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Delvin Rodriguez Beats Freddy Hernandez on ESPN








NEW YORK (May 25, 2013) Fighting for the sixteenth time on ESPN Friday Night Fights and sixth in front of a huge crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Star Boxing’s Delvin Rodriguez once again showed the spirit of a warrior winning a fierce battle against former world title challenger Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez with an eighth round stoppage.

An intense war over the first seven rounds with both fighters working aggressively and punishing each other, but Rodriguez had the upper hand-often hurting Hernandez with outstanding combinations. Throughout the bout, both punches and clashes of heads resulted in numerous cuts for both fighters with each battling valiantly in front of the “loud and proud” area fight fans.


A terrible cut over the left eye of Hernandez caused the fight to be stopped in the seventh round.

Originally scored as a majority decision for Rodriguez, the result was changed to a technical knockout as replays showed Rodriguez’s final battering punches caused the cut resulting in the stoppage.

With the win, Rodriguez improves to 29-6-3 (17KO’s), while Hernandez falls to 30-6-0 (20KO’s).

“This win was indicative of Delvin’s entire career, fan friendly and usually doing what is necessary to win,” said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. “This was another exciting outing for him and we’re looking for bigger fights ahead.”


In the televised junior welterweight co-main event, Crossville, Tennessee’s Chris Howard improved to 16-2-1 (7KO’s), handing New York City’s Issouf Kinda his first loss, now 16-1-0 (6KO’s).

Fighting on the inside throughout the fight, Howard suffered a swollen left eye from an accidental head butt in the first stanza. After six rounds of excellent two-way action, the fight was stopped as the ringside physician determined that Howard could no longer see out of his left eye.

Since the cut that caused the stoppage was ruled the result of an accidental head butt, they went to the judges scorecards. The split decision went in favor of Howard, as scores were 58-56 twice for Howard and 59-55 for Kinda.

In a four round heavyweight bout, Catskill, New York native, Constantin Bejenaru, 3-0-0 (2KO’s) and Excell Holmes, 2-1-1- (1KO), of Buffalo, New York’s fight was stopped in the second round as Bejenaru suffered a deep forehead cut from an accidental head-butt and the bout was halted with a no-decision being declared.


The stoppage towards the very end of the second stanza was unfortunate for Bejenaru who had thrilled the Mohegan Sun Arena crowd with his Mike Tyson-pit-bull like style throughout the action. Upon completion of the second round, Bejenaru would have been awarded the victory in accordance with his dominant performance.

Junior middleweight prospect Michael Moore of Cleveland, Ohio, remained undefeated, improving his record to 12-0-0 (6KO’s) winning a unanimous decision over Lancaster, PA veteran Doel Carrasquillo, 17-24-1 (17KO”s). Scores were 60-54 twice and 59-55.

Also on the undercard New Haven, Connecticut’s Jimmy Williams improved to 3-0-0 (2KO’s), stopping Marqus Jackson, 2-10-0 (2KO’s) of Atlanta, GA in the third round of their scheduled four round welterweight bout.

Rounding out the undercard Paterson, New York super middleweight Michael Mitchell, 1-1-1, won a four round shutout unanimous decision over Saul Almeida, 0-1-0, of Framingham, New York. Scores were 40-36 on all three scorecards.



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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