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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

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What can be said about Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KO’s)?  Is he the perfect boxer? The answer is yes, especially after he took apart Miguel Marriaga (25-3, 21 KO’s) and embarrassed him this past Saturday night.  It was an unbelievable performance from start to finish, and I believe that Lomachenko is the hardest man in boxing to defeat.  From start to finish, he was toying with Marriaga, hitting him from all angles with every kind of punch imaginable.  In the first 3 rounds, Lomachenko was zooming in and out of punching range, creating all kinds of angles and just tapping Marriaga.

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After the 3rd round, Lomachenko started punching a bit harder.  It didn’t really matter if he exposed himself defensively, because its not like Marriaga could hit him anyway.  Lomachenko knocked Marriaga down in the third with a perfect straight left while marriaga was off balance.  In the 6th round, Lomachenko actually turned around and walked straight into the corner and begged Marriaga to come at him.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a boxer do that before.  Lomachenko continued to come forward and pressure Marriaga after that, and in the 7th round he knocked him down again.  Between rounds 7 and 8, Marriaga’s corner informed the referee that Marriaga no longer wanted to continue.  There was no point really, as Marriaga lost every second of this fight in embarrassing fashion.  There was absolutely no way that Marriaga had any chance to do anything meaningful in this fight, so there was really no point to continue.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Timothy Bradley called Teddy Atlas after his fight with Jesse Vargas and asked him for advice.  Atlas asked Bradley one question.  “Do you know why you got hit like that?”  Bradley didn’t have much of a response for that question, so Atlas told him the answer.  He said, “Vargas was setting you up for that punch throughout the fight”.  Bradley was shocked at that statement, because his trainer Joel Diaz did not tell him that.  And just like that, their relationship was over.  A few weeks later, Bradley placed another call to Teddy Atlas with a different question.  The question was, “will you train me?”  After years of saying he was done as a trainer, Atlas would ultimately accept Bradley’s invitation.

Timothy Bradley is a very skilled boxer, who for some reason just can’t get away from his over zealous brawling ways.  That would all change on Saturday night when Teddy Atlas would create “the controlled monster”.  Bradley has had enormous success in his career under trainer Joel Diaz, but it was time for a change, and it was evident from round 1 that Teddy Atlas would have a huge impact on Bradley’s mentality.  Bradley came out behind the jab, throwing 3 to 4 at a time, which would open up Rios down low for thudding body shots.  Rios would try to get inside and make Bradley brawl with him, but Bradley would get the better of it, and then quickly step back to the outside.

Brandon Rios looked like he had absolutely no answer for Bradely’s new style of fighting, as he probably prepared for a brawl instead of a boxing match.  Bradley would continue to throw lightning quick combinations from a distance that Rios was not comfortable with for the rest of the fight.  In between rounds, you could tell that whatever Atlas would say to Bradley, had a huge impact on him.  The level of respect that Bradley has for Atlas was evident and written all over his face.  It looked like a little boy listening to his father, while he taught him a sport for the very first time.  It was amazing and priceless.

Teddy’s advice and speeches between rounds would pay huge dividends, because in the 9th round, Bradley would put Rios down.  The first knockdown would come with Bradley ripping 3 body shots to Rios, followed by and uppercut.  Simply beautiful combinations.  Referee Tony Weeks would give Rios a chance, but Bradley would come back at him with a flurry of 3 more well placed body shots, that would put Rios down for good.  Tim Bradley would end up landing 254 of 570 punches (45%), while Rios would only land 81 of 454 (18%).  Bradley also landed 174 of 325 power shots (54%), while Rios would land 67 of 362 (19%).  So are Atlas and Bradley the perfect marriage in the boxing world?  Only time will tell, but it sure does look like it.

Lomachenko Is A Superstar Waiting To Happen

The greatest amateur fighter ever is proving that he will soon be one of the best professional fighters.  Vasyl Lomachenko was
showcasing his incredible skills and stunning accuracy on saturday night against Romulo Koasicha.  Lomachenko would even score two 10-8 rounds without a knockdown because the fight was so one sided.  The 7th round was one of the 10-8 rounds as
Lomachenko landed 56 of 91 while Koasicha landed 6 of 53.  In the 10th round, Lomachenko would put Koasicha down with a body shot, and Koasicha would not answer the 10 count.  Lomachenko would end up landing 334 of 717 (47%), which included 213 of 334 power shots (64%).  Koasicha would end with 75 of 607 (12%), with 55 of 346 power shots (16%).  With those kind of lopsided numbers, anyone in the sport would go down.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Tonight, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike “Mile High” Alvarado complete their trilogy.  With the tally being 1 to 1, who will come out on top in tonights rubber match?  This is sure to be an all out war that I personally can’t wait to see, so with out further ado, here is their breakdown and prediction:

Brandon Rios

  • Record:  32 – 2 – 1, 23 KO’s
  • Weight Class:  Welterweight
  • Height:  5′ 9″
  • Reach:  70″
  • Notable Fights:  Miguel Acosta (Win, TKO 10rd, 02/26/11), Mike Alvarado #1 (Win, TKO 7rd, 10/13/12), Manny Pacquiao (Loss, UD 12rd, 11/24/13)

The first one was all out war, and after being slightly down on the scorecard, Rios came back with a TKO victory in the 7th round against Mike Alvarado.  Back and forth they went but Rios got in a good shot that wobbled Alvarado and he couldn’t recover.  Alvarado thought the stoppage was premature, and made people believe it.  So on we went to the rematch, which would take place on March 30th of 2013.

Mike Alvarado

  • Record:  34 – 3, 23 KO’s
  • Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 pounds)
  • Height:  5′ 9″
  • Reach:  72″
  • Notable Fights:  Breidis Prescott (Win, TKO 10rd, 11/12/11), Brandon Rios #2 (Win, UD 12rd, 03/30/13), Juan Manuel Marquez (Loss, UD12rd, 05/17/14)

After a tough luck TKO loss to Rios in their first fight, Mike Alvarado was looking to avenge his defeat.  The fight pretty much played out just like the first one, only without a knockout.  This slugfest went all 12 rounds, with Mike Alvarado coming out on top via unanimous decision victory.

We are now set for Alvarado VS Rios part 3 which should be starting shortly on HBO Boxing.  It will make for one of them, and break for the other.  The winner will be in store for big money fights in the near future, and the loser will go down to the bottom of the barrel.  These two have to thank each other for 1 thing.  They make each other what they are.  They make each other stronger and tougher.  And after tonight, if the first two fights were any indication of how exciting these two can be, we as fans will have to thank them.

Prediction:  Brandon Rios   —   defeats   —   Mike Alvarado   —   via   —   Split Decision

-David Jukic

All out war will be upon us tomorrow night in Las Vegas.  Showtime will be presenting the “Kahn VS Alexander” card, but thats not all.  HBO is countering with Timothy Bradley VS Diego Chaves, which is another possible fight-of-the-year candidate.  The hard hitting Chaves will try his luck against the hard headed boxer/puncher Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley.  Here’s the breakdown:

TIMOTHY BRADLEY

  • Record:  31 – 1, 1NC (12 KO’s)
  • Weight Class:  Welterweight (147 lbs)
  • Height:  5′ 6″
  • Reach:  69″
  • Notable Fights:  Manny Pacquiao #1 (Win, SD 12rd, 6/9/12), Ruslan Provodnikov (Win, UD 12rd, 3/16/13), Juan Manuel Marquez (Win, SD 12rd, 10/12/13)

DIEGO GABRIEL CHAVES

  • Record:  23 – 2, (19 KO’s)
  • Weight Class:  Welterweight
  • Height:  5′ 7.5″
  • Reach:  66.5″
  • Notable Fights:  Ismael El Massoudi (Win, KO 2rd, 7/21/12), Keith Thurman (Loss, KO 10rd, 7/27/13), Brandon Rios (Loss, DQ 9rd, 8/2/14)

Chaves is no doubt a heavy hitter, but every time he stepped up in class, he has come out on the short end.  Saturday night will be no different.  Chaves will test Bradley’s chin early on, and this fight will turn into a brawl.  Bradley will weather the storm and go on to win by Unanimous Decision by outboxing and out brawling Chaves.  Timothy Bradley is made of steel.  If Ruslan Provodnikov couldn’t knock him out at this weight, no one can.  Chaves has no chance in this fight unless he can score a knockout or multiple knockdowns which will not happen, and Bradley will leave him in the dust on the scorecards.

Other Fights On The Card:

  • Mauricio Hererra VS Jose Benavidez  —  Junior Welterweight (140 lbs)
  • Andy Lee VS Matt Koborov  —  Middleweight (160 lbs)

Predictions:

  • Timothy Bradley  —  def  —  Diego Chaves  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision
  • Jose Benavidez  —  def  —  Mauricio Hererra  —  via  —  TKO Round 5
  • Matt Koborov  —  def  —  Andy Lee  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

-David