach:  83″

-Notable Fights

  • Bermane Stiverne  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/17/15.  (Won WBC Heavyweight title)
  • Artur Szpilka  —  Win, KO 9th round (12), 1/16/16.
  • Chris Arreola  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 6/16/16.



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-Record:  25 – 2 – 1, 21 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 2″

-Reach:  80″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Austin  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 6/25/11.
  • Chris Arreola 2  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 5/10/14.  (Won vacant WBC Heavyweight title)
  • Deontay Wilder  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/17/15.



Sergey Lipinets  —  def  —  Akihiro Kondo  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

Shawn Porter  —  def  —  Adrian Granados  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Deontay Wilder  —  def  —  Bermane Stiverne  —  via  —  TKO 10th round