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Andy Lee Scores KO on Wed. DiBella Card in NYC

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New York, NY (5/15/13) – On Wednesday night before a sold-out crowd at NYC’s famed BB King Blues Club in midtown Manhattan, DiBella Entertainment presented the latest edition of its Broadway Boxing series, with an exciting eight-bout card headlined by WBA and WBC #8-rated middleweight contender “Irish” Andy Lee (29-2, 20KO’s) as he squared off against Daryl Cunningham (28-4, 11KO’s) in a 10-round middleweight match-up.

Lee, who challenged for the WBC middleweight championship last summer, came out looking to make a statement, as he stalked Cunningham around the ring, measuring him with his southpaw jab.

Midway through the round, a huge left hand from Lee stunned Cunningham. Lee jumped all over his opponent, trapping him against the ropes and letting both of his hands go. With Cunningham taking heavy punishment, the referee had no choice but to jump in and call a halt to the contest. Official time of the stoppage was 1:27 of the very first round. With the win, Lee improved to 30-2, 21KO’s.

After the bout Lee commented on the win.

“Onward and upward from here,” said Lee with a smile. “I feel like I am at the top of my game right now and obviously the number one guy in the middleweight division is Sergio Martinez and that is the fight I want. We have the same promoter in Lou DiBella, so I feel like it is an easy fight to make and one that is very attractive for the middleweight division. I know that Sergio is taking some time off, but I’ll be ready for him once he is ready to go.”

In the co-feature bout of the evening, Brooklyn’s middleweight Delen Parsley took on once-beaten Louis Rose.

Parsley spent the first couple of rounds looking to measure the smaller Rose behind his long jab as Rose pressed the action.

In the fourth round, Rose sent Parsley to the canvas, on what could have been ruled a slip. The knockdown seemed to wake Parsley up a bit though, as he came out much more aggressively in the 5th.

There was good two-way action in both the 6th and 7th, with each fighter having their moments but Parsley seeming to get the better of the exchanges.

The 8th and final round was close, with the edge likely going to Parsley. In the end though, the slow start and knockdown played against Parsley as he dropped a close unanimous decision, losing by scores of 76-75, 76-75, and 77-74. With the loss, Parsley dropped to 10-1, 3KO’s, while Rose improved to 7-1, 2KO’s.

In one of the feature bouts of the evening, DBE’s highly regarded undefeated middleweight prospect Lamar Russ squared off against the always dangerous Russell Jordan in an eight-round middleweight contest.

Russ came out and set a furious pace, nearly ending the night in the first as he rocked Jordan and had him all over the ring, but Jordan was able to survive and make it out of the round.

The fight got interesting in the middle rounds, as Jordan was able to land some hard counters while Russ pressed the action.

Russ began to take over in the 6th as he landed hard shots with both hands. Jordan showed an iron chin though and stayed on his feet, even smiling at Russ between exchanges.

In the eighth and final round, Russ stormed off his stool, opening up with heavy shots, looking to close the show in impressive fashion. Despite being battered from pillar to post, Jordan somehow made it to the final bell.

In the end, Russ was awarded the hard-fought unanimous decision, winning by scores of 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74. With the win, Russ improved to 13-0, 7KO’s, while Jordan dropped to 15-10, 10KO’s.

Heavyweight contender Tor Hamer got back into the win column in an impressive way, pounding on Maurenzo Smith from the opening bell, finally forcing Smith to quit on his feet in the third round of their scheduled six-rounder.

Hamer had his way with Smith, landing huge left hooks throughout, finally opening up a nasty cut over Smith’s eye midway through the third. Smith seemed to be ready to go, before turning to the referee and telling him he had enough. Official time of the stoppage was 1:31 of the third round. With the win Hamer improved his record to 20-2, 13KO’s.

In the opening bout of the night, DBE’s junior welterweight prospect Louis Cruz improved to a perfect 3-0, 2KO’s, with a four-round unanimous decision over Michael Carreras.

The Bronx-native NY Golden Glove Champion Cruz boxed beautifully, working behind a piston-like jab that continuously snapped the head back of his opponent. Cruz used the jab to set up his power shots, including a beautiful left hook that he began landing cleanly in 2nd.

The Puerto Rican Carreras hung tough, but Cruz was simply in a different league, winning by scores of 40-36, 39-37, 39-37.

In his pro-debut, Puerto Rican amateur star Angel Suarez was brutally knocked out by Eliezer Agosto in the second round of their scheduled four-round junior lightweight contest.

Suarez got off to a quick start, landing thunderous shots with both hands to the body and head of Agosto. With Suarez opening up in the 2nd, Agosto landed a picture-perfect right uppercut that landed flush on the chin of Suarez, and sending him out flat on his back. Official time of the knockout was 2:59 of the 2nd round. With the win, Agosto improved to 2-2, 2KO’s.

Washington Heights-native Neuky Santelises got the sold-out crowd in attendance on their feet with a devastating first-round knockout over Aaron Chavez.

Santelises came out measuring the shorter Chavez with his jab, but seemed to find his range midway through the round. A huge left hook rocked Chavez with the ropes saving him from going to the canvas. The referee rightfully called it a knockdown, giving Chavez the full standing eight-round.

Once the fight resumed, Santelises jumped all over his opponent, landing vicious shots with both hands while Chavez covered against the ropes. Another huge left hook from Santelises connected and Chavez dropped in a heap. The referee didn’t even bother counting. Official time of the stoppage was 2:15 of the very first round. With the win, Santelises improved to 5-0, 4KO’s.

Cruiserweights Jay Rodriguez (pro-debut) and Andre Ward (1-1-2, 1KO) went to war from the opening bell, landing bombs and trying to end the fight with one devastating punch.

The back-and-forth battle continued round after round with each fighter giving as good as he got. In the end, the bout was ruled a majority draw, 38-38 twice, with the third judge scoring is 39-37 for Ward.

Up next for DiBella Entertainment is the highly anticipated middleweight championship showdown between defending WBA and IBO champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (26-0, 23KO’s) and Ireland’s top-rated former world title challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin (29-4, 20KO’s).

Golovkin and Macklin will meet on June 29th at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods ® Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The world title bout will be part of aliveHBO Boxing After Dark® triple-header, with the first televisedbout beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT.

Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at $300, $200, $90 and $45. Tickets may be purchased online at foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ box office at 800-200-2882, or in person at the Foxwoods’ box office. Tickets can also be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet.

 

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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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