Posts Tagged ‘#ShowtimePPV’

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.

Champ – Tyson Fury (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   RING

  1. Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-0, 53 KO’s)
  2. Deontay Wilder (37-0-0, 36 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Kubrat Pulev (24-1-0, 13 KO’s)
  4. Anthony Joshua (18-0-0, 18 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Luis Ortiz (27-0-0, 23 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (11-0-0, 10 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Denis Lebedev (29-3-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1-0, 16 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Andre Ward (31-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBO
  2. Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s)
  3. Adonis Stevenson (28-1-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Eleider Alvarez (22-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Artur Beterbiev (11-0-0, 11 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. James DeGale (23-1-1, (14 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gilberto Ramirez (34-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  4. George Groves (25-3-0, 18 KO’s)
  5. Andre Dirrell (25-2-0, 16 KO’s)

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (48-1-1, 33 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (37-0-0, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. David Lemieux (36-3-0, 32 KO’s)
  4. Billy Joe Saunders (24-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Andy Lee (35-3-1, 24 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Saul Alvarez (48-1-1, 33 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 12 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Miguel Cotto (40-5-0, 33 KO’s)
  4. Jermell Charlo (28-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Demetrius Andrade (24-0-0, 16 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (27-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Kell Brook (36-1-0, 25 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (26-2-1, 16 KO’s)
  4. Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Timothy Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Terence Crawford (30-0-0, 21 KO’s)   RING, WBC, WBO

  1. Viktor Postol (28-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  2. Antonio Orozco (25-0-0, 16 KO’s)
  3. Adrian Granados (18-4-2, 12 KO’s)
  4. Ricky Burns (41-5-1, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Regis Prograis (19-0-0, 16 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (41-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (36-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Terry Flanagan (31-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Robert Easter (19-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KO’s)
  5. Denis Shofikov (38-2-1, 20 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1-0, 5 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO’s)
  3. Jezreel Corrales (21-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBA
  4. Miguel Berchelt (31-1-0, 28 KO’s)   WBC
  5. Takashi Miura (31-3-2, 23 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (27-1-0, 16 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (23-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (24-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guilliermo Rigondeaux (17-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (24-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (29-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Genesis Servania (27-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  5. Nonito Donaire (37-4-0, 24 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-0-2, 19 KO’s)   RING, WBC

  1. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  2. Juan Carlos Payano (18-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  3. Lee Haskins (34-3-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1, 12 KO’s)
  5. Marlon Tapales (29-2-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Naoya Inoue (12-0-0, 10 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Roman Gonzalez (46-1-0, 38 KO’s)
  4. Carlos Cuadras (36-1-1, 27 KO’s)
  5. Juan Francisco Estrada (35-2-0, 25 KO’s)

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Kazuto Ioka (21-1-0, 13 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Johriel Casimero (23-3-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Donnie Nietes (39-1-4, 22 KO’s)
  4. Amnat Ruenroeng (17-1-0, 5 KO’s)
  5. Juan Carlos Reveco (27-3-0, 19 KO’s)

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Perdo Guevara (29-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  2. Akira Yaegashi (25-5-0, 13 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Ganigan Lopez (28-6-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Kosei Tanaka (8-0-0, 5 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-2, 11 KO’s)   WBA

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (45-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (15-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Byron Rojas (18-3-3, 8 KO’s)
  4. Jose Argumedo (19-3-1, 11 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Katsunari Takayama (31-8-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO

Andre Berto was not the most popular choice of opponent for Floyd Mayweathers’ “last” fight, but he was the WBA #1 contender, so it made sense.  He is also the interim WBA Champion.  With that being said, Mayweather made Berto look like and amateur fighter.  All three judges had Mayweather winning the fight by a landslide.  Judge Adalade Bird scored it 120-108 (Mayweather), judge Dave Maretti scored it 117-111 (Mayweather), and judge Steve Weisfeld scored it 118-110 (Mayweather).  I was paying extra close attention to this fight, being a huge Mayweather fan, and scored it 119-109, giving Berto only the 7th round.  Berto looked really nervous and could not get it going.  When he did, Mayweather showed us something we have forgotten.  He still can fight on the inside, and he still can brawl.  In fact, he almost was able to KO Berto in round 12.

This was Mayweathers most brilliant performance in recent years, even though some might criticize his opponent (Berto).  Mayweather looked faster and sharper then he did in his last fight, and looked just as brilliant as he did in the Canelo Alvarez fight.  Canelo in my opinion also only won 1 round (maybe 2), and Mayweather was brilliant against him.  Mayweather is now 49-0 (26 KO’s), and has tied Rocky Marcianos’ record.  After the fight, Mayweather said he’s done.  I do not believe this, because I think he was sending a subliminal message when he said, “records are made to be broken.”  I think Mayweather will fight again to become 50-0, and then and only then, can he claim to be TBE (the best ever).

Salido Gets Robbed

Who should be the WBO Junior Lightweight Champion?  Not Rocky Martinez, thats for sure.  Orlando Salido beat up Martinez over 12 rounds, and was absolutely robbed via decision.  Only 1 judge got it right, and that was Burt Clements (115-113) for Salido.  Glen Feldman scored it 114-114, and Ptrick Gormay scored it 115-113 for Martinez.  I scored the fight 116-112 for Salido, which was very accurate in my opinion.  I gave Salido rounds 1, 2, 5-8, and 12.  Marinez won 3,4,10, and 11 in my opinion.  This fight was an absolute war, just like their first fight, and the wrong man walked away with the title.

Jack VS Groves

George Groves was making his third attempt at a world title.  Would the third time be the charm?  No it would not!  After being knocked down in the first, Groves dug a hole for himself, but would bounce back nicely.  He fought like a champion, but would ultimately come up short.  he was out boxed by fellow Money Team fighter Badou Jack “The Ripper”.  Jack looked great in his first title defense, and they say you are not a true champ until u defend successfully.

Gonzalez VS Oquendo

Another chapter in the Puerto Rico VS Mexico rivalry is in the books.  Jonathan Oquendo defeated Jhonny Gonzalez via majority decision.  The final tallies were 94-94, 98-90, and 95-93 in favor of Oquendo.  This was a very interesting fight, as it was a chess match in the beginning.  Very strategic and careful were both fighters, as neither could afford to lose.  Unfortunately for Gonzalez, Oquendo was the better man on Saturday night.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

The training camps should begin shortly.  The ticket information should be released soon.  Purse splits and all other details will be coming any time now, and most of all the excitement of Floyd Mayweathers return will start building up.  Spetember 12th is only a month and a half away, and the MGM Grand will be hosting Mayweathers’ final fight.  Or so we think.  Mayweather has defeated the best throughout his illustrious career.  Names like Zab Judah, Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, and the list goes on.

Now that the Floyd Mayweather VS Andre Berto fight has been made official, lets take a look at the ultimate highlight reel of Mayweathers’ best fights:

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE


Well, it is finally official.  After yet another Floyd Mayweather saga of choosing an opponent, he has finally chosen Andre Berto.  The contracts are signed and it is set for 8 PM ET on September 12th 2015, live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada.  The fight will be televised in showtime PPV with a price tag of $64.95 (standard), and $74.95 (HD).  It will be an action packed night.  Maywether (48-0, 26 KO’s) will be defending his WBAsuper & his WBC Welterweight titles against the hard hitting Berto (30-3, 22 KO’s).  Also, Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) will be defending his WBC Super Middleweight title against George Groves (21-2, 15 KO’s) in the Co-Feature.  Also on the undercard, Roman Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KO’s) will be defending his WBO Super Featherweight title, against former champion Orlando Salido (42-13-2, 29 KO’s).

Mayweather is of course coming off of a unanimous decision victory over manny Pacquiao back on May 2nd.  Andre Berto is also coming off of a win against Josestio Lopez (3/13/15), where he seemed to be losing the fight, and then dramatically knocked Lopez out in the 6th round of their fight.  If Mayweather wins, he would tie the legendary Rocky Marcianos’ record of 49-0.  The fight against Berto would compete the record breaking contract Mayweather signed with Showtime (6 fights/$300 million).  There has however been speculation that Floyd will return for 1 more fight after, to get to 50 wins and become “TBE”.

The trash talking didn’t take long to start either.  Mayweather went on to say,  “I’m ready to get back in the ring on September 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m The Best Ever, I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception. He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before and on September 12, I’m going to make it 49.”

Berto would respond by saying, “I’m coming to kick Floyd’s ass on September 12, best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do. Somebody is getting knocked out and it won’t be me. You don’t want to miss this.”

It will be an exciting night, with 3 different World Championship fights being brought to you by Showtime PPV.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), is a promotion that is run by Al Haymon, with its main attraction being that it brings back boxing to mainstream network television.  People don’t need to have HBO or Showtime to watch fights.  It is televised on ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Spike TV, and Bounce TV.  So its easy access to a large number of fans who do not have or want HBO and Showtime for whatever reason it may be.

So the question is raised.  Is Premier Boxing Champions and Al Haymon good for the sport of boxing?  Unfortunalty, there are a lot of different answers to this question.  It also raises a many more questions in my book.  Is Al Haymon doing it for the money?  Is he doing it for the fans? is he doing it to restore glory in the squared circle?  No one can really answer that except Al Haymon unfortunately.  There is no question that Haymon is a promotional genius to pull something like this off, because boxing has not been on mainstream television before this year for a very long time.  So I do tip my hat to him for bringing it back.  Is it a financially terrific idea and promotion?  Yes, absolutely!!!  It bring boxing to everyone, and myself being a obsessed fan, its really cool that it reaches so many people now.

PBC also has a terrific array of fighters, with the top dogs being the likes of Adrein Broner, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan, Erislandy Lara, Lamont Peterson, Shawn Porter, Adonis Stevenson, Keith Thurman, and Deontay Wilder, among many others.  I must say that is a very impressive list of fighters.  PBC is doing great, the ratings are through the roof, Al Haymon is making money, and millions of fans get to experience more boxing for free.  So it actually does a lot of good from that stand point.

