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Image result for crawford vs benavidezThis past Saturday night October 14 2018, Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) proved to everyone why he is the worlds top Pound For Pound fighter, as he defeated Jose Benavidez (27-1, 18 KO’s) to retain his WBO Welterweight title with a 12th round TKO victory.  The fight started off slow, as Crawford was struggling to find his range against the much bigger challenger.  Benavidez was seemingly un phased by any of Crawfords punches in the first few round.  He looked to be walking right through them, and throwing back his own punches.  The first 6 rounds of the fight were pretty hard to score, because even though Crawford was slightly out landing Benavidez, Benavidez was walking him down at will.

The 7th round was the turning point of the fight.  Crawford started going to the body more, and it finally started paying off.  Benavidez was clearly slower at this point, and the 7th round was target practice for Crawford.  He won the fight mentally in that round, and Benavidez had nothing left.  The next few rounds looked like Benavidez just ran out of ideas on how to fight Crawford, and Crawford took advantage, peppering him with combinations.  The 12th and final round was a wild one.  Crawford continued to land punches at will, and towards the end if the round, he nailed Benavidez with an uppercut that put him down.  Benavidez would get up, but Crawford pinned him against the ropes and landed a huge right hook followed by a devastating left hand.  The fight was stopped there, and Crawford retained his WBO Welterweight title.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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This Saturday night, October 13th 2018, top pound for pound fighter Terence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) will defend his WBO Welterweight title against one of boxings top prospects Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s).  The fight will take place at the CHI Health Center in Omaha Nebraska, and will be live on Top Rank Boxing on ESPN at 10:30pm ET.  In the co-feature, Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KO’s) will face off against Duarn Vue (14-1-2, 4 KO’s) in a 10 round welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Carlos Adames (14-0, 11 KO’s) and Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Junior Middleweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

TERENCE CRAWFORD

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-Record:  33 – 0 – 0, 24 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  70″

-Notable Fights

  • Viktor Postol  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 7/23/16.  (Won TheRing & WBC Junior Welterweight titles)
  • Julius Indongo  —  Win, KO 3rd round (12), 8/19/17.  (Won Undisputed Junior Welterweight title)
  • Jeff Horn  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 6/9/18.  (Won WBO Welterweight title)

 

JOSE BENADIVEZ

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-Record:  27 – 0 – 0, 18 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 10″

-Reach:  74″

-Notable Fights

  • Mauricio Herrera  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/13/14.
  • Jorge Paez Jr  —  Win, TKO 12th round (12), 5/15/15.
  • Frank Rojas  —  Win, KO 1st round (12), 6/9/18.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Carlos Adames  —  def  —  Joshua Conley  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Shakur Stevenson  —  def  —  Duarn Vue  —  via  —  KO 4th round

Terence Crawford  —  def  —  Jose Benavidez  —  via  —  TKO 9th round

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

 

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Last night on ShowTime Championship Boxing, we had a wild triple header of action.  The first fight of the evening was the most exciting heavyweight bout since Wilder VS Ortiz, and it was a wild one, as Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KO’s) defeated Charles Martin (25-2-1, 23 KO’s) via unanimous decision.  Kownacki came out throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Martin, as he is known to throw punches in bunches, which is rare for a heavyweight.  By the third round, Martin looked like he was out of gas, but would come back strong in the 7th and 8th rounds.  The final round was wild, as Martin was badly stunned by a left hook and looked like he was going down.  In the final minute, Martin landed a big shot of his own which stunned Kownacki, but it would not be enough.  Kownacki wins by unanimous decision.

The second fight of the evening was a completely one sided affair, as Yordenis Ugas (23-3, 11 KO’s) defeated Cesar Barionuevo (34-4-2, 24 KO’s) in a clean sweep on the scorecards.  Ugas’ defense was impenetrable as Barionuevo looked completely lost in his US debut.  Ugas pretty much picked him apart for 12 rounds, en route to a unanimous decision victory.  He is now the mandatory contender for a welterweight world title, with the fight ending in scores of 119-109/120-108/120-108.

The main event was a barn burner, as Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) narrowly defeated Danny Garcia (34-2, 19 KO’s) to become the new WBC Welterweight champion.  Porter started the fight trying to box from the outside, which is not really his game, and as soon as Garcia landed a big shot in the second round, Porter became Porter.  Porter would smother Garcia with his annoying in your face style, not giving Garcia any room to punch, and took the middle rounds, which ultimately was the reason he would win the fight.  Garcia would come on strong in the end of the fight, landing clean shots on Porter as he was able to create some separation, and fight his fight.  Garcia was clearly the more effective and accurate puncher, but was badly outworked by Porter, which the judges ultimately favored.  Porter threw almost 280 more punches then Garcia, even though the landed punches were almost identical.

The final scores of the fight were 116-112/115-113/115-113 all in favor of Porter, simply because he was the busier man, and not at all the more effective puncher.  I scored the fight 114-114 which was the same as Steve Farhood’s unofficial score, and also the correct one.  Never the less, Shawn Porter takes home the gold, and sets up a potential bout with Errol Spence Jr to unify the WBC and IBF Welterweight titles.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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Tomorrow night, Saturday September 8th 2018, Danny “Swift” Garcia (34-1, 20 KO’s) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KO’s) will make their long awaited ring returns as they battle for the vacant WBC World Welterweight title.  Brought to you by Premier Boxing Champions, the fight will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York, and will be live on ShowTime Championship Boxing at 9pm ET.  In the co-feature, Yordenis Ugas (22-3, 11 KO’s) will take on Cesar Miguel Burrionuevo (34-3-2, 24 KO’s) in a 12 round Welterweight bout.  Also on the card, Charles Martin (25-1, 23 KO’s) and Adam Kownacki (17-0, 14 KO’s) will go at it in a 10 round Heavyweight bout.  Here is the breakdown and predictions:

DANNY GARCIA

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-Record:  34 – 1 – 0, 20 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 8″

-Reach:  68.5

-Notable Fights

  • Eric Morales  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 10/20/12.  (Won WBC Junior Welterweight title)
  • Lucas Matthysse  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 9/14/13.
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Split Decision (12), 3/4/17.

 

SHAWN PORTER

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-Record:  28 – 2 – 1, 17 KO’s

-Weight Class:  Welterweight

-Height:  5′ 6″

-Reach:  69

-Notable Fights

  • Devon Alexander  —  Win, Unanimous Decision (12), 12/7/13.  (Won IBF Welterweight title)
  • Keith Thurman  —  Loss, Unanimous Decision (12), 6/25/16.
  • Andre Berto  —  Win, TKO 9th round (12), 4/22/17.

 

PREDICTIONS:

Adam Kownacki  —  def  —  Charles Martin  —  via  —  TKO 7th round

Yordenis Ugas  —  def  —  Cesar Miguel Burrionuevo  —  via  —  Decision

Danny Garcia  —  def  —  Shawn Porter  —  via  —  Decision

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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