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“Alacran” Perez Wins Again & Saul “Kid Dinamita’ Rodriguez Gets “W”

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toprankINGLEWOOD, CALIF.-Alejandro “Alacran” Perez never looks imposing but he’s like a jackhammer that keeps pounding away until that five-feet thick concrete slab cracks under the constant pressure.

Top Rank, Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing put on the show.

Before a large crowd Perez (18-3-1, 12 Kos) kept pounding the resilient Edgar Riovalle (35-15-2, 25 Kos) with shots to the head and body. It wasn’t too long until the fans at Hollywood Park Casino saw what the jackhammer could do on Saturday.

Perez knocked out Riovalle with a body shot at 1:14 of round seven to continue his surprising run as a junior lightweight. In previous victories the Mexican born fighter defeated Art Hovhannisyan and Antonio Escalante.

You just can’t count him out.

Riovalle showed he could absorb the big blows to the head. But when the body shots pierced the guard the Mexico City veteran just couldn’t hide the pain. In fact he couldn’t get up as he was counted out.

In another junior lightweight clash Riverside’s Saul “Kid Dinamita” Rodriguez (10-0-1, 7 Kos) met Lynwood’s Dominic Coca (8-4, 3 Kos) in a bout set for six rounds.

Coca had been out of the game for about six years until he fought this past May against Leon Spinks III. He lost the fight but was able to shake some of the rust out in San Diego. At one time Coca was a prospect like Rodriguez. Where did all the time go?

Rodriguez showed what his mentor WBO featherweight titlist Mikey Garcia has tutored him for two years: patience pays off. The deliberate tactics by Riverside’s Rodriguez behind a steady jab and some counters finally opened up Coca’s defense at the end of the first round.

“Sparring with Mikey helped me a lot for this fight,” said Rodriguez who is a stable mate with the champion in Riverside. They go to Oxnard occasionally to spar or Oxnard goes to Riverside. “He’s always telling me to be patient.”

Behind a solid jab Rodriguez was able to dictate the pace and the distance. When Coca opened up with a combination in the third round that left the opening for Rodriguez and that’s all he needed. A left hook caught Coca and stunned him, then came the barrage of blows from different angles. Coca tried his best to slip the blows but Rodriguez kept the pressure on.

“I knew I was going to finish him,” said Rodriguez, adding that it was not an easy fight. “He was the second strongest guy I’ve fought.”

Other Inglewood results

Former junior lightweight champion Takahiro Ao (24-3-1, 11 Kos) of Japan knocked out Chile’s Hardy Paredes (16-12) with a left cross through the guard at 2:51 of round two. He also knocked down Paredes with a right in the same round.

L.A.’s Pedro Duran knocked out Anthony Briones at 2:06 of the first round.

Vyacheslav Shabransky (4-0, 3 Kos) of Ukraine defeated the stubborn chin of D’Quan Morgan (3-2-1, 3 Kos) by unanimous decision after six rounds of a cruiserweight clash.

Friday Night Ventura Fights

Russia’s Maxim Vlasov (26-1, 12 Kos) defeated Riverside’s Mark Suarez (25-4, 13 Kos) by unanimous decision after eight rounds of a super middleweight clash. Suarez had been out of action for seven years. It was his first boxing match since losing a welterweight world title bout to Kermit Cintron in 2006.

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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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