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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

Image result for andre ward vs sergey kovalevSaturday night November 19th, marked the biggest night in boxing in the calendar year of 2016.  The sport of boxing, otherwise known as the “Sweet Science” is at its peak, when the best fight the best.  It has been a long while since ring experts were scared to predict a winner of a fight.  And that is the way it should be, but unfortunately has not been lately.  Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s) have always been two fighters that have never shied away from the best possible opponents they could find.  When Ward moved up to Light Heavyweight, it was inevitable that these two super stars would eventually meet in the ring.  Saturday marked that day finally arriving, and these two greats finally went at it.  It wasn’t dragged out like Mayweather VS Pacquiao, it was quite the opposite.  They recognized each others greatness, and wanted to see as soon as possible, who really was the better man.

The fight started off very rough for Andre Ward, and it was looking like he would not be able to handle Kovalev’s power.  Kovalev knocked Ward down in the second round and hurt him badly.  Ward looked all but finished, and started doing a lot of clinching to buy himself time to recover from the knockdown.  Kovalev would continue to land the better punches, and seemed to be waring down Andre Ward.  Ward continued to stick a punch here and there, and continue to move around the ring, almost as if he was running away.  The second half of the fight was a completely different story.  Kovalev was throwing some heavy shots and following Ward all over the ring, and seemed to be losing a bit of steam in the process.  Ward continued to score here and there, and was quietly taking rounds on the judges scorecards.  The 10th round was a pivotal one.  It was the closest round of the fight, and could have gone either way.  All 3 judges scored the round for Ward, and it proved to be the difference.

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The final scores of the fight were 114-113/114-113/114-113.  All three judges agreed that Andre Ward had defeated Sergey Kovalev by the narrowest of margins.  In the process, Andre Ward took all three of Kovalev’s titles and is now the WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion.  Sergey Kovalev however, does have a rematch clause in his contract, and is already calling for it.  Boy would I and every boxing fan out there love to see that one happen again.  Curtis Stevens also defeated James De La Rosa by unanimous decision (98-90/96-92/96-92), Oleksandr Gvozdyk defeated Isaac Chilemba by TKO 8th round, Maurice Hooker and Darleys Perez fought to a draw (97-93 Perez/97-93 Hooker/95-95).

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

If indeed Floyd Mayweather is going to retire after his September fight, hopefully with a perfect record of 49 – 0, there is one fighter that stands in the way of greatness.  Yes he needs the win over Pacquiao to achieve greatness, but Pacquiao is not the fighter in question here.  Floyd Mayweathers’ last fight absolutely has to be against none other then Kell Brook.  The senario happening here is very interesting.  Floyd fights Manny on Saturday May 2nd.  The interesting part about this is that Mayweather currently holds TheRing, WBA, & WBC Welterweight titles.  When he defeats Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, which he will do, he will win the WBO Welterweight title to go along with all of his other belts.

Now, here is the million dollar question.  Who holds the only Welterweight title that Mayweather will not have after Saturday?  The answer is…. KELL BROOK.  The super talented Englishman (Brook), is the current holder of the IBF Welterweight championship, which is the only other title that matters.  If Floyd Mayweather decides to fight Kell Brook in his final fight, we will crown a completely undisputed Welterweight Champion, as the winner would then hold every major title in the division.  If Mayweather can dispose of Brook, that would be a hell of a way to end a magnificent career, and cement his legacy as TBE (the best ever).

Kell Brook is a mega talent, and I truly thank Showtime for going international, because not many people in the US have the Sky Sports channel, and Brook is a enormous treat to watch.  Kell Brook has the rare combination of ring IQ, pure boxing ability, speed, and power.  He can take u 12 rounds and embarrass you on the score cards, or he can dispose of you in 3 rounds with a knockout.  Just ask Jo Jo Dan about that.  Brook, like Mayweather, is undefeated and holds a record of 33-0, and would easitly dispose of Amir Khan.  It will be interesting to see if Khans’ loud mouth can get him a fight with Brook or even the winner of Mayweather VS Pacquiao, or if the right thing will happen, and we get the amazing experience of Floyd Mayweather VS Kell Brook for the undisputed welterweight championship.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

On February 1tth of 1990, we arguably witnessed the biggest upset in boxing history.  Mike Tyson (37-0, 33 Ko’s at the time) was a 42-1 favorite against Buster Douglas (29-4-1, 19 Ko’s at the time).  Prior to this fight, 25 of Tyson’s 33KO’s came in the first 3 rounds.  On the flip side, 14 of Douglas’ 19 KO’s came in the first 4 rounds.  With the odds being what they were, this was supposed to be a very easy fight for “Iron” Mike, but I guess everyone has an off night sometimes.

From 1986-1988, Mike Tyson defeated 4 World Champions in a span of 19 months to unify all of the major World titles.  This list included Trevor Berbick, James Smith, Tony Tucker, and Michael Spinx.  It was apparent from the beginning that Tyson was ill prepared for this one, as Douglas Landed 50 punches in the first 2 rounds, compared to only 16 landed by Tyson.  Buster Douglas, seemingly unafraid, did not allow Mike to walk him down, and kept him at bay with his long jab.  Douglas was dealing with the death of his mother, and dedicated this fight to her.  It showed that someone was watching over him if you believe in that kind of stuff, because like I said before, Tyson was a 42-1 favorite, which basically means that Douglas didn’t have a prayer to win this fight.

In the 9th round, after being knocked down in the 8th, Douglas came out swinging with a huge flurry of punches which staggered Tyson.  He would never get his legs back as a result, and the 10th round was one for the history books.  Douglas came out throwing again, and landed a huge uppercut right on the button.  This started another huge flurry, and after the last left hand, Tyson was left lying on his back for a 10 count.

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-David Jukic, INSIDERINGSIDE