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Jayson Velez Beats Mexico’s Ramirez on Golden Boy L.A. Card

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LOS ANGELES-Puerto Rico’s Jayson Velez floored Mexico’s Daniel Ramirez with a pretty combination in the second round and it looked dire for Ramirez. But somehow the Mexican super featherweight survived and actually made it a good fight, to the amazement of the fans on Thursday.

Another strong, vibrant crowd yelled their lungs out at Belasco Theater and former world title challenger Velez (23-0-1, 16 Kos) showed what separates him from others in his weight class. Ramirez (11-3, 5 Kos) tried his best to keep up but fell shy on the Golden Boy Promotions fight card.

Velez was his usual patient self as he stalked Ramirez. When he finally opened up in round two, Ramirez went down hard and looked unlikely to continue. But he got up and actually rallied in the same round.

A real fight was on.

Ramirez tried his best to exchange with Velez, but it was like firing golf balls and getting cannonballs in return.

Velez tried hard to eliminate Ramirez but the Mexican proved too sturdy. The more the fight continued the more he seemed to figure out the Boricua. But figuring out was easier than beating Velez, who was too strong.

After 10 rounds, Velez was given the win by the judges 98-91 twice and 99-90.

“He came prepared to fight and war,” Velez said of Ramirez. “I thought I had him but he came back.”

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In an East Coast versus West Coast matchup, it was California’s Carlos Morales (9-1-3, 3 Kos) winning by unanimous decision over New York City’s Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-2, 7 Kos) after eight rounds of a super featherweight contest. The judges scored it 80-72, 78-74 and 77-75 for Morales’ aggressive style over Gonzalez’s more technical stance.

“I have to go back and watch the tape,” said Morales. “I’m happy I got the victory.”

Gonzalez was gracious in defeat.

“He surprised me with his strength,” he said. “I had trouble making weight.”

Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (10-0, 9 Kos) of L.A. battered Houston’s Darryl Hayes (3-5) for six rounds in their lightweight bout. Gonzalez hurt Hayes in the first two rounds but the Texan hung on. After six rounds, the three judges scored it a unanimous decision win 60-52 for Gonzalez.

“I feel very happy with the outcome,” said Gonzalez, whose knockout string was stopped. “It was the first fight I won by decision and I’m glad my fans got to see more of my fight.”

Pablo Rubio (1-0) didn’t waste much time in taking out Ensenada, Mexico’s Julio Ynami (0-1). A four-punch combination by Rubio blitzed Ynami and dropped him early. Then, a left uppercut finished the job at 2:16 of the first round. Both fighters were making their pro debut.

“I was expected a knockout. And after training with a guy like Leo Santa Cruz I felt prepared and that it would come at some point,” said Rubio.

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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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