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Caparello Beats Muriqi on ESPN

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ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS RESULTS CAPARELLO DOMINATES IN US DEBUT; ROSA PUNISHES DIAZ, HERNANDEZ-HARRISON IMPROVES TO 20-0

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014 RICHARD J. CODEY ARENA WEST ORANGE, NJ

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New York, NY / West Orange, NJ (1/31/14) – In his US debut, Australian light heavyweight contender Blake Caparello scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Elvir Muriqi to headline ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Richard Codey Arena, in West Orange, NJ. Caparello was very consistent fighting out of the southpaw stance as he landed hard shots to the head and body. Muriqi was precise with his right hand at times, but it was too few and far between the work rate of the Aussie. Caparello, 174.5lbs., of Victoria, Australia, won by scores of 100-90, and 98-92 twice, and is now 19-0-1. Muriqi, 171½lbs., of New York, NY, is now 40-6.

“It was a tough fight,”said a victorious Caparello. “I used my angles and quick hands. I love that I was fighting in America. The fans were all against me, but it was an awesome experience.”

In front of his passionate hometown fans, Muriqi announced his retirement after the fight, citing not being able to pull the trigger.

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ROSA (R) TOO MUCH FOR DIAZ

The always-exciting and dynamic Luis Rosa scored a eight-round unanimous decision over Jorge Diaz in a junior featherweight bout. Diaz was sneaking in some solid rights to the face over the first couple of rounds. Rosa scored a knockdown in round three. A good back-and-forth exchange broke out in round four and Rosa landed a left that sent Diaz to the canvas a second time. Diaz showed tremendous grit as he fought hard on the inside and as he sustained a terrific beating. Over the final two frames, Rosa landed some hard shots and had Diaz holding on, but he was able to make it to the final bell. Rosa, 122.1lbs., of New Haven, CT, won by scores of 80-70, 79-71 and 78-72, and is now 16-0. Diaz, 121.7lbs., of New Brunswick, NJ, is now 17-3.

“It was a great experience,”said Rosa. “This fight will open doors for more national television fights. I am happy for this opportunity. I want to dedicate this fight to my friend Jordan Jacques who is battling cancer.”

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Dusty Hernandez Harrison remained perfect by pounding out an eight-round unanimous decision over Tim Witherspoon Jr. in a welterweight bout. It was a good hard-fought battle with both guys landing powerful shots on the inside. Harrison used his size and hand speed to get the better of the action. Witherspoon had a brief moment at the end of round three when landed a hard body punch that doubled over Harrison. Harrison landed some solid uppercuts in round four and began to pound the body in round five. It was a good competitive fight with Harrison winning the majority of the exchanges. Harrison, 146.2lbs., of Washington, DC, won by scores of 78-74 on all cards, and is now 20-0. Witherspoon Jr.,146.5lbs., of Philadelphia, is now 10-4-1.

Cecil McCalla remained perfect by pounding out a six-round unanimous decision over veteran Eric Mitchell. McCalla, 152lbs., of Randallstown, MD, won by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56, and is now 17-0. Mitchell, 153.8lbs., of Philadelphia, is now 23-11-1.

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Louis Cruz turned in a devastating performance as he scored two knockdowns en route to a stoppage victory at 2:59 of round one over Jose Santiago in a scheduled six-round lightweight bout. Cruz, 135½lbs., of Bronx, NY, is now 6-0, with four knockouts. Santiago, 134.8lbs., of Bayamon, PR, is now 3-5.

Rickey Edwards scored a four-round unanimous decision over Justin Robbins in a lightweight bout. Scores were 40-36 across the board for Edwards, 135½lbs., of Paterson, NJ, who is now 4-0. Robbins, 135½lbs., of Springfield, MO, dropped to 2-5.

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The 19-year-old phenom Junior Younan remained undefeated with a first-round stoppage over Thomas Allan in a scheduled four-round super middleweight bout. Younan dropped Allen just seconds into the bout with a left hook and finished with a barrage on the ropes that forced referee Benji Esteves to call a halt to the bout at 1:09 of round one. Younan, 166½ lbs of Brooklyn, who has yet to see beyond the two-minute mark as a pro, is now 3-0, with three knockouts. Allen, 160lbs, of St. Joseph, MO, is now 1-4.

Wanzell Ellison was workmanlike in pounding out a six-round unanimous decision over Esteban Villalba in a junior lightweight bout. Scores were 60-54 on all cards for Ellison, 130.9lbs., of Newark, NJ, who improved to 10-0-1. Villalba, 134.2lbs, of Juarez, MX, is now 4-6-2.

Freeport, Long Island’s junior middleweight sensation Patrick Day scored three knockdowns and stopped Guillermo Ibarra just 91 seconds into the first round of their scheduled six-round bout. Day, 154.2lbs, is now 6-0-1, with three knockouts. Ibaraa, 152lbs, of Phoenix, AZ, is now 11-5.

Undefeated Mikey Faragon scored a first-round stoppage over Ivan Zavala in a scheduled six-round lightweight bout. Faragon dropped Zavala and he was counted out at 1:06. Faragon, 142½lbs, of Guilderland, NY, is now 19-0, with nine knockouts. Zavala, 145½lbs, of Los Angeles, is now 6-5-1.

Patrick Farrell (9-2-1, 5 KO’s) scored a first-round stoppage over Lucas St. Claire (3-4) in a cruiserweight bout.

Samuel Teah registered a four round unanimous decision over Andrew Bentley (1-2) in a lightweight bout. Scores were 40-36 on all cards.

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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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