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Image result for canelo alvarezThroughout the history of Boxing, the man they call the “Money Fighter” has gotten away with murder, both inside and outside of the ring.  The term “Money Fighter” can best be defined as, the fighter that is the main attraction in the sport at the moment.  They fighter that grosses the most money because the fans adore him.  one of the biggest examples of a money fighter getting away with things outside of the ring would probably be Mohamed Ali.  Yes Ali did a lot of great things in his life, such as contributing to society with awareness about racial injustice and things of that sort.  But Ali also did a lot of things that were questionable, but people loved him so it flew under the radar.  Another example would be Mike Tyson.  We all love “Iron Mike” but we also know that Mike has a very checkered past, and the second chances he got were endless.  Why??  Simply because he made the sport of boxing a ton of money, and was one of the most exciting fighters to watch in the ring of all time.

This decades money fighter will unfortunately be Canelo Alvarez.  Putting aside Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao of course, because they are at the ends of their careers.  Canelo Alvarez’s outside of the ring life was semmigly normal, until this year, when he got busted for Clenbuterol.  Alvarez and Oscar de La Hoya insisted that the positive test was due to the problems of tainted meat in Mexico, which actually is a real problem.  There have been several fighters from Mexico last year and this year that tested positive for the banned substance, but never a fighter of Canelo’s magnitude.  Lets say that he unknowingly ingested the drug.  How stupid is he for not training in America?  He’s got the money to do it, and he’s got an A+ team around him.  Did they really not realize this could happen?  The answer is quite simple.  He knew what he was doing, and he did knowingly take Clenbuterol.  How could he not know?  He also knew that the punishment for him would be a slap on the wrist, compared to other fighters not of his stature.

For those who don’t know, Clenbuterol is a banned substance, that allows you to burn fat without losing any muscle mass, and it boosts your energy levels at the same time.  It can also be used as a masking agent for other performance enhancing drug and steroids.  It was a genius plan if you ask me.  He got shredded, upped his energy, and had almost a year to prepare for his rematch against the aging Gennady Golovkin because of the 6 month suspension he had to serve for the positive test.  There was no appeal!!!  That should tell you everything you need to know on the matter.

Everyone loves Canelo.  Thats not an opinion, thats a fact.  Because of this, he has also gotten away with murder in the ring.  Canelo Alvarez is 50-1-2 (34 KO’s), but the fact of the matter is, his real record should be 47-4-3 (34 KO’s).  Canelo fought to a draw with Austin Trout (got the win on paper), he was beaten by Erislandy Lara (got the win on paper), and he was beaten twice by Gennady Golovkin (got a draw and a win).  For christ sake, when Canelo fought Mayweather, one judge scored it a draw.  Mayweather won 10-11 rounds of that fight!  Golovkin outlanded Canelo in both of their fights, and doesn’t have a win to show for it.  So the 47 wins that Canelo actually does have, were against outclassed opposition.  Every time he fights a top fighter, he losses or draws, but some how, some way, gets the win.  Its a sad truth of boxing unfortunately.  And it will continue to be a sad truth.  But Canelo will keep on ticking, because he is a fan favorite, which makes a ton of money for the sport.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Image result for canelo vs ggg 2This past Saturday night, September 15th 2018, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KO’s) somehow escaped with the victory, as he defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KO’s) via majority decision to become the new WBA/WBC/Ring Middleweight Champion.  The night started off with the return of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KO’s) as he easily defeated Moises Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KO’s) via KO in the 5th round.  Gonzalez mauled Fuentes for 5 rounds, and finally in the fifth, recorded the knockout.  Fuentes was completely overmatched with skill, speed and power, and Gonzalez imposed his will for nearly 5 rounds.

The second fight of the evening was a very short one.  David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KO’s) put himself back in the title hunt as he defeat Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (28-3, 20 KO’s) with a vicious KO in the very first round.  There wasn’t much to say about this one, except Spike O’Sullivan just could not take Lemieux’s power, and he was disposed of quickly.  In the 3rd battle of the evening, Jaime Mungia (30-0, 25 KO’s) defeated Brandon Cook (20-2, 13 KO’s) in another quick one, as he stopped Cook in the third round of their fight.  Mungia successfully defended his new WBO Junior Middleweight title, and will no doubt be looking for the biggest fight possible, even though he is still only 21 years of age.

The main event was yet another disappointment for Gennady Golovkin, as he fought hard once again against Canelo Alvarez, and even though the final punch stats were in his favor again, he does not get the victory for the second straight fight.  Both fighters started off cautious in the 1st round, trying to find their range and gauge their opponent. The first 4 rounds were very hard to score and pretty even by anyones standards.  Golovkin would take over the fight in the middle rounds, as Canelo seemed to fade a bit.  Golovkin landed a few vicious right hands that seemed to bother Canelo, but again it wouldn’t be enough to convince the judges he won.  GGG had a great round 10 and 11, but Canelo came on strong in the 12th.  The final scores were 114-114 (Feldman), 115-113 (Moretti) in favor of Canelo, and 115-113 (Weisfeld) in favor of Canelo.  I score the fight 115-113 for Golovkin.  I feel compelled to note that just as in the first fight which was a draw, Golovkin outlanded Canelo by a pretty healthy margin in this fight as well, but he comes away with a draw and now a loss.  Never the less, Alvarez is now the unified WBA/WBC/TheRing middleweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday May 5th 2018, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) will defend his WBAsuper & WBC World Middleweight titles against Vanes Martirosyan (36-3-1, 21 KO’s).  Golovkin was originally supposed to rematch with Canelo Alvarez, but due to the positive Clenbuterol test, Alvarez has been suspended form boxing for 6 months.  The fight will take place at the Stub Hub Center in Carson California, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 11pm ET.  In the co-feature, Cecilia Braekhus (32-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Kali Reis (13-6-1, 4 KO’s) in a 10 round Womans Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & Predictions:

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  37 – 0 – 1, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Martin Murray  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 2/21/15.
  • David Lemieux  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.  (Won IBF Middleweight title)
  • Canelo Alvarez  —  “Draw”, Split Decision (12), 9/16/17.

