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Marcus Oliveira KOs Coyne to Gain Top Spot; Baha Upsets Santana in Vegas



LAS VEGAS-Marcus Oliveira started slowly against the rock tough Ryan Coyne but after some steady battering was able to stop the light heavyweight from Missouri and win the number one spot in the rankings and Cuban sensation Angelo Santana was upset by Baha Mamadjonov in a lightweight clash in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Both were pretty good firefights.

“Coyne came to fight,” said Oliveira.

Behind some steady work Coyne wouldn’t allow Oliveira to get in his work before more than 500 at Treasure Island Casino, on a Don King show. But it was evident early that the Kansas prizefighter had the firepower once he let loose. When the avalanche came it was thunderous.

Oliveira was very conservative early in the fight and though he didn’t get hit much it was Coyne carrying the action early on. Behind a steady right jab and some left hands, Coyne kept Oliveira occupied and in a defensive posture. It wasn’t until round five when Oliveira stunned Coyne that things began to change.

“I figured him out in the sixth round,” said Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 Kos), “when I realized I could stand right in front of him and saw I was the only one that could inflict damage.”

In rounds seven and eight Coyne seemed to fire himself up and stepped up the tempo. Oliveira wasn’t hit much but allowed the “Irish Outlaw” to dictate the pace. During the final seconds of each round the Kansas prizefighter opened up, but not enough to win the rounds.

Oliveira increased his own tempo in rounds nine and 10. With a busier output he was able to take advantage of the different angles of his blows. Several landed and Coyne was dazed more than a few times. The momentum was now in Oliveira’s favor and he seemed energized by the change.

“I made sure to work up and down. When I went to the body I noticed he dropped his right hand,” said Oliveira. “So I dropped a left on him.”

Round 11 saw Oliveira immediately open up with combinations and hit Coyne with a combination that slowly dropped Coyne to the floor. He lay on his back as if drained of energy but jumped up to beat referee Jay Nady’s count of 10. The fight resumed and Oliveira bolted after Coyne with right leads and left hands from weird angles. It proved too much for Coyne (21-1, 9 Kos) who took a knee. Referee Jay Nady called the fight over at 1:15 of round 11.

“Two right hands and a left hook is what dropped him the first time,” Oliveira said. “The same combination ended the fight on the other side of the ring.”

Oliveira is now the number one contender for the light heavyweight world title.


Santana (taking a shot from Mama, left, in Tom Casino-Showtime photo, above) looked and seemed the stronger fighter especially when he floored Mamadjonov with a right jab in the second round. But after that, Santana seemed frustrated by the constant movement and suddenly the stronger fighter seemed vulnerable.

Mamadjonov jumped in and out with quick combinations as Santana seemed intent on blasting out the late replacement.

Body shots turned the fight around as Mamadjonov seemed rejuvenated by the look on Santana’s face, that seemed to be drained of energy.

“When I went to the body I knew it was matter of time,” said Mamadjonov. “I could see he was getting tired and that gave me confidence.”

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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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