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Perez vs. Mikhaylenko Scouting Report

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Johan Perez vs. Dmitry Mikhaylenko Scouting Report

Experience vs. Undefeated Prospect

Indio, CA: This Saturday, August 8, Johan “El Terrible” Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela will face Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko of Gelendzhik, Russia in a 12-round battle for the WBA-NABA Welterweight Title on HBO Latino. Below is the scouting report for this exciting match-up:

Johan “El Terrible” Perez

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Age : 32

Record : 20-2-1 (13 KOs)

Strength : Perez has quick hands and a good jab that he utilizes well. He also moves around the ring effectively, making it difficult at times for his opponent to cut the ring off.

Weakness : Johan has a tendency to get sloppy, he can be seen throwing punches from his waist at times and also leaves himself open defensively making it easy for his opponents to capitalize.

Experience : Perez will have an advantage here. He has more pro bouts under his belt and has been in the ring with the tougher opposition, including former title contenders Pablo Cesar Cano and Mauricio Herrera.

Power : El Terrible will be at a slight advantage here; he has a good uppercut and a good right hand that can alter the game plan of his opposition.

Speed : Perez has great hand speed when he puts together combinations.

Endurance: Perez has proven to have solid endurance. He has been a full 12 rounds in three of his past four bouts, and has gone 10 rounds on four separate occasions.

Accuracy : Johan has average accuracy, he tends to get sloppy at times throwing desperate punches, such as punching while moving backwards or standing straight up with his chin out.

Defense : Perez sticks his jab and moves well making it difficult for anyone to get inside on that long reach of his. However, he has a tendency to get caught up in the aggression of his opposition and fight a smaller man’s fight, which ultimately leads to him taking shots in order to give them back.

Chin : Perez has a solid chin. He has yet to touch the canvas in his pro career, which says a lot considering the volume punchers and heavy hitters he has faced like Mauricio Herrera and Yoshihiro Kamegai.

Style : Johan is a boxer with a good stiff jab, who also likes to stand and trade shots with his opponents when given the chance to do so.

Crowd Support : Johan will have an advantage here as he has fought in California and other parts of the west coast before. He has also fought bigger names as well so he may be the more recognizable face coming in.

Intangibles : Johan Perez has an impressive resume with wins against former top contenders, and losses against former title challengers. This fight against an undefeated, tough Russian fighter in Dmitry Mikhaylenko is a fight that Perez did not need to take. However, he wants to keep improving and continue to show the world that he will fight anyone, even if it means risking his top ten ranking in the process.

Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko

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Age : 29

Record : 19-0-0 (8 KOs)

Strength : Dmitry has incredible endurance; he can throw an unlimited amount of punches each round and utilizes an in-your-face style throughout the entire fight.

Weakness : Mikhaylenko does not possess knockout power in either hand; his in-your-face style also allows his opponents to land shots as well.

Experience: Dmitry will be at a slight disadvantage here; he has fewer pro bouts under his belt and has yet to face any top-level opposition. His biggest win to date came against former title contender Sechew Powell just one year ago.

Power : Dmitry will be at a disadvantage here as he lacks adequate power in both hands.

Speed :The Mechanic has good hand speed, which becomes more evident during his flurries of punches.

Endurance: Mikhaylenko will have an advantage here as he possesses great endurance. He is able to maintain a steady pace throughout the entire fight while also utilizing a high punch output as well.

Accuracy : Dmitry possesses good accuracy; he fights at a very close range and throws punches and combinations from all angles at a very short distance.

Defense : Dmitry’s offense might just be his best defense. He likes to dictate the pace of the fight by walking his opponents down, which typically results in him overwhelming his opponents with an offensive onslaught of punches.

Chin : Dmitry has yet to be in any great danger during his pro career, so his chin is still in question.

Style : Mikhaylenko is a volume puncher, he likes to throw punches from all angles and apply constant pressure throughout the fight.

Crowd Support : Dmitry may be at a slight disadvantage here, however, his aggressive in-your-face style may win him some crowd support by the end of the night.

Intangibles : Mikhaylenko has an undefeated record at 19-0 and is not trying to protect it by any means. Instead of padding up his perfect record he has decided to jump right into lion’s den by taking on a guy who has been in with the division’s best. He will be taking on a guy who young but who has been on the big stage against a number of top challengers. Dmitry understands the risk of taking this fight and is also fully aware that this can be the game-changer in his young career.

The Match-Up

1. Will Perez be able to handle Mikhaylenko’s in-your-face non-stop punches?

2. Will Mikhaylenko be able to handle Perez’ power?

3. Will Mikhaylenko’s big amateur resume help him get through different obstacles in this fight?

4. Will Perez’ previous competition help him in this bout?

According to Main Events’ matchmaker and current NABF Matchmaker of the Year, Jolene Mizzone, “This is a fight that both guys didn’t have to take. You have an up-and-coming prospect in Mikhaylenko, with an undefeated record facing a guy with a lot more experience who has faced tougher competition. These are the type of fights that we need to see more in boxing. I give both guys credit for accepting this fight.”

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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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