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Yuri Foreman Wins Comeback Fight on DiBella Card



Yuri Foreman

New York, NY (1/23/12) – Thursday night before a completely sold-out crowd at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City’s famed Times Square, DiBella Entertainment presented a thrilling nine-bout card featuring some of the truly bright young stars on the DBE roster. Also on the card making his much anticipated return was former WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman.


Fighting in his first main event as a professional, New Haven’s 21-year-old Luis Rosa was matched against Derrick Wilson, in an eight-round super bantamweight matchup.

It was a great action bout with both fighters having their moments.On more than one occasion, the two stood toe-to-toe throwing bombs, looking to close the show in thrilling fashion.

In the middle rounds, Rosa began to take over, utilizing a vicious body attack, scoring with heavy shots from both hands to slow Wilson’s attack. Wilson, although breathing heavily, was game, and landed some very hard counter shots. Rosa was able to take the shots well and continuously pressed the action.

In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Rosa, 80-72, 77-75 twice. With the win, Rosa improves to 12-0, 6KO’s, while Wilson drops to 9-4-2, 3KO’s.


Returning to the ring for the first time in nearly two full years, the former champion Foreman was matched against Brandon Baue in a six-round junior middleweight contest.

Foreman used the first round to shake off some ring rust but seemed to find his groove nicely in the second, as he boxed beautifully, controlling the tempo behind a hard jab. Foreman showed no ill signs of his once bad knee, as he bounced around the ring, working his angles and confusing Baue round after round.

All three judges had Foreman winning a complete shutout 60-54, improving his record to 29-2, 8KO’s, in the process. Look for Foreman, now promoted by DiBella Entertainment, to be back in action soon, as he aims to once again become a force in the junior middleweight division.


One of the bright young stars on the DBE roster, middleweight Lamar Russ improved to a perfect 12-0 with a workman-like eight-round unanimous decision over durable veteran Jose Medina.

Russ used his super boxing ability to control the action throughout, scoring the more telling blows round after round. Medina hung tough and was able to land some nice shots of his own, but ultimately Russ was just too skilled, winning by scores of 78-74 twice, and 77-5. With the win, Russ’ record now stands at 12-0, 7KO’s, while Medina drops to 17-12-1, 7KO’s.

In a battle of middleweights, DBE’s undefeated prospect Delen “Sniper” Parsley easily disposed of Tyrone Selders, scoring a highly impressive second-round TKO.

The bout began with Parsley measuring Selders, working off a piston-like jab. Parsley seemed to find his range midway through the round and just as the bell sounded to end round one, Parsley landed a perfect straight right hand square on the chin that sent Selders down in a heap. Somehow, Selders got to his feet but was on very shaky legs. With the round already ended, the referee let Selders go to his corner to recover.

Selders seemed to recoup and came out aggressively to start the second, but midway through the round, another sharp right hand had Selders in trouble. Parsley jumped all over his opponent, landing hard shots with both hands from all angles. To his credit, Selders remained game and was able to stay on his feet. Between the rounds though, Selders corner had seen enough, stopping the contest, giving Parsley the impressive TKO victory. With the win, Parsley improves to 10-0, 3KO’s.

In what has become accustomed in her fights, Brooklyn fan-favorite Heather Hardy stormed out of her corner in the first and didn’t let up for the entire four rounds, giving the sold-out crowd in attendance plenty to cheer about.

Hardy, who is quickly becoming one of the more popular fighters throughout the entire New York City area, used constant aggression and combination punching to win a four-round unanimous decision by scores of 40-36, 39-37 twice.

2012 National USA Boxing Champion Patrick Day looked absolutely sensational in his pro debut, knocking out Zachariah Kelley with a picture perfect overhand right.

Fighting in front of a large contingent of hometown fans, Day came out firing off crisp combinations that had Kelley in trouble from the outset. The end came at 59 seconds of the very first round when Day landed the huge overhand right, sending Kelley down hard.

It was a very impressive showing for Day, who will be back in action on the next DBE promoted card February 21, at Roseland Ballroom.

In a battle of junior middleweights, Skender Halilli and Roberto Crespo went to war for their entire six-round contest.

Halilli controlled the action in the first, stalking Crespo around the ring and landing hard shots with both hands.

The action continued in the second with Halilli stalking his opponent. With Crespo against the ropes, he unleashed a counter right hand that dropped Halilli hard. Halilli was able to beat the count and the two ended the round trading bombs.

By the fourth round, Halilli was back in total control as he was mixing in hard shots upstairs followed by a beautiful left hook to the body. A terrific short left uppercut dropped Crespo late in the round. Crespo rose to his feet, but soon tasted the canvas again, courtesy of a Halilli left hook. Crespo beat the count and was able to escape the round with the bell sounding just seconds later.

The action continued over the next two rounds with Halilli stalking,but Crespo stood strong and landed big shots of his own. Looking to keep his perfect KO ratio intact, Halilli came out even more aggressive in the sixth, and put Crespo down for the third and final time at 2:40 of the very last round. Halilli improved to 8-0, 8KO’s.

Neuky Santelises improved to a perfect 3-0, 2KO’s, as he delivered the knockout of the night with a monstrous overhand right that knocked Juan Javier Guerrero out cold as he crashed to the canvas face first.Guerrero was out for several moments but was able to walk out of the ring on his own 22 seconds in the second round.

Pro-debuting heavyweight Eugene Russell overwhelmed Granson Clark, battering him for much of the first round before trapping him against the ropes and landing a flurry of punches that sent Clark down just as the bell was about to sound. Official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the very first round.




2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura



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



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



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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