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Image result for crawford vs benavidezThis past Saturday night October 14 2018, Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) proved to everyone why he is the worlds top Pound For Pound fighter, as he defeated Jose Benavidez (27-1, 18 KO’s) to retain his WBO Welterweight title with a 12th round TKO victory.  The fight started off slow, as Crawford was struggling to find his range against the much bigger challenger.  Benavidez was seemingly un phased by any of Crawfords punches in the first few round.  He looked to be walking right through them, and throwing back his own punches.  The first 6 rounds of the fight were pretty hard to score, because even though Crawford was slightly out landing Benavidez, Benavidez was walking him down at will.

The 7th round was the turning point of the fight.  Crawford started going to the body more, and it finally started paying off.  Benavidez was clearly slower at this point, and the 7th round was target practice for Crawford.  He won the fight mentally in that round, and Benavidez had nothing left.  The next few rounds looked like Benavidez just ran out of ideas on how to fight Crawford, and Crawford took advantage, peppering him with combinations.  The 12th and final round was a wild one.  Crawford continued to land punches at will, and towards the end if the round, he nailed Benavidez with an uppercut that put him down.  Benavidez would get up, but Crawford pinned him against the ropes and landed a huge right hook followed by a devastating left hand.  The fight was stopped there, and Crawford retained his WBO Welterweight title.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night, October 13th 2018, top pound for pound fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) will defend his WBO Welterweight title against one of boxings top prospects Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the CHI Health Center in Omaha Nebraska, and will be live on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KO’s) will face off against Duarn Vue (14-1-2, 4 KO’s) in a 10 round welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Carlos Adames (14-0, 11 KO’s) and Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Junior Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  33 – 0 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 7/23/16.  (Won TheRing & WBC Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)
  • Jeff Horn  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/9/18.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)

 

JOSE BENADIVEZ

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-Record:  27 – 0 – 0, 18 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  74″

-Notable Fights

  • Mauricio Herrera  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/13/14.
  • Jorge Paez Jr  —  Win, TKO 12th round (12), 5/15/15.
  • Frank Rojas  —  Win, KO 1st round (12), 6/9/18.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Carlos Adames  —  def  —  Joshua Conley  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Shakur Stevenson  —  def  —  Duarn Vue  —  via  —  KO 4th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jose Benavidez  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

Image result for beltran vs pedrazaLast night on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN, we had a triple header of action, and it definitely did not disappoint.  Jose Pedraza (25-1, 12 KO’s) defeated Raymundo Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KO’s) in a 12 round slobber knocker with a dramatic finish.  Issac Dogboe (20-0, 14 KO’s) trampled Hidenori Otake (31-3-3, 14 KO’s), and if you blinked, you missed it.  Dogboe nailed Otake with a huge left hook in the first, for the first knockdown of the fight.  Later in the round, a right hand sent Otake down again, as his glove touched the canvas, and towards the end of the round, a barrage of punches forced the referee to stop the fight.  Dogboe called out all the champions after the bout, asking them not to doge him.  The 23 year old, was more then successful with his 1st round knockout title defense.

Mexico VS Puerto Rico did not disappoint yet again.  Pedraza looked to be in complete control through the first 4 round of the fight, switching back and forth between orthodox and southpaw, and sticking his long jab in the face of Beltran.  In the middle rounds, Pedraza seemed to tire a bit, and it became Beltrans fight.  Ray had Pedraza at close quarters, which is what he wanted, pinning him against the rope time and time again.  In the 11th round however, things would shift dramatically.  The fight seemed pretty even until Beltran walked right into a perfectly timed uppercut, which sent him crashing down to the canvas.  Pedraza landed the perfect punch at the perfect time, and from that point on, the fight was out of Beltran’s reach on the scorecards.  The final tallies were 117-110/117-110/115-112 all in favor for Jose Pedraza.  He is now a 2 division champion, with the only blemish being the loss to Gervonta Davis.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tonight, August 25th 2018, Ray Beltran (35-7-1, 21 KO’s) will defend his WBO World Lightweight title against Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale Arizona, and will be live on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KO’s) will go at it with Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 KO’s) for the WBO Super Bantamweight title.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Raymundo Beltran Tale of The Tape Jose Pedraza
35 Wins 24
7 Losses 1
21 KOs 12
1 Draws 0
43 Total Fights 25
49% KO% 48%
5’8″ Height 5’9″
68″ Reach 70″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Mexico Nationality Puerto Rico
July 23rd, 1981 Date of Birth May 8th, 1989

 

PREDICTIONS:

Isaac Dogboe  —  def  —  Hidenori Otake  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Jose Pedraza  —  def  —  Ray Beltran  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Tonight, Saturday June 30th 2018, Gilberto Ramirez (37-0, 25 KO’s) will defend his WBO Super Middleweight title against Roamer Angulo (23-0, 20 KO’s.  Presented by Top Rank boxing, the fight will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Alex Saucedo (27-0, 17 KO’s) will take on Leonardo Zappavinga (37-3, 27 KO’s in a 10 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Gilberto Ramirez Tale of The Tape Roamer Alexis Angulo
37 Wins 23
0 Losses 0
25 KOs 20
0 Draws 0
37 Total Fights 23
68% KO% 87%
6’2″ Height 6’1″
75″ Reach  N/A
Southpaw Stance Orthodox
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico Nationality Colombia
June 19th 1991 Date of Birth March 25th 1984

 

PREDICTIONS:

Alex Saucedo  —  def  —  Leonardo Zappavinga  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Gilberto Ramirez  —  def  —  Roamer Angulo  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for horn vs crawfordESPN+ delivered tonight, as they put out a great undercard, co-feature, and main event.  On the undercard, Shakur Stevenson (7-0, 4 KO’s) defeated Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO 2nd round.  Stevenson knocked Mesquita down twice in the first round, and 3 times in the second before his corner ultimately threw in the towel.  Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) knocked out Frank Rojas (22-1, 21 KO’s) in the first round, and re established himself as a welterweight contender.  In the co-feature of the evening, Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s) won a decision against Antonio Moran (23-2, 16 KO’s) in a back and forth affair, but ultimately all 3 judges scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Jose Pedraza.

In the main event, Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) defeated Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) and captured the WBO Welterweight title, which now makes him a 3 division champion.  The first two rounds were feelers, as both fighters wanted to see what the other had to offer.  Horn’s herky jerky style definitely made Crawford a bit uncomfortable to start the fight.  In the 3rd round however, Crawford had Horn all figured out.  Horn was just coming straight forward, and Crawford landed a beautiful check hook, and a couple of huge straight lefts.  Horn continued to walk right into Crawford’s left hand in the 4th, with the 5th being more of the same.

In the 6th round,Crawford landed a huge uppercut as Horn was trying to pin him against the ropes, followed by some nice body shots as Horn started backing up.  In the 8th round, Crawford switched back to right handed, which he hadn’t done since the first round, and landed a double left hook (one to the body and one to the head) which really staggered Jeff Horn.  Bud then quickly switched back to lefty and peppered Horn with combinations.  He also landed a huge straight left right at the bell and almost put Horn down.  His glove was literally inches from touching the canvas.  In the 9th, Crawford landed another left that did put Horn down, but he would get back up.  Crawford, in attack mode now, started throwing left hand bombs, most of which landed flush, and referee Robert Byrd was forced to stop the fight.  Crawford remains undefeated in his move to 147 pounds, and is now the WBO Welterweight champion of the world.  He calls this the take over, and Horn is his first victim.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday June 9th 2018, Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO Welterweight title on the line agains Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be streaming live live on ESPN+ at 9:30pm ET.  (Subscription is $4.99/month).  In the co-feature, Frank Rojas (22-0, 21 KO’s) and Jose Benavidez (26-0, 17 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

JEFF HORN

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-Record:  18 – 0 – 1, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ali Funeka  —  Win, TKO 6th round (10), 12/10/16.
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, UD (12), 6/2/17.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)
  • Gary Corcoran  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 12/13/17.

 

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  32 – 0 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Beltran  —  Win, UD (12), 11/29/14.  (Won TheRing Lightweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, UD (12), 7/23/16.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won TheRing/IBF/WBC/WBO/WBA Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jose Benadivez  —  def  —  Frank Rojas  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jeff Horn  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Image result for lomachenko vs linaresLast night on ESPN Boxing we had a real treat, as Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KO’s) defeated Jorge Linares (44-4, 27 KO’s) via 10th round TKO to become the WBAsuper & TheRing Lightweight Champion.  Lomachenko made history last night, becoming the fastest fighter ever to win a title in a third weight division.  It took Oscar De La Hoya 22 fights to do so, Mayweather did it in his 35th fight, and Manny Pacquiao in his 41st.  Lomachenko has set a new record that I seriously doubt will ever be broken.  With last nights victory, Loma might have just cemented himself as the number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world, as he defeated his biggest test to date.  Although I believe that Terence Crawford is the actual #1, Loma has definitely moved past him on at least some pound for pound lists.

The first round was a feeler just as expected, as both men seemed to really respect each others ring skills.  Linares had a great second round, as perhaps with the move up in weight, Lomachenko was being a bit more cautious.  Rounds 3 and 4 were also pretty close, but Lomachenko got more comfortable and started opening up bit.  Even though the hand speed of both fighters was very close, Loma’s reflexes defensively were a lot quicker then those of Linares.  Realizing this, Lomachenko got a bit careless, and then something happened that we were all shocked to see.  The overly confident Lomachenko walked right in to a perfectly timed straight right hand from Linares, and was dropped on his back side in the fifth round.  A stunning turn of events, as the arguable #1 fighter in the world was dropped for the first time in his career.  The knockdown did come close to the end of the round though.  Loma looked slightly jelly-legged when he got up, but recovered quickly and the fight moved on.

Linares, gaining confidence, looked great in the next 2 rounds, and he edged both out on my scorecard.  At that point, in the 8th, Lomachenko perhaps feeling a slight sense of urgency, turned on the jets, and went to that level of skilled boxing that only he can go to.  In the 9th round, it was more of the same, a pretty close round, but Loma started peppering Linares with little combinations as he often does.

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At the beginning of the 10th round, Linares was looking good, as he was still flashing great hand speed late in the fight, and actually connected on a few shots in the beginning of the round.  Towards the middle of the round, Loma would once again step in to that gear that only he can, and started knocking Linares’ head around with great combinations.  Linares put his hands high in a peek-a-boo guard, and thats when the damage really happened.  Linares, with his hands high, totally exposed his rib cage, and Lomachenko landed a devastating sweeping left right to the liver, which sent Linares down to the canvas writhing in pain.  Linares would get up at the count of 9, but the grimace on his face from the body shot told the referee that he was in too much pain from the punch, and the fight was stopped right there.  Lomachenko is now a 3 division world champion, and continues to be on top of the boxing world.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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