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Heather Hardy Wins On Wednesday DiBella Show in NYC

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BROADWAY BOXING RESULTS FROM B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL

New York, NY (10/15/14) – On Wednesday night at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan, DiBella Entertainment returned for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, sponsored by Everlast and Manfredi Auto Group. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each boxer wore pink and black boxing gloves donated by Everlast.

Heather Hardy

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Headlining the action-packed event, popular Brooklynite Heather “The Heat” Hardy, 121½, dominated the formidable Crystal Hoy, 121, of Las Vegas, NV, over 10 rounds to become the WBC International junior featherweight champion, in a superb performance. Hardy boxed extremely effectively throughout, demonstrating many facets of her talent and ability. She was incredibly accurate with her shots while both pressing forward and fighting off the back foot. When Hoy stepped up her attack near the midway point, Hardy proved adept at exhibiting elusive defensive maneuvers and landing counter shots to offset her opponent’s aggression. Whenever Hoy found her way inside, Hardy had no qualms about trading power shots, creating some exciting exchanges. Setting up beautiful combinations behind a stiff jab, Hardy went on to win a clear 10-round decision. Scorecards read 100-90, 99-91, and a puzzling tally of 95-95, which brought jeers from the crowd. Now 11-0 (2 KOs), Hardy remained unbeaten, while Hoy fell to 5-7-4 (2 KOs).

“Winning the WBC title is every boxer’s dream coming up,” said Hardy, “and now this is a dream come true. It’s an honor to win this belt and I plan to proudly defend it and prove to be a worthy champion.”

Travis Peterkin-Otis Griffin

In the co-feature bout, New York Golden Gloves champion and Broadway Boxing staple, light heavyweight southpaw Travis Peterkin, 176¾, of Brooklyn, competed in his first eight-round contest, facing Sacramento, California’s Otis Griffin, 179½, of The Next Great Champ reality series fame. Peterkin immediately began backing Griffin up, landing his thudding jab. When Griffin would find his way past the jab, Peterkin met him with a straight right hand down the pipe. Over the second half, Peterkin began backing Griffin to the ropes, landing hooks downstairs. In the fifth and sixth rounds, it was evident that Peterkin’s pressure and heavy hands were breaking Griffin down. With Griffin’s punch resistance diminished, Peterkin threw combinations with abandon. Earning a unanimous decision with scores of 80-72, and 79-73 twice, Peterkin upped his record to 13-0 (5 KOs). Griffin saw his record fall to 24-17-2 (10 KOs).

“This was my first eight-round fight,” said Peterkin. “I wanted to pace myself, box effectively and slowly break him down over the distance. My jab was key and my combinations were on point.”

Patrick Day-Felipe Reyes

Freeport, New York’s junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day, 153½, the former #1 amateur in the US and a National champion, locked horns with the rugged Felipe Reyes, 153¼, of Houston, TX, trading shots in a phone booth for six thrilling rounds. Reyes took to leaning in and hoping to land wild overhand rights. Day frequently opened up Reyes’ guard by digging to the body first then following through with uppercuts to the chin. In the fifth, Day landed a right hook upstairs to deck Reyes, as he bounced off the ropes. After six rounds, Day earned a shutout unanimous decision with three scores of 60-53, to lift his record to 9-0-1 (5 KOs), while Reyes dropped to 5-4 (3 KOs).

“I felt that I put on a good performance,” said Day. “I think I showed a different side of myself and proved that I am versatile, fighting Reyes head to head. He was very game, but he came in with his head a bit much, using roughhouse tactics. I’m now ready to step up and fight in an eight-round bout next time out.”

Ivan Golub-Kirk Huff

Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions, Inc., the 25-year-old Ukrainian Ivan Golub, 159¼, now living and training in Brooklyn, NY, improved to 2-0 (1 KO), by demolishing the normally durable Kirk Huff, 159¾, 3-2 (1 KO), Arnold, MO, inside the opening round. Stalking Huff from the outset, the southpaw Golub eventually trapped him in a neutral corner and landed a thudding left to the body. Huff immediately dropped in pain and, though he arose, the referee felt he was in no condition to continue, halting the bout by TKO at 1:11 of round one. A former amateur star, Golub had amassed an astonishing record of 270-32. He became a five-time Ukrainian National champion, and won bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in 2006 and at the World Championships in 2009. Golub also participated in the World Series of Boxing, winning all five of his bouts.

“I applied pressure right away and quickly spotted the opening to land my left downstairs,” said Golub. “I hit Huff right on the liver and down he went.”

 Azamat Umarzoda-Steed Woodall

The 20-year-old English/Irish Steed “The Stallion” Woodall, 164, born in Birmingham, England, and now living and training in Palm Beach, FL, made his NYC debut boxing his way to a unanimous four-round decision over the always-tough Azamat Umarzoda, 162¼, 0-6-2, of Las Vegas, NV. As an amateur, Woodall was a five-time English National champion and a two-time British champion, having accrued a 41-5 record along the way. In his fifth professional outing, Woodall focused on his technical ability and placing his shots well, dishing out a steady stream of jabs and straight right hands. Umarzoda ate whatever leather Woodall threw his way and kept on coming, but that did not deter the Florida transplant. Halfway through, Woodall began pounding the body as he outworked his resilient adversary. After four frames, the judges tallied 40-36 twice, and 39-37, all for Woodall, who improved to 5-0 (3 KOs).

“There was a lot of anticipation coming to the Big Apple for the first time, a city that I’ve always wanted to visit,” said Woodall. “I had a durable opponent in front of me, but I worked my jab and body shots well and I was glad to get in the work.”

Opening up the card, former 2012 Olympian for the Dominican Republic, Wellington Arias Romero, 144½, 4-0-1 (2 KOs), of Newburgh, NY, fought to a draw against Lazar Stojadinovic, 146, 1-1-1, of Miami, FL. Stojadinovic started out aggressively winging hooks, while the southpaw Romero looked to establish the proper distance to land his straight punches. Though Romero landed several pinpoint left hands, Stojadinovic remained steadfast, continuously applying pressure and outworking his foe to make it a close affair. Often pinning Romero against the ropes, Stojadinovic’s work rate was favored by the judges. Following the end of the fourth and final stanza, the scorecards read 39-37 for Stojadinovic, and two votes of 38-38, for the draw verdict.

The next installment of Broadway Boxing will take place in December, back at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

(all photos credited to: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

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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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