Posts Tagged ‘#NABF’

1.  Roman Gonzalez                 46 – 0 – 0 (38 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Nicaragua

2.  Andre Ward                        31 – 0 – 0 (15 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 U.S.A.

3.  Gennady Golovkin               36 – 0 – 0 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

4.  Sergey Kovalev                    31 – 1 – 0 (26 KO’s)               Light Heavyweight                 Russia

5.  Terence Crawford                29 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)               Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

6.  Vasyl Lomachenko               7 – 1 – 0 (5 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

7.  Saul Alvarez                       48 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)                 Middleweight                       Mexico

8.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 -0 -0 (11 KO’s)                  Junior Featherweight             Cuba

9.  Naoya Inoue                      11 – 0 – 0 (9 KO’s)                 Junior Bantamweight             Japan

10. Carl Frampton                    23 – 0 – 0 (14 KO’s)               Featherweight                       U.K.

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Tomorrow night June 20th 2015, will be a huge night inside the squared circle.  Three separate events will be coming your way starting with Shawn Porter VS Adrien Broner on NBC at 8:30 PM ET, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada.  At 9 PM ET on BET, it will be the return of Andre Ward as he takes on Paul Smith, coming to you form Oakland California.  And last but not least, in what could be the most exciting fight of the evening, Fox Sports 2 will bring to you David Lemieux VS Hassan N’Dam at 10 PM ET form the Belle Centre in Montreal Quebec Candada.  Here is a list of all the fight cards, and of course my predictions:

WARD VS SMITH

Main Event:

Andre Ward VS Paul Smith

(WBAsuper World Super Middleweight Championship)

Co-feature:

Antonio Nieves VS Shephon Young

Undercard:

Jonathan Alcantara VS Daniel Franco

Predictions:

  • Daniel Franco  —  def  — Jonathan Alcantara  —  via  —  TKO 3rd round
  • Antonio Nieves  —  def  —  Stephon Young  —  via  —  unanimous decision 10 rounds
  • Andre Ward  —  def  —  Paul Smith  —  via  —  unanimous decsiond 12 rounds

PORTER VS BRONER

Main Event:

Shawn Porter VS Adrien Broner

Co-feature:

Phil Lo Greco Vs Errol Spence Jr

Predictions:

  • Adrien Broner  —  def  —  Shawn Porter  —  via  —  unanimous decision 12 rounds
  • Errol Spence Jr  —  def  —  Phil Lo Greco  —  via  —  KO 7th round

LEMIEUX VS N’DAM

Main Event:

David Lemieux VS Hassan N’Dam

(vacant IBF Middleweight championship)

Co-feature:

Jerry Belmontes VS Dierry Jean

(NABF Lightweight Championship)

Undercard:

Schiller Hyppolite VS Kevin Thomas Cojean

Jaime Herrera VS Steven Butler

Predictions:

  • Steven Butler  —  def  —  Jaime Herrera  —  via  —  TKO 5th round
  • Schiller Hyppolite  —  def  —  Kevin Thomas  —  unanmimous decision
  • Dierry Jean  —  def  —  Jerry Belmontes  —  via  —  KO 9th round
  • David Lemieux  —  def  —  Hassan N’Dam  —  TKO 10th round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Can the “Krusher” be stopped?  Jean Pascal sure tried his best to do so, but the undefeated record will stay in tact, and all of his titles are not going anywhere.  Kovalev is the current WBAsuper, WBO, and IBF Light Heavyweight champion, and he put it all on the line on saturday night against Pascal.  In the beginning of the fight, Kovalev was walking Pascal down and landing bombs along with a nice jab, keeping Pascal at bay.

Pascal got wise to Kovalevs’ strategy in the middle rounds and started to look better.  He actually landed a few bombs of his own, and even managed to stagger Kovalev a few times.  There is no doubt that Pascal gave Kovalev his toughest test to date, as Bernard Hopkins watched from ringside.  In the 8th round, Kovalev rocked Pascal into to corner and Pascal was not able to recover.  After getting back to his feet, Pascal still looked dazed and Kovalev was ready to move in for the kill.  He rocked Pascal with another huge right hand followed by a left, and the contest was called to a halt.  Some say it was premature, and Pascal would agree, but if you watched closely, he had no legs and would have been knocked down again.

With Adonis Stevenson bolting to Showtime and making a living off of fighting nobodies, Kovalev and Pascal decided to fight each other.  Stevenson refused lucrative deals to fight both fighters last year, and some say thats the reason he’s still the lineal champ of the division.  There was rumors flying around a few months ago, that the WBC would force Stevenson to fight the winner of this fight, but lets not hold our breath on that one.  So whats next for Pascal?  I think even with this loss, he will continue to fight top 10 Light heavyweights, and possibly win 1 more world title.  As for Kovalev, well who really knows, because how many can say that they really want to fight him.  The boxing commissions and organizations really should step in and force a fight between Sergey Kovalev and Adonis Stevenson.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

This Saturday, March 14th of 2015, live on HBO at 9:45 ET time, tune in to see Sergey Kovalev put his WBA(super) WBO and IBF Light Heavyweight titles on the line against hungry challenger Jean Pascal.  Kovalevs has been on a tear thru the light heavyweight division.  That includes the KO of Cedric Agnew, the TKO of Blake Capperello, and the UD total destruction of the legendary Bernanrd Hopkins, one must raise the question.  Can anyone beat this man?

Kovalev now finds himself a formidable opponent.  Pascal will be his toughest test, besides Bernard Hopkins of course.  Pascal lost to Hopkins via UD back on May the 21st of 2011, but has since resurrected his career with a few nice victories.  The one that really made him a Light Heavyweight player again and got him back to career making fights, was his UD victory over Lucian Bute in January of 2014.  Pascal is hungry again, and now has Roy Jones in his corner.  This should be a tremendous matchup between two of the best in the division.  So without further ado, this is how both fighters break down:

SERGEY KOVALEV

-Record:  26 – 0 – 1 (23 KO’s)

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights:

  • Nathan Cleverly – Win, TKO 4th round, 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight Title)
  • Blake Caparello – Win, TKO 2nd round, 8/2/14.  (Retained WBO Light Heavyweight Title)
  • Bernard Hopkins – Win, UD 12 rounds, 11/8/14.  (Retained WBO, won WBAsuper, IBF Light Heavyweight titles)

Sergey Kovalev brings 3 titles to the table along with an undefeated record.  He has mowed down everyone that was put in front of him, including a future hall of famer.  Everyones though process was that Kovalev is a dangerous knockout artist that disposes of his foes quickly.  Against Hopkins he proved that he is also a very skilled boxer that can go the distance, and also possesses a very high ring intelligence.  Is another win looming for the “Krusher”?

JEAN PASCAL

-Record:  29 – 2 – 1, 1NC (17 KO’s)

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights:

  • Chad Dawson – Win, TKO 11th round, 8/14/10.  (Retained WBC, won TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Bernard Hopkins #1 – Draw, SD 12 rounds, 12/18/10.  (Retained WBC, TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Lucian Bute – Win, UD 12 rounds, 1/18/14.  (Won NABF Light Heavyweight Title)

Jean Pascal is a former WBC world champion.  He is the current NABF champion (minor title).  He’s got the credentials, but does he have the chin to withstand Kovalevs’ power?  Pascal was beaten in the rematch against Hopkins.  Most people go nowhere quickly after fighting Bernard.  He destroys you mentally.  Pascal came back from that and eventually got the biggest win of his career against Lucian Bute.  He is mentally tough, and he’s got decent power in both hands to go along with boxing skill.  He gets the opportunity of a lifetime against Kovalev, with a chance to win not 1, not 2, but 3 championships.  That kind of day doesn’t come along very often.  Can he do it?

Prediction:  Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Jean Pascal  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Prediction:  Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Jean Pascal  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

It was a night to remember on HBO Boxing After Dark, with the NABF Middleweight championship on the line.  David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KO’s) VS Gabe Rosado (21-9, 1NC, 13KO’S), most certainly did not disappoint.  It was an all out war, just as predicted, with Gabriel Rosado coming out on the short end of it.

David Lemiuex is simply just too much to handle.  His overhand right is an absolutely devastating punch that few fighters can handle.  The best part about it, is that it sets up his left hook which is not a frequent punch for David, but equally devastating.  After an early knockdown, Rosado seemingly weathered the storm, and when he got busy, or should i say desperate, he didn’t look half bad.  Unfortunately, Rosado’s problematic eye would not hold up again.  Lemueix continued to pepper Rosado’s left eye with thunderous overhand rights, and regularly stagger him with his vicious left hook.

