Connect with us

Articles

Lopez Makes Lundy Work For All Ten To Get FNF Win

Published

on

It looked early on like Hank Lundy was going to use a clear hand speed advantage and maybe see a mean message to vet Patrick Lopez that his best days were behind him, as his power shots found the Lopez chin too frequently. But Lopez hung tough, and made Lundy work every round of the scheduled ten in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, which took place at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. The judges saw it 99-91, 97-92, 95-94 for the slicker, more mobile Lundy, who scored a knockdown in the second.

Lundy (19-1-1 entering; from Philly; age 27; two fights from a TKO11 loss to John Molina) was 134 3/4 pounds, Lopez (20-3 entering; from Venezuela, living in NH; age 33) was 135 pounds. Stat-wise, Lopez had an edge 152-467 to 138-463 for Lundy. Atlas saw it 96-93, Lundy.

In the first, Lundy hurt Lopez with a left hand 50 seconds in. Lundy, a righty who sometimes goes lefty, started out lefthanded.

In the second, Lundy scored a knockdown, and Lopez was up, with just eight seconds remaining in the round. A straight, lead left hit clean and did heavy damage.

In the third, Lundy, still lefty–and why would he change what was working?–had more luck with his faster hands. A head clash opened a gash on Lopez’ cheek early in this round. He didn’t deflate, though. He kept pressuring Lundy, and had him switch to righty by the end of the frame.

In round four, the distance between the two had lessened. Lopez, by the way, has some decent hand speed himself. He was snapping the jab with enough authority to give Lundy pause, at the very least.

In the fifth, Lundy was in orthodox stance. Now he was moving more to his right, into Lopez’ left, whereas before he was moving more to his left, so the move didn’t pay obvious dividends immediately. A cut opened on Lundy’s right eye by the end of the round.

In the sixth, Lundy was lefty again. He boxed smart, jabbing, mostly singles.

In the seventh, the blood coming down from Lundy’s right eye didn’t seem to bother him. He was outboxing Lopez handily.

In round eight, we saw a few trades early. This would be, overall, to Lopez’ advantage, one would think, because Lundy’s mobility was hard to tame for him. Lopez had success boring in, but Lundy landed some hard, clean counters.

In the ninth, Lundy backed up, and wasn’t busy enough early. Both men would’ve been served to go to the body more. They traded with 40 seconds to go. It was another tight round.

In the tenth, Lundy acted like he had rounds in his pocket early on. He should not have. He was getting outworked. Then he potshotted a few clean blows, and maybe took the round back. We’d go to the cards.

Mickey and Dicky joined Brian Kenny in studio, and charmed the universe with their chowdery accents. They sent good vibes out to mom Alice, getting over a heart attack. She’s getting her strength back in a Cambridge, Mass. rehab center, and Micky said she’s started eating after two months of no solids.

SPEEDBAG Atlas gave props to MMA, for putting on competitive fights. He mentioned this context of lauding 50s era welterweight titlist Tony DeMarco, who campaigned in an era where the welters engaged in tough fight after tough fight.

Articles

2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

Published

on

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.

WATCH RELATED VIDEOS ON BOXINGCHANNEL.TV

 

Continue Reading

Articles

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

Published

on

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.

WATCH RELATED VIDEOS ON BOXINGCHANNEL.TV

Continue Reading

Articles

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

Published

on

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”.

Photo by naoki fukuda

WATCH RELATED VIDEOS ON BOXINGCHANNEL.TV

Continue Reading

Trending