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Sergey Kovalev’s (31-3-1, 27 KO’s) reign as Light Heavyweight Kingpin came to an end on Saturday night, when Eleider Alvarez (24-0, 12 KO’s) knocked him out in the 7th round of their championship bout.  Alvarez has waited for his opportunity for a number of years now.  He has been the mandatory challenger for Adonis Stevenson for quite some time now, but never got the opportunity to fight the WBC champ.  Adonis has been known to dodge his mandatory contenders so this was nothing new.  Sergey Kovalev defended his WBO title against Alvarez, and the results are not favorable for Kovalev.

Sergey Kovalev looked to be in complete control of the fight in the beginning.  I scored 1 round for Alvarez through the first 6 rounds.  Kovalev out worked Alvarez in rounds 1 & 2.  Alvarez landed so big inches in the 3rd that seemed to bother Kovalev a bit, but at that point he was in no real danger.  Kovalev came out in the 4th, out working Alvarez, and landing the more meaningful punches.  The 5th and 6th rounds were more of the same, and things were not looking good for the challenger.

With a little over a minute left in the 7th, Alvarez nailed Kovalev right in the temple with a huge right cross, and Kovalev went down hard.  Temple shots tend to throw of equilibrium and take long to recover from, and Kovalev was not looking good.  About 15-20 seconds later, Kovalev walked right into a left hook that Alvarez followed up with a right hand, and Kovalev went down again.  He would get up before 10, and continue.  Pretty much on dream street, one punch would end the fight, and thats exactly what happened when Alvarez nailed him again.  The referee stopped the fight, and just like that the reign was over.  Eleider Alvarez is the new WBO Light Heavyweight champion, and the #1 fighter in the division.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for stevenson vs jackIt was a tale of two fights last night in Toronto Canada as Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO’s) and Badou Jack (22-1-4, 13 KO’s) fought to a draw at the Air Canada Center.  The first half of the fight was all Adonis Stevenson, as Badou Jacks’ plan was to conserve his energy until the second half of the fight against the aging Stevenson.  Jack might have waited a round too long to get going though, because two judges had the fight a draw.  Badou Jack barely threw any punches in the first half of the fight, and Stevenson took the first half basically by default.  He was slightly busier then Jack, but neither fighter did much through the first 6 rounds.

Badou Jack turned on the jets in the 7t round however, as he started outlining Stevenson by wide margins.  Jack was totally in control of the fight until the 10th round, until Stevenson finally landed a big body shot.  The punch seemed to slow Jack down a bunch, and he gave away the round.  Perhaps if that one punch didn’t land, jack would have won the fight.  Jack came out blazing in the 11th however, and put the beating on Stevenson.  In the 12th round, it was more Jack, as he pinned Stevenson against the ropes.  If the fight was 10 seconds longer, he would have dropped Stevenson.  I scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Jack, agreeing with one go the judges, but we were over ruled but the other two who scored the fight 114-114.

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Also last night on Showtime championship boxing, Gary Russell Jr (29-1, 12 KO’s) defeated JoJo Diaz Jr (26-1, 14 KO’s) and retained his WBC Featherweight title via 12 round unanimous decision.  Russell started fast, walking Diaz down, and pumping the jab keeping him at bay.  In the 3rd round, Diaz tried to make it a scrappy fight, which worked for a while.  Russell fell into the trap for a few rounds, but ultimately Diaz ran out of gas as he punched himself out.  By the 9th round, Russell was cruising again, and Diaz had no answer for it.  The 11th and 12th rounds were all Russell, ad Jojo Diaz was unable to muster any offense what so ever.  Diaz went for broke one more time at the end of the 12th, but it was too little too late.  Russell remains at the top of the featherweight division, and awaits the winner of Santa Cruz VS Mares.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday May 19th 2018, Premier Boxing Champions presents Stevenson VS Jack.  Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (29-1, 24 KO’s) will defend his WBC Light Heavyweight title against Badou Jack “The Ripper” (22-1-2, 12 KO’s).  The fight will take place at The Air Canada Center in Toronto Ontario Canada, and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Diego Gonzalo Luque (25-5-1, 10 KO’s) will take on Mikael Zewski (30-1, 22 KO’s) in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ADONIS STEVENSON

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-Record:  29 – 1 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  77″

-Notable Fights

  • Chad Dawson  —  Win, TKO 1st round (12), 6/8/13.  (Won TheRing & WBC Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andrzej Fonfara #1  —  Win, UD (12), 5/24/14.
  • Andrzej Fonfara #2  —  Win, TKO 2nd round (12), 6/3/17.

 

BADOU JACK

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-Record:  22 – 1 – 2, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 1″

-Reach:  73″

-Notable Fights

  • Anthony Dirrell  —  Win, MD (12), 4/24/15.  (Won WBC Super Middleweight title)
  • George Groves  —  Win, SD (12), 9/12/15.
  • James DeGale  —  Draw, MD (12), 1/14/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Mikael Zewski  —  def  —  Diego Gonzalo Luque  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Badou Jack  —  def  —  Adonis Stevenson  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for kovalev vs mikhalkinAs it often happens when friends fight one another, we do not get very interesting results in the boxing world.  This was the case last night on HBO Boxing, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) tore up the face of his friend Igor Mikhalkin (21-2, 9 KO’s), and won by 7th round TKO victory.  In the first 2 rounds, Kovalev almost looked reluctant to unload his usual arsenal towards Mikhalkin, and that may have very well been the case.  Need the less, he did win every single round in this fight.  After the second round, Mikhalkin’s face looked to become target practice for Kovalev, even though Mikhalkin did have dos moments here and there.  Mikhalkin, being the slick boxer that he is, did land sporadically on Kovalev’s face, but with virtually no power behind his shots.If he did have some power, this would have made for a more interesting fight.  Kovalev however, did open up 2 gruesome cuts under Mikhalkin’s right eye and on the bridge of his nose via accumulated punishment, and the referee was forced to stop the fight under doctors orders in the 7th round.

The co-feature was a very one sided fight as well, as Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KO’s) defeated Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO in the 12th round.  Bicol was the faster and stronger puncher and won every round of the fight, as Barrera struggled to find and answer for his offense.  Bivol slowed down a bit in the middle rounds, but was ultimately able to dispose of Barrera in the final round.  Bicol landed a power jab which stunned Barrera in the 12th, and followed it up with a jab and a monster right cross the the temple, which put Barrera down.  Barrera beat the count, getting up at 9, but the fight was stopped by the referee, as Barrera clearly had nothing left.  Bicol remains undefeated, and close to the top of the Light Heavyweight division.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night March 3rd 2018, there will be a Light Heavyweight division collision, as the weight class tries to re establish itself.  In the main event, Sergey Kovalev (31-2, 27 KO’s) will defend his WBO Light Heavyweight title against Igor Mikhalkin (21-1, 9 KO’s).  The fight will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBA Light Heavyweight title against Sullivan Berrera (21-1, 14 KO’s).  Also on the card, Frank Galarza (18-2-2, 11 KO’s) and Ed Paredes (38-7-1, 25 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Junior Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Igor Mikhalkin Tale of The Tape Sergey Kovalev
21 Wins 31
1 Lost 2
9 KOs 27
0 Draws 1
22 Total Fights 34
41% KO% 79%
6’1″ Height 6’0″
 N/A Reach 72″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Irkutsk, Russia Nationality Chelyabinsk, Russia
May 31st, 1985 Date of Birth April 2nd, 1983

 

PREDICTIONS:

Frank Galarza  —  def  —  Ed Paredes  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Sullivan Barrera  —  def  —  Dmitry Bivol  —  via  —  Decision

Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Igor Mikhalkin  —  via  —  KO 3rd 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