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The future looks bright for the sport of boxing, and in my opinion, the pound-for-pound list has more talent on it now, then it did even a mere 2 years ago.  So i thought to myself, if 2 years can make such a big difference, what will the pound-for-pound list look like 2 years from now in 2020.  Well, it will definitely look very interesting for sure, with superstars moving up in weight class, and the constant resurgence of the Heavyweights.  One heavyweight will actually make my list, even thought its kind of heard the believe.  Now that 2 spots on the list are opened, and aren’t being taken up by dead weight (Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao) we have many opportunities for other fighters to earn a spot on the list.

Lets face it, Mayweather was no longer a boxer towards the end of his career, he was more of a sports entertainer.  Pacquiao stayed on the list for so long due to respect, and all the difficult fights he had on his resume.  So without further ado, here is what I believe the pound for pound list will look like in 2 years, in the year 2020, going backwards from #10 to #1 along with their projected records:

10.  DEONTAY WILDER                                (projected record:  44 – 0 – 0, 42 KO’s)          

—  I was on the fence about putting a heavyweight on here, but Wilder will defeat Anthony Joshua in 2018 or 2019.  As for the rest of the Heavyweights, Wilder will keep blowing through them, and has a real chance at finishing his career with an undefeated record, due to being in a division with a lack of premier talent.

9.  SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI                    (projected record:  48 – 4 – 1, 42 KO’s)       

—  Even thought this is a low weight class, and punches are thrown by the dozens at a time, I still don’t see anyone matching this guys output.  If he can KO Roman Gonzalez, he can KO everyone in the division.  There are a few good fighters here, but no elite ones.  I don’t see him moving up in weight either, so Sor Rungvisai is safe of this list.

8.  OSCAR VALDEZ                                         (projected record:  27 – 0 – 0, 21 KO’s)

—   This guy is the truth.  There are doubters on him, but I’m completely sold.  He just got in the ring with his toughest opponent to date, fought 5 rounds with a broken jaw, and won.  Not only did he win, he made it look easier then it was.  Valdez will keep climbing this list as other get older.

7.  SAUL ‘CANELO’ ALVAREZ                         (projected record:  51 – 2 – 2, 35 KO’s)

—  Win or lose against GGG in their rematch, Canelo stays on the list because he will have over 50 wins by age 30.  That is simply unheard of these days, and he can beat anyone at 154 or 160 thats not named Gennady Golovkin.  GGG also retires by this point.

6.  DMITRY BIVOL                                          (projected record:  17 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s)

—  His nickname should be “Poised.”  This guy is a student of the game if we’ve ever seen one.  Power and skills, with an extensive amateur pedigree.  He’s Russian, thats all that needs to be said.  Light Heavyweight is his!

5.  MIKEY GARCIA                                          (projected record:  41 – 0 – 1, 31 KO’s)

—  Mikey drops slightly on the list but is still on it.  He drops due to the fact that he’s always moving around in weight, while fighting the best possible opponents.  I don’t think he will, but he could possibly take a loss somewhere along the way, simply because he’s just too damn brave.  He also drops slightly by default, as other younger studs start moving up.  He is safe on the list though.

4.  ERROL SPENCE JR                                     (projected record:  26 – 1 – 0, 22 KO’s)

—  Spence would be #2 on this list if it wasn’t for his eventual disputed loss to Terence Crawford.  Whether it happens by 2020 or not, Crawford is arguably the best in the world, but Spence will defeat all other big names at Welterweight.

3.  NAOYA INOUE                                             (projected record:  19 – 0 – 0, 17 KO’s)

—  This guy is a monster.  Lomachenko keeps moving up further in weight, so unfortunalty I don’t see Loma VS Inoue happening.  Inoue can not only beat, but KO anyone in or around his eight class.

2.  VASYL LOMACHENKO                                 (projected record:  14 – 1 – 0, 11 KO’s)

—  I’m getting heat for not having him number 1, but Loma will stay at number 2 at east for now.  Crawford just wins too many belts, and that will be the difference.  I don’t think they will ever fight each other, but Loma is going through weight classes like water, so it might be possible.  So don’t consider Lomachenko #2, consider his #1A.

1.  TERENCE CRAWFORD                                 (projected record:  35 – 0 – 0, 25 KO’s)  

—  Terence Crawford will eventually do to 147, exactly what he did to 140.  He will clean out the division, and will every belt yet again.  This is what puts him slightly above Lomachenko, and is the difference between 1 & 2.  Skill wise they are different, but even.  Crawford however has that “unconscious state” that he goes in to.  It almost like he’s not real, and he just wants to destroy your soul.  He is simply the best in the world, but not by much.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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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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This Saturday night, March 10th 2018, Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KO’s) will defend his WBO World Featherweight title against former World Champion Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO’s).  Brought to you by Top Rank Boxing, the fight will take place at The StubHub Center in Carson California, and will be live on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Eric De Leon (17-0, 10 KO’s) and Andy Vances (20-0, 12 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Andy Ruiz (29-1, 19 KO’s) will take on Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KO’s) in an 8 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Scott Quigg Tale of The Tape Oscar Valdez
34 Wins 23
1 Lost 0
25 KOs 19
2 Draws 0
37 Total Fights 23
68% KO% 83%
5’8″ Height 5’5″
 N/A Reach 66″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Bury, Lancashire, United Kingdom Nationality Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
October 9th, 1988 Date of Birth December 22nd 1990

 

PREDICTIONS:

Andy Ruiz  —  def  —  Devin Vargas  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

Eric De Leon  —  def  —  Andy Vances  —  via  —  Decision

Oscar Valdez  —  def  —  Scott Quigg  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on HBO Boxing Pay Per View, we had a 4 fight card full of fire works.  In the opening bout, future light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KO’s) defeated journeyman Tommy Karpency (25-6-1, 14 KO’s).  Karpency, a huge underdog, shockingly dropped Gvozdyk in the second round, but failed to pounce on him and put him away.  Gvozdyk’s awkward movements and boxing ability was too much for Karpency to handle, and after beating him up a little, Gvozdyk landed a huge straight right to the body in the 6th round.  Karpency went down to a knee, and feeling defeated already, chose not to answer the 10 count.

In the second bout of the evening, Jose Benavidez Jr (25-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KO’s) in a thrilling 10 round fight.  Benavidez looked great early on with his movement and sharp counters, rearranging Santana’s face.  In the middle rounds though, Benavidez would return to his old self, laying against the ropes and taking shots.  Santana would win some of the middle rounds by out working Benavidez, but it would not be enough.  Benavidez would finally wake up at the end of the fight, and pepper Santana with vicious counter shot in the 11th and 12th.  It would prove to be just enough, as Benavidez got the unanimous decision victory to stay undefeated.

The co-featured bout of the evening was a short one but a good one.  Undefeated top prospect Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18 KO’s) defeated fellow then undefeated fighter Mitias Rueda (26-1, 23 KO’s).  It was evident in the first round that this was a huge mismatch in skills.  Rueda was undefeated, but the level of opposition he had faced before yesterday was a lot lower.  Valdez came out in the first round guns blazing, as he demolished Rueda with several left hooks, which is his best punch.  In the second round, Valdez smashed Rueda in the liver with a left hook that put him down.  Rueda, still hurt, would get up, but would not stay up for long.  Valdez, noticing that Rueda was not steady and hurt to the body, went right back to it, and dropped him with another body shot.  The fight was immediately stopped, as Valdez stays undefeated, and captures the vacant WBO Featherweight title.

The main event, was a very one sided fight.  Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol to retain his WBO Junior Welterweight title, and capture the WBC & the vacant TheRing Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford now has 3 major championship belts, and is now considered the #1 junior Welterweight in the world.  Crawford was almost non existent in the first 3 rounds, which is usually the case, as he uses that time to strictly study his opponents.  In the 5th round, Postol and Crawford came rushing out of their corners, and Crawford threw a quick right hook that hit Postol on the top of the head, which totally caught him off guard and knocked him down.  Later in the round, Crawford hit Postol with a rocket left hand that put him down once again.  Postol would also get another point deducted in the 11th for hitting Crawford in the back of the head (which I don’t think was intentional), so at this point he was way behind on the scorecards.  Postol would try to muster up one more flurry in the final round to try and get a KO, but Crawford would actually get the better of the exchange.  The final scores of the fight were 118-107, 118-107, and 117-108.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Tonight July 23rd 2016, one of the biggest fights of the year will take place, when Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) and Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) go at it to unify the WBO & WBC Junior Welterweight titles.  The winner will also be awarded the vacant TheRing & Lineal Junior Welterweight title.  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, undefeated rising star Oscar Valdez (19-0, 17 KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated fighter Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda (26-0, 23 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, undefeated Jose Benavidez (24-0, 16 KO’s) will take on Francisco Santana (24-4-1, 12 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 20 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/1/14.  (Won WBO Lightweight title)
  • Raymundo Beltran  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/29/14.  (Won vacant TheRing & Lineal Lightweight titles)
  • Thomas Dulorme  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 4/18/15.  (Won WBO Junior Welterweight title)

 

VIKTOR POSTOL

-Record:  28 – 0 – 0, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  74″

-Notable Fights

  • DeMarcus Corley  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 10/27/12.
  • Hank Lundy  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/21/13.
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, KO 10th round (12), 10/3/15.

 

Predictions:

Jose Benavidez  —  def  —  Francisco Santana  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Oscar Valdez  —  def  —  Matias Carlos Adrien Rueda  —  KO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Viktor Postol  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Last night on HBO PPV, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) defeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s), and captured the vacant WBO International Welterweight title.  Also, Arthur Abraham (44-5, 29 KO’s) lost the WBO Super Middleweight title to Gilberto Ramirez (34-0, 24 KO’s),  Oscar Valdez (19-0, 18 KO’s) defeated Evgeny Gradovich (21-2-1, 9 KO’s), and Jose Ramirez (17-0, 12 KO’s) defeated Manny Perez (22-12-1, 6 KO’s).

Last night was definitely not Timothy Bradley’s night, even with having new head trainer Teddy Atlas in his corner.  The fight started off very slow for the first 2 rounds, that could have been scored either way, or even could have been scored 10-10 rounds, with neither fighter doing much of anything, except feeling out his opponent.  Both rounds were given to Pacquiao because he landed 2 more punches in the first, and 1 more in the second.  Bradley would adjust and win the third round, but not much more, as it was all down hill from there.  After the 3rd round Pacquiao would continuously find a home for his straight left hand, which just so happened to be Tim Bradley’s face.

Pacquiao continued to push the action throughout the rest of the fight, showing signs of the old Manny with his blazing nomination punching, and power.  Pacquiao his Bradley with a quick hook in the 7th round, while Bradley was off balance, and his gloves touched the canvas, which by rule is a knockdown.  Bradley didn’t seem too hurt, it was just a perfect punch at a perfect time.  In the 9th however, after a flurry of punches, Pacquaio would connect with a strong left that sent Bradley tumbling across the ring.  That would pretty much seal the deal, as the Pacman was now well ahead on the scorecards.  At the end of 12, all 3 judges had the same score of 116-110 in favor of Pacquiao, as the Pilipino warrior concludes their trilogy, and perhaps his career in style.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Manny Pacquiao  —  $20,000,000

Timothy Bradley  —  $4,000,000

Arthur Abraham  —  $500,000

Gilberto Ramirez  —  $140,000

Evgeny Gradovich  —  $100,000

Oscar Valdez  —  $100,000

Jose Ramirez  —  $75,000

Manuel Perez  —  $34,000

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE