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Hilares Jr. Upsets Huerta in All Action Brawl

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huerta_hiralesphoto by Paul GallegosRaul Hirales Jr. (12-0-1, 7 KO's) of La Paz Mexico used speed, accuracy and a high work rate to defeat Charles Huerta (16-2, 8 KO's) of Paramount, California in a scheduled eight round featherweight clash at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego on Friday night.

Huerta started off well as he flicked a jab in Hirales' face in the first round. Hirales was undeterred and charged forward landing to the body and head. Huerta was working a good strong jab. Both men mixed it up nicely to the delight of the eight hundred plus fans that were in attendance.

Good back-and-forth action quickly turned into a battle of will and determination as both men fought nose to nose in the middle of the ring. Huerta worked the body in the third but his opponent showed little effect as he landed three shots in a row without an answer. Hirales targeted the body repeatedly and landed some border line punches but was not admonished. His repeated south of the border shots eventually caused referee Pat Russell to deduct a point.

The Paramount native boxed nicely in the sixth as he landed some nice hooks. Hirales was not as busy and began breathing through his mouth, a clear sign that he was tiring. Huerta exchanged combinations with Hirales as they battled in the middle of the ring again. It was more good back-and-forth action which kept the audience pumped.

In the eighth round Hirales came out with everything. Huerta fought back as they met head-to-head and tried to back each other up towards the ropes. Huerta was undoubtedly in a tough fight and an upset seemed to be in the making. Both men exchanged until the very end of the round with Hirales getting the best of the situation.

The fight ended with fast and furious combinations. The bell rang and both men raised their hands in anticipation of victory. The scores were read by ring announcer Joe Martinez as 78-73 for Huerta and 77-74 (twice) for Hirales Jr. who got the split decision win.

“He's a very tough fighter but I think that my preparation is what won this fight for me,” said Hirales afterwards. “I would gladly give him a rematch if he requests one.”

Huerta felt that he pulled off the win. “I thought I won it with all my flurries,” said Huerta. “I know I have some little things to work on but I would really like a rematch.”

Gary Russell Jr. gets win over Feider Viloria

Featherweight Gary Russell Jr. impressed fans with his blazing speed and slick footwork. His opponent, Feider Viloria, who hails from Nicaragua, is a very capable fighter but he wasn't sure how to deal with Russell’s style. The undefeated prospect moved forward all night as he attacked the body and head of Viloria repeatedly.

It was in the fifth round that Russell landed several quick left hands on Viloria's jaw that dropped him onto the ropes. To his credit, Viloria got up and finished the round. Russell was dominating throughout the six and seventh when a bad unintentional head caused a severe cut over Viloria’s eye. The ring doctor advised the referee to stop the fight. According to California rules when an accidental head butt occurs and one of the fighters cannot continue a decision must be rendered by judges. The scores were unanimous 70-62 (twice) and 69-63, all for the outstanding looking prospect Gary Russell Jr. who improves to 14 wins, 0 losses and nine knockouts. Viloria drops to 23 wins eight losses and 2 draws with 16 knockouts.

Samir batters Myers

aBastie Samir of Ghana used powerful left hooks and uppercuts to overwhelm his opponent Loren Myers of Fresno, California in a middleweight clash. Several left hands landed flush in the first round which left Myers on shaky legs. Samir was relentless in his attack as he repeatedly landed to the head of Myers. It was more of the same throughout the six round scheduled fight. It was before the start of the sixth round that the ring doctor, Eddie Ayoub, stopped the contest due to excessive cuts inside a mouth. Samir stays unbeaten and is now 9-0, 9 KOs. Myers drops to 7 wins 11 losses and 1 draw.

Martinez gets by Musquez

It looked like it was going to be a short night for middleweight Anthony Martinez when he dropped Sacramento's David Musquez in the first round. Musquez didn't seem too badly hurt. He battled back and even scored a knockdown in the second round. Martinez got up and a real battle ensued. The Sacramento native repeatedly tried to land the right hand that dropped his opponent. Although Martinez was controlling the action for the most part, it was Musquez who wobbled Martinez several times. By the end of the scheduled four round middleweight contest it seemed that Musquez had done enough to squeeze out the win which would have been quite an upset. The judges had other ideas. The scores were 38-36 for Musquez and 37-37 (twice) a majority draw much to the displeasure of the audience who clearly felt that Musquez had won. Martinez is now 7-0-1, 5 KO’s. Musquez drops to 3-4-2, 3 knockouts.

Quintana defeats Raymundo

The always entertaining Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana of Chula Vista put on a good show in defeating San Bernardino's Blanca Raymundo in a female flyweight match up. Quintana outworked her opponent from beginning to end. Quintana got the unanimous decision and improved her record to three wins zero losses and two draws. Raymundo remains winless in two outings.

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San Diego's Manuel Robles defeated David Morales of Los Angeles by four round decision in a super lightweight clash.  Robles improved to 2 wins and zero losses. Morales lost his undefeated status and now has two wins and one loss.

The card was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and broadcast on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.”

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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