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Aron Martinez KOs Marks; Amador Decisions Quintana

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Thompson Boxing Promotions LONTARIO, CALIF.-In a rousing welterweight battle East L.A.'s Aron Martinez knocked out Colorado's very competitive Joshua “Superman” Marks with a right uppercut, left hook combination in the seventh round on Friday night.

Thompson Boxing Promotions featured two main events including the Martinez (17-1-1, 4 KOs) and Marks (8-4, 8 KOs) shootout and a female bout between undefeated junior flyweight boxers. The Doubletree Hotel had a crowd of more than 1,000 in attendance.

Martinez started fast against Marks and seemed the quicker fighter. Marks, a southpaw, was hit early in the fight but managed to survive. Body shots by Martinez were his most effective punches.

The shorter Marks continued throughout the fight plowing into Martinez who shifted one way or the other to deflect the Coloradoan's rushes. A left hook in round three was his biggest blow.

Marks looked to increase the tempo and looked good early in round four. Then he was caught with a left uppercut and four-punch combo and down he went. He survived.

Round five saw Marks turn things around and become more effective fighting inside. By crowding Martinez he was able to land more frequently. It was his best round.

Marks kept attacking with his head down and paid the price by absorbing several uppercuts from the East L.A. fighter point blank. A right uppercut-left hook combination knocked out Marks cold at 2:32 of round seven. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. didn't bother to count.

Female bout

After six rounds of a junior flyweight match Sindy Amador (8-0) of Riverside was judged the winner over San Diego's Amaris Quintana (6-1-2). It was Quintana's first loss.

Amador attacked and tried to bull her way in but missed and was countered by Quintana in the first round. A few jabs by the San Diego fighter found the mark. A left hook by Amador landed near the end.

Amador rushed in with her head down in round two and was accidentally butted by Quintana. A cut formed on the side of Amador's left eye but after a brief look by the ringside physician the fight resumed. Quintana continued to land the jabs as Amador continued the pressure and winging wide shots and flurries.

Amador was the busier fighter in round three as she pressured and pressured. Many of the blows did not land but she had more punches thrown than Quintana. Toward the end of the round Quintana landed some good blows but Amador was the busier boxer.

Quintana began the fourth round boxing and giving angles as Amador looked to corner the San Diego fighter. Quintana used her jab and combos effectively as Amador looked to corner her opponent. A solid left hook counter landed for Quintana. A right counter by Amador scored too.

In the fifth round Quintana began the round boxing and moving and scoring combinations. Whenever Quintana stayed in the middle of the ring she was in control. Amador ended the last half of the round with some combos of her own inside that scored with her flurries. Quintana's jab was effective once again.

Both female boxers fired furious exchanges in the sixth and final round. Amador moved in with her head down and Quintana moving side to side while firing punches from the outside and inside. Amador fired flurries on the inside and Quintana scored with left hooks and a few right hands. All three judges favored the inside flurries 59-55 twice and 58-56 for Amador.

A rematch clause was signed and both will return this time in San Diego.

Other bouts

Colombia's Jhonatan “Momo” Romero (21-0, 12 KOs) blitzed through rugged Adolfo Landeros (20-24-2, 10 KOs) all eight rounds and nearly stopped the rock chin Mexican fighter. But the featherweight match lasted all eight rounds and displayed Romero's speed and reflexes as he pummeled Landeros throughout. In round three Romero nearly forced a stoppage, but Landeros was able to evade the killing blow. One judge scored it 80-72 and two others 80-71 for Romero.

San Fernando's Rigoberto “Asesino” Flores (4-1, 2 KOs) upset undefeated Pedro Arcos (12-1-1, 9 KOs) with a withering attack that overwhelmed the junior welterweight fighter from Tijuana. After a good first round Arcos couldn't sustain his energy level and that was right up Flores's alley. He fought non-stop and landed uppercuts and left hooks that turned around the fight in his favor. All three judges scored it for Flores, 58-56, 60-54 and 59-55.

Their first fight ended in a draw, this fight was won emphatically by Sergio Nunez (6-0-1, 4 KOs). Santa Ana's Ramon Flores (3-15-2) and Sylmar's Nunez fought 18 months ago at Chumash Casino. This time Nunez sent Flores through the ropes with a crushing right cross, and when he beat the count, another flurry of blows ended the fight by technical knockout at 2:40 of the first round. Nunez remains undefeated.

Riverside's Juan Reyes (5-1-1) battered Pablo Cupul (2-5-2) for three rounds non-stop until referee Lou Moret decided to stop the fight. Cupul protested the stoppage but was taking a lot of blows though he was never close to going down. The one-sided bantamweight fight was stopped at 2:46 of round three.

San Pedro's Isaac Zarate (3-0) pounded through Gus Rojas' (0-2) defense for all four rounds of a bantamweight fight. The southpaw was the quicker fighter and all three judges scored it 40-36 in his favor. The cards originally were read incorrectly for Rojas of Fresno and a chorus of boos cascaded the ballroom. It was quickly remedied by announcer Sonny Franco.

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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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