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This Saturday night, March 17th 2018, Jose Ramirez (21-0, 16 KO’s) and Amir Imam (18-1, 15 KO’s) will go at it for the vacant WBC Junior Welterweight title.  The fight will take place at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden in New York City NY, and will be live on ESPN at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Oleksander Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KO’s) will take on Mehdi Amar (34-5-2, 16 KO’s) in a 12 round Light Heavyweight bout, and “Irish” Mic Conlan (5-0, 4 KO’s) will take on David Berna (15-2, 14 KO’s) in an 8 round Junior Featherweight bout.  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

Amir Imam Tale of The Tape Jose Carlos Ramirez
18 Wins 21
1 Lost 0
15 KOs 16
0 Draws 0
19 Total Fights 21
79% KO% 76%
5’10” Height 5’10”
74″ Reach 72″
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
Albany, New York, USA Nationality Avenal, California, USA
November 5th 1990 Date of Birth August 12th 1992



Michael Conlan  —  def  —  David Berna  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

Oleksander Gvozdyk  —  def  —  Medhi Amar  —  via  —  KO 5th round

Jose Ramirez  —  def  —  Amir Imam  —  via  —  TKO 8th round




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It looks like Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) is heading for yet another weight class.  Lomachenko will move up to Lightweight (135 lbs) to challenge Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) for the WBA & TheRing World Lightweight titles.  The fight was made official today and will take place at Madison Square Garden On May 12th 2018.  Lomachenko only fights top teir opponents, and this will stay true in this fight, and might be his toughest opponent yet.  That was also said about his last two opponents, and Lomachenko made them both quit in the corner.

Lomachenko is coming off a 6th round TKO victory over fellow pound for pound fighter Guillermo Rigondeaux.  We thought Lomachenko would finally be tested, but Rigondeaux was actually tailor made for him, given the fact that he just doesn’t throw a lot of punches.  Liners does however, and is also a very slick boxer.  It will be even more of a test for Loma, because he’s moving up in weight for this fights.  Linares looked phenomenal in his last fight against Mercito Gesta, but Gesta was a bit overmatched.  It will be very interesting to see how their styles clash, and it will be a heck of a fight at MSG come May 12th.



1.  Gennady Golovkin             37 – 0 – 1 (33 KO’s)           Middleweight                     Kazakstan

2.  Terence Crawford              32 – 0 – 0 (23 KO’s)           Junior Welterweight           U.S.A.

3.  Vasyl Lomachenko             10 – 1 – 0 (8 KO’s)             Junior Lightweight             Ukraine

4.  Mikey Garcia                     38 – 0 – 0 (30 KO’s)            Lightweight                     U.S.A

5.  Saul Alvarez                      49 – 1 – 2 (34 KO’s)           Middleweight                    Mexico

6.  Naoya Inoue                     15 – 0 – 0 (13 KO’s)           Junior Bantamweight         Japan

7.  Sergey Kovalev                  32 – 2 – 1 (28 KO’s)           Light Heavyweight             Russia

8.  Errol Spence Jr                  23 – 0 – 0 (20 KO’s)           Welterweight                     U.S.A.

9.  Srisaket Sor Rungvisai        45 – 4 – 1 (40 KO’s)           Junior Batamweight           Thailand

10. Guillermo Rigondeaux        17 – 1 – 0 (11 KO’s)          Junior Featherweight          Cuba


Image result for garcia vs lipinetsLast night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KO’s) joined the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, among a very few others, to win a world title in a 4th different weight class.  Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets (13-1, 10 KO’s) via unanimous decision, to add his name to that very short list of legends.  The night began however, with a rematch between Rances Barthelemy (26-1, 13 KO’s) and Keryl Relikh (22-2, 19 KO’s), because of their highly controversial first meeting.

In their first meeting in 2017, Rances Barthelemy and Keryl Relikh fought to a highly disputed decision, that had Barthelemy winning by a wide margin, even thought Relikh almost double him in landed punches.  This would not be the case last night however, as Relikh was well prepared for that scenario to arise again.  Relikh averaged 110 punches per round last night, and Barthelemy had absolutely no answer for his punch output.  Its worth to note that Barthelemy was deducted a point yet again for low blows, which would make it the 4th time in his career that it has happened.  Relikh defeated Barhtelemy by Unanimous Decision, and captured the vacant WBA Junior Welterweight title, the very belt that Terence Crawford relinquished when he moved up to welterweight.

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The main event was a banger last night, as Mikey Garcia defeated Sergey Lipinets via Unanimous Decision, to capture the IBF Junior Welterweight World title.  The first round was a chess match, as neither fighter was willing to throw very many punches, due to the fact that they wanted to feel out the other guy.  The Lipinets jab proved to be more effective then we thought, but Garcia was able to adjust in the middle rounds and find a home for his right hand.  There were a lot of close rounds in this fight, but then at the end of each one, Garcia would get the upper hand.

In the 7th round, Lipinets seemed to be coming on strong, but made one huge mistake, which led to Garcia pulling away on the scorecards.  Lipinets thew a jab followed by an uppercut, to set up his big left hook.  The problem was, after the right uppercut, Lipinets did not pull his right back quick enough, and left himself wide open up top.  Garcia saw this coming, and nailed him square in the middle of the face with a counter left hook, which caused the first knockdown of Lipinets’ career.  Garcia would finish strong, and after a wild and close 12th round, we went to the scorecards.  All three judges were in favor of Garcia with scores of 117-110/117-110/116-111.  I scored the fight 116-111 as well, and had Garcia winning 8 of the 12 rounds.



