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Vivian Harris To Fight Lanardo Tyner For USBO Title

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THREE BIG TITLE BOUTS FROM CHICAGO THIS FRIDAY ON GFL

Former world champion Vivian Harris to take on Lanardo Tyner for the USBO Welterweight title; Albert Mensah against Andre Georges for the IBF International Jr. Welterweight title & Carl Davis against Epifanio Mendoza for the IBF Inter Continental Cruiserweight title


NEW YORK / CHICAGO (July 13, 2011)—This Friday night in Chicago, one of the best cards top to bottom will take place as three title bouts will take place and all three have major implications on the world rankings.

The show will take place at the Club 7600 in Burbank, Illinois just outside of Chicago and is promoted by Cynthia Tolaymat and CFC Boxing Promotions.

The show can be seen LIVE all over the world on www.gfl.tv at 9pm eastern for just $9.99 by clicking:
http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Chicago_Fight_Night_II/1118

Former world Super Lightweight champion Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 19 KO’s) will take on Lanardo Tyner (24-4, 15 KO’s) in a twelve round bout for the USBO Welterweight belt.

Harris of Brooklyn, New York won his first sixteen fights and established himself as one of the prospects in the country.  After suffering his first professional loss and a draw to Ivan Robinson, Harris ripped off nine straights wins which included his world title winning effort when he knocked out Diobelys Hurtado to win the WBA Super Lightweight title.

He defended the title three times which included two wins over German Oktay Urkal in Urkal’s homeland of Germany.

Harris was upset by Carlos Maussa on the Arturo Gatti – Floyd Mayweather undercard on June 25, 2005.

Harris won three straight over former Lightweight champion Stevie Johnston and world title challenger Juan Lazcano which set up a title shot against WBC champion Junior Witter.

Unfortunately Harris was stopped in seven rounds.

Harris is desperate for a win as he has dropped three in a row including being stopped by Lucas Matthysse; currant WBC Welterweight champion Victor Ortiz and his last bout to undefeated prospect Jesse Vargas.

Tyner of Houston, Texas won his first nineteen bouts before dropping fights to former world title challengers Mike Arnaoutis and Lamont Peterson.  Tyner also lasted the distance before losing a twelve round unanimous decision to future WBC Super Welterweight champion Saul Alvarez.

Tyner scored the best win of his career when he upset Antwone Smith in a bout that was telecasted all over America on SHO BOX.

In his last bout, Tyner drew with Adrian Granados.

In a twelve round battle for the IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight title, Carl Davis (15-3 with eleven knockouts will take on former world title challenger Epifanio Mendonza in a twelve round bout.

Davis of Chicago spent his whole career as a Heavyweight with two of his losses being to then undefeated prospect Travis Walker and former world title challenger DaVarryl Williamson.

In his last bout, which was his first at Cruiserweight, Davis scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Arthur Williams on December 17th, 2010.

Mendoza of Barranquilla, Colombia is known for his punching prowess as he has amassed a record of 31-12-1 with twenty-seven knockouts.

He won his first sixteen by knockout whicj was highlighted by a first round stoppage over then undefeated Tukunbo Oljiade.

He later stopped undefeated Rubin Williams in forty-two seconds.

In 2007, he was stopped in four by Chad Dawson for the WBC Light Heavyweight title.  In his next bout, Mendoza fought a tough battle with Jeff Lacy in a bout that Lacy got the majority decision victoty but many thought that the verdict should have gone to Mendoza.

Mendoza is coming off a second round stoppage over Josue Avilla on July 10th.

The third title bout will pit Albert Mensah and Andre Georges for the IBF International Jr. Welterweight title.

Mensah of Accra, Ghana has a record of 23-3-1 with ten knockouts.

He has spent his career in Ghana by winning many regional titles and will be making his American debut.

Georges of Windsor, Ontario has a record of 11-1 with six knockouts and has won three in a row which include wins over Tyner and in his last bout scored a split decision over former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley

FULL CARD THAT WILL BE SHOWN BEGINNING AT 9PM EASTERN:

12 Rounds—Cruiserweight title bout—Carl Davis (15-3, 11 KO’s) vs. Epifanio Mendoza (31-12-1, 27 KO’s)
12 Rounds—Jr. Welterweight Title bout—Albert Mensah (23-3-1, 10 KO’s) vs. Andre Georges (11-1, 6 KO’s)
10 Rounds—Welterweight title bout—Lanardo Tyner (24-4, 15 KO’s) vs. Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 15 KO’s)
6 Rounds- Super Featherweights—Eric Estrada (9-1, 3 KO’s)vs. Garvin Crout (11-9-1, 6 KO’s)
6 Rounds- Middleweights—Marlon Thomas (36-7-1, 21 KO’s) vs. Donatas Bondoravas (12-3-1, 3 KO’s)
6 Rounds- Jr. Welterweights—Adrian Granados (7-1-1, 5 KO’s) vs. TBA
4 Rounds- Heavyweights—Boban Simic (PD) vs. Khuzaymah AL-Nu BU’at (PD)
4 Rounds—Featherweights—Sergio Montes De Oca (3-0, 1 KO) vs TBA
4 Rounds—Welterweights—Antonio Canas (4-0, 3 KO’s) vs. Larry Ventis (4-0, 3 KO’s)
4 Rounds—Middleweights—Fernando Hernandez (19-12-2, 8 KO’s) vs. TBA

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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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