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Orozco Beats Reynoso in Las Vegas

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Orozco beats Reynoso smallLAS VEGAS-San Diego’s Antonio Orozco used a vicious body attack to stop Riverside’s Jose Reynoso and remain undefeated on Friday.

Before a crowd of more than 1,200 at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas, Orozco (17-0, 13 Kos) won the battle of Southern California junior welterweights by knockout. The San Diego fighter was fighting on his first main event in Las Vegas and it was a good one.

Orozco (seen landing, above, in Al Applerose photo) was very familiar with Reynoso (16-4-1, 3 Kos) and had sparred with each other before. But this time there was no head gear and both collided at full force. Orozco seemed a little stronger and more pinpoint with his punches.

A body attack by Orozco resulted in a knockdown in the fourth round. Reynoso struggled a bit to get up but nodded to the referee that he was ready to continue. He landed some good left counters to prove that he was not going away easy.

Orozco kept the pressure and Reynoso seemed stuck along the ropes most of the fight. In round seven a right hand to Reynoso’s body sent the lanky Riverside fighter down once again. Referee Kenny Bayless waved the fight over at 1:13 of round seven.

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Anthony Dirrell (25-0, 21 Kos) withstood a furious rally from Don Mouton (11-7-1, 9 Kos) in the last four rounds to win by unanimous decision after eight rounds of a light heavyweight clash.

Dirrell was hit often in the second half of the fight as Mouton simply would not quit. Body shows flew as the taller Dirrell withstood combination punching from Houston’s Mouton. Neither fighter was ever hurt but both took serious blows to the head and body. The judges scored it 78-74, 77-75 twice for Dirrell.

“I know next time to box,” said Dirrell, who said he hadn’t fought in 15 months. “He was a strong fighter but he gave me good rounds to get the rust off.”

Former Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (5-0, 4 Kos) attacked the body quickly and found dividends with a knockout of Brandon Hoskins (16-5-1, 8 Kos) of Missouri in a junior middleweight bout. Spence had floored Hoskins earlier in the first round with a left to the body. It took Hoskins about 10 seconds before the pain registered and he collapsed to his knees. He beat the count then was hit with a left to the body and left to the chin for the knockout at 2:35 of the first round.

Former US Olympian Joseph Diaz (4-0, 2 Kos) cranked out a left cross at 2:13 of round three to knock out Puerto Rico’s Eric Gotay (3-2) in their junior featherweight fight. Diaz started quickly and was laser sharp with his punches as Gotay tried valiantly to find an antidote for those lead left blows. While trying to evade a three-punch combination Gotay was caught flush by a long left cross from South El Monte’s Diaz. It was an impressive performance.

Joet Gonzalez (4-0) hammered out a unanimous decision victory over Alex Chavez (1-1) after a four round junior featherweight clash. Both fighters walked in with no losses in their young careers but Gonzalez was a little more accurate and slightly busier. Combination punching proved beneficial in Gonzalez out-pointing Chavez.

Former US heavyweight Olympian Dominic Breazeale (5-0, 5 Kos) knocked down Missouri’s Lance Gauch (3-7-2, 3 Kos) with a right hand to the top of the head to drop the heavyweight in the first round. The fleshy fighter beat the count and continued. In round two, a long right counter sent Gauch against the corner ropes and referee Vic Drakulich immediately waved the fight over at 2:41 of the second round.

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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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