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Vargas-Demarco Opens #PacAlgieri PPV; Vargas Gets UD12

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Vargas-Demarco Opens #PacAlgieri PPV – Jesse Vargas took on Antonio Demarco, defending his 140 pound title, in the PPV TV opener from Macau on Saturday night (US time) and the scrap was all Vargas, before Demarco reminded us of his resilience. And resilent he is, but win he did not.

The final bell tolled, the scores were tallied and Vargas, who was hoping to score a KO with some new training and technique tips under his belt, won a UD12. The scores were: 116-112, times 3.

Vargas has been mentioned as a maybe foe for Manny Pacquiao, and my reaction is: meh. He’s a darned decent fighter, but I’m not moved by that concept. More people would be moved by that theoretical if he’d scored a stoppage, it can be argued.

Vargas went 263-654 to 179-491 for the loser, in punches thrown and landed.

Vargas, now trained by Roy Jones, looked to land a harder left hook, which Jones has been teaching him. The lefty AD had to deflect punches to the body in round one. “Don’t let him touch you,” Jones told Vargas after. “Straight left hand to the body,” Freddie Roach requested of AD.

We saw blood under Vargas’ left at the 1:20 left mark in the second. His jab is sharp and used frequently, while AD looked to land heavier metal. Jones asked for more aggression, and said, “You looking damn good!” Replay showed the cut came from a clash of cheeks.

In the third, Vargas landed the rights to the body. AD cracked some lefts, including an uppercut, late in the third. Vargas had a 38-29 edge in punches landed to this point. In the fourth, the Vargas jab got there first and fast. He was in control, feeling confident, acting the same.

In the fifth, AD was again less busy, waiting a bit too much, maybe for that home run ball. A right stunned Demarco, at 1:45. Bang, two more sharp rights. Roach told AD to tighten up, or he might consider stopping it.

In the sixth, a hard right by Vargas landed and the crowd ooooooo’d. Demarco needed a new plan.

In the seventh, Vargas worked well in tight. He places punches with cool and cruel precision. Then Demarco landed up and down, and almost buzzed Vargas. Roach told AD he needed a KO to win.

In the eighth, Demarco, who was hoping Vargas would fade, looked pretty energized. Vargas was up 148-94 in punches landed. Freddie told AD to let combos go, just let em go. In the ninth, Demarco was coming forward. A nasty left worked for him. He was bulling forward more so now. Then Vargas sought to change the tone back in his favor. Demarco was proving to be a most resilient customer.

In the tenth, Jones called for Vargas to stay on Demarco. He demanded constant volume from the boxer, who has a tendency to lose focus, stop being busy. In the 11th, we saw Demarco being the forward mover. Then Vargas remembered to be bold, and then again he’d fire and slide backwards and away, as if protecting a lead. Hie left eye was little nicked and the slice under that eye was not leaking. Jones told him to be smart, win the round the same way. Both men were a bit tired in the 12th. Vargas was still aggressive late, maybe to Jones’ chagrin. We went to the 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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