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AVILA RINGSIDE Kendall Holt KOs Julio Diaz In Three



SANTA YNEZ, CALIF.-You can’t blink in a battle between former world champions who can crack and Kendall Holt forced Julio Diaz to blink first in knocking out the Coachella fighter in the third round on Friday.

Two elite prizefighters needed only three rounds to see who was better when Holt knocked out Diaz before 1,500 fans at Chumash Casino. Holt needed a win and got it in a nationally televised fight card that saw several middleweight champions in the crowd.

Holt opened up the fight with two big overhand rights on Diaz’s jaw and that seemed to satisfy the Coachella boxer that he knew what he was dealing with. A clash of heads during an exchange saw Diaz emerge with a bloody left eyebrow.

In the second round Diaz worked combinations to the body and head and found success by keeping Holt in a defensive position. Though Holt fired back he was losing ground to Diaz’s volume. Neither fighter was hurt but Diaz scored.

Holt returned in the third round working a little more and causing Diaz to become a little cautious. During an exchange of blows Holt was stunned by a left hook and backed away quickly. Diaz chased after him and plowed into an exchange with Holt who fired a left hook to the body, and then head that caught Diaz on the chin and down he went. He beat the count but was obviously shaky and referee Marco Rosales halted it at 2:37 of the third round of the junior welterweight encounter.

Anthony “Dog” Dirrell (21-0, 18 KOs) handled Wisconsin’s Alberto Mercedes (14-18-1) pretty easily but was tagged in return a few times. After numerous head shots by Dirrell it was a left hook to the body that finished Mercedes at 2:48 of the third round of a light heavyweight match.

Santa Barbara’s Francisco Santana (12-2-1) and Philadelphia’s Julian Williams (6-0-1) scrapped back and forth for six rounds in a junior middleweight contest and it was difficult to decide who won. All three judges scored it 57-57 for a draw. Both Santana and Williams had their moments and neither came close to quitting.

Puerto Rico’s undefeated Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) used his counter punching skills from long range to strafe Chicago’s Rudy Cisneros (12-3, 11 KOs). On those few moments the fight went inside and close, Cisneros had good moments. Outside, it was just a matter of time that Gonzalez landed the big blow and it came at 1:50 of the seventh round of the junior middleweight contest.

East L.A.’s Seniesa Estrada (1-0) made her pro debut with a shutout win over Houston’s Maria Ruiz (0-3) in a four round flyweight bout. Estrada showed all of her skills and speed against the taller Ruiz who despite the blur of punches connecting kept the pressure on.

Estrada, a former amateur national champion, had been asked to compete for the coming Olympics but opted to turn professional. She finally got her wish and showed boxing fans why she will be among the top flyweights in a short span of time.

Ruiz fought well and absorbed a big left hand in the last round but just couldn’t match Estrada’s hand speed. Estrada is trained by Dean Campos.

Venezuela’s Jhon Ortega (5-0, 5 KOs) needed three rounds to figure out Marcus Thompkins (5-4-1, 2 KOs) and one solid right cross to end it at 27 seconds of the fourth round of junior middleweight contest. Ortega fights for Thompson Boxing Promotions and was getting an audition for future television possibilities.

Orange County’s Daniel Roman (2-0-1) floored Alfredo Madrigal (1-1) with a left hook to the body and proceeded to out-point the Indio fighter for all four rounds of the bantamweight showdown. Both fighters woke up the crowd in the first round and fired about 250 punches between them.

Kurtiss Colvin (5-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Michigan’s tough Cameron Allan (3-7) with a five punch shot selection ending at 2:52 of the second round. Allan had his moments as he battled back in the first round and then in the second round. But once Colvin opened up with the bombs it was over.

Local favorite Rufino “El Animal” Serrano (9-3) and awkward Ramon Flores (3-12-2) slugged it out for six rounds in a junior featherweight bout. Flores scored a knockdown with a left jab and forced Serrano to battle back and win by unanimous decision.

Lancaster’s Joel Diaz (3-0) needed less than a round to stop Dionicio Alvarez (1-3) in a junior lightweight fight. An array of big blows prompted referee Ray Corona to stop the one-sided contest at 2:08 of the first round.

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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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