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Rosinsky, Bracero, Redkach Win on DiBella Show

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DBE PACKS THE HOUSE FOR SPECIAL-EDITION HURRICANE SANDY BROADWAY BOXING BENEFIT AT ROSELAND BALLROM ROSINSKY, BRACERO, REDKACH, DAN AND PETERKIN ALL IMPRESS

New York, NY(12/19/12) – Earlier tonight before a packed house of partisan fans, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) put on an exciting 10-bout card at the Roseland Ballroom, as a special-edition of Broadway Boxing.

The card was sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com and Everlast, and promoted in association with the American Red Cross. The card was held as a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims, with proceeds from the show, which included a silent auction including a number of items from DBE’s President Lou DiBella’s own personal sports memorabilia collection, being donated to the American Red Cross.

In the main event bout of the evening, Queens-native, Will “Power” Rosinsky took on Otis “Triple-G” Griffin, in a ten-round light heavyweight bout for the vacant NYS light heavyweight title.

Rosinsky, who was coming off a spirited effort against former middleweight kingpin Kelly Pavlik in July, came out using a vicious body attack against the bigger Griffin. A head-butt in the first round cause a cut over Rosinsky’s left eye, but Rosinsky battled through it, pressing the action all night.

Rosinsky used superior boxing and combination punching to outwork Griffin throughout, but Griffin was able to counter and land some big shots from the outside.

In the end Rosinsky was awarded a well-deserved unanimous decision, winning by scores of 97-93, 96-94 twice, to pick up the vacant New York State light heavyweight crown.

GABRIEL “TITO BRACERO
Popular Puerto Rican Brooklynite junior welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero, 21-1, 4 KOs, excited the crowd by quickly dropping Johnnie Edwards, 15-6-1, 8 KOs, twice in round one. Bracero continued to pressure Edwards and land pinpoint lead rights and counters, which were slowly closing his foe’s right eye. In round four, Edwards, with both eyes now almost completely swollen shut, went down to a knee and when he complained to the referee about the injury, the third man in the ring ended matters by way of TKO at 2:48 of the frame.

DBE’s red-hot lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach made it to a perfect 4-0 in 2012 with an exciting and action-packed eight-round unanimous decision over

Redkach stalked Valdez throughout, landing vicious combinations to both the body and head, but to his credit, Valdez hung tough, and returned fire of his own.

By the eighth and final round, Valdez’ face was a bloody mess from the accumulation of punches he had taken throughout the hellacious contest. In the end, Redkach, who was extended the distance for the first time in 2012, won by scores of 79-73, and 78-74 twice. Expect a breakout year for the Ukrainian-native Redkach in 2013.

Fighting in his first bout under the DBE promotional banner former welterweight world-title challenger Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion shook off a year’s worth of ring rust to score a vicious fifth-round KO over Franklin Gonzalez. Dan, need ed a couple of rounds to find his groove, but by the third, he was continuously battering Gonzalez.

In the fifth round, Ion landed a picture perfect left to the body from his southpaw stance, dropping Gonzalez to all fours. Gonzalez attempted to get up, but he was counted out. With the win, Ion improved to 30-2, 16KO’s. Look for Dan to be in a major fight sometime in early 2013.

PETERKIN (R) VS. TIGS
One of the bright young stars on the DBE roster, Brooklyn’s own light heavyweight prospect “The Notorious” Travis Peterkin upped his record to 6-0, 3KO’s, with a four-round unanimous decision over Edward Tigs.

Peterkin stalked his opponent throughout and dropped Tigs with a big left hand in the third en route to pitching a four-round shutout decision, 40-35 across the board.

OTHER RESULTS

In an absolute war, welterweights Mikkel LesPierre 1-0-1, 1KO, and pro-debuting Cornelius Whitlock battled to a four-round unanimous draw. LesPierre controlled the action through the first two rounds, but in the third, Whitlock dropped LesPierre hard twice. LesPierre was in stalking mode, when Whitlock unleashed a short counter right hand, dropping LesPierre to a knee. LesPierre came back strong though, and had Whitlock in trouble against the ropes, when Whitlock unleashed a monstrous overhand right that LesPierre walked straight into. LesPierre hit the canvas with a thud, but somehow made it to his feet and was able to finish the round. The fourth round was close, though Whitlock slightly edged it.

Brooklyn’s own undefeated heavyweight prospect Jarrell Miller was simply too big and too strong for his opponent Tyron Gibson, stopping him at 1:25 of the second round, improving his record to a perfect 4-0, 4KO’s. It was the first time that Gibson had been stopped in five fights.

In a battle of junior middleweight females, Akima Stocks kept her unbeaten record intact scoring a four-round shut-out over Marva Dash. Stocks improved her record to a perfect 5-0, 3KO’s, while Dash dropped to 0-2.

In an upset, Daniel Calzada won a six-round unanimous decision over Allan Benitez. Calzada used constant aggression to mostly outwork Benitez, winning by scores of 60-54, 59-55 twice. With the victory, Calzada improved to 5-6-2, 1KO, while Benitez dropped to 7-2, 1KO.

In the opening bout of the night, junior welterweight Maurice Hooker improved his record to a perfect 7-0-1, 5KO’s, with a dominant four-round unanimous decision over Cameron Kreal (2-4-2). Hooker dropped Kreal twice, en route to winning by scores of 40-34 twice, and 39-35.

 

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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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