Now, heres the bad, the fights themselves.  They are boring and predictable.  Sadly, Al Haymoin has a knack for setting up these kinds of fights, when you just know who is going to win as soon as the contract is signed, and the fight is still months away.  The name of the series is PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS”.  Shouldn’t a top tier fighter be fighting against another top tier fighter most of the time on this show, instead of a Champion always fighting a has been or never was?  I must admit, it started off well.  Khan VS Algieri was good, Garcia and Peterson were both big names even though no title was on the line, and Thurman/Guerrero was fun to watch.  Porter VS Broner was evenly matched as well, but other then that, there are a bunch of fights where there is an overwhelming favorite to win, and its just not fun.  Stevenson VS Bika would be a prime example of that.  And another would be Thurman VS Collazo.  Carl Frampton, who somehow went down twice on lucky shots in the first round, was also a huge favorite to win his fight against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr, which of course he did.  Big surprise.

Another problem is the set up.  The commercials kill me, but it is network TV so you can’t complain about that.  The arena and walkway to the ring is a circus.  I feel like I went back in time to when U used to watch WWE Wrestling.  There is absolutely no “Boxing feel” in the ring entrances of the fighters.  They come out alone onto a huge stages with their hands up, like they are professional wrestlers, and in my opinion, it looks a little ridiculous.

Last but not least, the broadcast team needs to go.  Sugar Ray Leonard can stay of course, being that he’s a former all time great boxer, and his input on fights is very valuable.  I can stomach Marv Albert to a certain point, but anyone with any sort of advanced knowledge of boxing can tell that he is better off commentating on a different sport such as Football, Basketball, and Hockey.  He has a ton of experience there.  Al Michaels needs to go.  He has no clue.  He just calls it like he sees it without any personal opinions of his own.  I respect the man for all he’s done in the sports world to this point in his life.  It is actually quite remarkable, but boxing is just not his thing.  In conclusion, PBC is a great idea on paper.  It spreads boxing throughout the nation to millions of people.  But it needs a lot of work, starting with the caliber of fights that they air.  It started great, but it has become stale.  In fact it almost looks like set up fights at this point.  Once that is fixed, everything else will fall into place, and it should be a great series.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

I am well aware that 80% of the viewing public on some level wanted Manny Pacquiao to finally end the streak of Floyd Mayweather.  Although Floyd is my favorite boxer, I am guilty as well to some degree.  A part of me really wanted to see Manny Pacquiao pull this one out, but we can not deny the brilliance of Floyd Mayweather.  There is no doubt that Manny Pacquaio is in a league above everyone else, the only problem is that there is just one more league above that, and Floyd Matyweather is the only member.

The hype of this fight was unbelievable, and truly made everyone see that this was the boxing event for the ages.  Many said the fight was boring, but to the true hardcore boxing fan, it was poetry in motion.  After 6 long years of waiting, we finally got to see one of the biggest fights of our generation.  Two future hall of famers, and currently the #1 and #2 fighters in the entire world, finally gave the fans what they wanted to see, and stepped into the ring to see who was really the better man.  Everything was on the line, including the WBA, WBC, WBO, & TheRing welterweight titles, but more importantly pound for pound supremacy.

From the opening bell, it was Mayweathers fight.  He dictated the pace, which meant he would win.  Had Pacquiao dictated the pace of this fight, there is a chance the result might have been different.  Mayweathers jab was outstanding, and he was countering at will.  Fighters think they know what it takes to defeat Floyd, and maybe they do.  But once you get in the ring, the question is can you actually do it?  The answer is NO!!!  46 have tried, and 46 have failed.  I say 46 instead of 48 because Mayweather fought Castillo and Maidana twice.  Pacquiao simply looked baffled in the ring, and just seemed like he didn’t know what to do.  He is not used to being the slower man, and he could not get inside and make it nasty because of Floyd’s impeccable defense.  Even when Pacquiao was able to throw a flurry of punches, nothing was really landing, instead it was being slipped or bouncing off of Mayweathers gloves.

In the later rounds it seemed like Pacquiao was increasingly growing frustrated, because of the fact that he just could not penetrate Floyd’s defense.  You can’t get frustrated against Mayweather, because he will use it against you.  Floyd noticed this frustration and continued to counter effectively and pick Manny apart.  Pacquiao looked a lot better in the beginning of the fight and even stole some rounds by out working Floyd, but in the end Floyd actually threw more punches and landed at a significantly higher percentage.  Mayweather landed 148 punches while throwing 435 (34%).  Manny Pacquiao landed 81 punches while throwing 429 (19%).  That is a huge difference, and the judges saw it.  The final scorecards read:  118-110, 116-112, and 116-112.  Thise were very fair scores in my book as I had the fight 117-111.  Mayweather improves to 48-0 (26 KOs) and we now await his “final” fight in September.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE