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Glazkov Beats Adamek On NBC Sports Net

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Stunning Upset at Sands: 29 Year Old Sensation “Czar” Glazkov Defeats Veteran Tomasz Adamek

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“Czar” Glazkov

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Bethlehem, PA: “Czar” Glazkov did what only two out of 51 men before him managed to do – defeat veteran brawler Tomasz “Goral” Adamek. In a twelve round unanimous decision the 29 year-old Olympic Bronze Medalist from Lugansk, Ukraine (17-0-1, 11 KOs) remains undefeated as he upsets the 37 year-old veteran from Gilowice, Poland, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3-0, 29 KOs) to win the NABF North American Heavyweight Title and secure the #2 position in the IBF. Two judges scored the bout 117-111 and one judge scored the bout 116-110. Glazkov landed an amazing 37% (212 of 580) of his shots on the veteran Adamek, who landed only 21% (161 of 761). Czar said, “I would like to thank Main Events and Kathy Duva for giving me this opportunity and taking me to this road. I also want to thank Tomasz Adamek for taking this bout and giving me this opportunity. He was risking more than I did. Tomasz was not a guy who was backing up, he was coming forward. It was a very good bout.”

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Adamek vs. Glazkov

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

The standing room only crowd at Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA was battling to see who could scream louder for their hero with the “Adamek” chants only slightly overpowering the “Glazkov” cheers. Glazkov controlled the first round with his jab and did not let Adamek do much. Glazkov was landing some big shots. Adamek started to gain momentum in the third but then his right eye started to swell in the fourth. Things started to slow down in the sixth round. Then Glazkov landed some heavy shots in the seventh; Adamek did too but he was not as effective. Adamek’s face looked significantly worse as the fight wore on, but he still managed to land some key shots. According to Compubox, in the last two rounds Adamek out-landed Glazkov 55-38 in total punches and 32-22 in power punches, though it was not enough to overcome Glazkov.

Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “This is a passing of the torch. Glazkov did everything he absolutely had to do to win this fight against a very tough and very accomplished opponent. Tonight he announced his arrival to everyone that he belongs among the top five heavyweights. Adamek is someone who has been a top ten heavyweight for the last six to ten years. I am really at a loss to say who amazed me more.”

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Grachev vs. Chilemba

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

The international show on NBCSN Fight Night began with a ten round light heavyweight war between #2 Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (22-2-2, 9 KOs) of Johannesburg, South Africa and #7 Denis “The Pirate/Drago’s Son” Grachev (13-3-1, 8 KOs) of Chaykoysky, Russia. Chilemba dominated over Grachev and won via unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 99-91 and one scored the fight 100-90 all in favor of Chilemba. According to Compubox, Chilemba averaged 13 jabs connected per round, which is more than double the division average. Chilemba landed an astounding 42% (326 of 772) of his punches compared to 18% (108 of 587) for Grachev. Chilemba said, “I am feeling good, it was great. I knew he was going to be tough but I was pleased with the outcome.”

The first round started slow as both guys were feeling each other out. Grachev was really coming forward, but Chilemba was able to keep the distance, utilizing his jab. There were a lot of great exchanges with both men landing big shots. Chilemba was controlling the fight, however, with his jab. Grachev got a bad cut by the corner of his left eye that continued to bleed for the duration of the fight. Both men looked battered at the end of this exciting brawl.

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Cruz vs. Cintron

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

The much-anticipated ten round welterweight fight for local bragging rights between Ronald Cruz (20-3-0, 15 KOs) of Bethlehem, PA and Kermit Cintron (35-5-2, 28 KOs) of Reading, PA certainly had this sold-out crowd making noise. Cruz and Cintron did not disappoint their hometown crowd with a brutal battle that was almost too close to call. Despite having the majority of the crowd support, Cruz could not overcome Cintron. Cintron edged out Cruz for the unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 96-94. Cruz’s connect rate was higher, landing 34% of his total punches thrown compared to 22% for Cintron, but both landed almost the same number of punches with Cintron connecting on 154 of 703 and Cruz connecting on 152 of 453.

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McDowell vs. Dargan

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

In eight rounds of lightweight action between Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (14-0-0, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA and Chazz “Magnificent” McDowell (6-4-1, 1 KO) of Hartford, CT, Dargan dominated the entire fight. McDowell had trouble making weight, initially weighing in at 144.5 lbs. but was able to get down to 142. Dargan won via unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 80-72. Impressively, Dargan landed 23% (114 of 506) of his total punches while McDowell landed only 16% (36 of 226).

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Williams vs. Rodriguez

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

The six round fight between light welterweights Jerome Rodriguez (6-0-2, 2 KOs) of Allentown, PA and Brandon Williams (3-0-0) Rochester, NY ended in a draw. The judges scored the fight 58-57 for Rodriguez, 55-59 for Williams and 57-57.

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James vs. Rivas

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

The first bout was a four round welterweight match-up between Nathanial Rivas (2-0-0) of Berlin, NJ and Terrell “The Terminator” James (1-1-1) of Philadelphia, PA. Rivas had the crowd on his side. James only lasted 2:37 of the second round when the fight was stopped and Rivas was declared the winner by TKO.

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Acevedo vs. Crespo

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

In the four round super bantamweight swing bout following the main event, Luis Acevedo of Bethlehem, PA made his professional debut against Josh Crespo (1-1-1, 1 KO) of New Haven, CT with a draw.

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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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