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Image result for crawford vs benavidezThis past Saturday night October 14 2018, Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) proved to everyone why he is the worlds top Pound For Pound fighter, as he defeated Jose Benavidez (27-1, 18 KO’s) to retain his WBO Welterweight title with a 12th round TKO victory.  The fight started off slow, as Crawford was struggling to find his range against the much bigger challenger.  Benavidez was seemingly un phased by any of Crawfords punches in the first few round.  He looked to be walking right through them, and throwing back his own punches.  The first 6 rounds of the fight were pretty hard to score, because even though Crawford was slightly out landing Benavidez, Benavidez was walking him down at will.

The 7th round was the turning point of the fight.  Crawford started going to the body more, and it finally started paying off.  Benavidez was clearly slower at this point, and the 7th round was target practice for Crawford.  He won the fight mentally in that round, and Benavidez had nothing left.  The next few rounds looked like Benavidez just ran out of ideas on how to fight Crawford, and Crawford took advantage, peppering him with combinations.  The 12th and final round was a wild one.  Crawford continued to land punches at will, and towards the end if the round, he nailed Benavidez with an uppercut that put him down.  Benavidez would get up, but Crawford pinned him against the ropes and landed a huge right hook followed by a devastating left hand.  The fight was stopped there, and Crawford retained his WBO Welterweight title.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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1.  Terence Crawford              33 – 0 – 0 (24 KO’s)           Junior Welterweight           U.S.A.

2.  Vasyl Lomachenko             11 – 1 – 0 (9 KO’s)             Junior Lightweight             Ukraine

3.  Saul Alvarez                      50 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                    Mexico

4.  Gennady Golovkin             38 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                     Kazakstan

5.  Mikey Garcia                     39 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)            Lightweight                     U.S.A

6.  Naoya Inoue                     16 – 0 – 0 (14 KO’s)            Bantamweight                 Japan

7.  Oleksandr Usyk                  15 – 0 – 0 (11 KO’s)            Cruiserweight                 Ukraine

8.  Errol Spence Jr                  24 – 0 – 0 (21 KO’s)            Welterweight                   U.S.A.

9.  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai        46 – 4 – 1 (41 KO’s)           Junior Batamweight           Thailand

10. Eleider Alvarez                  24 – 0 – 0 (12 KO’s)           Light Heavyweight             Colombia

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

 

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             10 – 1 – 0 (8 KO’s)             Junior Lightweight             Ukraine

4.  Mikey Garcia                     38 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)            Lightweight                     U.S.A

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

6.  Naoya Inoue                     15 – 0 – 0 (13 KO’s)           Junior Bantamweight         Japan

7.  Sergey Kovalev                  32 – 2 – 1 (28 KO’s)           Light Heavyweight             Russia

8.  Errol Spence Jr                  23 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)           Welterweight                     U.S.A.

9.  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai        45 – 4 – 1 (40 KO’s)           Junior Batamweight           Thailand

10. Guillermo Rigondeaux        17 – 1 – 0 (11 KO’s)          Junior Featherweight          Cuba

 

Image result for garcia vs lipinetsLast night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) joined the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, among a very few others, to win a world title in a 4th different weight class.  Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KO’s) via unanimous decision, to add his name to that very short list of legends.  The night began however, with a rematch between Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KO’s) and Keryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KO’s), because of their highly controversial first meeting.

In their first meeting in 2017, Rances Barthelemy and Keryl Relikh fought to a highly disputed decision, that had Barthelemy winning by a wide margin, even thought Relikh almost double him in landed punches.  This would not be the case last night however, as Relikh was well prepared for that scenario to arise again.  Relikh averaged 110 punches per round last night, and Barthelemy had absolutely no answer for his punch output.  Its worth to note that Barthelemy was deducted a point yet again for low blows, which would make it the 4th time in his career that it has happened.  Relikh defeated Barhtelemy by Unanimous Decision, and captured the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title, the very belt that Terence Crawford relinquished when he moved up to welterweight.

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The main event was a banger last night, as Mikey Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets via Unanimous Decision, to capture the IBF Junior Welterweight World title.  The first round was a chess match, as neither fighter was willing to throw very many punches, due to the fact that they wanted to feel out the other guy.  The Lipinets jab proved to be more effective then we thought, but Garcia was able to adjust in the middle rounds and find a home for his right hand.  There were a lot of close rounds in this fight, but then at the end of each one, Garcia would get the upper hand.

In the 7th round, Lipinets seemed to be coming on strong, but made one huge mistake, which led to Garcia pulling away on the scorecards.  Lipinets thew a jab followed by an uppercut, to set up his big left hook.  The problem was, after the right uppercut, Lipinets did not pull his right back quick enough, and left himself wide open up top.  Garcia saw this coming, and nailed him square in the middle of the face with a counter left hook, which caused the first knockdown of Lipinets’ career.  Garcia would finish strong, and after a wild and close 12th round, we went to the scorecards.  All three judges were in favor of Garcia with scores of 117-110/117-110/116-111.  I scored the fight 116-111 as well, and had Garcia winning 8 of the 12 rounds.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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The first meeting ended in a controversial draw.  What will their second meeting bring, as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) and Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) will go at it once again on May 5th 2018.  The only reason why we will actually get to see a rematch between these two, is because Golovkin was robbed out of a victory by judge Adelaide Byrd, who only had him winning 2 out of the 12 rounds.  What she was looking at is still yet to be determined, but I personally think she was looking more at the numbers of a bribe then the actual fight.  Most people had GGG winning 7 of 12 or 8 of 12 rounds, which should have put the score somewhere around 115-113 or 116-112 in favor of Golovkin.  Adelaide Byrd had a score of 118-110 in favor of Canelo, which is absolutely absurd if you were actually watching the fight.  Unfortunately for true boxing fans, Adelaide Byrd was more concerned with the balance of her checking account going up, rather then giving a correct scorecard.

With a controversial ending to the first fight, the rematch is worth even more money then the original, which mostly benefits the fighter that appeared to lose the first meeting.  The rematch is great for Canelo, Oscar De La Hoya, and Golden Boy promotions.  It unfortunately does not benefit Golovkin at all.  Yes he will get a huge check, but he is a year older.  His undefeated record is in jeopardy, and he could potentially lose 3 championship belts.  Golovkin is now 35 years old, and logic says that he is nearing the end of his professional boxing career.  Canelo is 27 years of age, which means he is just entering his prime.  Canelo is a great fighter, there is no doubt, but he lost the first fight and was lucky to come out of it with a draw and not an official loss.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez stated the other day that if GGG doesn’t knock Canelo out, he won’t win.  Meaning he was implying that Golovkin would get screwed out of a victory yet again.  Unless Golovkin or Canelo knocks out the other fighter, this rematch won’t really settle anything, and I believe the promotors would push for a third fight in what would become a trilogy.  That would make GGG another year older and the sure underdog, when he should have just won the first fight.  The venue is yet to be determined, but the fight will be live on HBO PPV and air at 8pm ET.

 

-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               10 – 1 – 0 (8 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

4.  Sergey Kovalev                   31 – 2 – 1 (27 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 Russia

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

6.  Naoya Inoue                       15 – 0 – 0 (13 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

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

8.  Errol Spence Jr                    23 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)                Welterweight                         U.S.A.

9.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 – 1 – 0 (11 KO’s)               Junior Featherweight              Cuba

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