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Glazkov Rocks Rossy on Main Events/NBC Show

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Glazkov Defeats Rossy at Sands;

Lepikhin and Parker Both Walk Away with Knockouts

Rossy & Glazkov

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Bethlehem, PA: The main event featured a brutal ten-round heavyweight battle between Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs*) from Lugansk, Ukraine against Derric “El León” Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) of Medford, NY. The first round started slow with both fighters trying to feel each other out. Both guys ended the second trading very good shots, keeping the fight close. Rossy took the third round with ease. The next four rounds were close, with both fighters trading big shots. Rossy looked tired at the start of the eighth but continued to hang in there with Glazkov.

Rossy & Glazkov

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Czar suffered a cut below his left eye at the end of the eighth. Glazkov dominated Rossy in the ninth, but Rossy managed to stay on his feet until the final bell. Glazkov managed to pull out a majority decision victory with one judge scoring the bout 95-95, and the other two scoring the bout 96-94 and 98-92 in favor of Glazkov. After the fight, Czar said, “My hand was bothering me. It wasn’t broken, but it did not recover as well as I had hoped. It is not an excuse but it was still bothering me from my fight with Adamek.”

Santos, Glazkov, Jackson & Duva

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This was Glazkov’s first fight with his new trainer, John David Jackson. About the adjustment Czar said, “It takes some time to adjust to each other. I feel a difference to the better side but, of course, it takes some time to adjust. I am thinking in terms of the best.”Rossy said, “I am disappointed. It is hard to get the words together. I am trying to find out what they were looking at. There is no accountability. You are messing with peoples’ lives. I take my hat off to Glazkov. I know I won that fight. When it is very askew you have to wonder, where is the accountability?”

Berridge & Lepikhin

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

In the middle bout of the evening, Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (24-2-1, 20 KOs) of Albany, New Zealand and Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) squared off for a scheduled 12 round fight for the PABA and WBO Oriental Light Heavyweight Titles. Lepikhin started off early with a lot of hard shots to the body. Berridge was trying to get inside, but Lepikhin used his longer reach to his advantage to keep Berridge at bay. Both fighters were trading big shots in the middle of the ring in the second round. Then Vasily knocked down Berridge with a perfectly timed punch by Lepikhin. The bell ended the round and saved Berridge.

The Professor

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

In the third, Berridge came out swinging wildly. Lepikhin’s lips started to bleed in the third. Berridge got Lepikhin against the ropes, landing some key shots. Lepikhin knocked down Berridge to start the fifth. Berridge got back up and “The Professor” knocked him to the canvas again. Finally, after another flurry of punches from Vasily in the corner, the referee stopped the fight at 1:04 of round five. “The Professor” remains undefeated. Both fighters threw nearly the same number of punches (Lepikhin 210 and Berridge 233), but Lepikhin connected for twice as many total punches (78, 37%) as his opponent (39, 17%). Berridge could not connect with his jab, landing only 2 of 98 (2%), whereas “The Professor” landed 20 of 99 (20%). After the fight “The Professor” said, “I am very happy for winning my debut fight here in the United States. I fought a tough opponent and I am looking for my next big fight in the United States.”

Thompson & Parker

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

The NBCSN Fight Night telecast started with undefeated heavyweight sensation Joseph Parker (10-0, 9 KOs) of Auckland, New Zealand against Keith “Untouchable” Thompson (7-3, 4 KOs) of Birmingham, AL in six rounds of action. Parker dominated early but Thompson was able to hold his own against the taller Parker in the beginning. Then Parker knocked Thompson down in the third. After Thompson got back on his feet, Parker continued his attack and Thomspon hit the ground again. That is when the referee called the fight at 2:41 in the third.

Joseph Parker

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

After the fight Parker said, “I felt a little bit flat but I am happy for the victory. I am happy to fight here in the states. He looked liked he was tired and I was ready was to go. I would like to be fighting a top ten fighter by the end of the year.” Parker out-boxed Thompson, connecting for 57 of 176 total punches (32%), whereas Thompson only connected for 14 of 66 total punches (21%). Parker connected for more than four times as many power punches, 37 of 74 (50%) as Thompson 8 of 33 (24%).

Garriga & Acevedo

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Featherweights Frankie Garriga (0-2-2) of Bronx, NY and Luis Acevedo (1-0-1) met for four rounds for the final undercard bout before the live NBCSN Fight Night telecast began. Acevedo defeated Garriga via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36 & 39-37).

Serrano & Williams

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In an all-local clash of light welterweights Ismael Serrano (2-1) of Bethlehem, PA and Jonathan Williams (0-3) of Allentown, PA met for four rounds. Serrano won via split decision with the judges scoring the fight 39-37, 40-36 and 37-39. Afterwards, Serrano said, “I thought it was a draw. It was good fight. We knew each other very well. We sparred together many times. He was just trying to out-box me.”

Wright & Easton

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Heavyweights Tyrell Wright (6-0, 4 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ and Randy Easton (2-3-1, 2 KOs) of Sansbury, PA collided for four rounds. Wright defeated Easton via UD with all three judges scoring the bout 40-36. Wright remains undefeated.

Capers & Whitmore

Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events

The first fight of the evening was a light heavyweight rematch between Lamont “Too Smooth” Capers (4-5) of Brooklyn, NY and Khalib “Bigfoot” Whitmore (6-0, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. Both men made their pro debuts against each other June 15, 2013. The first time around Whitmore defeated Capers via unanimous decision in four rounds. This time Bigfoot knocked down Capers in the second and finished the job with a TKO in the fourth. Whitmore said, “I want to thank Main Events, my trainer Naazim Richardson, and NBCSN. I felt good. There were a couple of things I wanted to work on but didn’t get a chance to. There was a lot of holding.”

*All records have been updated to reflect tonight’s results.

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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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