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Sindy Amador Wins IFBA Jr. Fly World Title on Steward Tribute

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Sindy Amador wins 84b28TEMECULA-The late Emanuel Steward would have been visually glued to the female world title fight that saw Sindy Amador defeat Amaris Quintana by decision after a torrid 10 rounds on Friday.

One year since their first meeting, Riverside’s Amador (11-1) improved on her boxing skills against the talented Quintana (6-2) and defeated the San Diego fighter once again. This time, for the IFBA junior flyweight world title at Pechanga Casino and Resort. It was a fight card dedicated to the memory of the late great Steward.

In their first meeting in April 2012, many felt Quintana was the victor but the judges ruled otherwise. In this fight, Amador seemed stronger and more concise with her punches in winning by unanimous decision.

“The key was always to pressure her and more punches,” said Amador. “It was to get her tired.”

Quintana is a slick snapping puncher with great foot movement and combination punching. The San Diego brunette jumped out quickly with pretty combinations and moved in a circle. By the second round, Amador was able to time her and connect with lead right hands.

Both fighters made adjustments in the fight. Quintana tried to match blow for blow with Amador but was taking the brunt of the blows. But when Quintana targeted the body, things changed and turned around.

Amador kept the pressure on but unlike her first fight, where she simply put her head down and wailed away with punches in windmill fashion, in this fight she was perfect with the right cross and deadly with the left hook. The sound of the blows was impressive.

“I was trying to be smarter with my punches,” Amador said.

Toward the end of the fight in rounds nine and 10, Quintana began using an effective stiff jab followed by pretty combinations. It was difficult to determine whose fight it was. After the final bell, both girls raised their hand confidently. All three judges scored it for Amador, 98-92, 96-94, 97-93.

Amador is now the IFBA junior flyweight world champion in a fight that impressed the crowd, many who were watching female prizefighters for the first time.

“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “I can’t believe it.”

Other bouts

Hector “Teco” Serrano (18-3, 6 Kos) had his way against Sacramento’s Rogelio Castaneda (26-18-3) in an eight round junior welterweight scrap. Serrano, who fights out of Perris, California, dominated the toe-to-toe fight that was seldom fought more than an inch apart. Castaneda never gave up but could not match the power and accuracy of Serrano.

Arizona’s Cory Muldrew (1-3) captured his first win as a pro by out-working Cerrito’s Daniel Kim (0-1), who was making his pro debut. Muldrew fired many more blows against Kim, though his accuracy was pretty off. Kim had decent defense but just didn’t do enough work after four rounds in the junior welterweight contest. Muldrew won by unanimous decision.

Junior lightweights Diego Madrigal (2-0-1) of Coachella and Cesar Martinez (4-1-1) of L.A. fought to a four-round majority draw in their match. Madrigal started early with the fast combinations in the first half of the fight. In the second half, Martinez attacked the body and that turned things around in the fight.

Victorville’s Luis Hernandez (3-3, 2 Kos) squared his record with a second round knockout over Riverside’s Roberto Duran (0-1) in a welterweight clash. Hernandez took advantage of Duran’s greenness and caught the debuting fighter numerous times backing up with his hands down and chin up. Hernandez knocked down Duran in round two with a body shot. Then a right hand connected solidly when the fight continued and the referee stopped the fight at 1:57 of the round.

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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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