 

VANES MARTIROSYAN

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-Record:  36 – 3 – 1, 21 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Erislandy Lara  —  Draw, Tech Decision 9th (12), 11/10/12.
  • Demetrius Andrade  —  Loss, Split Decision (12), 10/9/13.
  • Jermell Charlo  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (10), 3/28/15.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Cecilia Braekhus  —  def  —  Kali Reis  —  via  —  Decision

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Vanes Martirosyan  —  via  —  KO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday April 28th 2018, we have inciting night of boxing ahead of us.  Daniel Jacobs (33-2, 29 KO’s) will take on Maceij  Sulecki (26-0, 10 KO’s) in a 12 round Middleweight bout, for a future shot at Gennady Golovkin.  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, the Heavyweight division will add another interesting chapter tonight when Jarrel “Big Baby” Miller (20-0-1, 18 KO’s) takes on Jonas Duhaupus (37-4, 24 KO’s) in a 12 round bout.  Also on the card, Victoria Bustos (18-4, 0 KO’s) and Katie Taylor (8-0, 4 KO’s) will go at it for the IBF & WBA Womans Lightweight titles.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Daniel Jacobs Tale of The Tape Maciej Sulecki
33 Wins 26
2 Losses 0
29 KOs 10
0 Draws 0
35 Total Fights 26
83% KO% 38%
6’1″ Height 6’1″
74″ Reach 68″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Brooklyn, New York, USA Nationality Warsaw, Poland
February 3rd, 1987 Date of Birth May 2nd 1989

 

-PREDICTIONS:

Katie Taylor  —  def  —  Victoria Bustos  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Jarrel Miller  —  def  —  Jonas Duhaupus  —  via  —  KO 6th round

Daniel Jacobs  —  def  —  Maceij Sulecki  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for caneloThere has been some breaking news in the ongoing Canelo VS GGG saga.  Canelo Alvarez has been temporarily suspended by the Nevada Athletic commission, for testing positive twice for performance enhancing drug Clenbuterol.  Canelo Alvarez is currently scheduled to have a rematch against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on May 5th 2018, which is now in a bit of jeopardy.  Canelo’s positive test for PED clenbuterol was blamed on tainted meat in Mexico, which apparently is a problem over there.  Had Canelo been smarter and trained in the US, this all could have been avoided, unless of course he was knowingly taking the drug.  Clenbuterol is widely known for burning fat quickly while maintaining muscle mass, which is a boxers dream.

The Nevada Athletic commission will reconvene on April 10th 2018, where Canelo will be given the chance to appeal.  The fact that Alvarez is a huge money maker in the sport will definitely help his cause, but a final verdict is yet to come.  Apparently, the levels on Clenbuterol found in Canelo’s blood, are on par with the theory that he ate tainted meat but, Clenbuterol only take 7 days to completely leave the body.  That short period can suggest that the star was wangling taking the drug, and just stopped at some point before the testing.  The investigation is ongoing, ad updates will be available as soon as possible.

 

-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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The first meeting ended in a controversial draw.  What will their second meeting bring, as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) will go at it once again on May 5th 2018.  The only reason why we will actually get to see a rematch between these two, is because Golovkin was robbed out of a victory by judge Adelaide Byrd, who only had him winning 2 out of the 12 rounds.  What she was looking at is still yet to be determined, but I personally think she was looking more at the numbers of a bribe then the actual fight.  Most people had GGG winning 7 of 12 or 8 of 12 rounds, which should have put the score somewhere around 115-113 or 116-112 in favor of Golovkin.  Adelaide Byrd had a score of 118-110 in favor of Canelo, which is absolutely absurd if you were actually watching the fight.  Unfortunately for true boxing fans, Adelaide Byrd was more concerned with the balance of her checking account going up, rather then giving a correct scorecard.

With a controversial ending to the first fight, the rematch is worth even more money then the original, which mostly benefits the fighter that appeared to lose the first meeting.  The rematch is great for Canelo, Oscar De La Hoya, and Golden Boy promotions.  It unfortunately does not benefit Golovkin at all.  Yes he will get a huge check, but he is a year older.  His undefeated record is in jeopardy, and he could potentially lose 3 championship belts.  Golovkin is now 35 years old, and logic says that he is nearing the end of his professional boxing career.  Canelo is 27 years of age, which means he is just entering his prime.  Canelo is a great fighter, there is no doubt, but he lost the first fight and was lucky to come out of it with a draw and not an official loss.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez stated the other day that if GGG doesn’t knock Canelo out, he won’t win.  Meaning he was implying that Golovkin would get screwed out of a victory yet again.  Unless Golovkin or Canelo knocks out the other fighter, this rematch won’t really settle anything, and I believe the promotors would push for a third fight in what would become a trilogy.  That would make GGG another year older and the sure underdog, when he should have just won the first fight.  The venue is yet to be determined, but the fight will be live on HBO PPV and air at 8pm ET.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE