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Broadway Boxing Ringside Report: Monaghan Wins

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A rowdy crowd came to Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom on Thursday night to cheer on area favorites in the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series.

Long Beach NY’s Sean Monagahn (13-0 entering 8 KO’s, 174 lbs) headlined the card in pursuit of the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight title. He faced durable Romaro Johnson (11-6-1, 6KO’s, 173 lbs), of Joliet, IL, in the ten round contest.

With a loud contingent of Long Beach residents cheering every combination he threw, Monaghan stopped Johnson at 2:30 of the eighth round when the ringside physician called a halt to the bout.

Monaghan was relaxed and composed throughout the fight. His top physical condition enabled him to use his feet and keep his head moving as he worked to break Johnson down. A sharp right hand that consistently found the mark, mixed in with a solid body attack, gave Monaghan momentum through the first three rounds. In the fourth and fifth Monaghan continued to take control of the fight by landing  combinations. Johnson fought back gamely and connected with some punches of his own, but none appeared to hurt Monaghan.

In the sixth and seventh rounds Johnson began to absorb a lot of punishment as Monaghan stepped up his attack and started landing big shots to end the seventh. The eighth found Monaghan landing a left and then connecting with a big right uppercut. He followed that up with several three and four punch combinations. The tough Johnson, with swelling under his right eye, was staggering around the ring. The ringside physician had seen enough. Monaghan returned to Long Beach with a light heavyweight title.

Promising Puerto Rican prospect Thomas Dulorme faced tough as nails Albert Herrera in the ten round welterweight co-feature. Dulorme (14-0, 11 KO’s, 146 lbs), of Carolina, PR, is a talented fighter with a lot of potential. He started the fight fast and strong using a sharp jab and letting his hands go with multi- punch combinations. It appeared as if Herrera (8-6-1, 5 KO’s, 144 lbs), of Riverside, Ca, might be quickly overwhelmed. Dulorme continued with fast hands and strong combinations through the second, third, and fourth rounds, working upstairs and down. When the fighters moved into close quarters Dulorme connected with short, accurate punches to the head and ripped Herrera’s body. The fifth round began with a caution from the referee to both fighters to break cleanly from clinches. Dulorme put Herrera against the ropes with a good left, right combination and continued his body work. As the round ended Dulorme was unloading with knockout bombs that missed the mark. As the sixth round began Herrera, to the surprise of many in attendance, was still on his feet. While his record indicated he might have been an early KO victim, his fighter’s heart would not allow it. In the sixth and seventh rounds Dulorme continued with an impressive attack and landed multiple punches. Herrera’s corner would not allow their man to continue after the seventh round concluded. Dulorme was awarded the TKO victory and continues his climb up the Welterweight ladder.

Queens, NY standout Will Rosinsky faced Aaron Pryor Jr., of Cincinnati, OH, in an eight round super middleweight bout. A local hero was facing the son of a boxing legend. Rosinsky (15-1, 9KO’s, 168 lbs) started the action by jabbing and trying to get inside the reach of the taller Pryor Jr. (16-5, 11 KO’s, 168 lbs). Pryor Jr. responded by clinching and tying Rosinsky
up. The compact Rosinsky continued to move inside and work the body through the second and third rounds. Pryor Jr. used his length and advantage in reach to try and halt Rosinsky’s attack. As the third round ended it seemed that Pryor Jr. was beginning to tire and that he was not engaged
100% with the proceedings at hand. With his fiancé shouting instructions and urging him on from ringside, Rosinsky began the fourth by using his jab and muscling Pryor Jr. around the ring. He added an uppercut that snapped Pryor Jr.’s head back and also connected with several right hands.

The fifth and sixth frames had Rosinsky continuing a busy pace and succeeding with impressive body work, uppercuts, and right hands.   Rosinsky finished the final two rounds with a busy and efficient attack, while Pryor Jr. chose to lean down on his shorter opponent and last the distance. Rosinsky earned a unanimous decision with scores of 79-72 (twice) and 78-74.

Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero brought a vocal group of fans with him from his Sunset Park neighborhood as he faced Jermaine White, of Las Vegas, in an eight round Welterweight clash. Bracero (18-1, 3 KO’s, 141 lbs) brings a lot of fans to his fights, but his supporters held their breath when a cut opened over Bracero’s left eye shortly after the opening bell. It appeared to be caused by an accidental head butt. Bracero kept his composure and closed the round by landing several combinations. In the second round another cut opened below Bracero’s left eye with blood streaming down his face. This development  gave Bracero a second opponent to consider, as the ringside physician was now watching intently. With his fans roaring their support, Bracero stepped up his jab and continued throwing punches with both cuts bleeding. Bracero’s cut man earned his check between the second and third rounds, as he got the cuts under control. Bracero opened the third frame with a big right hand. White had a point deducted for using his head which opened a third cut at the center of Bracero’s forehead. Bracero finished the round with a big left hand. At the start of the fourth round the referee called the ringside physician over to look at Bracero’s cuts. The doctor allowed the action to continue and Bracero resumed with a sense of purpose. He opened up on his punches in an attempt to end the fight early. White began targeting Bracero’s left eye with his punches, trying to worsen the cuts. The fifth and sixth rounds saw both fighters engage in furious exchanges. Bracero unloaded with heavy shots looking for the KO, and White countered well and landed punches of his own. In the final two frames Bracero and White continued the exchanges. Bracero landed combinations and also scored with his body attack. White proved to be a tough and lasting opponent, but as the fight ended he was battered and bruised. When the scores of 80-71, 79-72, and 77-74, all in favor of Bracero, were read the crowd erupted in wild cheers.

Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis had a pocket of fans cheering and waving signs as she entered the ring for her six round heavyweight contest against Tiffany Woodard. With former world champion Buddy McGirt manning her corner, Lamonakis (6-0-1, 1 KO, 234 lbs) started throwing bombs from the opening bell. Woodard (4-6-2, 3 KO’s, 198 lbs) was more than
happy to engage in a slugfest. Over the course of the six rounds the two heavyweights traded bombs and left the crowd wondering which fighter would make it to the final bell. The result was a split draw decision with scores of 58-56 for each fighter and a third score of 57-57. Lamonakis and Woodard may have a score to settle with each other.

Brooklyn lightweight Floriano Pagliara (12-4-1, 6 KO’s, 132 lbs) faced another Las Vegas fighter in Rynell Griffin (6-9-2, 2KO’s, 132 lbs). Pagliara executed a smart and patient game plan over the six round fight to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 59-55 across the board.

In the first bout of the evening undefeated junior welterweight Ivan Redkach (10-0, 9 KO’s, 140 lbs) of Los Angeles, Ca, scored a first round TKO over Dedrick Bell (7-14, 5 KO’s, 135 lbs) of Memphis, TN. The referee called a halt to the contest at 1:55 of the opening frame as Redkach overwhelmed Bell with hard combinations and body shots.

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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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