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Another StubHub Center classic took place last night on ESPN Boxing, as Oscar Valdez () defeated Scott Quigg (), in a slober-knocker of a fight.  In surely what will be a fight of the year candidate, the fight ended with Valdez missing teeth, and Quigg with a huge cut above his left eye, and what looked like a broken nose.  The co-feature was an exciting one as well, as Eric De Leon () and Andy Vences fought to a majority draw.  Vences’ boxing was the story of the first half of the fight, and De Leon’s pressure, the story of the second half.  The result, they split rounds evenly and fight to a draw.

The main event was a wild one, as Oscar Valdez retained his WBO Featherweight title by defeating Scott Quigg.  The main story line before the fight was that Quigg came in 3 pounds over the 126 pound limit, and actually weight 142 at the start of the fight.  The first 3 round, Valdez was in complete control, landing vicious left hooks to the body at will.  In the 4th Quigg would come alive a bit and make it a close round.

Quigg took the fifth round as he found a home for his right hand, landing a number of them in the round.  The 6th went to Valdez, but Quigg would make noise in the 7th again, by inuring Valdez to the mouth.  For the rest of the fight, Valdez was bleeding profusely from the mouth, but that did not seem to slow him down.  Valdez would find a home for the body shots once again in the 8th, and they really seemed to start bothering Quigg, as his hands began to drop.  The 9th and 10th rounds seemed to go to Valdez, but in the 11th Quigg looked good again.  The final round started off slow, but in the second half, both fighters would let their hands go once again.

Valdez would pull out what seemed to be a close victory, but the judges had it a bit wider then I personally thought.  Valdez would win on all 3 scorecards with scores of 118-110/117-111/117-111.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Valdez.  The final push stats were as follows:  Valdez landed 237 of 912 (26%) punches, while Quigg landed 143 of 595 (24%) punches.  The difference showed in the power punches landed however, as Valdez landed 175 of 485 (36%), while Quigg landed 129 of 519 (25%).  A star was born last night, as Oscar Valdez remains undefeated and the WBO Featherweight Champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for garcia vs lipinetsLast night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) joined the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, among a very few others, to win a world title in a 4th different weight class.  Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KO’s) via unanimous decision, to add his name to that very short list of legends.  The night began however, with a rematch between Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KO’s) and Keryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KO’s), because of their highly controversial first meeting.

In their first meeting in 2017, Rances Barthelemy and Keryl Relikh fought to a highly disputed decision, that had Barthelemy winning by a wide margin, even thought Relikh almost double him in landed punches.  This would not be the case last night however, as Relikh was well prepared for that scenario to arise again.  Relikh averaged 110 punches per round last night, and Barthelemy had absolutely no answer for his punch output.  Its worth to note that Barthelemy was deducted a point yet again for low blows, which would make it the 4th time in his career that it has happened.  Relikh defeated Barhtelemy by Unanimous Decision, and captured the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title, the very belt that Terence Crawford relinquished when he moved up to welterweight.

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The main event was a banger last night, as Mikey Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets via Unanimous Decision, to capture the IBF Junior Welterweight World title.  The first round was a chess match, as neither fighter was willing to throw very many punches, due to the fact that they wanted to feel out the other guy.  The Lipinets jab proved to be more effective then we thought, but Garcia was able to adjust in the middle rounds and find a home for his right hand.  There were a lot of close rounds in this fight, but then at the end of each one, Garcia would get the upper hand.

In the 7th round, Lipinets seemed to be coming on strong, but made one huge mistake, which led to Garcia pulling away on the scorecards.  Lipinets thew a jab followed by an uppercut, to set up his big left hook.  The problem was, after the right uppercut, Lipinets did not pull his right back quick enough, and left himself wide open up top.  Garcia saw this coming, and nailed him square in the middle of the face with a counter left hook, which caused the first knockdown of Lipinets’ career.  Garcia would finish strong, and after a wild and close 12th round, we went to the scorecards.  All three judges were in favor of Garcia with scores of 117-110/117-110/116-111.  I scored the fight 116-111 as well, and had Garcia winning 8 of the 12 rounds.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night, March 10th 2018, Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KO’s) will be defending his IBF Junior Welterweight title against Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KO’s).  Brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, the fight will take place at The Alamodome in San Antonio Texas, and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 10:15pm ET.  In the co-feature, Rances Barthelemy (26-0, 13 KO’s) and Kiryl Relish (21-2, 19 KO’s) for the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title.  Also on the card, Richard Commey (25-2, 22 KO’s) and Alejandro Luna (22-0, 15 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SERGEY LIPINETS

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-Record:  13 – 0 – 0, 10 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  67″

-Notable Fights

  • Lenny Zappavigna  —  Win, KO 8th round (12), 12/10/16.
  • Akihiro Kondo  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/4/17.  (Won vacant IBF Junior Welterweight title)

 

MIKEY GARCIA

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-Record:  37 – 0 – 0, 30 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight/Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Orlando Salido  —  Win, Tech Decision 9th round (12), 1/19/13.  (Won WBO/TheRing Featherweight titles)
  • 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:

Richard Commey  —  def  —  Alejandro Luna  —  via  —  Decision

Rances Barthelemy  —  def  —  Kiryl Relikh  —  via  —  Decision

Mikey Garcia  —  def  —  Sergey Lipinets  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for caneloSaul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) has tested positive for a banned substance, exactly 2 months before his scheduled rematch with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s).  Golden Boy Promotions quickly released a statement saying that Alvarez has tested positive for Clenbuterol.  The statement read as such:  “As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico.”  Golden Boy has apparently reached out to Glolovkin’s camp as well, informing them of the news.  Canelo has also stated that he will be moving his training camp from Mexico to the United States immediately.

Clenbuterol as originally developed as a bronchodilator for the treatment of asthma symptoms, but is known to increase heart rate, perspiration, and adrenalin.  Clenbuterol can be used in conjunction with anabolic steroids, as well as other performance enhancing drugs such as HGH, for reducing body fat while increasing growth of skeletal muscle.  The drug is highly coveted by bodybuilders, for this unique ability to burn fat while maintaining muscle mass.

Only trace amounts of the drug were found Canelo’s system, and Golden Boy claims its from the meat contamination in Mexico.  But, if Canelo was intentionally taking the drug, the damage has been done.  He has trimmed fat and gained muscle for sure, and could have been taking the drug up until only a week ago, as studies show that Clenbuterol will completely leave the system in 7 days.  So if trace amounts were found, there is no way of telling how long or how much Alvarez has taken, if he was knowingly taking it.  Perhaps Golden Boys statement is true, and it was from the meat contamination in Mexico, but never the less, this story will be closely monitored.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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This Saturday night February 24th 2018, we have an exciting triple header, SuperFly 2, as Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KO’s) defends his WBC Super Flyweight title against Juan Fransisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KO’s).  The vacant Ring Magazine Super Flyweight title will also be on the line.  The fight will take place at The Forum in Inglewood California, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 9:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Artem Dalakian (15-0, 11 KO’s) and Brian Viloria (38-5, 23 KO’s) will go at is for the vacant WBA Flyweight title.  Also on the card, Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KO’s) will take on McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Flyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI

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-Record:  44 – 4 – 1, 40 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Flyweight

-Height:  5′ 3″

-Reach:  63.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Yota Sato  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 5/3/13.  (Won WBC Super Flyweight title)
  • Roman Gonzalez  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 3/18/17.  (Won WBC Super Flyweight title)
  • Roman Gonzalez  —  Win, KO 4th round (12), 9/9/17.

 

JUAN FRANCISCO ESTRADA

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-Record:  36 – 2 – 0, 25 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Flyweight

-Height:  5′ 4″

-Reach:  66″

-Notable Fights

  • Roman Gonzalez  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/17/12.
  • Brian Viloria  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 4/6/13.  (Won WBAunified & WBO Flyweight titles)
  • Carlos Cuadras  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/9/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Carlos Cuadras  —  def  —  McWilliams Arroyo  —  via  —  Decision

Artem Dalakian  —  def  —  Brian Viloria  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai  —  def  —  Juan Fransisco Estrada  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday February 17th 2018, Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KO’s) makes his ring return after an 11 month layoff, as he faces Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise Nevada, and will be live on ShowTime at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KO’s) will defend his WBC Super Middleweight title in a rematch against Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

DANNY GARCIA

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-Record:  33 – 1 – 0, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Amir Khan  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 7/14/12.  (Won TheRing/WBAsuper Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Robert Guerrero  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/23/16.  (Won vacant WBC Welterweight title)
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Split Decision (12), 3/4/17.

 

BRANDON RIOS

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-Record:  34 – 3 – 1, 25 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Miguel Acosta  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 2/26/11.  (Won WBA Lightweight title)
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/24/13.
  • Mike Alvarado #3  —  Win, TKO 3rd round (12), 1/24/15.

 

PREDICTIONS:

David Benavidez  —  def  —  Ronald Gavril  —  via  —  Decision

Danny Garcia  —  def  —  Brandon Rios  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of acton.  Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KO’s) defeated Jonny Tapia (8-2, 3 KO’s) by an 8 round shutout unanimous decision victory.  All the judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Stevenson.  Tapia had no answer for Stevenson’s superior speed and his reach advantage, and just could not get any offense going.  Stevenson stays undefeated and continues to make a name for himself as one of boxings top young prospects.

The co-feature of the evening was not as exciting as everyone thought it would be, until of course it was.  Egidijus Kavaliauskus (19-0, 16 KO’s) defeated David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KO’s) by TKO in the 6th round.  Rounds 1 through 3 were very uneventful in this fight, as both fighters were shy to pull the trigger.  In round 4, Kavaliauskus staggered Avanesyan with a big right hand, but was unable to capitalize on it.  In the 6th however, Kavaliauskus landed another huge right hand through the guard, and Avanesyan was badly hurt.  With no legs under him, and taking a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight in the 6th, as Avanesyan was clearly done.

The main event was an exciting back and forth rumble, as Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) defeated Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KO’s) to finally capture his first world title in boxing.  With the title also comes a green card, which Beltran has been fighting for, so that he could stay with his family in the United States.  The WBO title should all but ensure that for the 36 year old Beltran.  Beltran came out of the gate swinging, and dominated the first round.  The 39 year old  Moses however, found a home for the right hand in the second round, and would continue to land it throughout the middle rounds.  Beltran seemed to take some of the middle rounds off, perhaps saving his energy for later, but came alive with a vengeance in the late stages of the fight.  Beltran dominated the 10th and 11th rounds and he went down to both sides of Moses body, which opened up the head for his devastating left hook.  The final round was a close one, but not enough for Moses to pull out a viceroy.  The final scores were 117-111/117-111/116-112, all in favor for the new WBO Lightweight champion Raymundo “Sugar Ray” Beltran.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE