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Image result for lomachenko vs linaresLast night on ESPN Boxing we had a real treat, as Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KO’s) via 10th round TKO to become the WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight Champion.  Lomachenko made history last night, becoming the fastest fighter ever to win a title in a third weight division.  It took Oscar De La Hoya 22 fights to do so, Mayweather did it in his 35th fight, and Manny Pacquiao in his 41st.  Lomachenko has set a new record that I seriously doubt will ever be broken.  With last nights victory, Loma might have just cemented himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, as he defeated his biggest test to date.  Although I believe that Terence Crawford is the actual #1, Loma has definitely moved past him on at least some pound for pound lists.

The first round was a feeler just as expected, as both men seemed to really respect each others ring skills.  Linares had a great second round, as perhaps with the move up in weight, Lomachenko was being a bit more cautious.  Rounds 3 and 4 were also pretty close, but Lomachenko got more comfortable and started opening up bit.  Even though the hand speed of both fighters was very close, Loma’s reflexes defensively were a lot quicker then those of Linares.  Realizing this, Lomachenko got a bit careless, and then something happened that we were all shocked to see.  The overly confident Lomachenko walked right in to a perfectly timed straight right hand from Linares, and was dropped on his back side in the fifth round.  A stunning turn of events, as the arguable #1 fighter in the world was dropped for the first time in his career.  The knockdown did come close to the end of the round though.  Loma looked slightly jelly-legged when he got up, but recovered quickly and the fight moved on.

Linares, gaining confidence, looked great in the next 2 rounds, and he edged both out on my scorecard.  At that point, in the 8th, Lomachenko perhaps feeling a slight sense of urgency, turned on the jets, and went to that level of skilled boxing that only he can go to.  In the 9th round, it was more of the same, a pretty close round, but Loma started peppering Linares with little combinations as he often does.

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At the beginning of the 10th round, Linares was looking good, as he was still flashing great hand speed late in the fight, and actually connected on a few shots in the beginning of the round.  Towards the middle of the round, Loma would once again step in to that gear that only he can, and started knocking Linares’ head around with great combinations.  Linares put his hands high in a peek-a-boo guard, and thats when the damage really happened.  Linares, with his hands high, totally exposed his rib cage, and Lomachenko landed a devastating sweeping left right to the liver, which sent Linares down to the canvas writhing in pain.  Linares would get up at the count of 9, but the grimace on his face from the body shot told the referee that he was in too much pain from the punch, and the fight was stopped right there.  Lomachenko is now a 3 division world champion, and continues to be on top of the boxing world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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 September 16th 2017, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s) will take on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) for the Unified Middleweight title.  Golovkin will defend his WBA & IBF Middleweight titles, while Alvarez will defend his TheRing Middleweight title.  The fight will take place at the T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 8pm ET.  In the co-feature, Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Randy Caballero (24-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Bantamweight bout.  Also on the card, Jesus Rojas (25-1-1, 17 KO’s) will go at it with Claudio Marrero (22-1, 16 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout, and Roberto Ortiz (31-1-2, 26 KO’s) will take on Antonio Orozco (26-0, 17 KO’s) in a 10 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ

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-Record:  49 – 1 – 1, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  71

-Notable Fights

  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Miguel Cotto  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/21/15.  (Won lineal/TheRing/WBC Middleweight titles)
  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/6/17.

 

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  37 – 0 – 0, 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)
  • Daniel Jacobs  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/18/17.

 

Predictions:

Antonio Orozco  —  def  —  Roberto Ortiz  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Claudio Marrero  —  def  —  Jesus Rojas  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Diego De La Hoya  —  def  —  Randy Caballero  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Canelo Alvarez  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

 

 

Image result for vargas vs bercheltLast night on HBO Boxing After Dark, we were all lucky to see two wars happen, as Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 24 KO’s) defeated Miguel Roman (56-12, 43 KO’s), and Miguel Berchelt (31-1, 28 KO’s) made a name for himself by upsetting the previously undefeated Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KO’s).  Both fights were absolute wars, but very different from each other.  Both fights will have a chance to be Fight-of-the-year candidates for sure, and both fights definitely shortened the careers of all 4 participants.

Miura and Roman both known for their offense and definitely not their defense, did not disappoint.  Miura seemed to have the advantage in the first few rounds, as he was more active and accurate.  Towards the middle of the fight, Miguel Roman almost took the fight over with his combinations, and staying busier then Miura.  Miura looked spent by the 7th round, and was even asked by his trainer if he wanted to continue.  The never say die Miura of course would not quit, but knowing that he was spent, he believed he needed a KO.  Loading up with every punch, Miura finally caught Roman with one of the most vicious body shots i have ever seen, and put him down in the 10th round.  He would put Roman down in the 11th as well, and still feeling the effects of that body shot, Roman would go down for good in the 12th from another flurry of punches.

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In the main event, we saw another banger, as Miguel Berchelt stepped up to the challenge, and defeated Francisco Vargas.  Vargas looked good in the first few rounds, but Berchelt was game to weather the early storm, and apparently trust his conditioning to go into deeper waters.  For someone that has never been past 6 rounds in his career, he looked great in the second half of the fight.  They would clash heads several times, and a very deep and wide cut would open up above Vargas’ left eye.  Berchelt Capitalized on this opportunity, and began to pepper Vargas with huge shots.  Vargas, with all the heart in the world, continued to fight, but by the 9th round, Berchelt took a commanding lead on the scorecards.  Perhaps it was due to the fact that Vargas had blood in his eye for pretty much half the fight and coildnt see the punches coming on his left side, but Berchelt was beating o him pretty good.  With no chance to win, the referee stopped the fight in the 11th round, and saved Francisco Vargas from himself.  It was apparent that neither man would go down, and the only thing that could have happened is that Vargas would just sustain more and perhaps permanent damage to his eye.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Well, Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) has finally caved, telling ESPN’s Steven A Smith that he would come down to 155 pounds for a megafight that he more then deserves.  The only thing is, its not to fight who you think.  According to Steven A Smith, who claims to be close to Golovkin, and has spoken to him a lot lately, GGG told him that he would come down to 155 pound, but only to fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather (49-0, 26 KO’s).  With Floyd recently hinting a comeback last Saturday night on the Jack VS Bute card, it poses an interesting scenario.  Mayweather went on to say that he would possibly come back to ShowTime for 1 more fight.  His demands were a 9 figure payday, and a championship fight.  Against a huge name like Golovkin, who is currently ranked #3 on TheRing Magazine’s pound-for-pound list, a 9 figure payday would probably be very easy to cone by.  Golovkin is also the IBF & WBA Middleweight champion, so if it happened, it would be a championship fight.  Is Floyd hinting at a potential showdown with Golovkin to try for win #50?

I highly doubt that Mayweather would take the risk of fighting GGG, who is arguably the best fighter in the world though.  When Mayweather won the Junior Middleweight title from Oscar De La Hoya, he was barely able to bulk up to 154 pounds.  Mayweather has spent most of his career at Welterweight (147 pounds), so I highly doubt Mayweather would take the risk of fighting someone with tremendous skills and that much bigger then him.  One thing GGG said he would definitely not do, is drop to 155 pounds to fight Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s), who is the Lineal/TheRing/WBC Middleweight champion.  Canelo has created his own division, and Golovkin is not down with that.  Golovkin emphatically stated that Canelo is the Middleweight Champion.  He should fight at 160 pounds, which is the limit for Middleweights.  Canelo has been ordered by the WBC to fight Golovkin by the end of this year, or he will be stripped of the WBC Middleweight title.  All signs point to that happening, because i highly doubt Alvarez wants any pert of GGG!!!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE