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Darchinyan & Perez Lead Bantamweight Charge In L.A….AVILA



Darchinyan & Perez Lead Bantamweight Charge In L.A....AVILAThe name bantam refers to roosters and everyone knows roosters like to fight.

Colombia’s hard charging Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) and Australia’s Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) are two of the most combative roosters you will ever see in the prize ring. They should almost be declared illegal.

Despite the fall out of the finale between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko due to the Ghanaian fighter’s back injury, Darchinyan and Perez are picking up the gauntlet on Saturday April 23 at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Showtime will televise.

It’s fitting that the bantamweights clash in L.A.

Historically bantamweights emanating from this region have ruled for many decades.

Manuel Ortiz, a California native, is considered the greatest bantamweight of all time and he plied his trade in Los Angeles where he dominated he world scene from 1942 to 1950. With his ability to box or punch he held the world championship like a vise.

Others followed most of them from Mexico. Heavy-hitting bantams like Alfonso Zamora, Carlos Zarate, Lupe Pintor, and the very great Ruben Olivares dominated 118-pound division like it was their private club.

Sadly, the one Mexican bantamweight Abner Mares will not be fighting because of an injury to IBF bantamweight titleholder Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko.

“I was very disappointed but this is boxing and things happen sometimes,” said Abner Mares during the press conference. “It’s tough but I put myself in his shoes and I understand.”

Agbeko attended a press conference on Thursday in Los Angeles and apologized for not being able to fight.

“Abner is a great fighter and I know I need to beat him to be the best bantamweight,” said Joseph Agbeko.

Other fighters were mentioned to replace Agbeko, but this is a tournament final and only the deserved deserve to be there.

Perez and Darchinyan deserve to be the main event on the card and are quite capable of rekindling the bantamweight magic of Los Angeles.

“I love to fight in America, I love to fight in California.  I've never lost in California, I love it,” said Darchinyan.

Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) is a former flyweight, junior bantamweight and bantamweight world champion from Australia and before that Armenia. The southpaw slugger has provided boxing fans with more excitement than a bag full of lit cherry bombs. This guy comes to explode on people.

Several years back, I remember seeing Darchinyan in one of the Southern California boxing gyms when Edwin Valero was terrorizing everyone. Guys would step in the ring and Valero would send them flying out. It was pretty amazing stuff. Of course, Valero ran out of sparring partners and volunteers so up stepped Darchinyan.

“I said I would spar Valero,” recalled Darchinyan while at the finale for the World Series of Boxing event. “Nobody would spar him so I did.”

The two southpaw destroyers went at it for several rounds as onlookers watched with their mouths open in awe. It was like watching two gunslingers letting loose with guns blazing and innocents looking for cover. After a few rounds both shook hands and went their separate ways.

“I had fun sparring with Valero,” said Darchinyan with a smile. “We both just punched each other.”

That’s Darchinyan. He loves to fight.

Colombia’s Perez is made for Darchinyan and vice versa. They won’t find it hard to find each other in the ring.

Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) burst into the upper echelon of the world boxing scene when he stopped Silence Mabuza in that fighter’s native country. Then he beat Joseph Agbeko. And he did it by charging forward like a horde of cavalry. In their second fight Agbeko realized you can’t stop the cavalry so you move around it.

“In the first fight Agbeko came to fight and slug it out with me. In the second fight Agbeko came to box,” said Perez analyzing both fights with Agbeko. “Agbeko fought a great fight and he beat me.  I'm not taking anything away from him.”

It’s difficult to predict what will happen when Darchinyan’s hard fists run up against Perez’s chain saw punching. One thing you can count on is action.

Once again L.A. is showcasing the bantamweights in the world.

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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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