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Tonight, May 12th 2018, Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) will defend his WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight titles against Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Madison Square Graden in New York City NY, and will be live on ESPN at 8pm ET.  Lomachenko moves up in weight yet again to take on his toughest opponent to date in Linares.  Here is the breakdown & prediction:

JORGE LINARES

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Javier Prieto  —  Win, KO 4th round (12), 12/30/14.  (Won vacant WBC Lightweight title)
  • Anthony Crolla  —  Win, UD (12), 9/24/16.  (Won WBA & vacant TheRing Lightweight titles)
  • Luke Campbell  —  Win, Split Decision (12), 9/23/17.

 

VASYL LOMACHENKO

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-Record:  44 – 3 – 0, 27 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Lightweight/Junior Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  65″

-Notable Fights

  • Gary Russel Jr  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 6/21/14.  (Won vacant WBO Featherweight title)
  • Rocky Martinez  —  Win, KO 5th round (12), 6/11/16.  (Won WBO Junior Lightweight title)
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 12/9/17.

 

PREDICTION:

Vasyl Lomachenko  —  def  —  Jorge Linares  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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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Just announced yesterday, a huge world heavyweight title bout will take place in March.  Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) will take on Luis Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s), as Wilder will defend his WBC World Heavyweight title against the Cuban monster.  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York on March 3rd 2018, and tickets are already on sale.  the co-featured bout has also been announced, as Andre Dirrel (26-2-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Jose Uzkategui (26-2-0, 22 KO’s) for the interim IBF World Super Middleweight title.

Wilder was supposed to fight Ortiz back in November of last year, but Ortiz was ultimalty replaced by Bermane Stiverne due to the fact that Ortiz tested positive for banned substances.  Wilder disposed of Stiverne in the first round with a vicious KO victory, and was clearly upset that Ortiz was not his opponent on that night.  With Anthony Joshua still seemingly ducking Wilder and going in a different direction, Luis Ortiz is the biggest name out there for Wilder to make a statement.  Ortiz is coming off of back to back knockout victories against David Allen (TKO 7) and Daniel Martz (KO 2) respectively, but neither is a household name.

If the undefeated Cuban is able to defeat Wilder, it will be tainted because of the positive test for performance enhancing drugs, but it would be his greatest victory to date.  Ortiz is 38 years old, but is a powerhouse.  He started his professional career late due to problems form defecting from Cuba, but none the less, he is one of the best heavyweights out there.  Ortiz would also be Wilders greatest victory, should he win, as Wilder has been criticized for lack of top tier opponents.  Wilder is not at fault for that however, as all his biggest potential opponents have tested positive for some kind of performance enhancing drug.  Just last year, Wilder was also supposed to fight Alexander Povietkin, but that fell through due to a positive test as well.  If Wilder is victories, Anthony Joshua will have no place left to hide.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for miguel cottoIt was a bitter sweet moment this past Saturday night, when we watched a legend put the gloves on one las time.  We expected a show, and Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KO’s) delivered.  Sadly, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 KO’s), but he went out with a bang, and with class.  Miguel reiterated that even with the loss in what was his final fight, he would not return to the ring, he would stay home and focus on his family.  The sure fire hall of famer looked sad to leave the boxing world in his rear view mirror, but he said said over and over that now it is his turn to be there for his family, just as they have stuck by his side throughout his boxing career.

After a feel out first round for both fighters, things started heating up in the second.  Salam Ali hurt Cotto badly with a right hand and had him on wobbly legs.  Later in the round Ali went down on what looked like a knockdown, but was in fact a slip.  Cotto came back strong in the third, outlander Ali, but still looked a bit bothered by Ali’s hand speed.  Back and forth they would go, as again in the 4th, Ali stunned Cotto with a huge left hook, and had him dazed momentarily.  In the 6th, Cotto turned the tables with a huge right hand of his own, and had Ali trapped in the corner.  Ali would escape the round with a brilliant left hook counter, that got Cotto out of his face.

Cotto also had a huge 7th round, but in the 8th, things would start to turn in Ali’s favor.  For some reason, Cotto stopped throwing in the 8th round.  We would later learn that Cotto tore his left bicep, and it sure looked that way after the fight.  The bicep curled up and looked ads if it was in the wrong place on his arm.  Without the left arm at his disposal, Cotto lost his money much, which is his left hook.  In the 10th, Ali hurt Cotto again with a big left hook, and Cotto spent the rest of the round running.  Ali, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency in a close fight, came out guns blazing in the 11th, showing lightning quick combinations.

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In the final round of Cotto’s career, Ali’s speed would prove to be too much against the wounded veteran.  The 12th round was a toss up, and if given to Cotto, the fight would have ended in a draw.  Cotto did outland Ali in the final frame, but Ali landed the more meaningful punches, and just looked better in general.  The final scores were as follows:  Julie Lederman had it 115-113 (Ali), Eric Marlinski had it 116-112 (Ali), and Steve Weisfeld had it 115-113 (Ali).  The final push stats read as follows:  Cotto landed 163 of 536 (30%) while Ali landed 139 f 647 (21%).  The difference in the fight was the power punches.  Ali landed 122 of 373 (33%), while Cotto landed 108 of 322 (34%).  Ali was the busier fighter and he got the nod.  This could have easily been a draw, as the final round was a 50-50 call.  Never the less, the legend went out with a bang, and we thank him for that.  Salam Ali becomes the new WBO Junior Middleweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night October 14th 2017, Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KO’s) will defend his WBAsuper World Junior Middleweight title against the undefeated Terrell Gausha (19-0, 9 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY, and will be live on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo (29-0, 14 KO’s) will defend his WBC Junior Middleweight title against undefeated top prospect Ericskson Lubin (18-0, 13 KO’s).  Also on the card, Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (20-0, 14 KO’s) will defend his IBF Junior Middleweight title against Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Erislandy Lara Tale of The Tape Terrell Gausha
24 Wins 19
2 Lost 0
14 KOs 9
2 Draws 0
28 Total Fights 19
50% KO% 47%
5’9″ Height 5’10”
75″ Reach 71″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Cuba Nationality Cleveland, Ohio, USA
April 11th, 1983 Date of Birth September 9th 1987

 

Predictions:

Jarrett Hurd  —  def  —  Austin Trout  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Erickson Lubin  —  def  —  Jermell Charlo  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Erislandy Lara  —  def  —  Terrell Gausha  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight Saturday March 11th 2017, David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KO’s) will take on Curtis Stevens (29-5, 21 KO’s) for the NABO Middleweight title.  The fight will take place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona NY, and will be Live on HBO Boxing at 11pm ET.  In the co-feature, Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KO’s) will be back in action as he takes on Rene Alvarado (24-7, 16 KO’s) in a 10 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Curtis Stevens Tale of The Tape David Lemieux
29 Wins 36
5 Lost 3
21 KOs 32
0 Draws 0
34 Total Fights 39
62% KO% 82%
5’7″ Height 5’9″
71″ Reach 70″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Brownsville, New York, USA Nationality Montreal, Quebec, Canada
March 10th, 1985 Date of Birth December 12th, 1988

 

Predictions:

Yuriorkis Gamboa  —  def  —  Rene Alvarado  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

David Lemieux  —  def  —  Curtis Stevens  —  via  —  KO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE