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Caballero Wins WBC Touth Title On Friday

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INDIO-Coachella’s Randy Caballero grabbed the WBC Youth super bantamweight title and his East L.A. buddies Frankie Gomez and Seniesa Estrada pulled out victories too in a fight card featuring outstanding prospects on Friday.

Coachella’s Caballero (12-0, 7 KOs) found himself in his first true test against Phoenix’s long and limber Alexis Santiago (8-1-1, 2 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Casino.

“He tried to keep me away because he’s taller. My jab was going to work over his jab and I took over the fight,” said Caballero.

Caballero’s quick check left hooks kept Santiago at arms length in the first round after he ran into a few. The Arizona boxer has long arms and used them sparingly but landed a few blows. Caballero’s speed was quicker.

A counter right by Santiago opened round two. A left hook to the body landed early. Caballero opened his scoring in with an overhand right that connected flush. Both exchanged and landed midway through the round. Then a double left hook landed flush for Caballero as Santiago moved backward.

Santiago had a good third round especially with some nifty right uppercuts. Caballero connected with some overhand rights but allowed Santiago to land some unanswered blows early in the round.

In round four  Caballero went for a guerrilla attack by going in and out firing punches to the body and head. Two punch combos proved difficult for Santiago to defend as the Coachella boxer kept him on defense.

After several feints Caballero rushed in and exchanged with Santiago in round five. The Coachella boxer began to pierce the Arizona fighter’s defense with some sharp left hooks, overhand rights and right crosses.

Caballero landed a big overhand right that sent Santiago across the ring to open round six and he complained. Referee Pat Russell signaled the punch was legal. Caballero countered with a right hand at the end of the round.

A slow round seven was punctuated with a big left hook from Caballero who feinted to the body and fired the blow that snapped Santiago’s head back. The Phoenix boxer tried to rally with several combinations but the round ended with no serious blows landed.

The last round Santiago seemingly waiting to land a big blow that never came. Instead Caballero pot shotted a few punches and walked away raising his hand at the final bell.

“He’s a tough kid. I fought him in the amateurs and he was not going to come to lose. That’s why we went all of those eight rounds,” Caballero said.

All three judges agreed he was the winner 80-72 twice and 79-73. Caballero picks up the WBC Youth super bantamweight title.

“It means a big step to me and it means I’m going on the right track and we keep going from there, said Caballero.

Gomez

East L.A.’s Gomez (10-0, 8 KOs) met the sturdy chin of Khadafi Proctor (7-6-1) but was still able to stop the tough Hesperia fighter after a short struggle.

“It wasn’t difficult, he was a little awkward,” said Gomez. “He was tough.”

Gomez fired some combinations to open the round but Proctor got his blows in too. The speed of Gomez proved the difference in round one.

Both fighters couldn’t seem to connect in round two. A couple of left counters landed for Gomez but most of their blows were not landing in the lightweight bout.

Pushing and showing continued between the two boxers in round three. Several left hooks by Gomez landed flush but Proctor didn’t flinch. Toward the end of round three a left and right by Gomez landed and Proctor fell to his knee after a delay for a knockdown according to the referee.

Round four saw Gomez begin setting up his right hand bombs that snapped Proctor’s head back repeatedly. Gomez then began setting up left hand bombs to go with the rights and the referee decided he had enough and stopped the fight at 2:25 of the round for a technical knockout victory for Gomez.

“He was dead tired. He was throwing without strength in his punches,” Gomez said of his opponent. “He was already done in the fourth. If the ref didn’t stop it I would have stopped him in the next round.”

Seniesa

The East L.A. flyweight Seniesa Estrada (2-0) used her speed and nifty moves to create firing lanes and out-land San Bernardino’s tough Blanca Raymundo after four rounds to win by unanimous decision.

“She didn’t cause any problems than I thought. She could fight. She was real aggressive. I felt I was a little sloppy. I had one day of sparring. My timing was off. But I thought I pulled out off,” Estrada said.

The East L.A. boxer never ran but found herself trying to avoid Raymundo from grabbing one of her gloves and hitting with the other.

“I was trying to move and slide under,” Estrada said of Raymundo’s holding and hitting tactic. “They don’t let you do that in the amateurs.”

It was Estrada’s second pro fight and second pro win.

“It feels good to fight without the head gear. I can see without the head gear better and my reactions are better,” she said.

Sandoval

San Bernardino’s Juan Sandoval (5-6-1, 3 KOs) got another win this time by handing Indio’s Eduardo Vazquez (4-1, 2 KOs) his first defeat with a withering body attack and constant pressure in the junior lightweight contest.

Both fighters got their punches off with Sandoval landing a lead right to open things in round one. Vazquez worked his left lead and left uppercut too.

The next two rounds saw both fight on the ropes with Sandoval forcing his way by pinning the Indio boxer on the ropes.

A thunderous body attack by Sandoval won over the fans in round four as he pounded away on Vazquez’s left and right sides.

During an exchange of blows a one-two combination from Sandoval floored Vazquez who started round five furiously but lost ground on the knockdown. Both fighters charged at each other until the final bell in the six-round match. All three judges scored it for Sandoval 59-54, 58-55 twice.

Orozco

San Diego’s Antonio Orozco (11-0, 8 KOs) survived a first round knockdown to out-muscle Rhode Island’s Joshua Beeman (4-10-2) and win by knockout at 2:03 of round three.

Orozco floored Beeman in round one but found himself on the ground too from a flash knockdown. From there on he took over and muscled his way inside. Two knockdowns in round three by Orozco resulted in the East Coast boxer calling it a night.

Salcido

Coachella’s Lupe Salcido (1-0) beat Lindsay, California’s Stephen Rubalcava (0-5) by unanimous decision after four rounds of a junior welterweight match.

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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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