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Colombia's Darly Perez Stays Unbeaten, Jose Reynoso Wins by KO in CA

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TSS LOGO!ONTARIO, CALIF.-Colombia's Darly Perez (25-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Tijuana's Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-10-1, 10 KOs) with a four-punch combination at 2:59 of round two. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight without a count as Hernandez fell through the ropes.

Perez showed a pinpoint right hand in the first round and then added a left hook in the second round. As Hernandez attempted to come in with his head low Perez began to fire uppercuts. It was those uppercuts that began the downfall for Hernandez.

Jose “El Nino” Reynoso (16-2-1, 3 KOs) won by a hard fought technical knockout against James “Boogie” Hope (6-10-1, 4 KOs) at the end of round seven. Referee Ray Corona stopped the fight on the advice of the ringside physician after Hope was seen vomiting in the corner.

Reynoso was winning nearly every round. Ironically the seventh was Hope's best round but when the bell rung the South Carolinan must have not felt 100 percent. Reynoso had been punishing Hope all through the fight with resounding body blows.

Ontario's Jonathan “Lil Thunder” Arellano (12-0-1, 3 KOs) swept every round against Mexicali's Jose Cota (15-7, 11 KOs) and ended the affair at the end of round seven with a blitzkrieg of blows. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight on the advice of the ringside physician.

Arellano looked extremely sharp and showed some flashy defense. Cota never could land more than a single blow and when he looked on the verge of winning a round, Arellano opened up with some vicious uppercuts and right hands. It was a good stoppage and Arellano looks ready to move up to another tier.

San Pedro's Isaac Zarate (2-0) floored Mexico's Francisco “Bebe” Camacho (1-1) in the first round with a left to the solar plexus. After that Zarate pretty much controlled the fight against the taller and agile Camacho who absorbed big blows in the featherweight match but didn't go down again. The judges scored it for Zarate 40-34, 39-36 twice.

After a slow and tenuous first round San Bernardino's Joshua Conley (2-0, 2KOs) unwound the bombs and took Eduardo Herrera (0-5) out of there with a long right cross. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the welterweight fight at 40 seconds of round two though Herrera looked like he could continue. But he was over-matched against the faster Conley.

North Hollywood's Carlos Chavez (1-0) had an easy time for the first two rounds against Highland's Mauro Brenes (0-3). That changed. In round three Brenes changed tactics against the taller and longer reach of Chavez and fought up close and personal. The close quarters made the fight much tougher as both exchanged blows nose to nose and connected with uppercuts and hooks to the body. All three judges scored it 39-37 for Chavez but the fans enjoyed the action filled fight.

Featherweight Alejandro Chavez out-punched Edgar Flores of Stanton in a four round bout to win his professional debut. Chavez fights out of San Fernando. There were no knockdowns in 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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