Posts Tagged ‘#JosePedraza’

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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Image result for jack vs degaleLast Saturday night January 14th 2017, Badou Jack “The Ripper” (20-1-3, 12 KO’s) and James “Chunky” DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KO’s) battled to unify The WBC & IBF Super Middleweight titles, and to win the vacant TheRing Super Middleweight title.  The Ring title would stay vacant, and Jack and DeGale would both retain the WBC & IBF titles respectively, due to the fight ending in a Majority Draw.  In the co-featured bout, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (17-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KO’s) via TKO victory in the 7th round to become the new IBF Junior Lightweight champion, and the youngest current American champion at age 22.  Davis started of strong, but lost some momentum in rounds 4 and 5.  In the 6th, Davis hurt Pedraza badly with a liver shot that he would never fully recover from.  Guarding his body tightly, Pedraza left his face open and got his head taken off in the 7th, with a vicious right hook that knocked him into next week.

The main event started off with a bang.  DeGale, known as a fast started that sometimes fades late into fights, did indeed start off quickly.  In the first round, Badou Jack walked right into a sneaky left hand from DeGale, and it put him down on the canvas.  Jack wasn’t really hurt and pooped up immediately, but was already down on the scorecards.  DeGale would also take the second round pretty easily, with his slick boxing and movement around the ring.  Jack would improve his defense in the 3rd, and in the 4th, his terrific left hook made its first appearance, as he nailed DeGale with it a few times.  The 5th round was a swing round, and probably the reason that the fight ended in a draw.  Jack ripped DeGale’s body with vicious combinations in the first half of the round, but James DeGale would take over in the second half of the round, with his movement and punch output.

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Badou Jack would go on the attack again in the 6th round, pinning DeGale into the ropes and ripping to the body, but in the 7th, DeGale would come back with some good body work of his own, and back and forth they went.  Jack would clobber DeGale with a hard straight right hand in the 8th that knocked out DeGale’s mouthpiece.  Jack would then try to finish the badly hurt DeGale, but was unsuccessful.  In the 12th round, Badou Jack nailed James DeGale with a huge left hook/right uppercut combination that put DeGale down for the first time in his career.  Jack evened out the knockdowns, and apparently the judges scorecards as well, and the fight ended in a Majority Draw.  Personally i believe that the 12th round knockdown should have won Jack the fight as i scored it 114-112 in favor of Badou Jack.  Judge Glen Feldman scored the fight 114-112 for DeGale, and judges Julie Lederman and Steve Weisfeld both scored the fight 113-113.  The final punch stats read a slightly different story though, and corroborated with my scorecard.  Badou Jack landed 231 of 745 (31%) punches, while James DeGale landed 172 of 617 (28%) punches.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

Last night on Showtime Championship Boxing, Gary Russell Jr (27-1, 16 KO’s) defeated Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KO’s) via second round KO to retain his WBC featherweight title.  Also,  Jose Pedraza (22-0, 12 KO’s) successfully defended his IBF Super featherweight title by  defeating Steven Smith (23-2, 13 KO’s) via unanimous decision.

Jose Pedraza probably fought the smartest fight of his young career last night when he defeated Steven Smith.  In the past, Pedraza has been known to have somewhat shaky defense in his fights, and has also been known to get dragged into brawls.  Everyone wondered how he would fair against a very strong body puncher like Smith, with his defensive liabilities.  Pedraza answered these questions beautifully, as he kept the fight on the outside, at a range only he was comfortable with.  Smith would get in a few nice punches here and there, but he simply did not do enough in any round to win on the scorecards.  Pedraza would hurt Smith late in the fight, which is when Smith would start to feel the urgency.  Smith would up his work rate, but it was too little too late, as Pedraza outboxed him in almost every round.  The finally tallies were 117-110, 116-111, & 116-111, as Pedraza cruises to a lop sided unanimous decision victory.

There isn’t much to be said about the main event of the evening.  The outmatched and outclassed Patrick Hyland, was totally wiped out by the lightning fast Gary Russell Jr.  Russell is sure giving Amir Khan a run for his money as the fastest hands in the game, as he totally demolished Hyland with his speed.  Russell’s lazer jab was on display in the first round, as he beat Hyland to the punch every time the engaged.  In the second, Russell would start to put combinations together, and before long, he would put Hyland down with a huge right hook.  After the fight, Russell Jr pleaded with Vasyl Lomachenko for a rematch.  Lomachenko seemingly done at 126 pound and wanting to move up, will most likely not grant Russell the rematch, which was his only loss.  Russell went as far as to say, if Lomachenko goes all the way up to 147 pounds, Russell would follow him to any weight class for the opportunity.  For now, it is more likely that he gets a unification fight against Lee Selby, or Leo Santa Cruz.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

This Saturday night April 16th 2016, Showtime Championship boxing brings to you Russell Jr VS Hyland.  In the co-feature of the evening, Jose Pedraza (21-0, 12 KO’s) and Steven Smith (23-1, 13 KO’s) will go at it for the IBF Junior Lightweight title.  In the main event of the evening, Gary Russell Jr (26-1, 15 KO’s) will put his WBC Featherweight title on the line against Patrick Hyland (31-1, 15 KO’s).  The evening will open up with an untelevised Light Heavyweight fight between Chad Dawson (33-4, 18 KO’s) and Cornelius White (23-4, 17 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gary Russell Jr. Tale of The Tape Patrick Hyland
26 Wins 31
1 Lost 1
15 KOs 15
0 Draws 0
27 Total Fights 32
56% KO% 47%
5’5″ Height 5’8″
61″ Reach  N/A
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Washington, DC, USA Nationality Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
June 5th, 1988

 

Date of Birth

 

September 16th, 1983

 

 

Predictions:

Chad Dawson  —  def  —  Cornelius White  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Jose Pedraza  —  def  —  Steven Smith  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Gary Russell Jr  —  def  —  Patrick Hyland  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE