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-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night September 16th 2017, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s) will take on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) for the Unified Middleweight title.  Golovkin will defend his WBA & IBF Middleweight titles, while Alvarez will defend his TheRing Middleweight title.  The fight will take place at the T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 8pm ET.  In the co-feature, Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Randy Caballero (24-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Bantamweight bout.  Also on the card, Jesus Rojas (25-1-1, 17 KO’s) will go at it with Claudio Marrero (22-1, 16 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout, and Roberto Ortiz (31-1-2, 26 KO’s) will take on Antonio Orozco (26-0, 17 KO’s) in a 10 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ

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-Record:  49 – 1 – 1, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  71

-Notable Fights

  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Miguel Cotto  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/21/15.  (Won lineal/TheRing/WBC Middleweight titles)
  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/6/17.

 

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  37 – 0 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  70

-Notable Fights

  • Martin Murray  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 2/21/15.
  • David Lemieux  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.  (Won IBF Middleweight title)
  • Daniel Jacobs  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/18/17.

 

Predictions:

Antonio Orozco  —  def  —  Roberto Ortiz  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Claudio Marrero  —  def  —  Jesus Rojas  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Diego De La Hoya  —  def  —  Randy Caballero  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Canelo Alvarez  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

 

 

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Last night on Showtime Boxing, Floyd Mayweather (50-0, 27 KO’s) picked up his 50th victory, surpassing Rocky Marciano (49-0) and rhode off into the sunset for the last time.  Mayweather knocked out Conor McGregor (0-1, 0 KO’s) in the 10th round.  McGregor looked foolish in the ring from the very beginning, but managed to win the first 3 rounds simply because Mayweather was not throwing any punches.  In the 4th round, Mayweather finally let his hands go, and it was demolition of the MMA superstar.  Floyd was picking McGregor off with timely counters over and over again.

By the 7th round, McGregor looked totally gassed like he was going to collapse at any moment.  The 10th round would mark the end for Conor McGregor, who could barley stand on his feet at that point, as Floyd pinned him into the corner and started throwing combinations.  Mayweather landed a huge right hand followed by a left hook and a series of jabs.  At that point, McGregor really had nothing left in the tank.  He dropped his hands and took the shots.  Without throwing any punches back, and absorbing too much punishment, the referee stopped the fight, and Mayweather cruised to victory.

On the under card, Andrew Tabiti (15-0, 12 KO’s) defeated Steve Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KO’s) in their Cruiserweight bout by a 10 round unanimous decision.  Gervonta Davis (19-0, 18 KO’s) went at it with Fransisco Fonseca (19-1-1, 13 KO’s) and disposed of him with a very questionable TKO victory in the 8th round.  Davis hit Fonseca in the back of the head, and the referee deemed it a clean hit and a TKO for Davis.  Badou Jack (22-1-2, 13 KO’s) was spectacular in his 5th round TKO victory against Nathan Cleverly (30-4, 16 KO’s).  In his first bout at Light Heavyweight, he bloodied the naturally bigger Cleverly, and took the WBA Light Heavyweight title home in a very impressive victory.

Back to the topic of Mayweather VS McGregor, this analysis will be very opinionated.  The fight was a joke, plane and simple.  I have never seen Floyd not punch at all, even though he usually tends to be a slow starter.  The whole thing just seemed scripted on Floyd’s part, even thought Conor McGregor was most likely not aware of it.  It pains me to say this, being a huge TMT and Mayweather fan, but I almost wish this fight didn’t happen.  Was telling my friends form the beginning, even before fight night, Floyd is going to try to make this a show and let McGregor fight, and then when he decided it was necessary, he would take him out.  People were praising McGregor for fighting a brilliant start to the fight.  He actually did not.  He looked awkward and unsure of himself.  The reason he “looked great” in the first 3 rounds is because Floyd wasn’t fighting.  McGregor is not an experienced boxer, and if Floyd fought rounds 1-3 the way he fought 8-10, he would have taken McGregor out in the first round or two.  But then that wouldn’t have been a show!  Once Mayweather decided that it was time to fight, he was landing at will.  If he decided to not let Conor have a chance at all, and fought the first half of the fight, the show would have been over early, but at least it would have been real!!!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 


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Last night was a big night for boxing.  The first Undisputed Champion in any division was crowned, when Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) defeated Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KO’s) via 3rd round knockout.  Crawford is not the first Undisputed Champion since Bernard Hopkins did it in 2004 when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya.  Crawford won the WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight titles last night, and unified them with his own WBC and WBO Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford also hold TheRing Magazine Light Welterweight title, which gives him all of the championships in the 140 pound division.  He simply stands alone as champion.

The first round of last nights fight was somewhat uneventful except for the huge left hand that Crawford landed, as both fighters were trying to feel each other out.  From the start you could see that Indongo was tight and very nervous.  This was by far his biggest fight to date.  Crawford did out land Indongo in the first, and the difference in speed and skill level was immediately apparent.  In the second, Indongo would get a bit looser and throw more, but Crawford would land counter after counter, and put him down in the second.  In the third round, Crawford dodged a looping wide left hand from Indongo, and came up the middle with an uppercut right to the gut which put Indongo down for good. It was a perfect body shot at the perfect time.  Indongo was defenseless while throwing the looping shot and paid the price.  He would not beat the 10 count, and it goes down as a KO victory to win the Undisputed Junior Welterweight championship.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night August 19th 2017, for the first time since Bernard Hopkins did it at Middleweight, we will crown an undisputed champion in the Junior Middleweight division.  All the belts will be on the line when Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KO’s) defends his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight titles agains Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KO’s) who will defend his WBA/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The winner will be the first undisputed champion since 2004 when Bernard Hopkins defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the last remaining title at Middleweight.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KO’s) will take on Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Also on the card, Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on Arturo Santos Reyes (19-8, 5 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/1/14.  (Won WBO Lightweight title)
  • Tomas Dulorme  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 4/18/15.  (Won vacant WBO Junior Welterweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/23/16.  (Won WBC/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight titles)

 

JULIUS INDONGO

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Kaizer Mabuza  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/6/14.
  • Eduard Troyanovsky  —  Win, KO 1st round (12), 12/3/16.  (Won IBF/IBO Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/15/17.  (Won WBAunified Junior Welterweight title)

 

Predictions:

Nicholas Walters  —  def  —  Arturo Santos Reyes  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Oleksandr Gvozdyk  —  def  —  Craig Baker  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Julius Indongo  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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On August 19th 2017, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will go at each other in this unification bout, for the Undisputed Junior Welterweight Championship.  Terence Crawford will defend his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight championship, and on the flip side, Julius Indongo will be defending his WBAunified/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, and will be live at 9pm ET on ESPN.  This fight will be for all the marbles, as the winner will be crowned the first truly undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins took all the Middleweight belts back in 2004.

Julius Indongo has arguably been the most pleasant surprise in the Junior Welterweight division.  Up until his 21 bout, no one was quite sure what to make of him.  He was running through all of his opponents, but the level of skill in the competition he was facing, was mediocre at best.  After going 20-0 against pretty much nobody, Indongo would finally get his title shot.  He was the underdog against the hard hitting and feared Russian Eduard Troyanovsky, and no one really gave him a chance in that fight.  Indongo accepted the tough challenge, and mashed Troyanovsky to record a 1st round knockout victory.  Was it a fluke many were asking.  Indongo then put his belt on the line in a unification bout against Ricky Burns, and took care of business as well, for a decision victory.  He now holds every other belt that Terence Crawford does not.

Terence Crawford on the other hand, has been unconscious in the ring lately.  He is simply fighting like a man possessed.  Crawford has always been the best fighter in his weight class no matter what weight he was at, but in his last few fights he has stepped it up even further.  There is such a huge gap between Crawford and the next best Junior Welterweight, that I honestly believe no one at 140 or even 147 stands a chance against him.  Crawford, a natural righty, has seemingly completely abandoned the orthodox stance, and is fighting exclusively out of the southpaw stance now.  And boy has it been working for him.  His power has seemed to go up even more, even though he is fighting on his less dominant side.  He seems to be truly ambidextrous.   Usually when fighters step up the level of completion they face, they don’t look as good or have as much power.  Crawford was built for “the moment”.  The better the fighter in front of him is, the better he looks.  It is simply amazing how he takes on top notch fighters, and makes them look like amateurs.  Indongo, will unfortunately just be another stepping stone for Crawford.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night Saturday June 17th 2017 on HBO PPV, Andre “S.O.G” Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) for the second time Via TKO in the 8th round.  In what was a shocking turn of event, Ward turned the fight around and knocked Kovalev out with body shots.  In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KO’s) got a first round KO victory over the undefeated Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KO’s), on a very controversial call at the end of the first round.  Both fighters seemed to fight past the bell of the opening round, and Rigondeaux ld anded a punch after the bell that knocked Flores out.  The fight should have been called a no decision, but was instead called a KO victory for Rigondeaux.  Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KO’s) was also victorious over the gun shy Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KO’s), as he defeated him with a 4th round TKO.

Ward VS Kovalev 2 started in similar fashion as their first fight.  Kovalev was on the attack from the opening bell, and Ward was on his heels being very defensive, while trying to counter punch.  Kovalev out landed Ward in all of the first 6 rounds except one, and it seemed like Ward was far behind on the scorecards again.  Ward however did commit to the body of Kovalev, and it would end up paying dividends.  Ward’s slick and effective body punching would soften up Kovalev’s mid section, and have him looking gassed by the 5th round.  Kovalev was breathing heavy and losing steam, just like in their first meeting.

Ward started coming alive in the second half of the fight, just as he he in the first fight.  In the 7th round, he came right out with a huge right hand that hit Kovalev right on the money, and then continued with a sustained body attack.  In a tight 7th round however, Sergey Kovalev seemed to be tiring some more, even though he was the aggressor for most of the round.  In the 8th round, Kovalev seemed to start really being bothered by Andre Ward’s body punching mid way through the round.  With about a minuted left in the 8th, Ward landed a spectacular straight right hand which really stunned Kovalev, and Ward would go on the attack with Sergey backing up.  Kovalev, looking like he was about to keel over, got pinned against the ropes took 3 more hellacious uppercuts to the gut, and referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.  Kovalev simply looked as if he could no longer defend himself because of the sustained body punishment.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE