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Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO’s) have agreed to fight each other on July 8th.  Although the agreement is only verbal so far, the fight will take place on July 8th 2018 in Kuala Lampur Malaysia.  Because of the time difference their July 8th fight will be televised in the US on July 7th, and will be live on ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing presented by Bob Arum.

Lucas Matthysse will be defending his newly acquired WBA Welterweight title.  Matthysse is the WBA (regular) champion, while Keith Thurman holds the WBAsuper World Welterweight title.  Matthysse won the vacant WBA title back in January, when he defeated Tewa Kiram via KO in the 8th round of their fight.  Matthysse wasn’t looking great in that fight until the KO came in the 8th, which is something to make note of.  Pacquiao on the other hand, has not looked great in a while now, and some say its time for him to retire.

In fact, the only fight Pacman has looked good in since 2015, was when he defeated Tim Bradley by decision.  Pacman was focused in that one because of his highly controversial loss to bradley in their first fight.  Then he beat Jesse Vargas, but not by much, and lost to Jeff Horn in another controversial decision.  But Pacman wasn’t himself in that fight anyway.  This will be a good matchup, for either of these reasons:  reason 1 being that both fighters have a straight forward knock your head off style.  Reason 2 is that both fighters didn’t look good in their last outing, so their defense won’t be great, which will make this a highly offensive fight.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Terence Crawford has apparently suffered a hand injury in training camp, which will push his fight against WBO Welterweight champion Jeff Horn to May 19th, or perhaps some time in June.  Bob Arum’s exact words were “the Horn-Crawford fight will need to be rescheduled for May or June.  Crawford apparently hurt his right hand during a sparring session, where he accidentally his his sparing partner in the top of the head.  Crawford’s camp is saying that the injury is not that serious, but it is serious enough to postpone the fight a bit.

The venue will stay the same.  Horn VS Crawford will take place at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  The fight will air on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN as usual, as Top Rank had moved to mainstream television.  Terence Crawford is an overwhelming favorite to defeat Jeff Horn for the WBO World Welterweight title, so I’m sure Horn is willing to wait the extra 2 months.  Besides his disputed victory over Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn hasn’t really done anything of extreme importance in his career, but is trending up after his TKO victory over Gary Corcoran.  Even with that being said, plus Crawford’s hand injury, “Bud” Crawford is still the favorite by a long shot.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Another StubHub Center classic took place last night on ESPN Boxing, as Oscar Valdez () defeated Scott Quigg (), in a slober-knocker of a fight.  In surely what will be a fight of the year candidate, the fight ended with Valdez missing teeth, and Quigg with a huge cut above his left eye, and what looked like a broken nose.  The co-feature was an exciting one as well, as Eric De Leon () and Andy Vences fought to a majority draw.  Vences’ boxing was the story of the first half of the fight, and De Leon’s pressure, the story of the second half.  The result, they split rounds evenly and fight to a draw.

The main event was a wild one, as Oscar Valdez retained his WBO Featherweight title by defeating Scott Quigg.  The main story line before the fight was that Quigg came in 3 pounds over the 126 pound limit, and actually weight 142 at the start of the fight.  The first 3 round, Valdez was in complete control, landing vicious left hooks to the body at will.  In the 4th Quigg would come alive a bit and make it a close round.

Quigg took the fifth round as he found a home for his right hand, landing a number of them in the round.  The 6th went to Valdez, but Quigg would make noise in the 7th again, by inuring Valdez to the mouth.  For the rest of the fight, Valdez was bleeding profusely from the mouth, but that did not seem to slow him down.  Valdez would find a home for the body shots once again in the 8th, and they really seemed to start bothering Quigg, as his hands began to drop.  The 9th and 10th rounds seemed to go to Valdez, but in the 11th Quigg looked good again.  The final round started off slow, but in the second half, both fighters would let their hands go once again.

Valdez would pull out what seemed to be a close victory, but the judges had it a bit wider then I personally thought.  Valdez would win on all 3 scorecards with scores of 118-110/117-111/117-111.  I scored the fight 116-112 in favor of Valdez.  The final push stats were as follows:  Valdez landed 237 of 912 (26%) punches, while Quigg landed 143 of 595 (24%) punches.  The difference showed in the power punches landed however, as Valdez landed 175 of 485 (36%), while Quigg landed 129 of 519 (25%).  A star was born last night, as Oscar Valdez remains undefeated and the WBO Featherweight Champion.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night, March 10th 2018, Oscar Valdez (23-0, 19 KO’s) will defend his WBO World Featherweight title against former World Champion Scott Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KO’s).  Brought to you by Top Rank Boxing, the fight will take place at The StubHub Center in Carson California, and will be live on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Eric De Leon (17-0, 10 KO’s) and Andy Vances (20-0, 12 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  Also on the card, Andy Ruiz (29-1, 19 KO’s) will take on Devin Vargas (20-4, 8 KO’s) in an 8 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Scott Quigg Tale of The Tape Oscar Valdez
34 Wins 23
1 Lost 0
25 KOs 19
2 Draws 0
37 Total Fights 23
68% KO% 83%
5’8″ Height 5’5″
 N/A Reach 66″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Bury, Lancashire, United Kingdom Nationality Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
October 9th, 1988 Date of Birth December 22nd 1990

 

PREDICTIONS:

Andy Ruiz  —  def  —  Devin Vargas  —  via  —  TKO 5th round

Eric De Leon  —  def  —  Andy Vances  —  via  —  Decision

Oscar Valdez  —  def  —  Scott Quigg  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Last night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of acton.  Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KO’s) defeated Jonny Tapia (8-2, 3 KO’s) by an 8 round shutout unanimous decision victory.  All the judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Stevenson.  Tapia had no answer for Stevenson’s superior speed and his reach advantage, and just could not get any offense going.  Stevenson stays undefeated and continues to make a name for himself as one of boxings top young prospects.

The co-feature of the evening was not as exciting as everyone thought it would be, until of course it was.  Egidijus Kavaliauskus (19-0, 16 KO’s) defeated David Avanesyan (23-3-1, 11 KO’s) by TKO in the 6th round.  Rounds 1 through 3 were very uneventful in this fight, as both fighters were shy to pull the trigger.  In round 4, Kavaliauskus staggered Avanesyan with a big right hand, but was unable to capitalize on it.  In the 6th however, Kavaliauskus landed another huge right hand through the guard, and Avanesyan was badly hurt.  With no legs under him, and taking a barrage of punches, the referee stopped the fight in the 6th, as Avanesyan was clearly done.

The main event was an exciting back and forth rumble, as Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) defeated Paulus Moses (40-4, 25 KO’s) to finally capture his first world title in boxing.  With the title also comes a green card, which Beltran has been fighting for, so that he could stay with his family in the United States.  The WBO title should all but ensure that for the 36 year old Beltran.  Beltran came out of the gate swinging, and dominated the first round.  The 39 year old  Moses however, found a home for the right hand in the second round, and would continue to land it throughout the middle rounds.  Beltran seemed to take some of the middle rounds off, perhaps saving his energy for later, but came alive with a vengeance in the late stages of the fight.  Beltran dominated the 10th and 11th rounds and he went down to both sides of Moses body, which opened up the head for his devastating left hook.  The final round was a close one, but not enough for Moses to pull out a viceroy.  The final scores were 117-111/117-111/116-112, all in favor for the new WBO Lightweight champion Raymundo “Sugar Ray” Beltran.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE 

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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 lomachenko vs rigondeauxIt was a night to forget for one of the top pound for pond fighters in the world, as the best pound for pound fighter in the world mad him look absolutely silly.  Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KO’s) via TKO 7th round.  Rigondeaux is the 4th fighter in a row to not come out of the corner before the next round, as he quit on his stool between the 6th and 7th round.  It was a big night for young top prospects as well, as Shakur Stevenson (4-0, 2 KO’s) obliterated Oscar Mendoza in a 2nd round TKO victory.  Stevenson looked great, as he sat down on his punches more in this one.  That was the one knock on him so far in his young career, and he sure did change that.  The accumulation of damage in Mendoza was apparent, with no turn around in sight, so the fight was stopped in the second round.

Micheal Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s) was aslo in action as he defeated Luis Fernando Molina (7-3-1, 2 KO’s) in a shut out.  Conlan looked confident from the opening bell as he pretty much fought the whole fight with his hands down at his waste.  He was inviting Molina to dos something, but Molina was wildly swinging and missing the entire 6 rounds.  Conlan wins the shutout unanimous decision.  Christopher Diaz (22-0, 14 KO’s) looked superb in his fight, and continues to be looked at as a top prospect in all of boxing.  Diaz took on Bryant Cruz (18-3, 9 KO’s), and absolutely destroyed him 3 rounds.  Cruz went down in the first, but Diaz showed patience and took his time.  Cruz would go down again in the beginning of the 3rd, and then for good later in that same round.  Just as we said “Move over Tito Trinidad”, we will now say “Move over Miguel Cotto, there is a new star in Puerto Rico.”

The main event was a good one.  Well, it was good for Vasyl Lomachenko, and not Guillermo Rigondeaux.  This was a highly anticipated fight, as two of the top 10 pound for pound fighters squared off in Madison Square Garden.  The first round was a bit of a chess match, with Rigondeaux taking it by a slim margin purely based on activity.  This would be the only round won by Rigondeaux.  In the second round, just as he does to everyone else, Lomachenko started to make Rigondeaux look foolish.  It wasn’t as easy as usual, because Lomachenko has to fight through all the clinching being done by Rigo.  This was something that Lomachenko and his team discuss with the referee before the fight, as they were concerned that Rigondeaux would resort to this tactics.

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Lomachenko got more comfortable in the 3rd round as he started side stepping and landing combinations on Rigondeaux.  He even landed a triple uppercut in the round, something i have never seen before.  In the 5th, completely comfortable at this point, Lomachenko started tattooing Rigondeaux with every combination imaginable.  Rigo had to resort to holding again, and he was sternly warned for it in the round.  Continuing to get tattooed i the 6th round, Rigondeaux resorts to holding again, and he would be docked a point for his actions.  Being way down on the score cards, Rigondeaux said he would not be coming out if his corner for the 7th round, and it goes as a TKO victory for Vasyl Lomachenko.  Later on, Rigo said he did not continue because he hurt his left hand, but even if he actually was hurt, it wasn’t serious. This was a reputation saving move on his part.  He did not want anymore of Lomachenko.  Lomachenko has now stamped himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE