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Their first fight was epic.  Their second won’t be short of spectacular.  On July 30 of this year, Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KO’s) defeated Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) for the WBAsuper Featherweight Championship, in a fight that will not soon be forgotten.  Frampton won in a very close majority decision in a fight where almost 2000 punches were thrown.

On Saturday January 28th of 2017, Carl Frampton will put up the very title that he took from Leo Santa Cruz back in July, in their long awaited rematch.  If the second fight is anything like the first, boxing fans are in for a real treat.  I know I can’t wait for this one.  Frampton VS Santa Cruz won’t be the only attraction on January 28th, Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KO’s) will be back in action as he challenges Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0, 15 KO’s), for the WBC Lightweight title.  Due to inactivity, Mikey Garcia’s career has hit a bit of a stall, but he is back, and well on his way to being considered for the pound for pound list.  If he can defeat Zlaticanin, he will have to be strongly considered.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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The main event for Premier Boxing Chapions will be Carl Frampton VS Alejandro Gonzalez Jr on CBS at 4PM ET time.  Carl Framptom makes his American debut in hopes of bringing his tremendous skills across the atlantic.  Frampton puts up his IBF Super Banatamweight title against Gonzalez in the scheduled 12 rounder.  Frampton has strictly fought in the U.K. throughout his entire career, while Gonzalez has only fought in the U.S. one time back in 2012.  Here is the breakdown and prediction:

CARL FRAMPTON

-Record:  20 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Bantamweight (122 pound)

-Height:  5′ 5″

-Reach:  62″

-Notable Fights

  • Kiko Martinez #1  —  Win, TKO 9th round, 2/9/13.
  • Hugo Cazares  —  Win, KO 2nd round, 4/4/14.  (Won WBC Super Bantamweight title)
  • Kiko Martinez #2  —  Win, UD 12 rounds, 9/6/14.  (Won IBF Super Bantamweight title)

Frampton is a pure talent.  For his weight he has a tremendous combination of boxing skill and power, and he can put you down with one shot.  He is the current IBF Super Bantamweight champion, and will be defending the title this afternoon.  Frampton is on a tear even with the step up of opponent class.  He defeated Kiko Martinez not once but twice, taking the IBF title the second time.  Lets see if his skills cross the Atlantic against Gonzalez.

ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ JR

-Record:  25 – 1 – 2, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Bantamweight (122 pound)

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Hanzel Martinez  —  Win, KO 2nd round, 2/16/13.  (Won vacant WBC youth intercontinental Bantamweight title)
  • Jose Cayetano  —  Win, UD 10 rounds, 8/3/13.
  • Javier Franco  —  Win, KO 2nd round (8), 7/18/14.

Gonzalez sure is stepping up in class of opponent here.  He hasn’t really fought anyone worth mentioning to this point, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against a world class talent in the form of Carl Frampton.  You have to start somewhere I guess, and this is a huge opportunity for Gonzalez.  Can he step up to the plate and take the title, or are Framptons’ skills just too much?

Prediction:

Carl Frampton  —  def  —  Alejandro Gonzalez Jr  —  via  —  TKO 9th round.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Today on Premier Boxing Champions Chris Arreola (35-4, 1NC, 31 KO’s) takes on Fred Kassi (18-3, 10 KO’s).  Arreola will be trying to stay relevant in a potential WBC title fight against Deontay Wilder, while Kassi tries to make a name for himself at Arreolas’ expense.

Chris Arreola got destroyed by Bermane Stiverne in May of 2014, by being knocked senseless in the 6th round of their fight.  He bounced back nicely in his next fight with a unanimous decision victory over Curtis Harper.  Today he will be hell bent on a knockout to look good, so that he can bring himself back into the title hunt.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Chris Arreola                                                         Fred Kassi

        36                               Wins                                18

         4                               Losses                              3

        31                                KO’s                               10

         0                               Draws                               0

        40                                Fights                              21

        78%                              KO%                              48%

        6’4″                              Height                             6’0″

        77″                              Reach                             74′

Prediction

Chris Arreola  —  def  —  Fred Kassi  —  via  KO 4th round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

  

This Saturday, March 14th of 2015, live on HBO at 9:45 ET time, tune in to see Sergey Kovalev put his WBA(super) WBO and IBF Light Heavyweight titles on the line against hungry challenger Jean Pascal.  Kovalevs has been on a tear thru the light heavyweight division.  That includes the KO of Cedric Agnew, the TKO of Blake Capperello, and the UD total destruction of the legendary Bernanrd Hopkins, one must raise the question.  Can anyone beat this man?

Kovalev now finds himself a formidable opponent.  Pascal will be his toughest test, besides Bernard Hopkins of course.  Pascal lost to Hopkins via UD back on May the 21st of 2011, but has since resurrected his career with a few nice victories.  The one that really made him a Light Heavyweight player again and got him back to career making fights, was his UD victory over Lucian Bute in January of 2014.  Pascal is hungry again, and now has Roy Jones in his corner.  This should be a tremendous matchup between two of the best in the division.  So without further ado, this is how both fighters break down:

SERGEY KOVALEV

-Record:  26 – 0 – 1 (23 KO’s)

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights:

  • Nathan Cleverly – Win, TKO 4th round, 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight Title)
  • Blake Caparello – Win, TKO 2nd round, 8/2/14.  (Retained WBO Light Heavyweight Title)
  • Bernard Hopkins – Win, UD 12 rounds, 11/8/14.  (Retained WBO, won WBAsuper, IBF Light Heavyweight titles)

Sergey Kovalev brings 3 titles to the table along with an undefeated record.  He has mowed down everyone that was put in front of him, including a future hall of famer.  Everyones though process was that Kovalev is a dangerous knockout artist that disposes of his foes quickly.  Against Hopkins he proved that he is also a very skilled boxer that can go the distance, and also possesses a very high ring intelligence.  Is another win looming for the “Krusher”?

JEAN PASCAL

-Record:  29 – 2 – 1, 1NC (17 KO’s)

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight (175 lbs)

-Height:  5′ 11″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights:

  • Chad Dawson – Win, TKO 11th round, 8/14/10.  (Retained WBC, won TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Bernard Hopkins #1 – Draw, SD 12 rounds, 12/18/10.  (Retained WBC, TheRing Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Lucian Bute – Win, UD 12 rounds, 1/18/14.  (Won NABF Light Heavyweight Title)

Jean Pascal is a former WBC world champion.  He is the current NABF champion (minor title).  He’s got the credentials, but does he have the chin to withstand Kovalevs’ power?  Pascal was beaten in the rematch against Hopkins.  Most people go nowhere quickly after fighting Bernard.  He destroys you mentally.  Pascal came back from that and eventually got the biggest win of his career against Lucian Bute.  He is mentally tough, and he’s got decent power in both hands to go along with boxing skill.  He gets the opportunity of a lifetime against Kovalev, with a chance to win not 1, not 2, but 3 championships.  That kind of day doesn’t come along very often.  Can he do it?

Prediction:  Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Jean Pascal  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Prediction:  Sergey Kovalev  —  def  —  Jean Pascal  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE