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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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For some strange reason, Adrien Broner (30-3, 24 KO’s) just doesn’t let his hands go against top fighters.  It was no different this past saturday night, as Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s) was victorious in his first try at 140 pounds.  Broner won the first round, and then wouldn’t win one for a while after that.  Mikey Garcia started finding his range in the second, and once he found it, he had Broner on the ropes.

That would be the story for most of the fight, as Garcia would land with both hands and daze Broner a few times.  In the 8th round, Broner would finally wake up and start throwing punches.  He nailed Garcia with a blistering combination with the left hook stunning Garcia for a few moments.  The 9th was more of the same, as Garcia wasn’t looking so good.  At this point though, Broner’s only chance to win was by KO, and Mikey Garcia wasn’t having it.  Garcia finished off the last two rounds pretty strong, and cruised to a unanimous decision victory.  Is Broner’s career now in trouble?  I think so!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday Night July 29th 2017, Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KO’s) will take on Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KO’s) in a 12 round bout at 140 pounds.  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY.  It will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, and will air live on Showtime Championship boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Rau’shee Warren and McJoe Arroyo will go at it in a 12 round Super Flyweight bout.  Also on the card, Jermall Charlo (25-0, 19 KO’s) will take on Jorge Sebastian Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KO’s) in his first bout at Middleweight.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ADRIEN BRONER

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Marcos Maidana  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/14/13.
  • Shawn Porter  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/7/15.
  • Adrian Granados  —  Win, Split Decision (10), 2/18/17.

 

MIKEY GARCIA

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Juan Manuel Lopez  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 6/15/13.
  • “Rocky” Martinez  —  Win, KO 8th round (12), 11/9/13.  (Won WBO Junior Lightweight title)
  • Dejan Zlaticanin  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 1/28/17.  (Won WBC Lightweight title)

 

Predictions:

Jermall Charlo  —  def  —  Jorge Sebastian Heiland  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

McJoe Arroyo  —  def  —  Rau’Shee Warren  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Mikey Garcia  —  def  —  Adrien Broner  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night will be an interesting one for the boxing world as Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KO’s) takes on Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KO’s).  This will be Mikey Garcia’s first fight at 140 pounds, as he moves up in weight again for better competition.  Garcia has flourished every time he has moved up in weight, so there is nothing to warrant the thought of failure here.  Broner has moved up in weight several times as well, but failed when he tried his luck at 147 pounds, so he will move back down to 140.  This is an interesting fight because it will show if Adrien Broner has peaked and is on the decline, or if he still has what it takes to defeat (or at least hang with) a top tier fighter in or around his weight class.

So the question arises, does Adrien Broner have a chance to defeat Mikey Garcia?  In my opinion the answer is no.  But how will he lose?  Will he be totally wiped out like he was against Marcos Maidana?  Or will he make it an interesting fight and take it the distance?  Broner was once upon a time one of my favorite fighters in the game.  Lack of focus and bad life decisions however, have somewhat derailed his once very promising career.  Broner was on the rise back in 2012 and 2013, obliterating everyone that stood in his way, and was on the fast track to the top of the boxing world.  He defeated his toughest opponents to date in those 2 years (Antonio DeMarco and Gavin Rees) with relative ease.  He was seemingly boxings golden boy, with all the talent in the world.  Then he stepped up in competition to face Paulie Malignaggi, a decent fighter with no power, and Paulie gave him fits even though Broner escaped with a Split Decision victory.

Broner would step up the competition again after that in a fight with Marcos Maidana.  Maidana exposed Broner for what he really was, a super talented fighter that just couldn’t get his head in the game.  Maidana destroyed Broner in December of 2013, and that was the beginning of the decline.  Since then, Broner has gone back to fighting second tier fighters, to collect some wins.  In June of 2015, Broner tired his luck against a top fighter in Shawn Porter, and guess what, he lost again.  Broner then took 2 more easy fights against relative no names and won easily.  In February of 2017, Broner took a fight against Adrian Granados, which I think he should have won easily, and even though he did win, Granados gave him fits.  It ended in a split decision victory for Broner.  The time has come for Broner to test himself again.  Broner will lose this fight against Garcia, simply because Garcia is amazing in the ring, but will he look good doing it?  If Broner makes it a tough fight, he still has a future in the sport.  But if he gets totally wiped out, he will become a forgotten talent.

Mikey Garcia is a beast.  He continues to move up in weight and demolish everyone in his path.  His career reminds me of the career of Andre Ward.  Garcia has never shied away from facing the best fighters in his weight class.  Combine that with the long layoffs and still having the ability to dominate when he returns to the ring, their paths are very similar.  Garcia’s future is bright.  He has moved up to 140 pounds, which is one of the most exciting divisions in boxing.  He has plenty of opportunities to make great fights with other great fighters.  If he defeats Broner, he will no doubt draw a lot of interest for other fighters.  Broner is still a name that looks good on a fighters resume if he can defeat him, which i believe Garcia will.  Garcia packs dynamite in both hands.  He can hurt you with his left or his right, which is what makes him so dangerous.  I believe he will carry his power up to Junior Welterweight and stop Broner in the later rounds.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night February 18th 2017, Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KO’s) steps back in to the ring to take on Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 11 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  The fight will take place at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati Ohio, and will be live on Showtime Boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Lamont Peterson (34-3-1, 17 KO’s) will take on David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KO’s) for the WBA interim Welterweight title.  Also on the card, Thomas Williams Jr (22-2, 14 KO’s) will face the undefeated Marcus Brown (18-0, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ADRIEN BRONER

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight/Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Paulie Mallignagi  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 6/22/13.  (Won WBA Welterweight title)
  • Marcos Maidana  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/14/13.
  • Shawn Porter  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/20/15.

 

ADRIAN GRANADOS

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-Record:  18 – 4 – 2, 11 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight/Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Felix Diaz  —  Loss, Majority Decision, 11/21/14.
  • Brad Solomon  —  Loss, Split Decision, 5/2/15.
  • Amir Imam  —  Win, TKO 8th round, 11/28/15.

 

Predictions:

Marcus Brown  —  def  —  Thomas Williams Jr  —  via TKO 8th round

Lamont Peterson  —  def  —  David Avanasyan  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Adrien Broner  —  def  —  Adrian Granados  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night December 10th 2016, Terence “Bud” Crawford (29-0, 20 KO’s) will put his WBC/WBO/TheRing Junior Welterweight titles on the line when he faces the hard hitting John Molina Jr (29-6, 23 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha Nebraska, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In The co-feature, Raymundo Beltran (31-7-1, 19 KO’s) will take on Mason Menard (31-1, 24 KO’s) in a 10 round Lightweight bout.  Also on the card, undefeated Sean Monaghan (27-0, 17 KO’s) will take on Fernando Castaneda (24-11, 15 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  29 – 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)
  • Thomas 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 Junior Welterweight titles)

 

JOHN MOLINA JR

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-Record:  29 – 6 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Loss, KO 11th round (12), 4/26/14.
  • Adrien Broner  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/7/15.
  • Ruslan Provodnikov  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/11/16.

 

Predictions:

Sean Monaghan  —  def  —  Fernando Castaneda  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Mason Menard  —  def  —  Raymundo Beltran  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  John Molina  —  via  —  TKO 10th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE