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Artemio Reyes Demolishes Mexico’s Correa In Ontario

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ONTARIO-Welterweight contender Artemio “The King” Reyes Jr. crushed Mexico’s Victor Correa with a first round demolition that was never a contest on Friday. Reyes was simply overpowering.

The Doubletree Hotel hosted its first fight card of the year to a sold out crowd that saw several local stars survive some brutal and hotly contested encounters. Thompson Boxing Promotions is in its 10th year.

Reyes (15-1, 12 Kos) cooly floored Correa (12-5, 8 Kos) with a right-left-right combination that seemed to upset Correa for some reason. He got up and was met with a short left uppercut that saw the Mexican fighter shake his head disappointedly as he rose from the ground after the count. When the fight resumed another left uppercut sent Correa down like the previous knockdown. Correa seemed to grit his teeth as Reyes approached with a left uppercut and follow up right hand. Down he went face first. Referee Pat Russell waved the fight over at 2:51 of round one.

“It’s lovely to be at home. It’s amazing to come out of the tunnel to that kind of crowd,” said Reyes who returned to fight near his San Bernardino home. “I embrace it. I’m still the same guy. I’m humble.”

Reyes walked into the ring knowing his opponent out-weighed him by at least nine pounds. It didn’t matter.

“I felt strong. That’s what I need at the upper levels,” Reyes said.

Martinez-Johnson

A welterweight clash between East L.A.’s Aron “El Asesino” Martinez (16-1-1, 3 Kos) and Escondido’s Dashon “Flyboy” Johnson ended in a split decision for Martinez.

Johnson dropped Martinez with a right hand followed by flurry of blows in round two but had been deducted a point in the first round for body slamming Martinez.

From there on it was back and forth action with Martinez landing overhand rights and Johnson scoring with lead rights and hooks. Johnson seemed to turn things in his favor in rounds six and seven but the final round began with a clash of heads. Martinez emerged with a gash along his left eye and the fight was stopped 20 seconds into the final round. Judge Sergio Caiz scored it 77-75 for Johnson but Max De Luca’s 77-75 and David Denkin 78-73 for Martinez gave the East L.A. boxer the nod.

Esquivias-Landeros

Junior featherweight contender Efrain Esquivias (16-0, 9 Kos) pounded out an eight round decision over Mexico’s super tough Adolfo Landeros (20-23-2).

Esquivias slowly and effectively dissected Landeros with blows to the body and head. With quick right counters the boxer from Carson proved accurate and convincing to all three judges who scored it in his favor for a unanimous decision.

Contreras-Quevedo

In a crackerjack super bantamweight match Riverside’s Richard “The Terminator” Contreras (9-0-1, 8 Kos) survived first and second round knockdowns and rallied to a majority draw against Mexico’s Daniel “Cuate” Quevedo (13-12-2) on Friday.

Contreras was decked from a right hand after the bell in the first round and referee Jerry Cantu deducted a point from Quevedo for the illegal blow, but the Riverside boxer was badly hurt.

When the second round commenced a still wobbly Contreras was floored with a right hand. He managed to hang on but looked unable to continue. Slowly he regained his senses and mounted a counter attack.

The crowd was surprised and excited by Contreras’ ability to win several rounds against Quevedo whose last fight was against former world champion Eric Morel. Though Contreras performed surprisingly well despite two early knockdowns, he couldn’t sustain the attack in the final two rounds.

Contreras and Quevedo ended in a majority draw. Judge David Denkin scored it 57-55 for Contreras but Max De Luca and Sergio Caiz had it 56-56 even.

Other bouts

San Fernando’s Rigoberto Flores (3-1, 3 Kos) knocked out Gilroy’s Alonso Loeza (1-4-1) at 1:30 of the first round of their junior welterweight match. Flores erupted quickly with blows from all angles and never allowed Loeza to get his footing. Referee Pat Russell waited for Loeza to mount a counter attack but it never came and the contest was stopped.

Female junior flyweight Sindy Amador (7-0) remained undefeated after four rounds with Desert Springs Gloria Salas (3-7-1). Salas fought well, especially from the outside, but once Amador closed the distance she lowered her head and bore into her foe. The Riverside boxer suffered a cut alongside her right eye after one of many accidental butts. That looks to be a weakness of Amador who lowers her head too much. Salas tired in the third round after a good start and couldn’t muster enough firepower to keep Amador from rushing in. All three judges scored it 39-37 for Amador.

Young prospects Louis Rose (2-0) and Eric Prado (0-1) battled to a four round split decision of a middleweight bout. Rose of Los Angeles connected with more clean shots though Santa Maria’s Prado had his moments with several overhand rights. Two judges scored in favor of Rose.

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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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