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Dulorme Wins on Thursday DiBella Show

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New York, NY (2/21/13) – Earlier tonight, DiBella Entertainment presented a seven-bout card before a packed house at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Headlining the card was WBA #10 junior welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme taking on Eddie Brooks in an eight-round contest.

Dulorme was returning to the ring for the first time since his first pro defeat to top-rated welterweight contender Carlos Abregu and campaigning in a new lighter weight class. The bout was contest at a catch-weight of 143lbs., although Brooks came in overweight, tipping the scales at 148 lbs.

Boxing insiders were curious to see how the highly-touted Dulorme would respond coming off his first defeat, and the Puerto Rican impressed in a major way.

Dulorme came out looking like a man on a mission. Dulorme stalked Brooks from the outset, before landing a beautiful counter right hand, flush on the jaw of Brooks, dropping him hard. Brooks attempted to beat the count, only to crumble to the canvas yet again. The official time of the stoppage was 1:35 of the very first round.

Dulorme improved to 17-1, 13KO’s, with the victory. Look for Dulorme to be in a significant fight in the junior welterweight division very soon.

REDKACH BLITZES ANOTHER FOE

In the co-feature bout of the evening, Ivan Redkach, of Los Angeles, improved to 14-0, 12 KOs, scoring a KO at 2:06 of the very first round against Sergio Rivera, now 27-11-2, 17 KOs. Scheduled for eight rounds in the lightweight division, the knockout artist Redkach came out of his corner like a tornado, throwing fast combinations to the head and body. Body shots bent Rivera in half and the southpaw Redkach followed up with uppercuts to the chin that dropped his foe for the full count.

DBE NEXT GENERATION IMPRESSES

PETERKIN, DAY, CRUZ ALL SCORES KO’S

Brooklyn’s “The Notorious” Travis Peterkin handed out a vicious three-round beat-down to Thomas Turner in their scheduled six-round light heavyweight contest.

The Brooklyn-native Peterkin came out firing in the first and didn’t let off the gas, as he pummeled Turner, scoring with hellacious shots from both hands.

With Turner taking heavy punishment against the ropes, the referee called a halt to the contest at 2:10 of the third round. With the win, Peterkin improves to a perfect 7-0, 4KO’s.

In a battle of junior middleweights, DBE’s recently signed 2012 USA Boxing National Champion Patrick Day made Dominique Foster quit after the first round of their scheduled four-round contest.

The Freeport, Long Island-native Day came out firing blistering shots to both the body and head of Foster. Midway through the round, Day landed a crippling left hook to the body that seemed to bother Foster badly. Foster was able to survive the round but between rounds he was complaining of a possible broken rib. Foster had to be escorted out of the ring by both of his cornermen.

With the win, Day improves to 2-0, 2KO’s, while Foster drops to 2-2-1.

In his DBE debut, the Bronx’s Louis Cruz did not disappoint, scoring a sensational one-punch KO over Demond Brock (3-1, 2KO’s).

Brock came out from the opening bell and immediately showed that he had come to fight. Cruz used his jab, switching from orthodox to southpaw, trying to confuse the hard-pressing Brock. However, Brock was clearly the aggressor.

In the second round, Cruz began to find his range behind a stiff jab, but it was another close round with Brock applying constant aggression.

In the third round, Cruz landed a picture-perfect counter left hook that dropped Brock badly. Brock rose to his feet but was in no condition to continue, causing the referee to call a halt to the contest at 1:12 of the third round. With the win, Cruz improves to 2-0, 2KO’s.

OTHER RESULTS

In a six-round female flyweight bout, Brooklyn’s fan-favorite Keisher McLeod-Wells improved to 6-2, 1KO, with an impressive six-round unanimous decision over Canadian Amateur Champion Jacqueline Park, now 1-1. Scorecards read 59-55, and 58-56 twice, all for McLeod-Wells.

In the opening bout of the night, junior lightweight Neuky Santelises came out looking to seek and destroy, as he jumped all over his opponent Denis Madriz. Santelises, from Brooklyn, NY, immediately began scoring with monstrous shots with both hands. With Madriz taking heavy punishment against the ropes, the referee had no choice but to call a halt to the contest. The official time of the stoppage was 46 seconds into the very first round.

With the win, Santelises improved to a perfect 4-0, 3KO’s, while Madriz dropped to 0-1-1.

***The Ytalo Perea-Ray Lopez bout was scratched at the last minute, as Lopez had problems with his pre-fight medicals***

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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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