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Pavlik Brutalizes Sigmon & Magdaleno Wows Crowd At Hard Rock Hotel

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toprankLAS VEGAS-Former middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik pounded his way to a technical knockout victory over Virginia's very resilient Scott “Cujo” Sigmon in a super middleweight bout on Friday.

Pavlik had little to worry about in return from Sigmon at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. That added with his superior firepower made the contest a very one-sided affair that was not intended for the squeamish.

Firing from the start Pavlik pounded the head and body of Sigmon who did very little in the first two rounds. In round three the Virginian began to fire back but was met with some vicious combinations and began to bleed profusely by round five. It could have been stopped in round six as very little was being fired from Sigmon.

Two more rounds of Pavlik pounding Sigmon didn't convince anyone the fight should have been stopped. Finally, at the end of round seven, referee Jay Nady stopped the battering.

“I want anyone big,” said Pavlik after the victory.

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Youth beat experience as Las Vegas junior feathwerweight Jesse Magdaleno (10-0 7 KOs) crashed a left hand to the chin of former Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Valcarcel (12-5-4, 5 KOs) for a knockdown in the first round. The southpaw followed that up with a seven-punch barrage prompting referee Tony Weeks to end the fight at 2:25 of round one. “I thought he was going to be a durable fighter,” said Magdaleno, 20, who was surprised at the early knockout win over 30-year-old Valcarcel.

Notre Dame's Mike Lee (9-0, 5 KOs) out-boxed Mexico's rugged Eliseo Durazo (3-3) and won a unanimous decision after six rounds of a light heavyweight contest. Durazo had some moments especially when attacking the body. He was deducted one point for going to low and Lee was more effective to the head and body.

In an entertaining short war Salina's super middleweight Rudy Pugas Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) out-slugged Idaho's Tommy Turner (2-2). After exchanging some bombs a left uppercut-right hand combination clubbed Turner to the floor who managed to beat the count. In round two Puga fired a left to the body and sent Turner down in sections but he beat the count. When the fight resumed Turner tried to slug it out and was met with a left uppercut and knocked out at 2:19 of round two.

Riverside's Saul “Dinamita” Rodriguez (5-0, 4 KOs) out-worked a sturdy Kevin Davila (1-1) over four rounds of a junior lightweight match. Rodriguez worked the body well and when the fight went inside used the uppercut mixed with left hooks to win the fight by unanimous decision. Washington's Davila took some good shots to hang in there against the hard-punching Rodriguez.

Kansas City's Gerardo Robles (18-10, 9 KOs) dropped Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-6, 18 KOs) twice in the first two rounds but was forced to hang on and win by majority decision after eight rounds. Robles beat Gonzalez to the punch with a right hand and sent the Southern Californian to the floor. In round two a left hook floored Gonzalez again in what seemed like a rout. Then Gonzalez began to box and counter and hurt Robles with a left hook but couldn't finish the job. One judge scored it 75-75 and the other two 76-74 for Robles.

Omaha's Terence Crawford (17-0, 13 KOs) stopped Oxnard's David Rodela (16-6-4, 7 KOs) with a left to the body to end the fight in round two of a lightweight bout. A left behind Rodela's head dropped Rodela who complained. He was never the same after that blow. Another blow behind the ear sent Rodela down again but he tried his best to rally. A right uppercut snapped Crawford's head back but he replied with the left to the body and Rodela could not beat the count at 2:30 of round two.

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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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