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Foreman Wins on DiBella Card in NYC







New York, NY (7/24/13) – In the latest edition of the popular and longest running boxing series in New York – Broadway Boxing, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions presented a thrilling eight-bout card before another packed house at NYC’s famed Roseland Ballroom.

Headlining the card was comebacking former junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman taking on Philadelphia’s tough Jamaal Davis.

It was the third fight and first eight-rounder for Foreman since returning from a 26-month layoff and signing with DBE. Foreman looked very fresh, and was extremely accurate with his shots. Davis, who has been in with the likes of middleweight champion Peter Quillin, Gabriel Rosado and Joel Julio, was easily the toughest test for Foreman since making his comeback.

Foreman was precise and dominant throughout, controlling the action and opening a cut over the right eye of Davis early in the fight. Davis was able to hang in there, but ultimately was just no match for the Brooklynite Foreman, who won a complete shutout on all three judges’ scorecards, 80-72 across the board.

Foreman will look to step it up even more in his next bout as he looks to throw his name into the mix of the 154lb. division.



In the co-feature bout of the evening, fast-rising female junior featherweight and Brooklyn fan-favorite Heather “The Heat” Hardy continued on her path to stardom with a vicious beating of Cassie Trost (1-2-1).

Hardy lived up to her nickname by putting on the heat and jumping all over Trost from on onset. Hardy bloodied Trost’s nose badly and was all over her, scoring with a barrage of punches that sent Trost to the canvas near the end of the fourth frame. Trost was able to beat the count, but was a beaten fighter. The referee wisely called a halt to the contest at 1:30 of round number four.

It was the most impressive showing thus far for Hardy, who improved to 6-0 (1KO), scoring her first career knockout in the process.



SMS Promotions highly regarded undefeated Puerto Rican prospect Emmanuel DeJesus improved his record to a perfect 6-0 (4KO’s) with a four-round shutout decision over Khalik Memminger. DeJesus stalked his opponent from the outset, landing well with both hands. Memminger was able to hold on, but DeJesus was just too much.

Brooklyn’s undefeated light heavyweight Travis Peterkin improved to 8-0 (4KOs) with a well deserved six-round unanimous decision over the tough Hector Hernandez, from Phoenix, now 10-6-2 (4KOs). Peterkin dictated the pace and was the busier fighter, never letting Hernandez to find a groove to mount sustainable offense. After six frames, all scorecards read 60-54.

DBE’s undefeated junior welterweight prospect Louis Cruz improved his record to a perfect 4-0, 2KO’s, with a dominant four-round unanimous decision over Justin Robbins.

The Bronx-native and former NY Golden Gloves Champion Cruz controlled the action throughout, working behind a stiff jab and scoring with both hands all night long. Cruz dropped Robbins with a hard left hook in the second round, but Robbins was able to survive and make it to the final bell. In the end, all three judges scored the bout a shut-out, 40-35 for Cruz.

Before a raucous crowd of supporters chanting “Peewee-Peewee-Peewee”, Port Chester’s Bryant “Peewee” Cruz pounded out a clear four-round unanimous decision over the very tough Nuwan Jayakody in their four-round junior lightweight matchup.

Cruz pressed the action throughout, but Jayakody hung tough and took a number of hard shots. Cruz scored with fast combinations to both the body and head of Jayakody, with each combination bringing the hometown fans to a standing, screaming ovation.

In the end, Cruz was awarded the well deserved decision, winning by scores of 40-36 across the board. With the win, Cruz improved his record to 6-0, 5KO’s.

In a battle of super middleweights, Louis Rose claimed his third straight victory over a previously undefeated fighter with a six-round unanimous decision over Akil Frederick-Auguste. There was good action throughout, but Rose was simply the busier fighter. All three judges scored the bout 59-55 in favor of Rose, who improved to 8-1, 2KO’s. With the loss, Auguste dropped to 2-1, 2KO’s.

In the opening bout of the night, former Olympian Ytalo Perea continued on his tear through the pro ranks with a first-round knockout over John Orr. Perea came out firing in the first, jumping all over Orr. Midway through the round, Perea landed a devastating left hook that sent Orr flat on his face. Orr was able to beat the count, but was on very shaky legs, prompting the referee to call a halt to the contest at 1:48 of the first round.

With the win, Perea improved to 4-0, 3KO’s, while Orr dropped to 1-1.

Photo credit: DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller


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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