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What was supposed the be the marquee matchup of 2017, proved to be just that when Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s) took on Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s).  Sadly the fight ended in a controversial draw.  So who was at the heart of the controversy?  Yes, you guessed it, none other then judge Adelaide Byrd, if she can even be called a judge at this point.  GGG and Canelo fought all 12 rounds in what proved to be a magnificent fight, with everyone thinking that Golovkin had won at the end of 12 rounds.  I scored the fight personally, and had GGG winning 116-112, same score as Harold Letterman, which means Golovkin won 8 of the 12 rounds.  Judge Dave Morreti scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Golovkin which was a very fair score.  Judge Don Trella scored the fight 114-114, which depending what you were looking for, is not terrible, even though I clearly thought Golovkin won.  And then there was Judge Adelaide Byrd, who scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo Alvarez.  That scorecard means that she only gave Golovkin 2 winning rounds out of 12, which is completely absurd given the fact that GGG dictated the whole fight, and landed way more punches then Canelo did.  As a result for her atrocious scorecard, Byrd has been benched for the rest of 2017.  In my opinion, she should definitely be suspended for a long time and heavily fined, if not thrown out of boxing all together.  By the way, this is not her first highly questionable scorecard.  There have been a few others, including a UFC fight, but we won’t get into that right now.

Golovkin came out strong with the jab in the first round, and as a result, outlander Canelo.  In the second round, Canelo seemed to bounce back, and look a lot more comfortable, all the while countering effectively.  In the 3rd round, GGG hit Canelo with a monster body shot, the first one he threw, and for a split second, it looked like Canelo was a goner.  Since the third round, Canelo was on his horse, backing up pretty much the rest of the fight, and fighting off the ropes.  GGG also took the 4th round, in which Canelo seemed to still be feeling that body shot.  The 4th was one round that Adelaide Byrd gave to GGG.

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According to Byrd, GGG would not win another round until the 7th, when he hit Canelo with a hellacious overhand right.  Thinking he had the fight won, GGG slowed down in the 11th and 12th, and pretty much gave away the rounds.  On the flip side, it really looked like Canelo got the “you have to KO him to win” speech, because he came out guns blazing in the 11th, after no doing much the previous 2 rounds, and continually being trapped against the ropes.

These are the final punch stats for the fight.  Lets take round 9 for example.  GGG landed 24/58 (41%) punches, while Canelo landed 13/42 (31%) punches.  That’s an 11 pinch difference.  So how could Byrd have given Canelo that round?  The fight of the year was turned into a disgrace by a corrupt judge.  If she isn’t corrupt, she is totally incompetent.  Either way, she should not be a judge any longer.  By the way, what was in that envelope that Oscar De La Hoya was spotted handing to her?  This fight should be reviewed by 3 other judges that had nothing to do with it, and this decision should be overturned.  Golovkin should be the Unanimous Decision winner!

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night September 16th 2017, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s) will take on Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO’s) for the Unified Middleweight title.  Golovkin will defend his WBA & IBF Middleweight titles, while Alvarez will defend his TheRing Middleweight title.  The fight will take place at the T-Mobil Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 8pm ET.  In the co-feature, Diego De La Hoya (19-0, 9 KO’s) will take on Randy Caballero (24-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12 round Super Bantamweight bout.  Also on the card, Jesus Rojas (25-1-1, 17 KO’s) will go at it with Claudio Marrero (22-1, 16 KO’s) in a 12 round Featherweight bout, and Roberto Ortiz (31-1-2, 26 KO’s) will take on Antonio Orozco (26-0, 17 KO’s) in a 10 round Junior Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

SAUL “CANELO” ALVAREZ

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-Record:  49 – 1 – 1, 34 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  71

-Notable Fights

  • Floyd Mayweather  —  Loss, Majority Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Miguel Cotto  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/21/15.  (Won lineal/TheRing/WBC Middleweight titles)
  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 5/6/17.

 

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

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-Record:  37 – 0 – 0, 33 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Middleweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  70

-Notable Fights

  • Martin Murray  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 2/21/15.
  • David Lemieux  —  Win, TKO 8th round (12), 10/17/15.  (Won IBF Middleweight title)
  • Daniel Jacobs  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 3/18/17.

 

Predictions:

Antonio Orozco  —  def  —  Roberto Ortiz  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

Claudio Marrero  —  def  —  Jesus Rojas  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Diego De La Hoya  —  def  —  Randy Caballero  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Gennady Golovkin  —  def  —  Canelo Alvarez  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

 

 


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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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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

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Last night Saturday June 17th 2017 on HBO PPV, Andre “S.O.G” Ward (32-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KO’s) for the second time Via TKO in the 8th round.  In what was a shocking turn of event, Ward turned the fight around and knocked Kovalev out with body shots.  In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux (18-0, 12 KO’s) got a first round KO victory over the undefeated Moises Flores (25-1, 17 KO’s), on a very controversial call at the end of the first round.  Both fighters seemed to fight past the bell of the opening round, and Rigondeaux ld anded a punch after the bell that knocked Flores out.  The fight should have been called a no decision, but was instead called a KO victory for Rigondeaux.  Dmitry Bivol (11-0, 9 KO’s) was also victorious over the gun shy Cedric Agnew (29-3, 15 KO’s), as he defeated him with a 4th round TKO.

Ward VS Kovalev 2 started in similar fashion as their first fight.  Kovalev was on the attack from the opening bell, and Ward was on his heels being very defensive, while trying to counter punch.  Kovalev out landed Ward in all of the first 6 rounds except one, and it seemed like Ward was far behind on the scorecards again.  Ward however did commit to the body of Kovalev, and it would end up paying dividends.  Ward’s slick and effective body punching would soften up Kovalev’s mid section, and have him looking gassed by the 5th round.  Kovalev was breathing heavy and losing steam, just like in their first meeting.

Ward started coming alive in the second half of the fight, just as he he in the first fight.  In the 7th round, he came right out with a huge right hand that hit Kovalev right on the money, and then continued with a sustained body attack.  In a tight 7th round however, Sergey Kovalev seemed to be tiring some more, even though he was the aggressor for most of the round.  In the 8th round, Kovalev seemed to start really being bothered by Andre Ward’s body punching mid way through the round.  With about a minuted left in the 8th, Ward landed a spectacular straight right hand which really stunned Kovalev, and Ward would go on the attack with Sergey backing up.  Kovalev, looking like he was about to keel over, got pinned against the ropes took 3 more hellacious uppercuts to the gut, and referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight.  Kovalev simply looked as if he could no longer defend himself because of the sustained body punishment.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night Saturday June 17th 2017, we will have the rematch between Andre Ward (31-0, 14 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (31-1-1, 26 KO’s).  Ward will be defending his WBA/WBO/IBF Light Heavyweight title, and the vacant TheRing title will also be on the line.  The fight will take place the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise Nevada, and will be live on HBO PPV at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KO’s) will put his WBAsuper Super Bantamweight title on the line against Moises Flores(25-0, 17 KO’s).  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

ANDRE WARD

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-Record:  31 – 0 – 0, 14 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  71″

-Notable Fights

  • Carl Froch  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/17/11.  (Won WBC/TheRing Super Middleweight titles)
  • Chad Dawson  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 9/8/12.
  • Sergey Kovalev  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/19/16.  (Won WBA/IBF/WBO Light Heavyweight titles)

 

SERGEY KOVALEV

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-Record:  31 – 1 – 1, 26 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Light Heavyweight

-Height:  6′ 0″

-Reach:  72″

-Notable Fights

  • Nathan Cleverly  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 8/17/13.  (Won WBO Light Heavyweight title)
  • Bernard Hopkins  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/8/14.  (Won WBA/IBF Light Heavyweight titles)
  • Andre Ward  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/19/16.

 

Predictions:

Guillermo Rigondeaux  —  def  —  Moises Flores  —  via  —  Unanimous Decision

Andre Ward  —  def  —  Sergey Kovalev  —  via  —  Unanimous Decsion

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Next Saturday June 17th 2017, will be the rematch between Andre Ward (31-0, 15 KO’s) and Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KO’s), which is poised to be one of the biggest fights in 2017.  It is the battle for Light Heavyweight supremacy, with 4 titles on the line.  Ward will defend the WBA/WBO/IBF/TheRing Light Heavyweight titles, which he took from Kovalev last November, in a very close decision victory.  A lot of doubts were cast on Ward, and a lot of questions were raised about if he actually did beat Kovalev, in what was the narrowest decision in recent memory.  Many fans, and of course Kovalev, did not agree with the decision, and so we have the rematch.

So, is there any reason to think that Ward won’t be victorious this time around?  Between the 2 fighters, only Kovalev has fought someone twice.  He defeated Jean Pascal via TKO back in March of 2015, and then completely destroyed him in their rematch back in January of 2016.  But was Kovalev better in the rematch?  Or was Pascal just that much worse?  Pascal was very gun shy in their second fight, and Kovalev took complete advantage of that fact.  Never the less, it was a complete wipe out in their rematch.  In my opinion, this would be the only evidence that could support a possible Kovalev victory.  In the first fight with Ward, Kovalev knocked Ward down in the first round, but was unable to knock him out.  He will have to do that to win, because going to the scorecards after 12 rounds with Ward, will most likely not be favorable for any fighter for that matter.

Andre Ward on the other hand, has literally beaten everyone relevant in or around what ever weight class he has been in.  In his Super Middleweight days, he went on a rampage.  Ward was predicted to be one of the first eliminated from the Super 6 tournament.  Guess what.  He went on to win it.  He defeated all the top fighters at Super Middleweight which included Mikkel Kessler, Sakio Bika, Arthur Abraham, and of course the great future hall of famer Carl Froch.  He then went on the defeat the once feared Chad Dawson, to completely take over the division.  Ward has made a career out of fighting and beating the best, so there is no reason to think otherwise here.  If anything, he has learned from the first encounter with Kovalev, and will defeat him more decisively this time around.  Kovalev needs a knockout to win here in my opinion, which is definitely not out of the question.  If it does go to the score cards after 12 rounds though, look for another close decision, but Andre Ward will be victorious.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE