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Salita Likes Chances For Young Heavy Perea, And “Big Baby” Miller Next Week

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Just because their names are not so known to the masses, that doesn’t mean that fights involving some of the lower-on-the-card guys fighting tonight, in Brooklyn, aren’t just as meaningful to those involved.

Like, say, the Ytalo Perea-Adam Kownacki fight. The scrap, to unfold tonight, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, before the Amir Khan-Chris Algieri main event, pits two young gun heavies.

The Pole Kownacki is the favorite, ostensibly, at 9-0, with 9 KOs. But Dmitriy Salita, the promoter for his foe, Ecuador’s Ytalo Perea (6-1-1 with 4 KOs), has his fingers tightly crossed that his kid gets the W tonight.

A young promoter, like a Salita, he needs some breaks to fall his way. Some of his young guns, he needs them to spring the odd upset, because, c’mon, he’s not an Al Haymon, or a Bob Arum, or a Joe DeGuardia…his guy is often going to be the B side, even the B- side, and has to win, and keep winning, to get to A side status.

Salita talked to me about Perea’s chances. “Ytalo is very talented fighter and he’s young, he made some mistakes early in his career and that’s why he is not undefeated,” Salita told me. “I hope that he learned from that loss. I signed Ytalo late last year because I know that as a young fighter you can sometimes make mistakes, let the noise of the world get to you, neglect training etc. But I saw a very talented fighter who accomplished a whole lot as a 19 year old kid. He won the Pan Am games in spectacular fashion and fought in the Olympics so the potential is tremendous. Ytalo has his ways of training and doing things…but I think he took this fight seriously. He did the bulk of his training in Ecuador and has been here for last few days training with Tommy Gallagher, the man that was his first pro trainer here in the U.S. Tommy keeps it real, I talked to him today and he told me that his weight is down and he is looking sharp. I look forward to seeing my man Ytalo represent on Friday, the sky is the limit for him.”

Salita’s cruiserweight didn’t get a W last week, in Russia, so hopefully, he’s thinking, Perea gets the Salita Squad back on a winning track.

“Junior Wright (now 13-1-1) fought for a world title against an Olympic Gold Medalist, one of the best fighters in the world, in only his 14th pro fight, said Salita. “He was very good in spots but Rakhim Chakhiev proved to be the better fighter that night. Junior is not at all hurt and is grateful for the opportunity and he called me to tell me he is back in the gym today. It’s obviously disappointing but I believe Junior will learn from this experience and become a better fighter as a result of this.” Wright got stopped via body shot in round 8, in Moscow…

And of course, that young promoter, he has to be looking on that bright side, keep upbeat..Salita ended on a high note..

“And next week Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller is looking to make some noise in Brooklyn as well!”

Heavyweight Miller, co-promoted with Greg Cohen, fights on a Salita promotion on June 4, against 15-4 Damon McCreary. If by chance Perea doesn’t get the W tonight, there’s always next week. It’s the way it has to be for the young climber promoter…

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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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