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MarksSAN DIEGO-Some of the most competitive and exciting fights you’ll never hear about happen in small boxing venues scattered across the country.

They may not always have big names or make big money, but when well matched opponents collide, action is the outcome.

Such was the case Friday night at The Gonzalez Sports Academy in Eastlake, a suburb of San Diego. The event which was put on by Bobby D Presents, in conjunction with San Diego Fights, had the 1,000 plus fans riveted at times.

In the main event, welterweights Joshua Marks (8-3, 8 KO's) and Oscar Godoy (4-2, 2 KO's) fought an exciting back and forth battle with Marks’ athleticism and conditioning being the deciding factor as he stopped Godoy in the seventh round of a scheduled eight rounder.

In the first round, Marks came out the aggressor and immediately landed a hard shot to the body. He seemed to be in full control when he was surprisingly dropped by an uppercut from Godoy. Marks got up and fought on but seemed rattled.

In the second round, the fast and athletic Marks made use of his speed and footwork and landed some quick combinations. Godoy couldn't keep up but was trying to time Marks as he came in.

Marks worked the body effectively in the third as Godoy timed him and landed an occasional hook.

Marks walked Godoy down in the fourth and paid the price as his opponent landed several punches that forced him to tangle up. As Godoy tired, Marks dominated the rest of the round with an assortment of combinations.

It was in the sixth that Marks’ bodywork paid dividends as Godoy, now weakening, fell to his knees. Godoy got up but was jumped on by Marks. Godoy dropped again and rose only to be saved by the bell.

Godoy made it to the seventh round but was dropped once more after Marks landed to the body again. In a dramatic turnaround, Godoy rose to his feet and almost pulled off the hail-Mary as he landed a brutal punch that made Marks do the funky chicken momentarily. Seeing his opponent hurt, Godoy unleashed a barrage of punches to the delight of the crowd that had Marks in serious trouble. It seemed like Godoy might pull off the win.

But it was not to be.

Godoy eventually punched himself out and Marks took advantage as he recuperated. The end came one second before the seventh as Pat Russell stepped in and stopped the barrage of punches being landed on Godoy.

Vargas and Robles fight to a draw
San Diegan Adrian Vargas (6-0-1, 3 KO's) and Emmanuel Robles (4-0-1, 2 KO’s) fought an intense four round super lightweight bout in the semi-main event. Both men were undefeated and battled hard to keep their record intact.

The first round was tentative with Robles getting off first. Robles landed from the outside and picked his shots as Vargas tried to close the distance and countered.

In the second round, a right hand by Vargas momentarily stunned Robles. Robles came back with a good overhand right. Another forceful right backed Robles up and a small mouse developed under his eye. A head-butt opened a cut over Vargas' forehead which only infuriated him as he charged forward and several exciting exchanges ensued.

More rumbling occurred in the third as both men met in the middle of the ring. Vargas' work-rate decreased and Robles' sharpshooting became more of a factor. As the round ended, Robles seemed to take control.

There was more good work in the fourth round with Robles asserting control. Vargas seemed to be hanging back, looking for one big shot. Ultimately, Vargas couldn't figure out how to deal with Robles' footwork and it cost him the win. The decision, a majority draw, was announced by Benny Ricardo as 39-37 for Vargas and 38-38 (twice).

Armenta halts Sanchez

It was a good fight while it lasted between lightweights Pablo Armenta (7-1-1, 2 KO's) and Omar Sanchez (1-2-1). In the first round, Armenta stalked as Sanchez boxed. Good exchanges developed with Armenta landing some solid straights. A head butt on Armenta’s eyebrow led to a nice sized cut and some bleeding.

Armenta came out very focused in the second and quickly landed a left followed by a power right which dropped Sanchez. Armenta jumped on him and dropped him again a few seconds later. Armenta got up but was cut and obviously hurt. He was inspected by the ring doctor who determined that Sanchez should not continue.

Referee Pat Russell stopped the fight based on the advice of the ring physician.

Bantamweights Ramon Chacon (3-1, 0 KO's) and Pablo Cupul (2-2) fought a fast paced four rounder, earning a unanimous decision win for Chacon who controlled the action from the outside keeping the always charging Cupul at bay with a good jab. The decision went 40-36 from all three judges.

In a good back and forth action opening bout, welterweights Gabriel Medina and Luis
Sanchez battled to a four round 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38 majority decision win for Medina. Both men left everything in the ring but it was Medina's control of the bout that earned him the win.

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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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