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Image result for golovkin vs martirosyanIt wasn’t the win that Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KO’s) was looking for nessisarily, but a win is a win none the less.  Golovkin, who was due to make a huge amount of dollars in his rematch against Canelo Alvarez, was somewhat cheated if you take a closer look.  GGG was supposed to fight in Vagas, but instead gets moved to the Stub Hub Center in Carson California.  Thats a loss of money.  GGG was supposed to fight on HBO Pay Per View.  Instead he gets moved to regular HBO.  That’s another loss of money.  GGG was supposed to fight Canelo Alvarez.  Instead he gets Vanes Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KO’s).  Thats a tremendous loss of money.  Never the less, the champ walked in to the ring with his head held high, and did what he was supposed to do.

In the first round, Golovkin was careful with the very active Martirosyan.  Vanes even hit GGG a few times, and one time pretty well actually, snapping Golovkins head back.  Golovkin shook his head “yes” as to congratulate Martirosyan for the clean hit, and then it was straight to business.  In the second round, realizing that Martirosyan could not hurt him with one punch, Golovkin came out guns blazing.  Pumping out the jab, and landing it numerous times, Golovkin started to let the power go.  In the middle of the second round, he landed a huge right hand across the jaw of Vanes, and followed it up with an even bigger left hook that put Vanes down.  At first, looking like he was going tp beat the count, Martirosyan played back down at the count of 9, and just like that it was over.  GGG successfully defends his WBA/WBC middleweight titles, and remains undefeated.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for francisco vargas vs orlando salidoAny time a fight reminds someone of Diego Corrales VS Jose Luis Castillo, it will be a definite candidate for Fight Of The Year.  Francisco Vargas VS Orland Salido was just that.  It was a can’t miss when you really think about it.  Francisco Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KO’s) has been unofficially characterized as the most exciting fighter in boxing, for his ability to take big punches, and also because of his push output per round.  Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO’s) is also a can’t miss action fighter, due to the fact that he throws power punches almost exclusively.  He has the lowest jab output of any significant fighter in the sport, so almost all his punches are heavy shot.  When you mesh the two together, you are all but guaranteed to see the Fight Of The Year.  This is precisely why Francisco Vargas VS Orlando Salido is my unanimous choice for the INSIDE RINGSIDE 2016 Fight Of The Year.

It took about midway through the first round for the bombs to start flying, and the fight was just as entertaining throughout the remainder.  It is extremely rare for two fighters to step into the ring and just keep throwing and absorbing huge shots through all 12 rounds.  The only difference between this fight and the Corrales VS Castillo fight (fight of the decade), was the fact there were no knockdowns.  There were a few moments where near knockdowns occurred, however, the final punch stats were absolutely astonishing.  This really showed why this was the choice for Fight Of The Year.  Francisco Vargas landed 386 of 1184 (33%) punches in the fight, while Orlando Salido landed 328 of 939 (35%) punches.  As Jim Lampley would say, “How do men do this?”  That question simply cannot be answered, and this is the reason why Francisco Vargas VS Orlando Salido takes home the honors of the INSIDE RINGSIDE 2016 Fight Of The Year.  It was very fitting it ended in a draw.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Just moments ago, in a not so shocking turn of events, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) has vacated the WBC World Middleweight Championship.  This comes two weeks after Alvarez yelled in the ring after his fight with Amir Khan, saying “We don’t f*** around.  I’ll put the gloves back on and fight him (Golovkin) right now”!!!  Well apparently, another dark cloud has come over that potential mega fight, when Canelo decided to give the belt up without a fight.  Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) is the current interim WBC Middleweight champion, and since Canelo just vacated the title, by rule Golovkin becomes the WBC Middleweight Champion.  So the end result is basically, the belt will now change hands, but without the mega fight that boxing fans have been salivating over the past year and change.  Golovkin is well on the way to his dream of being the undisputed middleweight champion and holding all the bells, as he now holds the WBA/IBF and now apparently the WBC middleweight crowns, with only the WBO left to go that is currently around the waist of Billy Joe Saunders.

Canelo Alvarez said he will vacate the WBC title in order to have more time to negotiate the fight against Golovkin.  It is very strange that Alvarez wouldn’t ask the WBC and their president Mauricio Sulaiman for an extension in the fight negotiations.  This is the fight that everyone wants to see, and he surely would have gotten the extention had he asked for if.  Outside of Ward VS Kovalev, this is the biggest fight that can be made at the moment, and might even be bigger then Ward VS Kovalev.  Another strange factor in this equation, is that Canelo had until May 24th to make this happen, and he vacated the title a week before.  This tells you that he has absolutely no intentions of getting in the ring with Gennady Golovkin.

If fight fans are disappointed in todays events, they certainly should be, but they should not be surprised.  This has happened before between these two, but it was kind of swept under the rug because Canelo is a fan favorite.  Just last November, when Alvarez defeated Miguel Cotto for the Lineal and WBC middleweight titles, Gennady Golovkin automatically became his Mandatory contender.  Alvarez paid Golovkin $800,000 to step aside as the mandatory, and he booked a PPV fight against Amir Khan, who we all know never really stood a chance.  As of right now, its looking very bleak that a mega fight between these two will happen, and to be completely honest, I was just waiting for this day to hear the bad news.  It is not surprising at all that this route was taken by Alvarez, but it sure is very sad.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KO’s) proved last night that he was for real.  Santa Cruz has taken some heat as of late, that he is undefeated because he hasn’t fought any top tier opposition.  Most of the criticism came from Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of course.  No doubt, Mares would be Santa Cruz’ toughest opponent yet, as Mares has fought better fighters then Santa Cruz.  This fight had “fight of the year” potential, and at sure did not disappoint, as almost 2000 punches were thrown in this one.

Abner Mares would come out guns blazing in the first round, as he literally ran out of his corner swinging at Santa Cruz.  Mares totally dominated the first round, but at this pace, he would have to be careful not to punch himself out, as he would do exactly that later on.  Back and fourth they would go, trading rounds throughout the first half of the fight, throwing an insane amount of punches, but Santa Cruz would prove to be more accurate, as he would land at a higher percentage.

In the second half, Mares would tire out a bit, just as predicted, and Santa Cruz would adjust.  Leo would consistently catch the over zealous Mares coming in, with beautiful counter shots and start racking up the rounds.  Mares would win the 11th round (according to my scorecard), but lose the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th.  If there was any questions whether Santa Cruz was for real or not, they were definitively answered last night, as Santa Cruz defeats a top notch fighter in Abner Mares.

Full Fight Highlights:

Ceja KO’s Ruiz

In the Co-feature, it was Julio Ceja (30-1, 27 KO’s) VS Hugo Ruiz (35-3, 31 KO’s) for the interim WBC Super Bantamweight title.  From the start it was evident that Ruiz was the bigger and taller man with a nice reach advantage.  He was out boxing Ceja and using that long reach to win the rounds.  Ceja looked like he had no chance, as he could not figure out how to get inside and land his big left hook.  In the third, ruiz would put Ceja down for the first time ever, and it looked like Ceja was well on his way to his second career loss.  Things took a turn in the fifth round.  Ceja made ruiz miss a right hand, and countered with a huge left hook.  Ruiz was badly hurt as he went down.  Ceja, being the better finisher of the two, would then go into attack mode with a relentless flurry.  The referee would then stop the fight, as ruiz was still badly hurt and not throwing back.  Ceja gets his 30th win, in a fight that looked like Ruiz had totally under control.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE