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Alfonso Gomez KOs Calvin Green, Franco Wins Decision in Morongo…AVILA



MORONGO CASINO-Former Contender star Alfonso Gomez proved too sharp even at middleweight for Calvin Green in winning by knockout, and Michael Franco battled to a win too on Saturday.

Gomez moved up in weight to fight the bigger Green (21-6-1, 13 KOs) but it didn’t prove to be much of a task as he was simply the superior boxer before a near sold out crowd at Morongo Casino on the Top Rank fight card.

“I want to fight Victor Ortiz,” said Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs), who barely broke a sweat.

Gomez showed some slick counter punches immediately and caught Green flush in the opening 30 seconds of the fight. Green tried to get close but was out maneuvered by Gomez.

In the second round Green pressed harder but those right hand counters kept landing. Finally, a right hand counter stunned Green who just couldn’t protect himself as Gomez picked and fired shots through the Texan’s guard. A right uppercut caught Green and Gomez jumped all over him. Referee Tony Crebs wisely stopped the fight at 1:24 of round two.

Gomez had beaten yet another middleweight.

“It was just an opportunity to get recognition. Now I plan to contend at welter unless I can get Canelo,” said Gomez of possibly fighting Saul Alvarez for the WBC junior middleweight title. “People now see me as a slugger but I see myself as a counter puncher.”


Michael Franco withstood a very poor first round and reloaded with body shots from there on to win by unanimous decision over Rafael Lora (11-6, 5 KOs) in a featherweight clash. Another factor was the constant loss of Lora’s mouthpiece.

Lora was the faster fighter and showed it in the first round by peppering Franco with stiff jabs and slapping left hooks. Round one emphatically went to Lora who fights out of New Jersey.

“He really didn’t have a whole lot of punch. He wasn’t too quick or too fast,” said Franco (19-0, 12 KOs). “I’m kind of getting back into it, getting some of the rust off.”

Riverside’s Franco switched gears in round two and began trading blows instead of trying to block Lora’s slapping blows. From then on it became easier to land the body blows that slowed Lora to half speed. Despite some heavy blows to the jaw and chin Lora absorbed the punches well.

“I should have boxed a little more,. But I wanted to get in there and mix it up. I missed the whole set up (no jab),” Franco said. “I thought he was going to move forward.”

After eight rounds all three judges scored it in Franco’s favor 77-73 twice and 76-74.

Other bouts

Indio’s Gabino Saenz (3-0, 3 KOs) floored Milwaukee’s James “Super Strong” Owens (4-4) with a left hook to the body and finished the job with a four punch combination in a featherweight fight. Saenz walked in the ring with pound for pound fighter Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley who trains in Indio.

A battle of southpaw sluggers was won by Filipino lefty Michael Farenas (30-3-3, 26 KOs) in an eight round junior lightweight match. Nigeria’s Daniel Attah (25-7-1, 9 KOs) had some moments early but once Farenas landed a solid left to the body the fight shifted. Farenas floored Attah with a four-punch combination in round seven and eventually won by majority decision 75-75, 79-71, 78-72.

El Monte’s Ricky Duenas (9-1) faced Alfredo Rivera (1-8) whose record doesn’t look good but has never given an opponent an easy fight. This was no exception as Duenas needed all of his skill to keep the hard punching Rivera from landing the big blow. After six rounds of the welterweight bout Duenas won by unanimous decision 58-56 twice and 59-55. Duenas is trained by Ben Lira who is one of the better trainers in Southern California. Rivera’s last bout was a remarkable upset when he stopped formerly undefeated boxer Angel Estrada.

Fresno’s Ramon Morales (3-0, 2 KOs) floored Garden Grove’s Santiago Alonso (0-2) twice in the first round with right hands behind the ear. An overhand right hand finished the job at 2:51 of the first round of the junior featherweight match. Morales seemed to have a four inch height advantage.

Santa Ana’s Jose Roman (10-0, 8 KOs) cracked Mexico’s Jose Mendoza (6-2, 3 KOs) with a left hook for an eight count in round one. Then after the fight resumed an overhand right knocked out Mendoza at 2:03 of the first round lightweight bout.

Russia’s Vahe Saruhan bludgeoned Huntington Park’s Jose Pacheco (2-15-6) with a barrage of punches to the head and body in a lightweight bout. Finally, a right hand put Pacheco down for a knockout at 2:59 of the first round referee Zack Young counted 10. It was Saruhan’s pro debut.

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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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