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Vicente Escobedo Beats Rocky Juarez..AVILA RINGSIDE

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Vicente_Escobedo_pic_by_Paul_HernandezINDIO-After a fast start which a knockdown Vicente Escobedo hung on against a late charging Rocky Juarez to win by unanimous decision in a rugged junior lightweight showdown on Friday.

“I told Rocky after the fight I didn’t take him lightly at all,” said Escobedo.

Fighting for relevance as contenders Juarez (28-9-1, 20 KOs) of Houston and Escobedo (24-3-1, 14 KOs) of Indio battled back and forth at Fantasy Springs Casino before a crowd of more than 1,200. Both fighters needed a win to get a world title shot.

After a slow start Escobedo began sharp-shooting with three-punch combinations in round two and three. A short stiff left jab dropped Juarez in the third round. Escobedo had landed that same punch earlier to great effect.

Juarez turned things around in round four by attacking from the inside. The Texan crowded California’s Escobedo and both exchanged blows in close where the shorter arms proved more effective.

Escobedo’s right uppercuts proved effective in round five but Juarez’s body blows are landing. A counter right from Juarez scored big in the beginning of round five. A three punch-combination from Escobedo was his best moment.

In round six Escobedo was cruising in the round with combination punching when Juarez landed a left hook after the bell that wobbled the Californian. The referee warned Juarez for the late hit.

“I hit him with a three-punch combination and was open for a split second and he caught me,” said Escobedo.

Escobedo was still feeling the effects of the late hit in round seven. Juarez continued to land the left hook up and down as Escobedo fired rapid combinations. Escobedo resorted to a stiff left double jab that snapped Juarez’s head repeatedly.

“I should have used it more,” said Escobedo, who controlled the later rounds with that snapping jab.

The scores were 98-91, 97-92 and 96-93 for Escobedo.

Rolando Arellano, manager for Escobedo, said they’re looking for the top contenders in the junior lightweight division.

“This will happen rapidly,” Arellano said.

 

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After a three year absence Coachella’s Adam Carrera (20-4, 8 KOs) returned to the ring, winning a six round decision over Mexico City’s Adolfo Landeros (20-22-2) in a junior lightweight contest. All three judges scored it for Carrera 58-53 twice and 57-54.

 

Despite two knockdowns and a severe body attack Carrera couldn’t put the finishing touches on the ultra tough Landeros a veteran of numerous encounters with rising prospects. A short left hook floored Landeros in round two but Carrera was nearly floored too by a left hook counter as he attempted to knock out the Mexican fighter.

 

Carrera focused more on the body in round three and that opened up the firing lanes and led to another knockdown from a right hand. Landeros recovered and remained a struggle for the local fighter. But Carrera was too accurate for Landeros who couldn’t land enough solid blows to keep the Coachella fighter at bay.

 

Palm Springs junior welterweight Kenny Williams (2-0) had a difficult time with Pomona’s Ronald Rodriguez (0-1) who was making his pro debut. Williams tried to hard for the big blow against the tricky head movement of Rodriguez. All three judges scored it for Williams 40-36 twice and 39-37.

 

Coachella’s Angel Osuna (6-3-1, 4 KOs) floored Santa Ana’s usually resilient Juan Carlos Diaz (7-15) three times before referee Raul Caiz stopped the fight at 1:17 of round one in a junior middleweight clash.

 

Montebello’s David Reyes (2-0) won by decision over L.A.’s Raymundo Chacon (3-1) after four rounds of a bantamweight fight.

 

Commerce. Ca.

Riverside’s Saul Rodriguez won his pro debut by first round knockout of William Fisher (0-3). The Riverside Poly High School graduated this past June and had anxiously waited for his first pro fight. A Rodriguez left hook caught Fisher backing up at 58 seconds of round one at the Commerce Casino as referee John McCarthy stopped the fight.

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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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