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Artemio “The King” Reyes & Loaded Thompson Fight Card




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Talk about overkill. Southern California based Thompson Boxing Promotions has fired up the guns with an array of boxing talent beginning with Artemio “King” Reyes facing Victor Correa in the main event on Friday, Feb. 24.

That’s the signature bout but there’s a lot more in the rack.

First, San Bernardino’s Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs) fights Mexico City’s Victor Correa (14-4, 9 KOs) on the main event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. Then you have Efrain Esquivias, Aron Martinez, Dashon Johnson, Sindy Amador, Gloria Salas and Richard Contreras to name most of the participants.

If you don’t recognize any of these names, trust me, you will know them very soon.

Let’s start with the string bean power puncher Reyes. A few months ago he tangled with undefeated former US Olympian Javier Molina and handed him his first loss. For those who had witnessed his climb, it was not a surprise. He has power especially to the body in those sinewy arms.

“He’s a hard working kid with a great story,” said Alex Camponovo who administrates the Thompson boxing cards. “He believes in what we’re doing.”

Reyes has belted out almost every opponent he’s faced and with every fight he continues to show great improvement in all aspects of boxing. He trains in Riverside.

Next, let’s take a look at Carson’s undefeated Esquivias (15-0, 9 KOs) who trains at the Wild Card under Freddie Roach and company. He’s a blistering counter puncher who’s been wearing out opponents with his slick moves and battering punches that tend to take the legs and heart out of opponents.

A junior welterweight clash pits East L.A.’s Aron Martinez (15-1-1, 3 KOs) against Escondido’s Dashon Johnson (13-4-3, 4 KOs). It’s grit versus speed in a fight that should serve as a jump start for the winner.

A female junior flyweight contest features Coachella’s Gloria Salas (3-6-1) against Riverside’s undefeated Sindy Amador (6-0). Don’t be fooled by Salas’s record. She’s fought top notch competition and is unafraid to face anybody. Amador is a non-stop punching machine and trains out of Riverside’s notorious Capital Punishment Gym. A lot of new talent has emerged from that hillside boxing haven.

Two prospects people in the area are mentioning often are bantamweight Richard Contreras (9-0, 8 KOs) a big punching 118-pounder and speedy welterweight Joshua Conley (1-0) out of San Bernardino.

Thompson Boxing has been rooting out talent for 10 years in the Inland area and has had great success. Among those discovered and promoted were world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Yonnhy Perez, plus contenders Mauricio Herrera, Josesito Lopez and several others.

“We took Bradley and Yonnhy Perez to a world title. That’s talent that nobody would have been able to see,” Camponovo said.

For a decade they’ve nurtured the area with regular fight cards that have sparked massive interest in the sport of prizefighting.

“I wish I had a particular formula but there is talent out there that is willing to work with us,” says Camponovo. “I’d rather give a kid that’s willing to fight seven fights a year instead of the kid that has over 100 amateur fights and national titles but wants only one fight a year.”

Despite the success, one fighter did slip through.

“I think the one is Chris Arreola. We probably would have been able to develop his career. We had him for over six fights but we were just beginning and not ready for him,” says Camponovo. “Timing in life is everything.”

The Thompson Boxing fight card begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (714) 935-0900.

Trust me. About three or four of these prizefighters will be fighting on a national scale.

Fights on television

Fri. ESPN2, 6 p.m., Juan Carlos Burgos (28-1) vs. Cristobal Cruz (39-12-3).

Fri. Showtime, 11 p.m., Jessie Vargas (17-0) vs. Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2).

Sat. pay-per-view, 6 p.m., Frankie Edgar (14-1-1) vs. Ben Henderson (15-2); Rampage Jackson (32-9) vs. Ryan Bader (14-2); Mark Hunt (7-7) vs. Cheick Kongo (27-6-2).

Sat. HBO, 7 p.m., Adrian Broner (22-0) vs. Eloy Perez (23-0-2); Marcos Maidana (31-2) vs. Devon Alexander (22-1).

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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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