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Tonight, February 3rd 2018, Top Rank Boxing brings to you a double header of action.  In the main event, undefeated Super Middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez (36-0, 24 KO’s) will defend his WBO Super Middleweight title against undefeated challenger Habib Ahmed (26-0-1, 18 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi Texas, and will be live in ESPN at 10:15pm ET.  In the co-feature, Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1, 19 KO’s) will put his IBF Super Flyweight title on the line against Israel Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and prediction:

Gilberto Ramirez Tale of The Tape Habib Ahmed
36 Wins 26
0 Lost 0
24 KOs 18
0 Draws 1
36 Total Fights 27
67% KO% 67%
6’2″ Height  5’8″
75″ Reach  N/A
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Nationality Accra, Ghana
June 19th 1991

Date of Birth

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jerwin Ancajas  —  def  —  Israel Gonzalez  —  via  —  Decision

Gilberto Ramirez  —  def  —  Habib Ahmed  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

 

-Daivd Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for jack vs degaleLast Saturday night January 14th 2017, Badou Jack “The Ripper” (20-1-3, 12 KO’s) and James “Chunky” DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KO’s) battled to unify The WBC & IBF Super Middleweight titles, and to win the vacant TheRing Super Middleweight title.  The Ring title would stay vacant, and Jack and DeGale would both retain the WBC & IBF titles respectively, due to the fight ending in a Majority Draw.  In the co-featured bout, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (17-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Jose Pedraza (22-1, 12 KO’s) via TKO victory in the 7th round to become the new IBF Junior Lightweight champion, and the youngest current American champion at age 22.  Davis started of strong, but lost some momentum in rounds 4 and 5.  In the 6th, Davis hurt Pedraza badly with a liver shot that he would never fully recover from.  Guarding his body tightly, Pedraza left his face open and got his head taken off in the 7th, with a vicious right hook that knocked him into next week.

The main event started off with a bang.  DeGale, known as a fast started that sometimes fades late into fights, did indeed start off quickly.  In the first round, Badou Jack walked right into a sneaky left hand from DeGale, and it put him down on the canvas.  Jack wasn’t really hurt and pooped up immediately, but was already down on the scorecards.  DeGale would also take the second round pretty easily, with his slick boxing and movement around the ring.  Jack would improve his defense in the 3rd, and in the 4th, his terrific left hook made its first appearance, as he nailed DeGale with it a few times.  The 5th round was a swing round, and probably the reason that the fight ended in a draw.  Jack ripped DeGale’s body with vicious combinations in the first half of the round, but James DeGale would take over in the second half of the round, with his movement and punch output.

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Badou Jack would go on the attack again in the 6th round, pinning DeGale into the ropes and ripping to the body, but in the 7th, DeGale would come back with some good body work of his own, and back and forth they went.  Jack would clobber DeGale with a hard straight right hand in the 8th that knocked out DeGale’s mouthpiece.  Jack would then try to finish the badly hurt DeGale, but was unsuccessful.  In the 12th round, Badou Jack nailed James DeGale with a huge left hook/right uppercut combination that put DeGale down for the first time in his career.  Jack evened out the knockdowns, and apparently the judges scorecards as well, and the fight ended in a Majority Draw.  Personally i believe that the 12th round knockdown should have won Jack the fight as i scored it 114-112 in favor of Badou Jack.  Judge Glen Feldman scored the fight 114-112 for DeGale, and judges Julie Lederman and Steve Weisfeld both scored the fight 113-113.  The final punch stats read a slightly different story though, and corroborated with my scorecard.  Badou Jack landed 231 of 745 (31%) punches, while James DeGale landed 172 of 617 (28%) punches.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

This past Friday night April the 29th, on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike, undefeated rising star Jonathan Guzman (21-0, 21 KO’s) defeated Daniel Rosas (17-3-1, 11 KO’s) in the IBF Super Bantamweight eliminator by 8th round TKO.  After 8 rounds of grueling action, the fight was stopped in the corner between the 8th and 9th rounds.  Anthony Dirrell (29-1-1, 23 KO’s) and Andre Dirrell (25-2, 16 KO’s) were both victorious as well.  Anthony over Caleb Truax (25-2-2, 16 KO’s) by 1st round TKO, and Andre over Blake Caparello (22-2-1, 6 KO’s) by unanimous decision victory.

