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Last night on ShowTime Championship boxing we had a double header.  In the first bout of the evening, Jermell Charol () defeated former world champ Austin Trout by majority decision to retain his WBC Junior Middleweight title.  Not much of anything happened in the opening round, but in the second, Austin Trout out worked Charlo and won the round by default.  In the 3rd round, Charlo knocked down Trout, but it seemed to m\be more of a slip.  A punch did land at the same time so its scored a knockdown.  Later in the third however, Charlo landed a huge right that seemed to bother Trout.  In the 6th, Trout nailed Charlo with 2 very good lefts that seemed to slightly wobble Charlo, but he failed to capitalize on them, as Charlo didn’t really seem hurt.

Charlie would score another flash knockdown in the 9th round, which looked to be a punch behind the head.  Trout got up quickly and showed that the punch didn’t hurt him, just threw him off balance.  Charlo would take over completely in the 10th, as he landed a few huge right hands that bothered Trout.  The 11th and 12th weren’t that eventful, but Charlo looked like the fresher man in both rounds.  Judge Eddie Hernandez scored the fight 115-111 for Charlo, Tom Carusone scored it 118-108 for Charlo, and Fernando Villarreal somehow scored it 113-113.  He must have been watching a different fight.  Charlie wins by majority decision, and remains an undefeated champion.

The main event was very eventful on the other hand, as Leo Santa Cruz () defeated Abner Mares by unanimous decision.  In the first 2 rounds, Mares looked good, as he found a home for his right hand early.  In the third however, Santa Cruz would negate that right hand with his uppercut, which he landed a few times.  Rounds 4-6, Santa Cruz started boxing smart, as he controlled the range with his jab.  Mares was throwing less as a result.  In the 7th round, Santa Cruz started picking Mares apart with 1-2 combinations.  At the end of the round, there was a huge exchange of punches, as Santa Cruz landed a huge left hook on Mares.

The fight took a turn in the 8th, as a clash of heads caused a big cut above the left eye of Leo Santa Cruz.  As a result, Leo became a bit cautious and Mares started walking him down.  Santa Cruz’ corner did a good job on the cut, and it would bother him no longer.  The 12th round was an absolute brawl, but Leo Santa Cruz got the better of it.  Santa Cruz ends up landing 357 of 1061 punches, and Mares finishes at 208 of 931.  A mirror image of their first fight.  Recant Denseco scored it 115-113 (Santa Cruz), Steve Weisfelds scored it 116-112 (Santa Cruz), and Zachary Young scored it 117-111 (Santa Cruz).  Leo Santa Cruz wins by unanimous decision, and becomes the WBAundisputed World Featherweight champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Also tomorrow night June 9th 2018, Premier Boxing Champions presents the rematch of Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) VS Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s).  Santa Cruz will defend his WBAsuper World Featherweight title.  The fight will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo (30-0, 15 KO’s) will defend his WBC Junior Middleweight title against Austin “No Doubt” Trout (31-4, 17 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

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-Record:  34 – 1 – 1, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 7″

-Reach:  69″

-Notable Fights

  • Abner Mares  —  Win, MD (12), 8/29/15.  (Won vacant WBAsuper Featherweight title)
  • Carl Frampton #1  —  Loss, MD (12), 7/30/16.
  • Carl Frampton #2  —  Win, MD (12), 1/28/17.  (Won WBAsuper Featherweight title)

 

ABNER MARES

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-Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Featherweight

-Height:  5′ 5″

-Reach:  66″

-Notable Fights

  • Daniel Ponce de Leon  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 5/4/13.  (Won WBC Featherweight title)
  • Leo Santa Cruz  —  Loss, MD (12), 8/29/15.
  • Jesus Cuellar  —  Win, SD (12), 12/10/16.  (Won WBA Featherweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jermell Charlo  —  def  —  Austin Trout  —  via  —  KO 7th round

Leo Santa Cruz  —  def  —  Abner Mares  —  via  —  decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Champ – Vacant

  1. Deontay Wilder (40-0-0, 39 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Anthony Joshua (20-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Alexander Povetkin (33-1-0, 23 KO’s)
  5. Luis Ortiz (28-1-0, 24 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (14-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBC, WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (26-0-0, 19 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  3. Mairis Briedes (23-1-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Denis Lebedev (30-2-0, 22 KO’s)
  5. Yunier Dorticos (22-1-0, 21 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 27 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Dmitry Bivol  (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0-0, 12 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. George Groves (28-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Gilberto Ramirez (37-0-0, 25 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Callum Smith (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KO’s)   IBF
  5. David Benavidez (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (26-0-0, 20 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (30-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Jarret Hurd (21-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Sadam Ali (26-1-0, 14 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Brian Castano (15-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA, WBC
  2. Errol Spence Jr (23-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Danny Garcia (33-1-0, 19 KO’s)
  5. Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Mikey Garcia (38-0-0, 30 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Viktor Postol (29-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  3. Antonio Orozco (26-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Regis Prograis (21-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Julius Indongo (22-2-0, 11 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (44-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (38-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Robert Easter (21-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Raymundo Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Richard Commy (26-2-0, 23 KO’s)
  5. Felix Verdejo (23-0-0, 15 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Miguel Berchelt (33-1-0, 29 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gervonta Davis (19-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Alberto Machado (19-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Francisco Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (28-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (24-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (26-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (31-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Diego De La Hoya (20-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Daniel Roman (24-2-1, 9 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Zolani Tete (26-3-0, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  3. Ryan Burnett (18-0-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  4. Juan Carlos Payano (19-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-2-0, 18 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (45-4-1, 40 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Naoya Inoue (15-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-3-0, 25 KO’s)
  3. Khalid Yafai (23-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Jerwin Ancajas (29-1-1, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Roman Gonzalez (46-2-0, 38 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Donnie Nietes (41-1-4, 23 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Diago Higa (15-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Artem Dalakian (16-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Moruti Mthalane (35-2-0, 24 KO’s)
  5. Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA

  1. Ken Shiro (12-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Milan Melindo (37-3-0, 13 KO’s)
  3. Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16 KO’s)
  4. Pedro Guavara (30-3-1, 17 KO’s)
  5. Ganigan Lopez (28-7-0, 17 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (49-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (17-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0-0, 7 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KO’s)
  5. Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12 KO’s)

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On June 9th 2018, we will witness the rematch of Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) and Abner Mares (34-1-2, 15 KO’s).  As in their first fight, Santa Cruz VS Mares 2 will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California, and will be brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions.  The fight will air on ShowTime Championship Boxing.  Their first encounter was a wild one with over 1000 punches thrown in the fight, with Santa Cruz winning by decision.  The rematch should be just as exciting.

ShowTime will be airing another fight brought by Premier Boxing Champions on April 7 2018 as well, and it will be a big one.  This fight will be a title unification bout between the WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Erislandy Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s) and the IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Jarrett “Swift” Hurd (21-0, 15 KO’s).  A venue has not yet been chosen for this fight, but an announcement should be coming soon.  This fight will be a part of a sort of unofficial Junior Middleweight tournament, with the winner presumably taking on the current WBC Junior Middleweight champion Jermell Charlo.  Hurd’s most recent ring appearance was a 10th round stoppage victory over former champion Austin Trout, that won him the vacant IBF title.  Lara recently fought Terrell Gausha, and defeated him in a one sided decision victory.

 

-David Jukic,  INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for santa cruz vs avalosThis past Saturday night October 14th 2017, Premier Boxing Champions was on the air with a triple header.  Antonio DeMarco (33-6-1, 24 KO’s) pulled off a huge upset when he knocked out the previously undefeated Eddie Ramirez (17-1, 11 KO’s).  Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s) also defeated Andres Gutierrez (35-2-1, 25 KO’s), when he pitched a shutout through 10 rounds before the fight was stopped in the 10th round.  The skill level difference was apparent from the opening bell.  Mares was the quicker and more skilled fighter, as he peppered Gutierrez with shot after shot in all 10 rounds.  In the 10th, Mares got rid of Gutierrez, after the doctor took a look at the cut over his eye that was just gushing blood.  Gutierrez was upset, but ultimately unable to continue.

The main event was more of the same, as Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s) absolutely decimated Chris Avalos (27-6, 20 KO’s) in 8 rounds of non stop action.  Santa Cruz hurt Avalos bad in the 4th round, and it looked like Avalos was going to hit the canvas.  Avalon, who is known for having the hardest head and toughest chin in boxing, somehow stayed on his feet and made it out of the round.  Rounds 5-7 were more of the same, as Avalos just kept taking huge shots from Santa Cruz.  Leo would get the TKO victory in the 8th.  Avalon looked like a straight up bobble head in the 8th round, and after an accumulation of punishment, the referee decided to stop the fight, giving Santa Cruz the TKO victory.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1, 17 KO’s) proved last night that he was for real.  Santa Cruz has taken some heat as of late, that he is undefeated because he hasn’t fought any top tier opposition.  Most of the criticism came from Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15 KO’s) of course.  No doubt, Mares would be Santa Cruz’ toughest opponent yet, as Mares has fought better fighters then Santa Cruz.  This fight had “fight of the year” potential, and at sure did not disappoint, as almost 2000 punches were thrown in this one.

Abner Mares would come out guns blazing in the first round, as he literally ran out of his corner swinging at Santa Cruz.  Mares totally dominated the first round, but at this pace, he would have to be careful not to punch himself out, as he would do exactly that later on.  Back and fourth they would go, trading rounds throughout the first half of the fight, throwing an insane amount of punches, but Santa Cruz would prove to be more accurate, as he would land at a higher percentage.

In the second half, Mares would tire out a bit, just as predicted, and Santa Cruz would adjust.  Leo would consistently catch the over zealous Mares coming in, with beautiful counter shots and start racking up the rounds.  Mares would win the 11th round (according to my scorecard), but lose the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th.  If there was any questions whether Santa Cruz was for real or not, they were definitively answered last night, as Santa Cruz defeats a top notch fighter in Abner Mares.

Full Fight Highlights:

Ceja KO’s Ruiz

In the Co-feature, it was Julio Ceja (30-1, 27 KO’s) VS Hugo Ruiz (35-3, 31 KO’s) for the interim WBC Super Bantamweight title.  From the start it was evident that Ruiz was the bigger and taller man with a nice reach advantage.  He was out boxing Ceja and using that long reach to win the rounds.  Ceja looked like he had no chance, as he could not figure out how to get inside and land his big left hook.  In the third, ruiz would put Ceja down for the first time ever, and it looked like Ceja was well on his way to his second career loss.  Things took a turn in the fifth round.  Ceja made ruiz miss a right hand, and countered with a huge left hook.  Ruiz was badly hurt as he went down.  Ceja, being the better finisher of the two, would then go into attack mode with a relentless flurry.  The referee would then stop the fight, as ruiz was still badly hurt and not throwing back.  Ceja gets his 30th win, in a fight that looked like Ruiz had totally under control.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

On Saturday August 29 2015, Premier boxing Champions Presents to you, Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KO’s) VS Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KO’s).  The event will be live on ESPN at 10 pm eastern time from the Staples Center in Los Angeles California.  Also on the card will be Alfredo Angulo (23-5, 19 KO’s) VS Hector Munoz (23-15-1, 15 KO’s), and in the co-feature it will be Julio Ceja (29-1, 26 KO’s) VS Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31 KO’s).  They will fight for the interim WBC Super Bantamweight title.  Here is the breakdown and my predictions:

LEO SANTA CRUZ

-Record:  30 – 0 – 1, 17 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Featherweight (122 pounds) / also: Featherweight (126 pounds) & Bantamweight (118 pounds).

-Height:  5′ 7″ (170 cm)

-Reach:  69″

-Born:  8/10/88 (age 27)

-Notable Fights:   

  • Vusi Malinga  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/2/12.  (Won IBF Bantamweight Title)
  • Victor Tarrazas  —  Win, TKO 3rd round (12), 8/24/13.  (Won WBC Junior Featherweight Title)
  • Cristian Mijares  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/8/14.  (Retained WBC Junior Featherweight Title)

Leo Santa Cruz is coming off of a very nice 10 round fight in which he was awarded a unanimous decision victory.  He defeated Cayetano, in what was a very interesting fight.  Santa Cruz has not yet fought any elite opposition, but has the skills to do so.  Abner Mares will be his biggest test to date this coming Saturday.

ABNER MARES

-Record:  29 – 1 – 1, 15 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Featherweight (122 pounds) / also: Featherweight (126 pounds) & Bantamweight (118 pounds).

-Height:  5′ 5″ (165 cm)

-Reach:  68″

-Born:  11/28/85 (age 29)

-Notable Fights:

  • Vic Darchinyan  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/11/10.  (Won vacant WBC silver & IBO Bantamweight Titles)
  • Joseph Agbeko #1  —  Win, Majority Decision (12), 8/13/11.  (Won IBF Junior Featherweight title)
  • Daniel Ponce de Leon  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 5/4/13.  (Won WBC Featherweight Title)

Since getting knocked out by Jhonny Gonzalez in a first round KO fluke, Mares has won 3 fights in a row.  He defeated Jonathan Oquendo by UD (7/12/14), Jose Ramirez by TKO (12/13/14), and Arturo Santos Reyes by UD (3/7/15).  Mares has fought slightly better opposition then Santa Cruz has, but none the less, Santa Cruz will also be his toughest opponent to date.

PREDICTIONS:

Leo Santa Cruz  —  def  —  Abner Mares  —  via  —  Unanimous decision

Julio Ceja  —  def  —  Hugo Ruiz  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Alfredo Angulo  —  def  —  Hector Munoz  —  via  —  TKO 3rd round

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE