Posts Tagged ‘#Welterweight’

Image result for horn vs crawfordESPN+ delivered tonight, as they put out a great undercard, co-feature, and main event.  On the undercard, Shakur Stevenson (7-0, 4 KO’s) defeated Aelio Mesquita (16-2, 14 KO’s) via TKO 2nd round.  Stevenson knocked Mesquita down twice in the first round, and 3 times in the second before his corner ultimately threw in the towel.  Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) knocked out Frank Rojas (22-1, 21 KO’s) in the first round, and re established himself as a welterweight contender.  In the co-feature of the evening, Jose Pedraza (24-1, 12 KO’s) won a decision against Antonio Moran (23-2, 16 KO’s) in a back and forth affair, but ultimately all 3 judges scored the fight 96-94 in favor of Jose Pedraza.

In the main event, Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) defeated Jeff Horn (18-1-1, 12 KO’s) and captured the WBO Welterweight title, which now makes him a 3 division champion.  The first two rounds were feelers, as both fighters wanted to see what the other had to offer.  Horn’s herky jerky style definitely made Crawford a bit uncomfortable to start the fight.  In the 3rd round however, Crawford had Horn all figured out.  Horn was just coming straight forward, and Crawford landed a beautiful check hook, and a couple of huge straight lefts.  Horn continued to walk right into Crawford’s left hand in the 4th, with the 5th being more of the same.

In the 6th round,Crawford landed a huge uppercut as Horn was trying to pin him against the ropes, followed by some nice body shots as Horn started backing up.  In the 8th round, Crawford switched back to right handed, which he hadn’t done since the first round, and landed a double left hook (one to the body and one to the head) which really staggered Jeff Horn.  Bud then quickly switched back to lefty and peppered Horn with combinations.  He also landed a huge straight left right at the bell and almost put Horn down.  His glove was literally inches from touching the canvas.  In the 9th, Crawford landed another left that did put Horn down, but he would get back up.  Crawford, in attack mode now, started throwing left hand bombs, most of which landed flush, and referee Robert Byrd was forced to stop the fight.  Crawford remains undefeated in his move to 147 pounds, and is now the WBO Welterweight champion of the world.  He calls this the take over, and Horn is his first victim.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday June 9th 2018, Jeff Horn (18-0-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO Welterweight title on the line agains Terence Crawford (32-0, 23 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada, and will be streaming live live on ESPN+ at 9:30pm ET.  (Subscription is $4.99/month).  In the co-feature, Frank Rojas (22-0, 21 KO’s) and Jose Benavidez (26-0, 17 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Welterweight bout.  Here is the breakdown & predictions:

JEFF HORN

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-Record:  18 – 0 – 1, 12 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ali Funeka  —  Win, TKO 6th round (10), 12/10/16.
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Win, UD (12), 6/2/17.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)
  • Gary Corcoran  —  Win, TKO 11th round (12), 12/13/17.

 

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  32 – 0 – 0, 23 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 9″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Ray Beltran  —  Win, UD (12), 11/29/14.  (Won TheRing Lightweight title)
  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, UD (12), 7/23/16.  (Won WBC & TheRing Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won TheRing/IBF/WBC/WBO/WBA Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)

 

PREDICTIONS:

Jose Benadivez  —  def  —  Frank Rojas  —  via  —  TKO 8th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jeff Horn  —  via  —  TKO 6th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Lucas Matthysse (39-4, 36 KO’s) and Manny Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KO’s) have agreed to fight each other on July 8th.  Although the agreement is only verbal so far, the fight will take place on July 8th 2018 in Kuala Lampur Malaysia.  Because of the time difference their July 8th fight will be televised in the US on July 7th, and will be live on ESPN’s Top Rank Boxing presented by Bob Arum.

Lucas Matthysse will be defending his newly acquired WBA Welterweight title.  Matthysse is the WBA (regular) champion, while Keith Thurman holds the WBAsuper World Welterweight title.  Matthysse won the vacant WBA title back in January, when he defeated Tewa Kiram via KO in the 8th round of their fight.  Matthysse wasn’t looking great in that fight until the KO came in the 8th, which is something to make note of.  Pacquiao on the other hand, has not looked great in a while now, and some say its time for him to retire.

In fact, the only fight Pacman has looked good in since 2015, was when he defeated Tim Bradley by decision.  Pacman was focused in that one because of his highly controversial loss to bradley in their first fight.  Then he beat Jesse Vargas, but not by much, and lost to Jeff Horn in another controversial decision.  But Pacman wasn’t himself in that fight anyway.  This will be a good matchup, for either of these reasons:  reason 1 being that both fighters have a straight forward knock your head off style.  Reason 2 is that both fighters didn’t look good in their last outing, so their defense won’t be great, which will make this a highly offensive fight.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Terence Crawford has apparently suffered a hand injury in training camp, which will push his fight against WBO Welterweight champion Jeff Horn to May 19th, or perhaps some time in June.  Bob Arum’s exact words were “the Horn-Crawford fight will need to be rescheduled for May or June.  Crawford apparently hurt his right hand during a sparring session, where he accidentally his his sparing partner in the top of the head.  Crawford’s camp is saying that the injury is not that serious, but it is serious enough to postpone the fight a bit.

The venue will stay the same.  Horn VS Crawford will take place at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.  The fight will air on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN as usual, as Top Rank had moved to mainstream television.  Terence Crawford is an overwhelming favorite to defeat Jeff Horn for the WBO World Welterweight title, so I’m sure Horn is willing to wait the extra 2 months.  Besides his disputed victory over Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn hasn’t really done anything of extreme importance in his career, but is trending up after his TKO victory over Gary Corcoran.  Even with that being said, plus Crawford’s hand injury, “Bud” Crawford is still the favorite by a long shot.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Tonight, Saturday February 17th 2018, Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KO’s) makes his ring return after an 11 month layoff, as he faces Brandon Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  The fight will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Paradise Nevada, and will be live on ShowTime at 10pm ET.  In the co-feature, David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KO’s) will defend his WBC Super Middleweight title in a rematch against Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KO’s).  Here is the tale of the tape and predictions:

DANNY GARCIA

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-Record:  33 – 1 – 0, 19 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5″

-Notable Fights

  • Amir Khan  —  Win, TKO 4th round (12), 7/14/12.  (Won TheRing/WBAsuper Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Robert Guerrero  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 1/23/16.  (Won vacant WBC Welterweight title)
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Split Decision (12), 3/4/17.

 

BRANDON RIOS

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-Record:  34 – 3 – 1, 25 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68″

-Notable Fights

  • Miguel Acosta  —  Win, TKO 10th round (12), 2/26/11.  (Won WBA Lightweight title)
  • Manny Pacquiao  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 11/24/13.
  • Mike Alvarado #3  —  Win, TKO 3rd round (12), 1/24/15.

 

PREDICTIONS:

David Benavidez  —  def  —  Ronald Gavril  —  via  —  Decision

Danny Garcia  —  def  —  Brandon Rios  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

Champ – Vacant

  1. Anthony Joshua (20-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  2. Deontay Wilder (39-0-0, 38 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Joseph Parker (24-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Luis Ortiz (28-0-0, 24 KO’s)
  5. Alexander Povetkin (33-1-0, 23 KO’s)

Cruiserweight   —   (200 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Oleksandr Usyk (13-0-0, 11 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Murat Gassiev (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Mairis Briedes (23-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Denis Lebedev (30-2-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Yunier Dorticos (22-0-0, 21 KO’s)

Light Heavyweight      (175 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Sergey Kovalev (31-2-1, 27 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0, 24 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0, 11 KO’s)
  4. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0-0, 12 KO’s)
  5. Artur Beterbiev (12-0-0, 12 KO’s)

Super Middleweight   —   (168 pounds limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Gilberto Ramirez (36-0-0, 24 KO’s)   WBO
  2. George Groves (27-3-0, 20 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Callum Smith (23-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Chris Eubank Jr (26-1-0, 20 KO’s)
  5. Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 KO’s)   IBF

Middleweight   —   (160 pound limit)

Champ – Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s)   RING

  1. Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s)   IBF, WBA, WBC
  2. Daniel Jacobs (32-2-0, 29 KO’s)
  3. Billy Joe Saunders (26-0-0, 12 KO’s)   WBO
  4. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (11-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Jermall Charlo (26-0-0, 20 KO’s)

Junior Middleweight   —   (154 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Erislandy Lara (24-2-2, 14 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jermell Charlo (30-0-0, 15 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Jarret Hurd (21-0-0, 15 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Sadam Ali (26-1-0, 14 KO’s)   WBO
  5. Brian Castano (14-0-0, 10 KO’s)

Welterweight   —   (147 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Keith Thurman (28-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBA, WBC
  2. Errol Spence Jr (23-0-0, 20 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s)
  4. Kell Brook (36-2-0, 25 KO’s)
  5. Danny Garcia (33-1-0, 19 KO’s)

Junior Welterweight   —   (140 pound limit)

Champ – Terence Crawford (32-0-0, 23 KO’s)   RING

  1. Mikey Garcia (37-0-0, 30 KO’s)
  2. Viktor Postol (29-1-0, 12 KO’s)
  3. Antonio Orozco (26-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  4. Regis Prograis (20-0-0, 17 KO’s)
  5. Julius Indongo (22-1-0, 11 KO’s)

Lightweight   —   (135 pound limit)

Champ – Jorge Linares (43-3-0, 27 KO’s)   RING, WBA

  1. Mikey Garcia (37-0-0, 30 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Robert Easter (21-0-0, 14 KO’s)   IBF
  3. Raymundo Beltran (34-7-1, 21 KO’s)
  4. Richard Commy (25-2-0, 22 KO’s)
  5. Felix Verdejo (23-0-0, 15 KO’s)

Junior Lightweight   —   (130 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1-0, 8 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Miguel Berchelt (32-1-0, 28 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Gervonta Davis (19-0-0, 18 KO’s)
  4. Alberto Machado (19-0-0, 16 KO’s)   WBA
  5. Francisco Vargas (24-1-2, 17 KO’s)

Featherweight   —   (126 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Leo Santa Cruz (34-1-1, 19 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Garry Russel Jr (28-1-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Carl Frampton (24-1-0, 14 KO’s)
  4. Lee Selby (26-1-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF
  5. Abner Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s)

Junior Featherweight   —   (122 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1-0, 11 KO’s)   WBA
  2. Jesse Magdaleno (25-0-0, 18 KO’s)   WBO
  3. Rey Vargas (31-0-0, 22 KO’s)   WBC
  4. Diego De La Hoya (20-0-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Moises Flores (25-0-0, 17 KO’s)

Bantamweight   —   (118 pound limit)

Champ – Shinsuke Yamanaka (27-1-2, 19 KO’s)   RING

  1. Zolani Tete (26-3-0, 21 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Jaime McDonnell (29-2-1, 13 KO’s)
  3. Ryan Burnett (18-0-0, 9 KO’s)   IBF, WBA
  4. Juan Carlos Payano (19-1-0, 9 KO’s)
  5. Zhanat Zhakiyanov (27-2-0, 18 KO’s)

Junior Bantamweight   —   (115 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Naoya Inoue (15-0-0, 13 KO’s)   WBO
  2. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2-0, 25 KO’s)
  4. Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KO’s)
  5. Khalid Yafai (23-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBA

Flyweight   —   (112 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Donnie Nietes (40-1-4, 22 KO’s)   IBF
  2. Diago Higa (14-0-0, 14 KO’s)   WBC
  3. Juan Carlos Reveco (39-3-0, 19 KO’s)
  4. Moruti Mthalane (35-2-0, 24 KO’s)
  5. Sho Kimura (16-1-2, 9 KO’s)   WBO

Junior Flyweight   —   (108 pound limit)

Champ – Ryoichi Taguchi (27-2-2, 12 KO’s)   RING, IBF, WBA

  1. Ken Shiro (12-0-0, 6 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Milan Melindo (37-3-0, 13 KO’s)
  3. Carlos Canizales (19-0-1, 16 KO’s)
  4. Pedro Guavara (30-3-1, 17 KO’s)
  5. Ganigan Lopez (28-7-0, 17 KO’s)

Strawweight   —   (105 pound limit)

Champ – Vacant

  1. Wanheng Menayothin (49-0-0, 17 KO’s)   WBC
  2. Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0-0, 7 KO’s)   WBA
  3. Hiroto Kyoguchi (9-0-0, 7 KO’s)   IBF
  4. Byron Rojas (24-3-3, 10 KO’s)
  5. Jose Argumedo (20-4-1, 12 KO’s)