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Image result for stevenson vs jackIt was a tale of two fights last night in Toronto Canada as Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO’s) and Badou Jack (22-1-4, 13 KO’s) fought to a draw at the Air Canada Center.  The first half of the fight was all Adonis Stevenson, as Badou Jacks’ plan was to conserve his energy until the second half of the fight against the aging Stevenson.  Jack might have waited a round too long to get going though, because two judges had the fight a draw.  Badou Jack barely threw any punches in the first half of the fight, and Stevenson took the first half basically by default.  He was slightly busier then Jack, but neither fighter did much through the first 6 rounds.

Badou Jack turned on the jets in the 7t round however, as he started outlining Stevenson by wide margins.  Jack was totally in control of the fight until the 10th round, until Stevenson finally landed a big body shot.  The punch seemed to slow Jack down a bunch, and he gave away the round.  Perhaps if that one punch didn’t land, jack would have won the fight.  Jack came out blazing in the 11th however, and put the beating on Stevenson.  In the 12th round, it was more Jack, as he pinned Stevenson against the ropes.  If the fight was 10 seconds longer, he would have dropped Stevenson.  I scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Jack, agreeing with one go the judges, but we were over ruled but the other two who scored the fight 114-114.

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Also last night on Showtime championship boxing, Gary Russell Jr (29-1, 12 KO’s) defeated JoJo Diaz Jr (26-1, 14 KO’s) and retained his WBC Featherweight title via 12 round unanimous decision.  Russell started fast, walking Diaz down, and pumping the jab keeping him at bay.  In the 3rd round, Diaz tried to make it a scrappy fight, which worked for a while.  Russell fell into the trap for a few rounds, but ultimately Diaz ran out of gas as he punched himself out.  By the 9th round, Russell was cruising again, and Diaz had no answer for it.  The 11th and 12th rounds were all Russell, ad Jojo Diaz was unable to muster any offense what so ever.  Diaz went for broke one more time at the end of the 12th, but it was too little too late.  Russell remains at the top of the featherweight division, and awaits the winner of Santa Cruz VS Mares.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Also tonight, May 19th 2018 on Showtime Championship boxing from a different venue, Gary Russell Jr (28-1, 17 KO’s) will make his long awaited ring return, as he defends his WBC World Featherweight title against Joseph Diaz Jr (26-0, 14 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland, and will be live on Showtime Championship boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Antonio Russell (10-0, 8 KO’s) will take on Esteban Aquino (14-4, 7 KO’s) in a 8 round Bantamweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gary Russell Jr. Tale of The Tape Joseph Diaz
28 Wins 26
1 Loses 0
17 KOs 14
0 Draws 0
29 Total Fights 26
59% KO% 54%
5’5″ Height 5’6″
61″ Reach 64″
Southpaw Stance Southpaw
Washington, DC, USA Nationality South El Monte, California, USA
June 5th, 1988 Date of Birth November 23rd, 1992

 

PREDICTIONS:

Antonio Russell  —  def  —  Esteban Aquino  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Gary Russell JR  —  def  —  Joseph Diaz JR  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE