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Night of Body Shots As Randy Caballero & Olympians Show

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tss fight reportINDIO, CALIF.-A night of body shots saw Randy “El Matador” Caballero and two former U.S. Olympians use blows to the torso to remain undefeated on Saturday.

Lefts to the body were the theme of the night.

Caballero used the body-shot KO body shot to retain the NABO bantamweight title against Puerto Rico’s Miguel Robles (12-3-2, 5 Kos).

Caballero (19-0, 11 Kos) was the third fighter at Fantasy Springs Casino to win by knockout via the deadly body shot. Earlier two former Olympians also won by body shots. The Coachella fighter was making his return to the ring since beating Luis Maldonado on Jan. 11 in the same arena.

The bantamweight did not have time to shake off the six-month rust. Robles was eager to exchange and had a pretty good defense to offset some of Caballero’s charges.

After numerous rounds of head-hunting, Caballero finally began attacking the body and that opened up more offense for the champion. Robles never really seemed bothered but was retreating a little more after round five.

Caballero attacked a little more vigorously in round six and seemed to hurt the Puerto Rican with precise shots to the head mixed with blows to the body. He nodded when the bell rang as if telling himself that he knew the end was coming.

The seventh round saw Caballero attack aggressively but Robles seemed ready for the onslaught and caught the Nicaraguan-American boxer with a three-punch combination. That would be all because Caballero followed Robles and caught him with a left to the body and down he went for the count.

A world title shot is on Caballero’s mind.

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South El Monte’s Joseph Diaz Jr. (7-1, 4 Kos) landed a thudding left to the mid-section of Luis Cosme (8-3-1, 3 Kos) and ended his night early in the first round. Diaz, a former U.S. Olympian, traded feints and jabs before unloading a three-punch combination. It was the left cross that connected and let the air out of Cosme at 2:09 of round one. Diaz was not supposed to be on the card. However, when the main event featuring Frankie Gomez was canceled due to an injury, Diaz was asked to fill in and accepted readily. The southpaw featherweight would rather fight than train. Referee Jack Reiss counted out Puerto Rico’s Cosme.

Former Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (7-0, 6 Kos) didn’t waste time getting acquainted with Utah’s Eddie Cordova (4-5-1) in their welterweight match. Both exchanged to the head and body freely. Then Spence wound up and fired a left to the body and ended the night for Cordova at 2:13 of round one. Left-handed Spence was bent on winning by knockout. The junior middleweight is managed by Al Haymon, who also manages Floyd Mayweather, Josesito Lopez and Chris Arreola.

A ferocious junior lightweight fight ended in a draw between Whittier’s Humberto Zatarain (3-1-2) and Santa Ana’s Eric Ituarte (5-0-1) after four rounds. Zatarain was the shorter fighter but was able to nullify Ituarte’s longer arms by keeping the fight inside. He also had the better defense and that helped. Ituarte had some good moments but couldn’t land enough. All three judges scored it 38-38.

Angel Osuna (11-3-1, 7 Kos) had several inches in height over Utah’s Christian Nava (2-4-1) and it was a long right uppercut that ended the fight by knockout. Osuna punched from all angles but found extra success with the right uppercut. One of those long-range blows ended the middleweight fight at 2:07 of round two. Osuna fights out of Coachella.

Heavyweight Alex Rivera (1-3) picked up his first pro win by technical knockout over C.J. Leveque (0-1) who was making his pro debut. Rivera was the lighter boxer by 70 pounds against Northern California’s Leveque who walked in the ring at 294. Three consecutive right hands floored Leveque, who beat the count. Coachella’s Rivera then pounced on his foe with 10 successive blows forcing referee Jack Reiss to halt the fight with Leveque standing up at 2:07 of round one.

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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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