Towards the middle rounds, Rosado seemed to have found something that actually worked for him, as he hit Lemieux with a couple of very impressive combinations.  Unfortunately, they were too few and far between to make any kind of significant impact on Lemieux.  David looked a little sluggish in the middle rounds, but proceeded to regain his stamina, and cut the tree down with hellacious body shots.  These body shots set up the upstairs beautifully, and ultimately after being checked buy doctors on numerous occasions, Rosado’s left eye would not hold up.  The ringside doctor had to stop the fight to protect Rosado’s health, as there was simply no chance for him to win on the scorecards.  It goes as a TKO victory in round 10 for the awesome David Lemieux.  if he can improve on his defense, the sky is the limit for this kid.

The left eye of Gabriel Rosado has been very problematic for him in recent fights, and has cost him victories.  Yes he’s fun to watch.  Yes, he doesn’t quit.  Yes, I would love to see him in the ring again.  But at what cost?  Eventually, he’s going to have to sit down and really think about his future in boxing.  His eye is done.  This will happen every time, and it would be an absolute shame to see him mess up his vision because of it.  Rosado is a fan favorite everywhere he goes, but is it worth it anymore?

Thomas Delorme Defeats Hank Lundy

What is wrong with Thomas Delorme?  The once “can’t miss” prospect, seemingly fights scared every time someone hits him hard.  He’s got all the physical tools to be a great boxer, but where is the mental toughness?  After a first round knockdown on a right hand to Luny’s temple, Delorme seemingly had everything in control, as he was wining the early rounds and pulling away on the scorecards.  After the 5th, Lundy’s trainer got in his face and basically said, what the heck are you doing out there.  Lundy responded well, and got into Delorme’s head and pretty much won most of the rounds in the second half.  At one point he even started barking like a dog at Dulorme, which really got into his head.  Lundy imposed his will in the second half, and in my eyes, the 1st round knockdown made the difference in the decision.  Delorme escapes with the victory, but also with shattered confidence.

Centeno Crushes De La Rosa

This fight started just like the first, with a knockdown in the opening round and Centeno standing tall.  He looked great in the second round as well.  He was clearly much sharper and quicker then De La Rosa.  Centeno then gave away rounds 3 and 4, but they were close.  In the fifth, Centeno seemingly switched to southpaw for a brief second and clocked De La Rosa with a shotgun like overhand left.  De La Rosa looked like he would hold up for a second, and then fell flat on his face without holding out his gloves to break the fall.  He was clearly done, and the referee was totally justified with waving it off, as he didn’t even attempt a 10 count.  This was shades of the Sergio Martinez KO of Paul Williams, and worth watching again On Demand!

-David

DAVID LEMIEUX:

  • Record:  32-2, 30KO;s
  • Weight Class:  Middleweight
  • Notable Fights:  Marco Antonio Rubio (Loss, TKO 7RD, 4/8/11).  Fernando Guerrero (Win, KO 3RD, 5/24/14)

david lemieux  photo

GABRIEL ROSADO:

  • Record:  21-8, 1NC, 13KO’s
  • Weight Class:  Middleweight
  • Notable Fights:  Jesus Soto Karas (Win, TKO 5RD, 1/21/12).  Gennady Golovkin (Loss, TKO 7RD, 1/19/13)

Gabriel Rosado VS David Lemieux will most certainly be a candidate for fight of the year.  These two smash mouth warriors will got at it tonight on HBO.  This is a can’t miss fight for the boxing fan because it will be full of fireworks and knockdowns.  Both fighters are offensive oriented, and neither is a defensive master.  Lemieux if an offensive machine who will knock your head off given the first opportunity.  He is coming off of and incredible 3rd round KO victory against Fernando Guerrero, and will be looking to do the same tonight.  On the other hand, Gabriel Rosado can take punishment like I’ve never seen before.  Only person that compares is Tim Bradley.  If you want proof, watch Golovkin VS Rosado.  Rosado is a boxer, but don’t take him lightly, as he has power and can definitely brawl.

Prediction:  Rosado can box, he can brawl, and he doesn’t know when or how to quit.  He’s got the heart of a champion, and will give Lemieux everything he has.  Unfortunately, it won’t be enough.  David Lemieux is way to strong for this weight class and he’s very hungry.  This fight will not go the scheduled 12 rounds, it will end in stoppage.

David Lemieux def. Gabe Rosado via TKO 7th round

-David