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Image result for horn vs crawfordESPN+ delivered tonight, as they put out a great undercard, co-feature, and main event.  On the undercard, Shakur Stevenson (7-0, 4 KO’s) defeated Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO 2nd round.  Stevenson knocked Mesquita down twice in the first round, and 3 times in the second before his corner ultimately threw in the towel.  Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) knocked out Frank Rojas (22-1, 21 KO’s) in the first round, and re established himself as a welterweight contender.  In the co-feature of the evening, Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s) won a decision against Antonio Moran (23-2, 16 KO’s) in a back and forth affair, but ultimately all 3 judges scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Jose Pedraza.

In the main event, Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) defeated Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) and captured the WBO Welterweight title, which now makes him a 3 division champion.  The first two rounds were feelers, as both fighters wanted to see what the other had to offer.  Horn’s herky jerky style definitely made Crawford a bit uncomfortable to start the fight.  In the 3rd round however, Crawford had Horn all figured out.  Horn was just coming straight forward, and Crawford landed a beautiful check hook, and a couple of huge straight lefts.  Horn continued to walk right into Crawford’s left hand in the 4th, with the 5th being more of the same.

In the 6th round,Crawford landed a huge uppercut as Horn was trying to pin him against the ropes, followed by some nice body shots as Horn started backing up.  In the 8th round, Crawford switched back to right handed, which he hadn’t done since the first round, and landed a double left hook (one to the body and one to the head) which really staggered Jeff Horn.  Bud then quickly switched back to lefty and peppered Horn with combinations.  He also landed a huge straight left right at the bell and almost put Horn down.  His glove was literally inches from touching the canvas.  In the 9th, Crawford landed another left that did put Horn down, but he would get back up.  Crawford, in attack mode now, started throwing left hand bombs, most of which landed flush, and referee Robert Byrd was forced to stop the fight.  Crawford remains undefeated in his move to 147 pounds, and is now the WBO Welterweight champion of the world.  He calls this the take over, and Horn is his first victim.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday June 9th 2018, Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO Welterweight title on the line agains Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be streaming live live on ESPN+ at 9:30pm ET.  (Subscription is $4.99/month).  In the co-feature, Frank Rojas (22-0, 21 KO’s) and Jose Benavidez (26-0, 17 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

JEFF HORN

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-Record:  18 – 0 – 1, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ali Funeka  —  Win, TKO 6th round (10), 12/10/16.
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, UD (12), 6/2/17.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)
  • Gary Corcoran  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 12/13/17.

 

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  32 – 0 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Beltran  —  Win, UD (12), 11/29/14.  (Won TheRing Lightweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, UD (12), 7/23/16.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won TheRing/IBF/WBC/WBO/WBA Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jose Benadivez  —  def  —  Frank Rojas  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jeff Horn  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on HBO Boxing Pay Per View, we had a 4 fight card full of fire works.  In the opening bout, future light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KO’s) defeated journeyman Tommy Karpency (25-6-1, 14 KO’s).  Karpency, a huge underdog, shockingly dropped Gvozdyk in the second round, but failed to pounce on him and put him away.  Gvozdyk’s awkward movements and boxing ability was too much for Karpency to handle, and after beating him up a little, Gvozdyk landed a huge straight right to the body in the 6th round.  Karpency went down to a knee, and feeling defeated already, chose not to answer the 10 count.

In the second bout of the evening, Jose Benavidez Jr (25-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KO’s) in a thrilling 10 round fight.  Benavidez looked great early on with his movement and sharp counters, rearranging Santana’s face.  In the middle rounds though, Benavidez would return to his old self, laying against the ropes and taking shots.  Santana would win some of the middle rounds by out working Benavidez, but it would not be enough.  Benavidez would finally wake up at the end of the fight, and pepper Santana with vicious counter shot in the 11th and 12th.  It would prove to be just enough, as Benavidez got the unanimous decision victory to stay undefeated.

The co-featured bout of the evening was a short one but a good one.  Undefeated top prospect Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18 KO’s) defeated fellow then undefeated fighter Mitias Rueda (26-1, 23 KO’s).  It was evident in the first round that this was a huge mismatch in skills.  Rueda was undefeated, but the level of opposition he had faced before yesterday was a lot lower.  Valdez came out in the first round guns blazing, as he demolished Rueda with several left hooks, which is his best punch.  In the second round, Valdez smashed Rueda in the liver with a left hook that put him down.  Rueda, still hurt, would get up, but would not stay up for long.  Valdez, noticing that Rueda was not steady and hurt to the body, went right back to it, and dropped him with another body shot.  The fight was immediately stopped, as Valdez stays undefeated, and captures the vacant WBO Featherweight title.

The main event, was a very one sided fight.  Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol to retain his WBO Junior Welterweight title, and capture the WBC & the vacant TheRing Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford now has 3 major championship belts, and is now considered the #1 junior Welterweight in the world.  Crawford was almost non existent in the first 3 rounds, which is usually the case, as he uses that time to strictly study his opponents.  In the 5th round, Postol and Crawford came rushing out of their corners, and Crawford threw a quick right hook that hit Postol on the top of the head, which totally caught him off guard and knocked him down.  Later in the round, Crawford hit Postol with a rocket left hand that put him down once again.  Postol would also get another point deducted in the 11th for hitting Crawford in the back of the head (which I don’t think was intentional), so at this point he was way behind on the scorecards.  Postol would try to muster up one more flurry in the final round to try and get a KO, but Crawford would actually get the better of the exchange.  The final scores of the fight were 118-107, 118-107, and 117-108.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Tonight July 23rd 2016, one of the biggest fights of the year will take place, when Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) go at it to unify the WBO & WBC Junior Welterweight titles.  The winner will also be awarded the vacant TheRing & Lineal Junior Welterweight title.  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, undefeated rising star Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated fighter Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda (26-0, 23 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, undefeated Jose Benavidez (24-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Francisco Santana (24-4-1, 12 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 20 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)
  • Raymundo Beltran  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/29/14.  (Won vacant TheRing & Lineal Lightweight titles)
  • Thomas Dulorme  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 4/18/15.  (Won WBO Junior Welterweight title)

 

VIKTOR POSTOL

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  74″

-Notable Fights

  • DeMarcus Corley  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 10/27/12.
  • Hank Lundy  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/21/13.
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, KO 10th round (12), 10/3/15.

 

Predictions:

Jose Benavidez  —  def  —  Francisco Santana  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Oscar Valdez  —  def  —  Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda  —  KO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Viktor Postol  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

A DRAW???  A DRAW???  What is happening in boxing?  I had posted a previous article titled “The Unfair Sport” a few months back, and boxing has been good ever since.  This was not the case this past saturday night, when Timothy Bradley (31-1-1, 1NC, 12 KO’s) took on Diego Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KO’s) in what ended up being a majority draw.  This fight was NOT a draw.  Max Kellerman said that if a fighter gets robbed, the true boxing fan must still view it as a win for that fighter no matter what the outcome.

Timothy Bradley started off this fight very strong.  He did not lose a round until the 6th, where punch stats slightly favored Diego Chaves.  Then he proceeded to win rounds 7-10, and dropped the last two, which were also very close.  Judge Burt Clemens scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley (fair score as some rounds could have gone either way given the punch output), Judge Metcalf scored the fight 114-114 (a little weird but still not terrible for the same reasons), and judge Julie Letterman scored the fight 116-112 for Chaves.  Im sorry, but that is absolutely ridiculous.  I scored the fight 117-111 for Bradley!  Was she paid?  Sure does seem so.  I understand the close score for Bradley.  I can even swallow the draw scoring, but who in their right mind could score the fight 8 rounds to 4 for Diego Chaves?  She should be fined for that, because it was an absolutely bogus score in my opinion, and the opinion of everyone watching.

Timothy Bradley out landed Diego Chaves in 10 out of the 12 rounds.  So how could this fight be a draw?  Aren’t judges paid to get it right?  I’m not paid, and I got it right.  This was plain and simple a robbery.  I feel truly sorry for the real boxing fan to see a fight of this magnitude be called a draw.  Bradley ended up landing 225 of 572 punches, while Chaves landed 152 of 570.  That right there tells you the story.  Timothy Bradley was the clear winner, and Julie Letterman should look for work elsewhere!

Andy Lee Really Has The Luck Of The Irish

Emauel Stewart predicted that Andy Lee would one day win a Middleweight world championship.  He was correct.  #1WBO ranked Matt korobov, looked amazing against Lee in this fight.  He pretty much won every round, until that fateful moment in the 6th.  Andy Lee is a one trick pony.  You can beati him.  He has many flaws.  The one thing about him thats is flawless, his right hook.  If he catches you with that, you better pray to the boxing Gods that you don’t go down.  Obviously, Korobov is not a religious man, as he got caught with the right hook that knocked him into next week.  Lee then jumped on him, and Korobov was on dream street.  The referee was forced to stop the fight, and “Irish” Andy Lee is crowned the WBO Middleweight Champion.

Herrera Robbed Again

HBO really put on a show of dirty judging on Saturday night.  Mauricio Herrera fought Jose Benavidez and was robbed of a victory again.  Just like in Puerto Rico a few months ago, where he defeated Danny Garcia (Lineal Junior Welterweight Champ) but ended up losing on the scorecards.  Herrera outworked top prospect Benavidez, and won this fight 7 rounds to 5, but the future money maker and promotionally protected fighter got the decision.  Very poor night for boxing all around.

-David

All out war will be upon us tomorrow night in Las Vegas.  Showtime will be presenting the “Kahn VS Alexander” card, but thats not all.  HBO is countering with Timothy Bradley VS Diego Chaves, which is another possible fight-of-the-year candidate.  The hard hitting Chaves will try his luck against the hard headed boxer/puncher Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley.  Here’s the breakdown:

TIMOTHY BRADLEY

  • Record:  31 – 1, 1NC (12 KO’s)
  • Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 lbs)
  • Height:  5′ 6″
  • Reach:  69″
  • Notable Fights:  Manny Pacquiao #1 (Win, SD 12rd, 6/9/12), Ruslan Provodnikov (Win, UD 12rd, 3/16/13), Juan Manuel Marquez (Win, SD 12rd, 10/12/13)

DIEGO GABRIEL CHAVES

  • Record:  23 – 2, (19 KO’s)
  • Weight Class:  Welterweight
  • Height:  5′ 7.5″
  • Reach:  66.5″
  • Notable Fights:  Ismael El Massoudi (Win, KO 2rd, 7/21/12), Keith Thurman (Loss, KO 10rd, 7/27/13), Brandon Rios (Loss, DQ 9rd, 8/2/14)

Chaves is no doubt a heavy hitter, but every time he stepped up in class, he has come out on the short end.  Saturday night will be no different.  Chaves will test Bradley’s chin early on, and this fight will turn into a brawl.  Bradley will weather the storm and go on to win by Unanimous Decision by outboxing and out brawling Chaves.  Timothy Bradley is made of steel.  If Ruslan Provodnikov couldn’t knock him out at this weight, no one can.  Chaves has no chance in this fight unless he can score a knockout or multiple knockdowns which will not happen, and Bradley will leave him in the dust on the scorecards.

Other Fights On The Card:

  • Mauricio Hererra VS Jose Benavidez  —  Junior Welterweight (140 lbs)
  • Andy Lee VS Matt Koborov  —  Middleweight (160 lbs)

Predictions:

  • Timothy Bradley  —  def  —  Diego Chaves  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision
  • Jose Benavidez  —  def  —  Mauricio Hererra  —  via  —  TKO Round 5
  • Matt Koborov  —  def  —  Andy Lee  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

-David