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“PeeWee” Cruz Wins On NYC DiBella Card

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BRYANT “PEEWEE” CRUZ VICTORIOUS ON BROADWAY BOXING

CAMERON HALTS REZA IN FIVE

DAY DOMINATES DOZIER OVER EIGHT ROUNDS

New York, NY (7/9/15) – On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) hosted an action-packed Broadway Boxing card in front of a raucous sold-out crowd at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast, headlined by the always-exciting Bryant “Peewee” Cruz, of Port Chester, NY.

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While Martin Cardona, 129.4 lbs., of Tucson, AZ, attempted to box and move, Cruz, 131 lbs., effortlessly cut the ring off, often countering his adversary’s jab with quick overhand rights. Cruz took advantage whenever he had Cardona trapped against the ropes, digging shots to the midsection. The powerful left hook of Cruz was on display as well and it was clear that Cardona was breaking down. Feeling that their charge was sustaining too much punishment, Cardona’s corner elected not to send him out for the fifth frame, resulting in a TKO victory for Cruz. With the impressive victory, Cruz improved to 15-0 (8 KOs), while Cardona fell to 19-6 (14 KOs).

For as long as the bout lasted, Brooklyn southpaw Shawn “Killa” Cameron, 153.4 lbs., stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Francisco Reza, 153.6 lbs., of Torreon, Mexico, banging away in combination. In round one, Reza landed a short right hook to drop an off-balance Cameron for a flash knockdown. Cameron, however, was not hurt and quickly arose to rock Reza in the red corner with a right hook. The Brooklynite continued to press forward as the bout progressed, remaining very accurate with a large volume of power punches. A barrage of shots in round five felled Reza in a heap, prompting referee Harvey Dock to stop the action at the 1:55 mark. Cameron’s record improved to 10-0 (5 KOs), while Reza has now hit .500 with a record of 14-14 (11 KOs).

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Junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day, 153.6 lbs., of Freeport, NY, dominated the sturdy Lenwood Dozier, 151 lbs., of Washington, D.C., over eight exciting rounds. Day’s jab was on point allowing for straight-right followup shots. He soon closed the distance and began to slow Dozier down with a focused attack to the body over the course of the action. As the bout progressed, Dozier’s punch output dwindled, with the exception of round six when he fought in a more spirited manner. Day continued to overpower Dozier with an impressive offensive arsenal in the closing frames to earn three scorecards of 80-72 for a unanimous decision victory, upping his record to 11-1-1 (6 KOs). Dozier’s record is now 9-8-1 (4 KOs).

Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon, 155 lbs., of Lindenhurst, NY, burst out of her corner at the opening bell throwing bombs, repeatedly landing compact straight rights to the chin of Natalie King, 157.2 lbs., of Tampa, FL, until her foe was forced into a shell unable to return fire, forcing a stoppage just 19 seconds into the bout. Napoleon is now 3-0 (3 KOs), while King remains winless at 0-4.

Brooklyn southpaw brawler Mikkel LesPierre, 142.8 lbs., pinned Detroit’s Larry Ventus, 139.6 lbs., against the ropes for much of the opening round, peppering him with flurries. Ventus was dropped to the seat of his pants in round two from a combination. In the third round, Ventus elected to box and create distance, but LesPierre quickly caught up to him, knocking him down another two times to end the bout by TKO at the 1:13 mark. LesPierre is now 9-0-1 (4 KOs), while Ventus fell to 6-9-1 (3 KOs).

Sergiy Lipinetc, 141.8 lbs., a former amateur prodigy from Moscow and now a blue-chip prospect living in Los Angeles, expertly avoided Kendal Mena’s offensive attempts, as he easily countered with stiff jabs to set up combinations. One sweeping overhand right felled Mena, 141.6 lbs., of Miami, FL, hard as the second frame concluded. An even more compact overhand right put Mena on the canvas once again resulting in referee Eric Dali halting the bout at 1:40 of round three. With the TKO victory, Lipinetc improved to 7-0 (6 KOs). Mena’s record is now 20-2 (11 KOs).

Bronx’s Peter Dobson, 147.8 lbs., blasted William Walters, 147.6 lbs., of Sacramento, CA, with powershots from the outset, causing him to stumble into the ropes following an overhand right to end round one. Bobbing and weaving his way inside, Dobson repeatedly connected with short straight rights to Walters’ chin. Another powerful left hook from Dobson rocked Walters’ into the ropes yet again prompting referee Harvey Dock to end the contest at 1:33 of the third stanza. Dobson’s record upped to 5-0 (4 KOs), while Walters saw his ledger drop to 2-8 (1 KO).

The English/Irish Steed Woodall, now living and training in Miami, FL, pressed the action and gradually overcame the slick switch-hitting style of the awkward Devaun Lee over the six-round distance. He was particularly accurate with his overhand right. Lee did his best to keep his foe at bay with a steady jab, but Woodall fought his way inside, landing hooks in combination. The competitive fight ended with a thrilling sixth frame as both combatants threw bombs, though Woodall remained dominant. Scorecards read 57-57, and 58-56 twice in favor of Woodall via majority decision, improving his record to 8-0-1 (5 KOs), while Lee dropped to 4-2 (2 KOs). 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. He then relocated to the US in 2014 and turned pro in March of that year.

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Dispensing with his jab, Dauren Yeleussinov, 162.6 lbs., mercilessly pounded on Henry Beckford, 163 lbs., of Roosevelt, NY, throughout their six-round affair, primarily throwing hooks upstairs and down. By round three, Beckford appeared to tire from the onslaught to his midsection, thought he proved game to endure punishment for the remainder of the contest. All three judges tallied 60-54 for Yeleussinov by way of unanimous decision to bring his record to 3-0 (2 KOs). Beckford’s record fell to 2-3 (1 KO). Yeleussinov had an extensive amateur career that saw him compile a 397-23 record, with more than 100 knockouts. He is a four-time National champion for Kazakhstan and won gold twice at the Universiade Championships as well as at the National Junior Championships.

In a wild slugfest, Maxito “The Anvil” Sainvil, 145.4 lbs., Spring Valley, NY, was full of energy at the start of the contest hoping that the slower Danny Rosenberger, 145.4 lbs., of Youngstown, OH, would fold under the pressure. However, wildly throwing punches windmill style resulted in Sainvil growing fatigued and he was nearly dropped by his sturdy foe in round three. Though Rosenberger’s short counters continued to give Sainvil problems over the second half, he continued to trade shot for shot as best he could. One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Sainvil, but was overruled by two tallies of 38-38, resulting in a majority draw. With the draw, both boxers remain unbeaten, as Sainvil’s record was brought to 2-0-1 (1 KO) and Rosenberger’s to 0-0-2.

A determined Ivan “Beast” Baranchyk, 142.2 lbs., was aggressive, winging power shots and landing enough times to make it difficult for the taller Alfred Hall, of Jackson, MI. In the third, Hall, 144 lbs., collapsed under a volley of punches, hitting the deck for a full 10-count, at the 0:41 mark. The incredibly active Baranchyk, now living and training in Brooklyn, improved to 8-0 (7 KOs), while Hall dropped to 4-11-2 (2 KOs). As an amateur, the Belarus-native Baranchyk won gold at the 2010 Class A Vilnuse tournament, 2011 and 2013 Match Event tournament, 2011 Kostukovichi International tournament, 2011 and 2012 Soligorsk Open International tournament, 2012 Class A Liventsev tournament, 2013 Active Military tournament, 2013 Republic of Belarus Open Cup, 2014 Vitebsk University tournament in Belarus, and was an amateur champion of Belarus from 2009-2014.

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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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