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When Brandon Rios Fights Urbano Antillon, Let Them Do the Fighting, Not Fans….AVILA

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WBA lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 20 KOs) of Oxnard mocked challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) of Maywood about his speech and promises a knockout, and the Maywood fighter made a similar vow.

Are they serious?

They’ll fight on July 9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson. “I’m going to take him out,” said Rios during a press conference at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. You can bet both Top Rank fighters are serious.

But why do the fans get into it?

During the L.A. press conference catcalls and name calling emanated from both sides of a room when Rios and Antillon were behind the mike. After Rios made some bold comments and Antillon responded in kind, the Oxnard group began making snide remarks. Then the Maywood guys returned fire.

Fans are not fighting, it’s these two guys.

Years ago a similar fight took place at the Honda Center with an Oxnard fighter’s supporters igniting a melee that saw numerous people hurt and a lot of damage done. The Honda Center banned Oxnard fighters from future events.

This is not gang warfare, this is Rios versus Antillon. Leave it at that. I’m sure the Home Depot Center will not be pleased if destruction and violence takes place outside of the boxing ring.

Rios and Antillon is a fight that has been discussed for more than a year. Long before Rios captured the world title there was talks of the two Southern Californian prizefighters colliding. They’re like a set of brand new hammers that if struck together will cause serious sparks.

Other fight chatter

Undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) defends the WBC junior middleweight title against United Kingdom’s Ryan Rhodes (45-4, 31 KOs) this Saturday, June 18 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alvarez is making the first defense of the title he won last March in Anaheim.

Yory Boy Campos (97-15-1, 76 KOs) fights Rogelio Medina (25-1, 19 KOs) in a 10 round middleweight bout on Friday, June 17 in Sonora, Mexico. Campos, a former world champion, is three fights shy of winning his 100th bout. Campos, 39, and Medina, 22, are both from Sonora.

WBA bantamweight titleholder Anselmo Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) is moving up in weight to fight Venezuela’s former flyweight world champion Lorenzo Parra (31-2-1, 18 KOs) on Friday in Panama City for the vacant WBA junior featherweight title. Moreno has not lost a bout since 2002. Parra recently fought Mexico’s Jorge Arce to a draw last September.

Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (27-7-1, 17 KOs), who trains out of Riverside, fights WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) of Kazakhstan on Friday in Panama. Golovkin, 29, is making the second defense of the title. Ouma, 32, is a former junior middleweight world champion.

Two big bouts in Austin, Texas with veteran Grady Brewer (27-12, 15 KOs) meeting undefeated Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs)  in a middleweight match and Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) testing undefeated Karim Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KOs) in a welterweight clash. Both fights take place on Friday, June 17.

Argentina’s Jonathan Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) defends the WBA featherweight world title against Panama’s Celestino Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, June 18 in Argentina. It’s Barros first title defense. Caballero is a former junior featherweight world champion. His last fight was a loss to Jason Litzau by decision.

France’s Nadia Hokmi (17-6-1) fights Germany’s Julia Sahin (20-2) for the vacant WIBF junior bantamweight world title on Saturday in France. Hokmi holds the WBF junior bantamweight title and Sahin is a former junior flyweight world champion.

IBF lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez (28-3, 12 KOs) defends against Marlon Aguilar (25-10-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday in Toluca, Mexico. Vazquez is making his second title defense.

Undefeated middleweights Martin Murray (22-0, 9 KOs) and Nick Blackwell (8-0, 2 KOs) clash on Saturday, June 18 in Lancashire, England. Also, featherweights Joe Murray (10-0, 5 KOs) and Alfred Tetteh (18-3-1, 15 KOs) are on the card.

WBO flyweight titleholder Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) retained the title by decision over William Urina (17-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday in Buenos Aires. Also, Yesica Bopp (16-0, 7 KOs) retained the WBO and WBA junior flyweight titles with a ninth round TKO over Yesenia Castrejon (9-7).

New Mexico’s Austin Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) retained the WBA junior middleweight world title by decision over Mexico’s David Lopez (40-13, 23 KOs) on Saturday in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It was Trout’s first title defense.

WBC junior bantamweight titleholder Ana Maria Torres (25-3-3, 15 KOs) stopped Brazil’s Vannessa Guimaraes (9-4, 8 KOs) in round four on Saturday. Guimaraes had also been stopped by knockout against Kaliesha West last year in Peru.

Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (31-2, 23 KOs) beat Mexico’s Heriberto Ruiz (46-11-2, 28 KOs) by technical decision after seven rounds. The fight took place on Saturday in Cebu City in the Philippines.

South Africa’s Noni Tenge (11-0-1, 9 KOs) knocked out New Zealand’s Daniella Smith (10-2) in round four to win the IBF welterweight world title on Saturday in Carnival City, South Africa. It was Smith’s first title defense.

Ukraine’s Avtandil Khurtsidze (25-2-2, 15 KOs) stopped Dionisio Miranda (21-7-2, 18 KOs) at 2:37 of round one to keep the IBO middleweight title. The fight took place in Kiev, Ukraine.

Lateef “Power” Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs) beat Matt Godfrey (20-3, 10 KOs) after 10 rounds by decision in a cruiserweight fight. Chris Avalos (19-1, 15 KOs) handed Russia’s Khabir Suleymanov (11-1, 5 KOs) his first pro loss in a bantamweight bout. Glendale’s Art Hovhannesyan ( 14-0-1, 8 KOs) knocked out Archie Ray Marquez (12-1, 8 KOs) of New Mexico and Rashad Holloway (12-2-2) beat Jhon Berrio (15-10) after eight rounds at Chumash Casino on Friday.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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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

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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

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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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