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RESULTS FROM INTERNATIONAL FIGHT NIGHT

HOSTED BY NEW LEGEND BOXING AND DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT

RESORTS WORLD CASINO IN QUEENS, NY

Queens, NY (9/19/15) – On Saturday night, New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment returned to Resorts World Casino New York City with another action-packed nine-bout card for the latest installment of the popular International Fight Night series, proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens.

In the main event, cruiserweight contender Alex Guerrero, 198, of Salisbury, MD, was shockingly upset by Atlanta’s Brian Howard. A straight right stung Guerrero halfway through round one and had him on rubbery legs. Howard, 195¾, landed a few more right hands to deck Guerrero, who quickly arose to his feet and took an eight-count. He was unable to recover, however, and Howard pinned him against the ropes with a follow-up barrage, forcing referee Harvey Dock to stop the contest at 1:53 of the opening frame. Guerrero suffered his first defeat, dropping to 12-1 (6 KOs), while Howard is now 11-1 (9 KOs).

Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon, 156¼, Lindenhurst, Long Island, engaged Latasha Burton, 153¾, Independence, LA, in a fast-paced brawl for three exciting rounds. Napoleon repeatedly tagged her foe with overhand rights, but Burton’s ring savvy and experience allowed her remain competitive. Often when Napoleon would force her way inside, Burton was waiting to launch her right uppercut. However, Napoleon’s constant pressure began to wilt Burton, who could not come out of her corner for the fourth round, resulting in a TKO verdict. The official time of the stoppage was 3:00 of round three, as Napoleon kept her perfect record intact at 4-0 (4 KOs), while Burton’s dropped below the .500 mark to 4-5.

Brooklyn fan-favorite Julian Sosa, 143½, earned his third pro victory, scoring a four-round unanimous decision over Las Vegas resident Jorge Soto, 146½, with three identical cards of 40-36. Now 3-0-1 (1 KO), Sosa staggered Soto with his straight right in round one and followed up by banging way at the body. Though he showed heart, Soto, 0-4, was hurt by every meaningful punch Sosa threw from then on out.

Irish southpaw Noel Murphy, 152½, used offensive bursts of combinations to quell the game plan of his crafty opponent Mack Babb, 151¾, of Jamaica, Queens, over the course of four hard fought rounds. Feinting Babb to create openings, Murphy often pressured his foe to the ropes and unloaded barrages. Babb’s best moments came when he was able to counter Murphy’s aggression with stinging straight rights. With scores of 40-36, 39-37, and 38-38, Murphy upped his record to 4-0 (2 KOs) winning a majority decision, while Babb fell to 1-6. The 21-year-old Murphy was a two-time National champion in his native Ireland before relocating to Yonkers, NY.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Brooklyn junior welterweight prospect Wesley Ferrer, 140¼, improved to 10-0 (5 KOs) after outpointing Luis Rodriguez, 143½, of Carolina, Puerto Rico, over six rounds. Ferrer snapped Rodriguez’ head back with a straight right in round one and continued to use that weapon throughout with success. The judges tallied 60-54 twice, and 59-55, all for Ferrer via unanimous decision. Rodriguez’ record dropped to 3-6 (2 KOs). In addition to winning the 2009 and 2013 New York City Golden Gloves championship and competing at the National Golden Gloves as an amateur, Ferrer was the 2012 New York Amateur Boxing and New York City Metro Tournament champion.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Over six frames, Bronx southpaw Chris “Golden” Galeano, 157¾, was very accurate with his punches, blasting the granite-chinned Colby Courter, 157½, with powerful hooks and stiff jabs. Galeano just could not miss as the brave Courter continued to come forward and eat whatever leather was heaped his way. A cut was opened over Courter’s left eye in the third. When Galeano shifted his attack downstairs, Courter did show signs of fatigue. In the sixth and final round, referee Vic De Wysocki felt that Courter had taken too much punishment and mercifully halted the action at the 1:08 mark, awarding Galeano, now 9-0 (1 KO), the first stoppage victory of his pro career. Courter, of St. Joseph, MO, dropped to 8-7 (7 KOs). Galeano won nearly every major competition during his amateur career, culminating by winning the 2013 NY Golden Gloves and 2013 165-pound USA National Championship, propelling him to a #1-ranking in the US.

(Photo Credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In his DBE debut, the newly signed Canadian middleweight Steve Rolls, 161¼, of Toronto, expertly outboxed Tyi Edmonds, 161½, Meridian, MS, backing him up with a stiff and consistent jab. In round three, Rolls upped his offense, landing left hooks and overhand rights when in close. Edmonds, who tired down the stretch, was just not active enough, as Rolls went on to win a unanimous decision after eight dominant rounds. The judges tallied 80-72 twice, and 79-73, all for Rolls, who upped his record to 12-0 (6 KOs). Edmonds is now 5-3 (3 KOs). Rolls had a very successful amateur career, competing on the 2009 and 2010 Canadian National boxing teams, compiling an impressive 83-14 record in the process.

Landing counter hooks and straight rights, Brooklyn’s Marlon Brown, 145, worked hard to keep the aggressive Evincii Dixon off of him. Dixon, 145, of Lancaster, PA, did find the mark on occasion to which Brown proved to have a sturdy chin. Brown attempted to outbox Dixon over the second half, but Dixon’s pressure never waned. All three scorecards read 39-37 for Brown, who improved to 5-0 (2 KOs) by way of unanimous decision. Dixon’s record fell to 5-10-1 (2 KOs).

Dominican amateur superstar Carlos Adames, 148, now living in Brooklyn and training out of the famed Gleason’s Gym, demolished Rasheed Olawale Lawal, 146, Ventura, CA, inside the opening round to improve to 3-0 (2 KOs). Displaying very quick hand speed, Adames backed Lawal to the ropes and threw a series of flurries to the body to bring down his foe’s guard. Overhand rights to the temple followed and Lawal slowly fell to the canvas for a full count. The knockout came at the 1:52 mark. Lawal is now 1-2-1.Results From New Legend

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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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