Image result for caneloSaul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) has tested positive for a banned substance, exactly 2 months before his scheduled rematch with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s).  Golden Boy Promotions quickly released a statement saying that Alvarez has tested positive for Clenbuterol.  The statement read as such:  “As part of the voluntary testing program that Canelo Alvarez insisted on ahead of his May 5 fight, one of his results came back positive for trace levels of Clenbuterol, consistent with meat contamination that has impacted dozens of athletes in Mexico.”  Golden Boy has apparently reached out to Glolovkin’s camp as well, informing them of the news.  Canelo has also stated that he will be moving his training camp from Mexico to the United States immediately.

Clenbuterol as originally developed as a bronchodilator for the treatment of asthma symptoms, but is known to increase heart rate, perspiration, and adrenalin.  Clenbuterol can be used in conjunction with anabolic steroids, as well as other performance enhancing drugs such as HGH, for reducing body fat while increasing growth of skeletal muscle.  The drug is highly coveted by bodybuilders, for this unique ability to burn fat while maintaining muscle mass.

Only trace amounts of the drug were found Canelo’s system, and Golden Boy claims its from the meat contamination in Mexico.  But, if Canelo was intentionally taking the drug, the damage has been done.  He has trimmed fat and gained muscle for sure, and could have been taking the drug up until only a week ago, as studies show that Clenbuterol will completely leave the system in 7 days.  So if trace amounts were found, there is no way of telling how long or how much Alvarez has taken, if he was knowingly taking it.  Perhaps Golden Boys statement is true, and it was from the meat contamination in Mexico, but never the less, this story will be closely monitored.




Image result for kovalev vs mikhalkinAs it often happens when friends fight one another, we do not get very interesting results in the boxing world.  This was the case last night on HBO Boxing, as Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KO’s) tore up the face of his friend Igor Mikhalkin (21-2, 9 KO’s), and won by 7th round TKO victory.  In the first 2 rounds, Kovalev almost looked reluctant to unload his usual arsenal towards Mikhalkin, and that may have very well been the case.  Need the less, he did win every single round in this fight.  After the second round, Mikhalkin’s face looked to become target practice for Kovalev, even though Mikhalkin did have dos moments here and there.  Mikhalkin, being the slick boxer that he is, did land sporadically on Kovalev’s face, but with virtually no power behind his shots.If he did have some power, this would have made for a more interesting fight.  Kovalev however, did open up 2 gruesome cuts under Mikhalkin’s right eye and on the bridge of his nose via accumulated punishment, and the referee was forced to stop the fight under doctors orders in the 7th round.

The co-feature was a very one sided fight as well, as Dmitry Bivol (13-0, 11 KO’s) defeated Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO in the 12th round.  Bicol was the faster and stronger puncher and won every round of the fight, as Barrera struggled to find and answer for his offense.  Bivol slowed down a bit in the middle rounds, but was ultimately able to dispose of Barrera in the final round.  Bicol landed a power jab which stunned Barrera in the 12th, and followed it up with a jab and a monster right cross the the temple, which put Barrera down.  Barrera beat the count, getting up at 9, but the fight was stopped by the referee, as Barrera clearly had nothing left.  Bicol remains undefeated, and close to the top of the Light Heavyweight division.



Image result for errol spence 2018IBF Welterweight World champion Errol Spence JR (23-0, 20 KO’s) will defend his title against mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo (22-0, 13 KO’s).  The fight will take place in Dallas Texas on June 6th of 2018, but a specific venue has not yet been chosen.  Spence is coming of of a total wipe out victory over top welterweight contender Lamont Peterson, in a fight that looked super easy for Errol to get through.  Spence dominated the entire fight before ultimately getting a stoppage in the 7th round.  Aside for one nice rally that peterson had, which was a rest round for Spence, Spence was in complete control the entire fight.  If Spence was able to beat down a former champ and top 10 welterweight like Lamont Peterson like that, there is absolutely no telling what he will do to the less experienced Ocampo, come June 6th.

This is most definitely a nice fight for Spence, but more importantly one that he cannot avoid.  Carlos Ocampo is rated #1 by the IBF, which Errol Spence is a title holder in.  So that means that Spence must fight Ocampo (his mandatory challenger), or be stripped of the IBF Welterweight title.  There is little doubt that the IBF is known for bogus rankings among fighters.  This is not the first time that they have ranked a relatively unwon fighter at #1.  Ocampo is not even ranked n the top 10 by TheRing Magazine or ESPN.  So why if he ranked #1 by the IBF?  The WBC for instance has Ocampo ranked at #22, while the WBO has him ranked at #7.  The other thing is that Ocampo, while being undefeated, has never fought a top tier opponent.  The logical #1 for the IBF should be either Danny Garcia or Shawn Porter.

This is however a nice fight for Errol Spence JR.  It’s a great stop gap, while he waits until the end of the year for the fight he really wants, which is Keith Thurman.  Ocampo brings a nice undefeated record to the table, so on paper, it doesn’t look like a walk in the park for Spence.  Keith Thurman will have a come back fight sometime this summer after undergoing elbow surgery.  He has stated time and time again that he will not fight a top tier opponent in his first fight back since surgery.  For now, Spence has to deal with Ocampo however, so expect to see more of the same from the IBF champ.