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Prizefighting Returns to Maywood Saturday



top_rank_febfivepostermaywoodPrizefighting returns to Maywood with a pretty heavy duty fight card on Saturday afternoon.

Top Rank returns to the Los Angeles vicinity when Mexico’s Francisco Sierra (23-3, 21 KOs) takes on Dyah Davis (18-2, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight fight at the Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and a portion of the fight card will be televised on delay.

Sierra recently defeated former Mexican star Jose Luis Lopez and that’s never an easy feat. If you remember back about 14 years ago it was Lopez who nearly stopped Ike Quartey and forced the Ghana bomber to run for his life. He also had one of the most dependable chins to go along with his skills until Sierra forced him to stay in his corner last May 2010.

It should be an interesting contest to see. Davis comes from Florida and exhibits some fine boxing skills and is looking for a return to the win column after losing by decision to Aaron Pryor Jr. by decision last November.

On the same fight card many will see one of the better heavyweight prospects in little-known but big punching Andy Ruiz. He looks like a pudgy choir boy but punches like a human buzzsaw. Those fast fists have surprised many including all of his opponents. Ruiz (7-0, 5 KOs) fights Kelsey Arnold (4-6-2) in a heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds.

Ruiz is trained by Freddie Roach and if you know anything about the wizard trainer of the Wild Card you know he doesn’t waste his time. The young heavyweight is from Mexicali and has the fastest fists around and can really take a good shot too. It’s kind of shocking to see Ruiz unload those blinding combinations but it's fun too.

In a lightweight bout Oscar Meza (20-4, 17 KOs) fights Leo Martinez (15-14, 7 KOs) in an eight round bout.

Undefeated junior lightweight Jose Zepeda (5-0, 4 KOs) has a tough match with Jose Soto Karass (21-15-1, 19 KOs),  the very tough older brother of welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass. Soto Karass is rather small for the weight class but don’t expect him to lay down for Zepeda.  He usually goes down smoking.

Several other bouts are planned.

It’s been a few years since Top Rank featured boxing shows in the area. Their first show took place last December and now it looks like the Las Vegas promotion company has California in its sights again.

Ray Alcorta Promotions is the actual promoter of record and Alcorta is recognized as one of the rising stars in the world of match-making too. You will be seeing several of his fight cards in the next few weeks in the Southern California and Nevada area. For tickets and information call (323) 595-3662 or (562) 205-6270. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Other fight chatter:

In mixed martial arts UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (27-4) meets fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort (19-8) on Saturday Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. Others on the card are Jon Jones, Ryan Bader, Forrest Griffin and Rich Franklin among others. Ultimate Fighting Championship 126 will also be shown on pay-per-view.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs) remained undefeated with a 12-round unanimous decision over Billy Lyell (22-9) on Saturday in Culiacan, Mexico. Chavez, who formerly attended high school in Riverside, is now trained by Freddie Roach and fights at middleweight.

Coachella’s Julio Diaz, a two-time former lightweight world champion, stopped Mexico’s Pavel Miranda (16-7-1) in the eighth round of a welterweight bout in Pontiac, Michigan last Saturday. Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) is a stablemate of junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley.

The fourth annual Grappler’s Quest takes place in Coral Springs, Florida and benefits various organizations battling autism on Saturday Feb. 5. The event takes place at Coral Springs Gymnasium located at 2501 Coral Springs Drive. For tickets and information (877) ARM-BAR1.

Nick Diaz (24-7) kept his mixed martial arts welterweight title by submitting Brazil’s Evangelista Cyborg (18-14) at 4:50 of the second round with an arm bar at San Jose on Saturday. It was the Stockton MMA prizefighter’s ninth consecutive victory.

Mexico’s Raul Hirales (12-0-1, 7 KOs) out-pointed Paramount’s Charles Huerta (16-2, 9 KOs) after eight rounds to win a split decision on Friday in San Diego. Hometown girl boxer Amaris Quintana (4-0-2) beat San Bernardino’s Blanca Raymundo (0-2) in a junior flyweight match after four rounds.

New Mexico’s undefeated Austin Trout (21-0, 13 KOs) meets Mexico’s Rigoberto Alvarez (26-2, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBA junior middleweight world title on Saturday Feb. 5 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Mexico’s Tomas Rojas (34-12-1, 23 KOs) defends the WBC junior bantamweight world title against Nobuo Nashiro (14-2-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Rojas is making his first world title defense.

Lyndsay Garbatt (6-3-1) fights Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-6-1) in a 10 round battle for the WIBA junior lightweight world title. It’s a battle of Canadians that takes place on Friday Feb. 4, in Ontario, Canada. Heavyweight Tye Fields (44-2, 40 KOs) is also on the fight card.

Carolina Gaite (18-2, 13 KOs) defends the interim WBA junior bantamweight title against Paulina Cardona (17-7-4) on Saturday in Cordoba, Argentina. Gaite is from Argentina and Cardona from Colombia.

Undefeated Emily Klinefelter (9-0) faces Christina Ruiz (5-3-1) of Texas in a junior featherweight contest on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Argentina’s Yesica Bopp (14-0, 5 KOs) kept the WBA and WBO junior flyweight world titles by unanimous decision over Northern California’s Carina Moreno (21-3) on Saturday Jan. 29.  The title fight took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (30-2, 23 KOs) of the Philippines knocked out Alejandro Barrera (21-5, 14 KOs) at 2:56 of the third round of a featherweight contest. The fight took place on Saturday, Jan. 29, at Cebu City.

Former lightweight world champion David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) squeaked by Colorado’s Robert Frankel (27-10-1) in winning by majority decision on Friday in Chicago, Illinois.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura



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



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



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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