Anthony Dirrell made quick work of tough opponent Caleb Truax.  Dirrell looked like he was coming out slow to feel his opponent out in the first round.  He jabbed here and there and just watched Truax in the first minute of the round.  In the second minute of the round, Dirrell would land a vicious straight right hand that shook Truax.  With no legs under him, Truax would eat another right, followed by a left hook, and finished off with a looping overhand right that put him down for the first time.  True would get up, but he was already done.  Dirrell would be on the attack immediately, landing a straight right and left hook combination that put Truax down again.  The referee would waive the fight off, as Truax was on dream street.  Anthony Dirrell gets his career back ob track with a 1st round TKO victory, and caps it off with a beautiful backflip.

In the main event of the evening, Andre Dirrell defeated Blake Caparello via unanimous decision.  After telling the media that he has basically thrown out the southpaw stance from his arsenal, Dirrell came out fighting lefty.  In the second round, after starting off conventional, he would switch southpaw again, and get knocked down by a Caparello left hand.  From the third round on, Blake Caparello pretty much spent the rest of the fight on the ropes or trapped in the corner.  With not enough power to make Dirrell respect him, Caparello was getting beat up.  towards the end of the fight, Dirrell was putting together 5, 6, and 7 punch combinations that just overwhelmed the Australian fighter.  Dirrell goes on to win on all 3 scorecards by a score of 98-91.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

This Friday night, Premier Boxing Champions will be live on Spike TV at the Trump Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City New Jersey.  Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KO’s) will be taking on Blake Caparello (22-1-1, 6 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Middleweight bout, Anthony Dirrell (28-1-1, 22 KO’s) will be taking on Caleb Traux (26-2-2, 16 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Middleweight bout, and KO artist Jonathan Guzman (20-0, 20 KO’s) will be taking on Daniel Rosas (20-2-1, 12 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Bantamweight bout.  Here are the predictions:

Predictions:

Andre Dirrell  —  def  —  Blake Caparello  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Anthony Dirrell  —  def  —  Caleb Taux  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Jonathan Guzman  —  def  —  Daniel Rosas  —  via  —  KO 4th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Newly crowned IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO’s), will be making the first defense of his title on June 25th 2106.  The fight will take place at the O2 Arena in London England, and will be televised on SKY Box Office PPV for the Brits.  It has not yet been announced which American network will televise the fight (HBO or ShowTime), but one must assume that ShowTime will be the winner with there ShowTime International Series.  Joshua won the IBF World Heavyweight title back on April 9th, when he knocked out former champion Charles Martin in the second round.  Martin won the title by default anyway, when he defeated Vyacheslav Glaskov for the vacant title, after Glaskov suffered a knee injury in the 3rd round, and was unable to continue.

As expected, Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF World Heavyweight title against upstart Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KO’s).  Beazeale is still raw and lacks in the stamina department.  He had a lot of trouble against Amir Marsour, who at the time of their fight was 44 years old.  Breazeale eventually knocked him out, but Mansour hurt him want times in their fight, and even put him down.  In the fight before that, Fred Kassi gave Breazeale fits as well, but he escaped with a narrow unanimous decision victory.  Breazeale’s resume is not an impressive one, and the casual fan would probably not recognize any names on it.  Now he gets the opportunity of a lifetime against Joshua for a world title.

Also added to the card is Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KO’s) VS George Groves (23-3, 18 KO’s).  This will be a good one!  After losing to Gennady Golovkin, Murray moved up to Super Middleweight.  The move was a successful one, and after piling up 3 wins in England, Murray even fought for the WBO title against Arthur Abraham.  Murray lost the fight via split decision, but many thought he should have been the winner in hostile Germany.  George Groves lost to Badou Jack back in September of 2015, but has been busy since.  He won two fights on January 30th and April 9th of 2016, and will be defending his WBA International Super Middleweight title against Murray.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KO’s), who destroyed huge underdog Nadjib Mohammeddi (37-4, 23 KO’s), his #1 IBF title contender on Saturday night, is ready to move on the bigger and better things.  Kovalev absolutely whipped the floor with his highly overmatched opponent this past weekend, and when asked about Andre Wards’ recent comments about him, he reiterated his previous answer to Max Kellerman.  “I’m ready for anyone”.  Kovalev has proven that he will take on anyone in the ring, as he continues to fight top 10 opponents in the Light Heavyweight division, except Mohammeddi, which for reason unknown to me, was somehow ranked Kovalevs’ mandatory contender by the IBF.

Andre Ward had his tune up fight against Paul Smith after being out of the ring for a long time due to injuries and promotional troubles.  He seems to be foaming at the mouth, and hell bent on getting the biggest fights possible after his completely one sided return to the ring against smith.  Ward stopped Smith in the 9th rounds of their fight back on June 20 of this year, and ever since then has been throwing out huge names that he wants to fight “now”.  Is Ward for real?  Only time can tell, but by the way he’s talking, he wants action.

Andre Ward was dropped off of TheRing Magazine Pound for Pound list, and even the top 10 rankings in the Super Middleweight division due to extreme inactivity, but is still the best fighter in the division, and arguably the world when active.  Maybe this is why he’s looking for the biggest name to fight in a very quick manner.  He wanted to fight Gennady Golovkin first, at a catch weight somewhere between Middleweight and Super Middleweight, but that won’t happen now with Golovkin fighting David Lemuiex on the October 17th HBO PPV.  And, Ward has expressed interest in moving up to Light Heavyweight (175 pounds) anyway, so the biggest fight possible would have to be against Kovalev.

http://www.boxingscene.com got this quote from Kovalev.  “He’s a fighter on a high level.  He’s an olympic champion.  He’s the best right now in the Super Middleweigh division.  Right now I’m in the Light Heavyweight Division and Andre Ward is still in Super Middleweight.  This is a sport.  I’m open to fight anyone, I’m not Adonis Stevenson,” Kovalev said.  It remains to be seen if any of this will actually happen, but I personally believe both fighter with what they are saying.  Reasons being is that Kovalev just does not back down from anything, and the possibility of a showdown with Stevenson is looking very bleak.  Ward on the other hand, is one of the best, if not THE best pound for pound pure boxer in the world.  At the moment he is not recognized as one (due to the inactivity), and it must be eating him alive.  It looks like 2015 is setting up a large number of huge potential fights for 2016, and its all very exciting.

-Davvid Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Andre Wards camp has announced that they want to fight Gennandy “GGG” Golovkin before moving their man up to Light Heavyweight (175 pounds).  Ward said he wants the fight before the end of the year, and then once he moves up in weight, he want to take on Sergey Kovalev.  Big words from Ward and his team, so lets see if this dream matchup could actually happen.

When Ward is active, he is arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world.  Outside of Floyd Mayweather of course, there isn’t anyone that can compare to Wards’ pure boxing skills.  He sat #2 on TheRing Magazine Pound For Pound List seemingly forever, and the only reason he was removed was due to inactivity.  Golovkin on the other hand is now ranked #4 on the pound for pound list, even though the elite opponent has evaded him so far.  Golovkin can’t get a fight for his life against a top tier opponent, because to them, the risk is simply not worth the reward.  “GGG” hold the highest KO percentage in Middleweight Championship history, so getting in the ring with him, especially if you have a lot to lose is not the best idea.  I am skeptical about thus fight happening for one reason.  Even though Golovkin said he would fight anyone at anytime (which I did believe him), he was shunned by both ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Miguel Cotto, when they decided to finally fight each other.  The Canelo VS Cotto fight should have obviously happened already, istead of Cotto fighting Danie Geale, a man that Golovkin already knocked out.

Golovkin seems to be hell bent on taking on the Canelo/Cotto winner, so a fight with Andre Ward seems a little less likely.  If Cotto had just fought ‘Canelo’ at the time he fought Geale, then Golovkin would probably have a fight scheduled already against whoever the victor was.  Then if he beat Caneo/Cotto, the Andre Ward fight would definitely have been a possibility for the end of 2015.   Ward want the Golovkin fight now, because he wants to move up in weight.  It would not make any sense to move up from 168 lbs to 175 lbs to fight Kovalev, and then have to move back down to fight “GGG”.  If this fight took place, it would most certainly be at a catch weight somewhere between 160 and 168 pound (probably 164).  Ward is a Super Middleweight at the moment (168), while Golovkin is a Middleweight (160).  The purse split would also likely be 50/50 down the middle, because who is the “A” side here and who is the “B” side??

So now its time to find out if Ward is for real with his words, and if Gennandy Golovkin will actually stay true to his and fight ANYONE AT ANY TIME.  The invitation is set but Ward and his team, but is it a real one?  Or is Ward just blowing smoke to get publicity, because he knows that Golovkin wants the Canelo/Cotto winner?  In my opinion, Golovkin should take this fight because its the biggest name available at the moment, and thagts what he’s been starving for.  He needs to prove himself against an elite opponent, and Andre Ward would be just that.  On the other hand, if “GGG” would lose to Ward, there goes the Canelo/Cotto winner.  Never the less, this fight should be made because it just the best fight to be made, plain and simple.  Cotto and ‘Canelo’ square off in November, so Golovkin wouldn’t fight the winner until next year anyway, and he currently has no foreseeable opponent for the near future.  Lets see what happens!

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

After being totally obliterated by Andrzej Fonfara, Julio Cesar Chavez JR (48-2-1, 1NC, 32 KO’s) is back in action tonight against the hard hitting Marcos Reyes (28-1, 22 KO’s).  Chavez failed to make weight again coming in at 170.8 lbs, rather then the 169 pound limit.  Reyes even allowed Chavez to come in at 170 and he still failed to make it.  This has been problem for Chavez lately, and a permanent move to a 175 pounds should be strongly considered.  Chavez is looking to bounce back from that disappointing loss to Fonfara, which just happened to be the only time he was ever stopped, so look for him to come on strong. Never the less, here’ stye breakdown:

JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR

-Record:  48 – 2 – 1, 1NC, 32 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Middleweight (168 pound)

-Height:  6′ 1″

-Reach:  73″

-Notable Fights

  • Sebastian Zbik  —  Win, MD 12 rounds, 6/4/11.  (Won WBC Middleweight title)
  • Andy Lee  —  Win, TKO 7th round, 6/6/12.
  • Sergio Martinez  —  Loss, UD 12 rounds, 9/15/12.  (Lost WBC Middleweight title)

Chavez Jr was boxings golden boy for a long time, largely due to his father of course, but he’s trying to get back on the right track.  After losing to Sergio Martinez, Chavez impressed with back to back victories against Brian Vera.  He clearly won both fights, but then layer a goose egg against Fonfara.  He just looked like he didn’t want to fight on that particular night.  Hopefully tonight he gets in gear and proves that he is a good boxer.  Look for chavez to enter the ring with a chip on his shoulder, and be full throttle from the opening bell.

MARCOS REYES

-Record:  28-1, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Super Middleweight (168 pounds)

-Height:  6′ 2″

-Reach:  76″

-Notable Fights

  • Christian Solano  —  Win, TKO 4th round, 6/4/11.

Chavez must be careful in this fight because Reyes has some power.  22 of his 28 wins come by knockout, so look out.  Reyes’ resume is not very impressive at all, having been 12 rounds only 5 times in his career.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out tonight, with Reyes having the height and reach advantage over Chavez.

Prediction:

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr  —  def  —  Marcos Reyes  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision (10)

David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Carl Froch v George Groves

Well the news came early in England because of the time difference, but Carl “The Cobra” Froch has officially retired from professional boxing.  Froch finishes his stellar career with a record of 33-2 with 24 KO’s, and was a three time title holder in the Super Middleweight division.  His only 2 career losses came agains stellar opposition, with the first being against Mikkel Kessler in April of 2010 (he would defeat Kessler in a rematch), and of course Andre Ward, who when active is the best in the world.  Froch has an impressive resume besides his losses.  He spent his career fighting against top tier opposition and never backed down from any fighter.  His conquests include wins over Jean Pascal (12/6/08), Arthur Abraham (11/27/10), Lucian Bute (5/26/12), Mikkel Kessler (5/25/13), and of course George Groves not once but twice (11/23/13 & 5/31/14).

Froch is 38 years of age so the retirement is not all that surprising, although he would still probably be near the top of his game, if he did fight one more time, but you can tell that he’s been thinking long and hard about this move for a while now.  What is a little surprising is the fact that he’s been dangling a potential Golovkin showdown in front of everyones face for weeks now, or even a 3rd showdown against George Groves.  Its totally understandable that a Golovkin fight at this particular time is most likely not worth the reward, but it probably would be a huge payday, especially if it took place in an 80,000 seat stadium.  If Froch fought Golovkin (or Groves for that matter) and lost, it would definitely not take anything away from his legacy, because lie i said before, he’s always fought the best available to him.  If anything it would probably improve his legacy (even with a loss) to fight Gennady Golovkin when no one else will.

Froch said: “I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved in boxing but now is the right moment to hang up my gloves. I have nothing left to prove and my legacy speaks for itself.”

And he’s right!!!  Froch will no doubt go down as a hall-of-famer in the boxing world, and it is very well deserved.  Froch held the WBA, WBC, and IBF Super Middleweight titles throughout points of his career, and was formerly on TheRing Pound-ForPound list, only removed because of inactivity.  I guess all good things must come to an end eventually, so thank you Carl “The Cobra” Froch for putting on show after show for us and never backing down from the best.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE