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Just announced yesterday, a huge world heavyweight title bout will take place in March.  Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will take on Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s), as Wilder will defend his WBC World Heavyweight title against the Cuban monster.  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York on March 3rd 2018, and tickets are already on sale.  the co-featured bout has also been announced, as Andre Dirrel (26-2-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Jose Uzkategui (26-2-0, 22 KO’s) for the interim IBF World Super Middleweight title.

Wilder was supposed to fight Ortiz back in November of last year, but Ortiz was ultimalty replaced by Bermane Stiverne due to the fact that Ortiz tested positive for banned substances.  Wilder disposed of Stiverne in the first round with a vicious KO victory, and was clearly upset that Ortiz was not his opponent on that night.  With Anthony Joshua still seemingly ducking Wilder and going in a different direction, Luis Ortiz is the biggest name out there for Wilder to make a statement.  Ortiz is coming off of back to back knockout victories against David Allen (TKO 7) and Daniel Martz (KO 2) respectively, but neither is a household name.

If the undefeated Cuban is able to defeat Wilder, it will be tainted because of the positive test for performance enhancing drugs, but it would be his greatest victory to date.  Ortiz is 38 years old, but is a powerhouse.  He started his professional career late due to problems form defecting from Cuba, but none the less, he is one of the best heavyweights out there.  Ortiz would also be Wilders greatest victory, should he win, as Wilder has been criticized for lack of top tier opponents.  Wilder is not at fault for that however, as all his biggest potential opponents have tested positive for some kind of performance enhancing drug.  Just last year, Wilder was also supposed to fight Alexander Povietkin, but that fell through due to a positive test as well.  If Wilder is victories, Anthony Joshua will have no place left to hide.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday December 16th 2017, we will experience the “Declaration Of War”.  Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KO’s) will defend his WBO Middleweight title against KO artist David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Place Bell in Laval Quebec Canada, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 9:40pm ET.  In the co-feature, Gary O’Sullivan (26-2, 18 KO’s) and Antoine Douglas (22-1-1, 16 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Middleweight bout.  Also on the card, Custio Clayton (12-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Carlos Molina (28-8-2, 8 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

BILLY JOE SAUNDERS

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-Record:  25 – 0 – 0, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  N/A

-Notable Fights

  • Chris Eubank Jr  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 11/29/14.
  • Andy Lee  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 12/19/15.  (Won WBO Middleweight title)
  • Willie Monroe Jr  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

DAVID LEMIEUX

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-Record:  38 – 3 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Hassan N’Dam  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/20/15.  (Won vacant IBF Middleweight title)
  • Gennady Golovkin  —  Loss, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.
  • Curtis Stevens  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 3/11/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Custio Clayton  —  def  —  Carlos Molina  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Antione Douglas  —  def  —  Gary O’Sullivan  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

David Lemieux  —  def  —  Billy Joe Saunders  —  via  —  KO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This past Saturday night was a big night in boxing, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO’s) showed the world that he is not yet done, when he decisively defeated Slava Shabranskyy (19-2, 16 KO’s) with a second round TKO victory.  Yuriorkis Gamboa (28-2, 17 KO’s) also resurrected his career with a controversial split decision victory over Jason Sosa (20-3-4, 15 KO’s).   Gamboa was seemingly way behind on the score cards, but somehow got the nod from the judges.  The co-featured bout of the evening was a wild one.  Sullivan Barrera (21-1, 14 KO’s) defeated Felix Valera (15-2, 13 KO’s) after the two fighters traded knockdowns in the first round.  Valera was penalized 3 times for low blows, and ultimately lost on the cards by a huge margin after being thoroughly outboxed by Barrera.  Barrera is now the mandatory contender for Dimitri Bivol’s Light Heavyweight title.

So the question of the night was, which Sergey Kovalev would show up?  The Krusher, or that other guy that lost to Andre Ward twice?  The answer was The Krusher.  Right out of the gate you knew Kovalev was coming to rip someone head off, as he threw a huge right to start the fight.  About halfway through the first round, Kovalev landed a big overhand right that put Shabranskyy on the canvas for the first time in the fight.  Later in the first round, Kovalev landed a right cross/left hook nomination that really hurt Shabranskyy and put him down for the second time in the round.  In the second round, Kovalev nailed Shabranskyy with another right hand that stunned him, and then finished him off with a combination.  Pinned against the ropes and badly hurt was Shabranskyy, so referee Harvey Dock was forced to step in and stop the fight.  Kovalev gets the TKO victory and regains his WBO Light Heavyweight title that he lost to the now retired Andre Ward.

The final punch stats read as follows:  Kovalev landed 50/113 punches (44%), while Shabranskyy landed a mere 16/71 (23%) punches.  Before the fight, Kovalev admitted that he lost his way between the two Ward fights.  He stopped training and stated drinking.  He just wasn’t right.  But he got himself back together, and it sure did show in the ring.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night November 25th 2017, Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KO’s) for the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight title.  The fight will take place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Yuriorkis Gamboa (27-2, 17 KO’s) will square off against Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Sullivan Barrera (20-1, 14 KO’s) will take on Felix Valera (15-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, UD (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBAsuper/IBF Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andre Ward  —  Loss, UD (12), 11/19/16.

 

VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY

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-Record:  38 – 0 – 0, 37 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 3″

-Reach:  75″

-Notable Fights

  • Yuniesky Gonzalez  —  Win, MD (10), 12/19/15.
  • Oscar Riojas  —  Win, KO 3rd round (8), 8/19/16.
  • Sullivan Barrera  —  Loss, TKO 7th round (10), 12/16/16.

 

Predictions:

Sullivan Barrera  —  def  —  Felix Valera  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Yuriorkis Gamboa  —  def  —  Jason Sosoa  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Vyacheslav Shabranskyy  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for wilder vs stiverne 2This past Saturday November 4th 2017, was not a pleasant night for WBC Heavyweight challenger Bermane Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KO’s), as he was brutally knocked out in the first round by Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 Ko’s).  Earlier in the night, Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO’s) won the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight title, when he defeated Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KO’s) via unanimous decision.  Also in the co-feature, Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) and Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 12 KO’s) engaged in an all out war, with Porter ultimately getting the unanimous decision victory over Granados.  Porter bull rushed Granados early in the fight, and then Granados decided to bully the bully, by relentlessly coming forward.  It was too little too late however, as Porter got the win over a distraught Granados.

The main event was pure fireworks, although it was a very short show.  Wilder came out strong in the first round, flashing his lightning quick jab.  He was patient until he saw an opening in Stiverne’s guard, and them WHAM… straight right hand from Wilder that put Stiverne down on his back side.  Stiverne would get up however, but would go right back down from a left hook right cross nomination from Wilder.  Once again, Stiverne would get up, but with no legs underneath him and Wilder knew it.  He ran up on Stiverne, and hit him with a clubbing right, followed by a left uppercut, and another right that put Stiverne down for good.  The referee would call a halt to the fight with 1 second left in the first round.  After the fight, Wilder would directly call out Anthony Joshua, to unify all of their belts.  Here is a look at round 1 of the fight:

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night October 28th 2017, Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KO’s) will put his IBF and WBAsuper World Heavyweight titles on the line against Carlos Takam (35-3-1, 27 KO’s).  Joshua was originally scheduled tonight Kubrat Pulev, but Takam will take his place due to a shoulder injury.  The fight will take place at Principality Stadium in Cardiff Wales, and will be live on Sky Sports and ShowTime International at 5pm ET.  In the co-feature, Khalid Yafai (22-0, 14 KO’s) will defend his WBA Super Flyweight title against Sho Ishida (24-0, 13 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Carlos Takam Tale of The Tape Anthony Joshua
35 Wins 19
3 Lost 0
27 KOs 19
1 Draws 0
39 Total Fights 19
69% KO% 100%
6’2″ Height 6’6″
80″ Reach 82″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Noisy-le-Grand, Seine-Saint-Denis, France Nationality Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
December 6th, 1980 Date of Birth October 15th 1989

 

Predictions:

Khalid Yafai  —  def  —  Sho Ishida  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Anthony Joshua  —  def  —  Carlos Takam  —  via  —  KO 5th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Champ – Vacant

  1. Anthony Joshua (19-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  2. Deontay Wilder (38-0-0, 37 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Kubrat Pulev (25-1-0, 13 KO’s)
  4. Luis Ortiz (27-0-0, 23 KO’s)
  5. Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Mairis Briedes (23-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Denis Lebedev (30-2-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Yunier Dorticos (22-0-0, 21 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s)
  3. Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  4. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0-0, 12 KO’s)
  5. Artur Beterbiev (11-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. James DeGale (23-1-1, (14 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (36-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  3. George Groves (26-3-0, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Callum Smith (23-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  5. Chris Eubank Jr (26-1-0, 20 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. David Lemieux (38-3-0, 33 KO’s)
  4. Billy Joe Saunders (25-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0-0, 9 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (29-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Miguel Cotto (41-5-0, 33 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Demetrius Andrade (24-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  5. Austin Trout (30-3-0, 17 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Errol Spence Jr (22-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Kell Brook (36-2-0, 25 KO’s)
  5. Danny Garcia (33-1-0, 19 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Terence Crawford (32-0-0, 23 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA WBC, WBO

  1. Mikey Garcia (37-0-0, 30 KO’s)
  2. Viktor Postol (29-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  3. Antonio Orozco (26-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Regis Prograis (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  5. Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (43-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (37-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Terry Flanagan (33-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Robert Easter (20-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Denis Shofikov (38-3-1, 20 KO’s)
  5. Raymundo Beltran (34-7-1, 21 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1-0, 7 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Miguel Berchelt (32-1-0, 28 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Jezreel Corrales (22-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Orlando Salido (44-13-4, 31, KO’s)
  5. Gervonta Davis (19-0-0, 18 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (28-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (23-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (25-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (30-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Diego De La Hoya (20-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Moises Flores (25-0-0, 17 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KO’s)   RING

  1. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  2. Juan Carlos Payano (19-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  3. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-1-0, 18 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Zolani Tete (25-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Ryan Burnett (17-0-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Naoya Inoue (14-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2-0, 25 KO’s)
  4. Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KO’s)
  5. Khalid Yafai (22-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBA

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Kazuto Ioka (22-1-0, 13 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Donnie Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Diago Higa (13-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Juan Carlos Reveco (39-3-0, 19 KO’s)
  5. Vincent LeGrand (24-0-0, 14 KO’s)

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Kosei Tanaka (10-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Pedro Guevara (30-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  3. Milan Melindo (37-2-0, 13 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Carlos Canizales (18-0-1, 15 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Chayaphon Moonsri (48-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Byron Rojas (20-3-3, 9 KO’s)
  4. Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0-0, 6 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12 KO’s)   IBF