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Shawn Porter Beats Julio Diaz, Badou Jack Draws With Periban in Vegas

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LAS VEGAS-Shawn Porter won the rematch with Julio Diaz by unanimous decision in a fight that looked a lot closer than the scores indicated on Thursday.

Porter (22-0-1, 14 Kos) used his shorter stature to force Diaz (40-9-1, 29 Kos) to rely more on body shots before a large crowd at the MGM Grand Convention Center. The judges preferred his bull rushes to the Diaz body shots, giving Porter the win after 10 rounds in the welterweight fight. It was a rematch of their fight that took place last December in L.A. which ended in a draw.

Diaz caught Porter with a left hook to the open the fight. The smaller Porter did some good body work as both had their moments in the first round.

The shorter Porter kept a low profile and did not allow Diaz to connect too often with his vaunted left hook. Though a few landed, the perfect punch was never landed by Diaz and Porter landed his overhand rights repeatedly.

Neither fighter was ever in danger of going down.

After 10 rounds all three judges scored it for Porter 98-93, 97-93 twice. Porter wins a minor title.

Badou Jack & Marcos Periban

Las Vegas super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 Kos) and Mexico City’s Marco Periban (20-1-1, 13 Kos) fought to a majority draw after 10 brutal back and forth rounds. Jack seemed to start slow as Periban jumped to a lead, but soon the inaccuracy by the Mexican fighter began to slow him down as he tired a bit. Jack simply never fired enough punches until the last four rounds to begin his march. It was a little too late. One judge Jerry Roth saw it 96-94 for Periban and the other two judges scored it 95-95.

Other bouts

A battle between Houston junior middleweights saw Jermall Charlo (16-0, 12 Kos) stop Rogelio De La Torre (10-4, 6 Kos) in the seventh round. Charlo connected in almost every round but De La Torre’s chin withstood the abuse. The overhand right by Charlo was the damaging blow especially in the fifth and sixth round. Finally, an overhand right followed by a left hook and another right floored De La Torre. Referee Tony Weeks stopped the fight at 1:50 of the seventh round despite the protest of the fallen fighter.

Former U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (8-0, 7 Kos) had no problem with Mexico City’s Jesus Tavera (5-4), who posed no danger. A left hand body shot dropped Tavera, then a combination floored the Mexico City fighter again. Referee Russell Mora stopped the fight at 2:33 of the first round of the middleweight fight. Spence needs much stiffer competition.

It was only a pro debut but Diego “Golden Kid” De La Hoya (1-0) lit up the boxing ring with blazing fast combinations that resembled his uncle Oscar De La Hoya in winning by knockout. Puerto Rico’s Luis Cosme (8-4) had 12 pro fights while De La Hoya of Mexicali, Mexico was on his maiden voyage. After three rounds of sizzling combinations De La Hoya unleashed a 12-punch barrage that stopped Cosme at 1:53 of the third round. If De La Hoya has his uncle’s chin he could go very far. Like his uncle, he wasn’t fighting someone 0-3, debut or not. De La Hoya is a junior featherweight.

Akron’s Robert Easter (7-0, 7 K0s) wasted little time in knocking down Iowa’s Lance Williams (6-2, 6 Kos) three times in the first round and ultimately stopping him for good at 2:43 of the round. A left hook floored Williams and he continued. Then two more times he submitted to fiery combinations from Easter until referee Jay Nady stopped the lightweight fight.

A junior middleweight fight for a regional WBC title resulted in a no contest when Philadelphia’s Julian Williams (13-0-1) and Oxnard’s Hugo Centeno (19-0) clashed heads resulting in a bump and a cut alongside Centeno’s eye. The ringside physician gave Centeno a quick test to determine his vision and he obviously could not count the proper fingers. The fight was stopped at 59 seconds of round four and no winner was declared.

 

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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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