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Image result for lomachenko vs rigondeauxIt was a night to forget for one of the top pound for pond fighters in the world, as the best pound for pound fighter in the world mad him look absolutely silly.  Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KO’s) via TKO 7th round.  Rigondeaux is the 4th fighter in a row to not come out of the corner before the next round, as he quit on his stool between the 6th and 7th round.  It was a big night for young top prospects as well, as Shakur Stevenson (4-0, 2 KO’s) obliterated Oscar Mendoza in a 2nd round TKO victory.  Stevenson looked great, as he sat down on his punches more in this one.  That was the one knock on him so far in his young career, and he sure did change that.  The accumulation of damage in Mendoza was apparent, with no turn around in sight, so the fight was stopped in the second round.

Micheal Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s) was aslo in action as he defeated Luis Fernando Molina (7-3-1, 2 KO’s) in a shut out.  Conlan looked confident from the opening bell as he pretty much fought the whole fight with his hands down at his waste.  He was inviting Molina to dos something, but Molina was wildly swinging and missing the entire 6 rounds.  Conlan wins the shutout unanimous decision.  Christopher Diaz (22-0, 14 KO’s) looked superb in his fight, and continues to be looked at as a top prospect in all of boxing.  Diaz took on Bryant Cruz (18-3, 9 KO’s), and absolutely destroyed him 3 rounds.  Cruz went down in the first, but Diaz showed patience and took his time.  Cruz would go down again in the beginning of the 3rd, and then for good later in that same round.  Just as we said “Move over Tito Trinidad”, we will now say “Move over Miguel Cotto, there is a new star in Puerto Rico.”

The main event was a good one.  Well, it was good for Vasyl Lomachenko, and not Guillermo Rigondeaux.  This was a highly anticipated fight, as two of the top 10 pound for pound fighters squared off in Madison Square Garden.  The first round was a bit of a chess match, with Rigondeaux taking it by a slim margin purely based on activity.  This would be the only round won by Rigondeaux.  In the second round, just as he does to everyone else, Lomachenko started to make Rigondeaux look foolish.  It wasn’t as easy as usual, because Lomachenko has to fight through all the clinching being done by Rigo.  This was something that Lomachenko and his team discuss with the referee before the fight, as they were concerned that Rigondeaux would resort to this tactics.

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Lomachenko got more comfortable in the 3rd round as he started side stepping and landing combinations on Rigondeaux.  He even landed a triple uppercut in the round, something i have never seen before.  In the 5th, completely comfortable at this point, Lomachenko started tattooing Rigondeaux with every combination imaginable.  Rigo had to resort to holding again, and he was sternly warned for it in the round.  Continuing to get tattooed i the 6th round, Rigondeaux resorts to holding again, and he would be docked a point for his actions.  Being way down on the score cards, Rigondeaux said he would not be coming out if his corner for the 7th round, and it goes as a TKO victory for Vasyl Lomachenko.  Later on, Rigo said he did not continue because he hurt his left hand, but even if he actually was hurt, it wasn’t serious. This was a reputation saving move on his part.  He did not want anymore of Lomachenko.  Lomachenko has now stamped himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, Saturday December 9th 2017, is a big night for boxing as two of the top Pound-For-Pound fighters meet in the ring.  Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KO’s) will defend the WBO Junior Lightweight title against Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KO’s) who will jump up 2 weight classes for the fight.  The fight will take place at the Theater in Madison Square Garden New York NY, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Christopher Diaz (21-0, 13 KO’s) will take on Bryant Cruz (18-2, 9 KO’s) in a 10 round Junior Lightweight bout.  Also on the card, Bryant Jennings (20-2, 11 KO’s) will return to action, as he takes on Don Haynesworth (13-1-1, 11 KO’s) in an 8 round Heavyweight attraction.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

VASYL LOMACHENKO

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-Record:  9 – 1 – 0, 7 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Lightweight

-Height:  5′ 6″

-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)
  • Nicholas Walters  —  Win, TKO 7th round (12), 11/26/16.

 

GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX

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-Record:  9 – 1 – 0, 7 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 4″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Nonito Donaire  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/13/13.  (Won WBO/TheRing Junior Featherweight titles)
  • Joseph Agbeko  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/7/13.
  • Moises Flores  —  No Contest 1st round (12), 6/17/17.  (Originally KO, later ruled no contest)

 

Predictions:

Bryant Jennings  —  def  —  Don Haynesworth  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Christopher Diaz  —  def  —  Bryant Cruz  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Vasyl Lomachenko  —  def  —  Guillermo Rogondeaux  —  via  —  Majority Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

1.  Gennady Golovkin               37 – 0 – 1 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

2.  Terence Crawford                32 – 0 – 0 (23 KO’s)                Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

3.  Vasyl Lomachenko               9 – 1 – 0 (7 KO’s)                   Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

4.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 – 0 – 0 (11 KO’s)                Junior Featherweight             Cuba

5.  Saul Alvarez                        49 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)                Middleweight                        Mexico

6.  Sergey Kovalev                   30 – 2 – 1 (26 KO’s)                 Light Heavyweight                Russia

7.  Naoya Inoue                       14 – 0 – 0 (12 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

8.  Mikey Garcia                       37 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.

9.  Errol Spence Jr                    22 – 0 – 0 (19 KO’s)                Welterweight                         U.S.A.

10. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai         44 – 4 – 1 (40 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight              Thailand


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Last night was a big night for boxing.  The first Undisputed Champion in any division was crowned, when Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) defeated Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KO’s) via 3rd round knockout.  Crawford is not the first Undisputed Champion since Bernard Hopkins did it in 2004 when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya.  Crawford won the WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight titles last night, and unified them with his own WBC and WBO Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford also hold TheRing Magazine Light Welterweight title, which gives him all of the championships in the 140 pound division.  He simply stands alone as champion.

The first round of last nights fight was somewhat uneventful except for the huge left hand that Crawford landed, as both fighters were trying to feel each other out.  From the start you could see that Indongo was tight and very nervous.  This was by far his biggest fight to date.  Crawford did out land Indongo in the first, and the difference in speed and skill level was immediately apparent.  In the second, Indongo would get a bit looser and throw more, but Crawford would land counter after counter, and put him down in the second.  In the third round, Crawford dodged a looping wide left hand from Indongo, and came up the middle with an uppercut right to the gut which put Indongo down for good. It was a perfect body shot at the perfect time.  Indongo was defenseless while throwing the looping shot and paid the price.  He would not beat the 10 count, and it goes down as a KO victory to win the Undisputed Junior Welterweight championship.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

1.  Andre Ward                        32 – 0 – 0 (16 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 U.S.A.

2.  Gennady Golovkin               37 – 0 – 0 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

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

4.  Terence Crawford                31 – 0 – 0 (22 KO’s)               Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

5.  Vasyl Lomachenko               8 – 1 – 0 (6 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

6.  Saul Alvarez                        49 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)               Middleweight                        Mexico

7.  Sergey Kovalev                   30 – 2 – 1 (26 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                Russia

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

9.  Naoya Inoue                      13 – 0 – 0 (11 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

10. Mikey Garcia                      36 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.

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Last night Saturday June 17th 2017 on HBO PPV, Andre “S.O.G” Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) for the second time Via TKO in the 8th round.  In what was a shocking turn of event, Ward turned the fight around and knocked Kovalev out with body shots.  In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KO’s) got a first round KO victory over the undefeated Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KO’s), on a very controversial call at the end of the first round.  Both fighters seemed to fight past the bell of the opening round, and Rigondeaux ld anded a punch after the bell that knocked Flores out.  The fight should have been called a no decision, but was instead called a KO victory for Rigondeaux.  Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KO’s) was also victorious over the gun shy Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KO’s), as he defeated him with a 4th round TKO.

Ward VS Kovalev 2 started in similar fashion as their first fight.  Kovalev was on the attack from the opening bell, and Ward was on his heels being very defensive, while trying to counter punch.  Kovalev out landed Ward in all of the first 6 rounds except one, and it seemed like Ward was far behind on the scorecards again.  Ward however did commit to the body of Kovalev, and it would end up paying dividends.  Ward’s slick and effective body punching would soften up Kovalev’s mid section, and have him looking gassed by the 5th round.  Kovalev was breathing heavy and losing steam, just like in their first meeting.

Ward started coming alive in the second half of the fight, just as he he in the first fight.  In the 7th round, he came right out with a huge right hand that hit Kovalev right on the money, and then continued with a sustained body attack.  In a tight 7th round however, Sergey Kovalev seemed to be tiring some more, even though he was the aggressor for most of the round.  In the 8th round, Kovalev seemed to start really being bothered by Andre Ward’s body punching mid way through the round.  With about a minuted left in the 8th, Ward landed a spectacular straight right hand which really stunned Kovalev, and Ward would go on the attack with Sergey backing up.  Kovalev, looking like he was about to keel over, got pinned against the ropes took 3 more hellacious uppercuts to the gut, and referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.  Kovalev simply looked as if he could no longer defend himself because of the sustained body punishment.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for lomachenko vs sosaLast night on HBO Boxing, Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KO’s) successfully defended his WBO Junior Lightweight title when he easily defeated Jason Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KO’s) by technical knockout in the 9th round.  Lomachenko once again showed us why he belongs in the conversation amongst the elite fighters in the sport today.  Unfortunately it was at the expense of Jason Sosa, whom sadly did not win even one second of last nights fight.  It was another boxing lesson given put by the man that calls himself “High-Tech”, just as we saw him do against Nicholas Walters, and after Andre Ward and Gennady Golovkin barley beat their last opponents, Lomachenko has to be talked about as the most difficult man to defeat in all of boxing.

Lomachenko, typically not the fastest starter, was a bit careful in the first round, and that’s all it took for him to figure out Jason Sosa.  By the 4th round, Lomachenko was peppering Sosa with blistering nominations, and Sosa had no answer for it.  After the 6th round it was just becoming embarrassing to watch, as Lomachenko started toying with Sosa completely.  He went as far as to make the hand gestures of being a matador, and Sosa being the dumb bull that couldn’t touch him.  This angered Sosa and he started throwing haymakers, missing all of them by the way.  Lomachenko then started flailing his hands in between combinations, making fun of Sosa that he couldnt hit him.

In the 9th round, Sosa’s eye which was starting to swell badly 2 rounds prior, took some more punishment.  Towards the end of the round, Lomachenko was hitting Sosa at will.  Sosa took a bad land hand, followed by a combination rendering him unable to really defend himself, and after the round his corner had seen enough.  Sosa’s trainer threw in the towel, and the fight was stopped by the referee.  If he hasn’t already done so, Vasyl Lomachenko has cemented himself in to the top 5 pound for pound fighter conversation. The final punch stats tell the whole story of the fight as Vasyl Lomachenko landed 275 of 696 (40%) of his punches, and Jason Sosa landed only 68 of 286 (24%) of his punches.

Also last night on the undercard, Aleksander Usyk defeated Michael Hunter by 12 round Unanimous Decision, handing Hunter his first career loss.  In the co-fratured bout, Oleksandr Gvozdyk completely wiped out Yuniesky Gonzalez in a 3rd round TKO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE