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Last night was a big night for boxing.  The first Undisputed Champion in any division was crowned, when Terence “Bud” Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s) defeated Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KO’s) via 3rd round knockout.  Crawford is not the first Undisputed Champion since Bernard Hopkins did it in 2004 when he defeated Oscar De La Hoya.  Crawford won the WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight titles last night, and unified them with his own WBC and WBO Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford also hold TheRing Magazine Light Welterweight title, which gives him all of the championships in the 140 pound division.  He simply stands alone as champion.

The first round of last nights fight was somewhat uneventful except for the huge left hand that Crawford landed, as both fighters were trying to feel each other out.  From the start you could see that Indongo was tight and very nervous.  This was by far his biggest fight to date.  Crawford did out land Indongo in the first, and the difference in speed and skill level was immediately apparent.  In the second, Indongo would get a bit looser and throw more, but Crawford would land counter after counter, and put him down in the second.  In the third round, Crawford dodged a looping wide left hand from Indongo, and came up the middle with an uppercut right to the gut which put Indongo down for good. It was a perfect body shot at the perfect time.  Indongo was defenseless while throwing the looping shot and paid the price.  He would not beat the 10 count, and it goes down as a KO victory to win the Undisputed Junior Welterweight championship.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night August 19th 2017, for the first time since Bernard Hopkins did it at Middleweight, we will crown an undisputed champion in the Junior Middleweight division.  All the belts will be on the line when Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KO’s) defends his WBC/WBO/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight titles agains Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KO’s) who will defend his WBA/IBF Junior Welterweight titles.  The winner will be the first undisputed champion since 2004 when Bernard Hopkins defeated Oscar De La Hoya for the last remaining title at Middleweight.  The fight will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KO’s) will take on Craig Baker (17-1, 13 KO’s) in a 10 round Light Heavyweight bout.  Also on the card, Nicholas Walters (26-1-1, 21 KO’s) will make his ring return as he takes on Arturo Santos Reyes (19-8, 5 KO’s) in a 10 round Super Featherweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/1/14.  (Won WBO Lightweight title)
  • Tomas Dulorme  —  Win, TKO 6th round (12), 4/18/15.  (Won vacant WBO Junior Welterweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/23/16.  (Won WBC/TheRing/Lineal Junior Welterweight titles)

 

JULIUS INDONGO

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 22 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Junior Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Kaizer Mabuza  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/6/14.
  • Eduard Troyanovsky  —  Win, KO 1st round (12), 12/3/16.  (Won IBF/IBO Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Ricky Burns  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 4/15/17.  (Won WBAunified Junior Welterweight title)

 

Predictions:

Nicholas Walters  —  def  —  Arturo Santos Reyes  —  via  —  TKO 4th round

Oleksandr Gvozdyk  —  def  —  Craig Baker  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Julius Indongo  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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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

Image result for garcia vs thurmanMarch 4th 2017 will be an exciting day for the boxing world, as two of the biggest stars in the Welterweight division will go head to head.  WBC Welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 KO’s) and WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0, 22 KO’s) will go at it to unify their titles.  Garcia has a date with Samuel Vargas first on November 12th, but it has been made official that he and Thurman will fight in March.

Garcia defeated Robert Guerrero back in January of this year to capture the vacant WBC welterweight title, and has not fought since.  Thurman successfully defended his WBA welterweight title back in June, when he got a narrow unanimous decision victory against Shawn Porter.  This is a very intriguing matchup because both men are excellent counter punchers, but can also move forward very effectively.  I would have to say that of the two men, Thurman is the more aggressive fighter, but has shown recently that he is also very dangerous off of his back foot.  Garcia is a known counter puncher, but can really bring it when he smells blood.

The fight is still quite some time away, so a venue has not been chosen yet.  Danny Garcia does still have an obstacle to overcome, much like Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev took tune up fights, even though they already agreed to fight each other.  Samuel Vargas will pose no threat to Garcia, but as they say, one punch can change everything.  Garcia must keep focused against Vargas if he wants his future to be safe.  No fighter can be taken lightly, especially when he’s hurt, but Vargas will be very out matched against Garcia.  We look forward to March, and this great natch up.

Last night on HBO Boxing Pay Per View, we had a 4 fight card full of fire works.  In the opening bout, future light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KO’s) defeated journeyman Tommy Karpency (25-6-1, 14 KO’s).  Karpency, a huge underdog, shockingly dropped Gvozdyk in the second round, but failed to pounce on him and put him away.  Gvozdyk’s awkward movements and boxing ability was too much for Karpency to handle, and after beating him up a little, Gvozdyk landed a huge straight right to the body in the 6th round.  Karpency went down to a knee, and feeling defeated already, chose not to answer the 10 count.

In the second bout of the evening, Jose Benavidez Jr (25-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Francisco Santana (24-5-1, 12 KO’s) in a thrilling 10 round fight.  Benavidez looked great early on with his movement and sharp counters, rearranging Santana’s face.  In the middle rounds though, Benavidez would return to his old self, laying against the ropes and taking shots.  Santana would win some of the middle rounds by out working Benavidez, but it would not be enough.  Benavidez would finally wake up at the end of the fight, and pepper Santana with vicious counter shot in the 11th and 12th.  It would prove to be just enough, as Benavidez got the unanimous decision victory to stay undefeated.

The co-featured bout of the evening was a short one but a good one.  Undefeated top prospect Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18 KO’s) defeated fellow then undefeated fighter Mitias Rueda (26-1, 23 KO’s).  It was evident in the first round that this was a huge mismatch in skills.  Rueda was undefeated, but the level of opposition he had faced before yesterday was a lot lower.  Valdez came out in the first round guns blazing, as he demolished Rueda with several left hooks, which is his best punch.  In the second round, Valdez smashed Rueda in the liver with a left hook that put him down.  Rueda, still hurt, would get up, but would not stay up for long.  Valdez, noticing that Rueda was not steady and hurt to the body, went right back to it, and dropped him with another body shot.  The fight was immediately stopped, as Valdez stays undefeated, and captures the vacant WBO Featherweight title.

The main event, was a very one sided fight.  Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol to retain his WBO Junior Welterweight title, and capture the WBC & the vacant TheRing Junior Welterweight titles.  Crawford now has 3 major championship belts, and is now considered the #1 junior Welterweight in the world.  Crawford was almost non existent in the first 3 rounds, which is usually the case, as he uses that time to strictly study his opponents.  In the 5th round, Postol and Crawford came rushing out of their corners, and Crawford threw a quick right hook that hit Postol on the top of the head, which totally caught him off guard and knocked him down.  Later in the round, Crawford hit Postol with a rocket left hand that put him down once again.  Postol would also get another point deducted in the 11th for hitting Crawford in the back of the head (which I don’t think was intentional), so at this point he was way behind on the scorecards.  Postol would try to muster up one more flurry in the final round to try and get a KO, but Crawford would actually get the better of the exchange.  The final scores of the fight were 118-107, 118-107, and 117-108.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

IBF Welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-0, 25 KO’s) and WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) have agreed to terms on a welterweight unification fight, and have signed the contract.  The fight will take place either on August 27th, or most likely on September 3rd, in Kell Brook’s home town of Sheffield in the UK.  Eddie Hearn has been vocal about wanting Brook to fight in a football stadium this summer, but a venue has not yet been chosen.  Kell Brook has said that he wants unification fights against top Welterweights, but has yet to fight Keith Thurman, or Danny Garcia.  While beating Vargas would get him another belt, Vargas is not by any means a top welterweight.  Brook is too quick and strong and this will be a mismatch, and I don’t think Vargas has any chance to win.

Hopefully after collecting another belt, Brook will be matched up against the winner of the Thurman VS Porter fight, because that would be a very interesting matchup.  Danny Garcia also hold a title in the welterweight division now, so that could be another possibility.  Brook is coming off of a 2 round destruction of Kevin Bizier, in a fight where he absolutely creamed his opponent.  Jessie Vargas got a surprising KO victory against a formidable opponent in Sadam Ali, after his only loss to Timothy Bradley.  Vargas looked stronger last time out, but Brook still definitely possesses every advantage.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE