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On August 19th 2017, Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo will go at each other in this unification bout, for the Undisputed Junior Welterweight Championship.  Terence Crawford will defend his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight championship, and on the flip side, Julius Indongo will be defending his WBAunified/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, and will be live at 9pm ET on ESPN.  This fight will be for all the marbles, as the winner will be crowned the first truly undisputed champion since Bernard Hopkins took all the Middleweight belts back in 2004.

Julius Indongo has arguably been the most pleasant surprise in the Junior Welterweight division.  Up until his 21 bout, no one was quite sure what to make of him.  He was running through all of his opponents, but the level of skill in the competition he was facing, was mediocre at best.  After going 20-0 against pretty much nobody, Indongo would finally get his title shot.  He was the underdog against the hard hitting and feared Russian Eduard Troyanovsky, and no one really gave him a chance in that fight.  Indongo accepted the tough challenge, and mashed Troyanovsky to record a 1st round knockout victory.  Was it a fluke many were asking.  Indongo then put his belt on the line in a unification bout against Ricky Burns, and took care of business as well, for a decision victory.  He now holds every other belt that Terence Crawford does not.

Terence Crawford on the other hand, has been unconscious in the ring lately.  He is simply fighting like a man possessed.  Crawford has always been the best fighter in his weight class no matter what weight he was at, but in his last few fights he has stepped it up even further.  There is such a huge gap between Crawford and the next best Junior Welterweight, that I honestly believe no one at 140 or even 147 stands a chance against him.  Crawford, a natural righty, has seemingly completely abandoned the orthodox stance, and is fighting exclusively out of the southpaw stance now.  And boy has it been working for him.  His power has seemed to go up even more, even though he is fighting on his less dominant side.  He seems to be truly ambidextrous.   Usually when fighters step up the level of completion they face, they don’t look as good or have as much power.  Crawford was built for “the moment”.  The better the fighter in front of him is, the better he looks.  It is simply amazing how he takes on top notch fighters, and makes them look like amateurs.  Indongo, will unfortunately just be another stepping stone for Crawford.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Next Saturday June 17th 2017, will be the rematch between Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s), which is poised to be one of the biggest fights in 2017.  It is the battle for Light Heavyweight supremacy, with 4 titles on the line.  Ward will defend the WBA/WBO/IBF/TheRing Light Heavyweight titles, which he took from Kovalev last November, in a very close decision victory.  A lot of doubts were cast on Ward, and a lot of questions were raised about if he actually did beat Kovalev, in what was the narrowest decision in recent memory.  Many fans, and of course Kovalev, did not agree with the decision, and so we have the rematch.

So, is there any reason to think that Ward won’t be victorious this time around?  Between the 2 fighters, only Kovalev has fought someone twice.  He defeated Jean Pascal via TKO back in March of 2015, and then completely destroyed him in their rematch back in January of 2016.  But was Kovalev better in the rematch?  Or was Pascal just that much worse?  Pascal was very gun shy in their second fight, and Kovalev took complete advantage of that fact.  Never the less, it was a complete wipe out in their rematch.  In my opinion, this would be the only evidence that could support a possible Kovalev victory.  In the first fight with Ward, Kovalev knocked Ward down in the first round, but was unable to knock him out.  He will have to do that to win, because going to the scorecards after 12 rounds with Ward, will most likely not be favorable for any fighter for that matter.

Andre Ward on the other hand, has literally beaten everyone relevant in or around what ever weight class he has been in.  In his Super Middleweight days, he went on a rampage.  Ward was predicted to be one of the first eliminated from the Super 6 tournament.  Guess what.  He went on to win it.  He defeated all the top fighters at Super Middleweight which included Mikkel Kessler, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, and of course the great future hall of famer Carl Froch.  He then went on the defeat the once feared Chad Dawson, to completely take over the division.  Ward has made a career out of fighting and beating the best, so there is no reason to think otherwise here.  If anything, he has learned from the first encounter with Kovalev, and will defeat him more decisively this time around.  Kovalev needs a knockout to win here in my opinion, which is definitely not out of the question.  If it does go to the score cards after 12 rounds though, look for another close decision, but Andre Ward will be victorious.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight Saturday May 20th 2017, Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KO’s) defends his TheRing/WBC/WBO Junior Welterweight titles against Felix Diaz(19-1, 9 KO’s).  The fight will take place at Madison Square Garden and will be live on HBO Boxing at 10:15pm ET.  In the Co-feature, Raymundo Beltran(32-7-1, 19 KO’s) and Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Lightweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Felix Diaz Tale of The Tape Terence Crawford
19 Wins 30
1 Lost 0
9 KOs 21
0 Draws 0
20 Total Fights 30
45% KO% 70%
5’5″ Height 5’8″
67″ Reach 70″
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Dominican Republic Nationality Omaha, Nebraska, United States
1983-12-10 Date of Birth September 28th, 1987

 

Predictions:

Jonathan Maicelo  —  def  —  Raymundo Beltran  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Felix Diaz  —  via TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

Related imageOn September 16th of 2017, the fight that everyone has been patiently waiting for will finally happen when Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) takes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s).  Every Middleweight title will be on the line in this matchup except the WBO middleweight world title, which is currently around the waist of Billy Joe Saunders.  Golovkin will be defending his WBAsuper/WBC/IBF Middleweight titles, while Canelo Alvarez will be defending his TheRing Middleweight title, and they will also duke it out for the vacant Lineal Middleweight title.

Canelo Alvarez is coming off of a completely one sided victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, in a fight where he won every round.  Canelo completely dominated Chavez from start to finish, in what was basically a 12 round beat down.  Chavez tried to box with Canelo, who is by far the superior boxer of the two, instead of doing what he normally does, and trying to make the fight a brawl, which hurt him badly in the end.  Golovkin recently defeated Daniel Jacobs, in what was a very narrow unanimous decision victory.  Golovkin knocked Jacobs down, and that proved to be the difference on the scorecards.  These are by far the worlds 2 best middleweights, and they will go at it on September 16th for all the marbles.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Their first fight was amazing, in fact it was even on the score cards through the first six rounds.  The rematch told a different story.  On Saturday night March 25th, Jorge Linares (42-3, 27 KO’s) proved that he indeed was the superior fighter, when he defeated Anthony Crolla (31-6, 13 KO’s) again in their rematch.  Corolla looked great in the first round, and looked like he would make this another close fight.  Unfortunately, that was the only round he looked great in.

Linares completely took over the fight from the second round on, by controlling the distance and range with his jab, and landing vicious left hooks to the body that slowed Crolla down.  In the 5th round, Linares found the right uppercut, and landed it repeatedly throughout the rest of the fight.  The left uppercut would come as well, as Linares dropped Crolla with it in the 7th round.  Crolla actually came out strong in the 8th, perhaps feeling a sense of urgency, and did box a bit better in the later rounds.  On my card, Crolla won the 8th, but it would be the only other round besides the first that he would win.  All judges were in agreement at the end of 12 rounds, with a final score of 118-109 in favor of Jorge Linares.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday March 25th 2017, Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KO’s) will defend the WBA and TheRing Lightweight titles in a rematch with Anthony Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester England, and will air on Sky Sports and ShowTime International at 6pm ET.  In the co-feature, Martin Joseph Ward (16-0-2, 8 KO’s) will take on Maxi Hughes (16-2-2, 2 KO’s) for the British Super Featherweight title in a 12 round Super Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Brian Rose (29-4-1, 8 KO’s) and Jack Arnfield (23-2, 6 KO’s) will go at it in a 12 round Middleweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Jorge Linares Tale of The Tape Anthony Crolla
41 Wins 31
3 Lost 5
27 KOs 13
0 Draws 3
44 Total Fights 39
61% KO% 33%
5’8″ Height 5’8″
69″ Reach 67″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Barinas, Venezuela Nationality Manchester, Lancashire, UK
Born August 22nd, 1985 Date of Birth November 16th, 1986

 

Predictions:

Brian Rose  —  def  —  Jack Arnfield  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Martin Ward  —  def  —  Maxi Hughes  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Jorge Linares  —  def  —  Anthony Crolla  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

1.  Roman Gonzalez                 46 – 0 – 0 (38 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Nicaragua

2.  Andre Ward                        31 – 0 – 0 (15 KO’s)                Light Heavyweight                 U.S.A.

3.  Gennady Golovkin               36 – 0 – 0 (33 KO’s)                Middleweight                         Kazakstan

4.  Sergey Kovalev                    31 – 1 – 1 (26 KO’s)               Light Heavyweight                 Russia

5.  Terence Crawford                30 – 0 – 0 (21 KO’s)               Junior Welterweight               U.S.A.

6.  Vasyl Lomachenko               7 – 1 – 0 (5 KO’s)                  Junior Lightweight                 Ukraine

7.  Saul Alvarez                       48 – 1 – 1 (34 KO’s)                 Middleweight                       Mexico

8.  Guillermo Rigondeaux          17 -0 -0 (11 KO’s)                  Junior Featherweight             Cuba

9.  Naoya Inoue                      12 – 0 – 0 (10 KO’s)                Junior Bantamweight             Japan

10. Mikey Garcia                      36 -0 – 0 (30 KO’s)                Lightweight                           U.S.A.