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Ponce De Leon Jolts Estrella in Ensenada

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Ponce De Leon Jolts Estrella in Ensenada – About two hours south of San Diego, the beautiful port town of Ensenada, Mexico played host to former WBO Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon’s six round demolition of Tijuana’s Omar Estrella.

Estrella (15-4-2, 10 KOs) proved tough and even developed a short-lived offensive attack that led to him scoring a punch/slip knockdown in the second round over the well regarded former world champion who’s now fighting one division higher as a featherweight. Ultimately, it was De Leon’s brutal punching power and world class that led to the win as he continuously pushed forward and targeted Estrella’s eye which blackened and swelled up.

Fighting in front of a lively pro-Estrella crowd who traveled up the peninsula from Tijuana to see their fighter, De Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) eventually won over the audience as he caught up with and pummeled Estrella in the sixth round with a volley of unanswered shots landed forcefully to the face through the guard of his opponent.

Estrella went down to both knees and thought about getting back up. But he had taken enough punishment. It was over at 1:30 of the sixth round. It was a solid effort by Estrella but the reality is that he’d probably never been hit by the likes of De Leon. It’s the first time Estrella has been stopped.

“You’re one of my idols,” Estrella told De Leon afterwards. “I was very happy to get the opportunity to face you.”

“Like every good Mexican, he hung in there bravely and took some punishment,” De Leon said. “He gave me some good work tonight.”

De Leon will take the rest of the month off and then start training for a possible fight in March. As the winner of the regional WBC title that was at stake, it’s likely he’ll now be ranked as he works his way up in hopes of facing WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. Talk about an intriguing matchup.

The event was televised on the Spanish television network Televisa from “La Bodega de Boxeo”, a warehouse that was retrofitted and turned into a boxing venue. The lighting reflecting off the white walls made for a vivid broadcast picture.

Ensenada: future boxing destination?
According to Golden Boy Promotions executive, Raul Jaimes the city of Ensenada really embraced their promotional efforts and is excited about putting on additional shows.

It seems like the locals couldn’t get enough, either, as many were left waiting outside once all the seats were quickly filled in the 1,000 plus venue.

The city made quite an impression on De Leon. “I really like Ensenada. It’s a beautiful place,” he said. “I hope to return and fight here again.”

Having stuck to a strict diet while making weight, after the fight, De Leon insisted on dining at The Bahia Mariscos seafood restaurant where he enjoyed the local specialties. “I wasn’t leaving Ensenada without trying their Mariscos,” he said. “Very delicious.”

A seaside town with huge potential, great food and great boxing? What’s not to like? Bring it on. The local fans, the boxing commission and the city want it. If everything plays out as expected, Ensenada will be a regularly visited destination by promoters on both sides of the border.

Santa Cruz has easy time with “Payaso” Hernandez in co-main event:

Super bantamweight Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) of Los Angeles handled Alejandro “Payaso” Hernandez (24-9-2, 13 KOs) with ease and scored a fourth round TKO after Hernandez didn’t come out for the fourth round due to a damaged right hand. It was all Santa Cruz from the start as he stalked his opponent and landed one combination after the other with Hernandez not having much of an answer.

After the third round, Hernandez sat in his corner and drew attention to his hand as the referee counted him out.

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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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