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DiBella Packs House At BB King’s in NYC; Vazquez Gets W

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RAFAEL VAZQUEZ BLASTS OUT JOSEPH RIOS IN FOUR ON BROADWAY BOXING

ROSA DEMOLISHES ECHEVARRIA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015 – BB KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL, NYC

New York, NY (1/29/15) – On Thursday night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) hosted an action-packed Broadway Boxing card in front of a raucous sold-out crowd at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast, headlined by the always-exciting world-ranked super bantamweight contender Rafael Vazquez, who put on an impressive display of punching power.

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

In the evening’s main event, Vazquez, 122, scored an impressive TKO after four rounds over San Antonio’s Joseph Rios. Following a tame first frame, Vazquez twice dropped Rios in round two with left hooks. In the third, Vazquez was hurting Rios, 120¼, with every punch, particularly his straight rights. A jab-straight right combination to the ear brought a downtrodden Rios to his knees at the end of the fourth round. Rios did not continue on into the fifth. Vazquez improved to 13-1 (11 KOs), while Rios saw his record fall to 13-12-2 (4 KOs).

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Luis “KO King” Rosa Jr. lived up to his nickname demolishing the normally durable Noel Echevarria inside the opening round. Echevarria, 122¾, of Raleigh, NC, made the poor choice of electing to trade with the heavy-handed Rosa, to which the New Haven-resident obliged. Trapping Echevarria in a neutral corner, Rosa, 123¾, blasted him with a right hook followed by a combination to drop his foe to his knees. Echevarria arose, but Rosa, now 18-0 (8 KOs), swarmed all over him until he had him backed into another corner to deliver the finishing blows. A smashing left hook began a demoralizing barrage of punches to fell Echevarria, now 11-5 (6 KOs), for good at the 2:32 mark.

“Luis Rosa is a beast!” exclaimed promoter Lou DiBella afterward.

In an eight-round cruiserweight contest, Brownsville southpaw Travis Peterkin, 180½, pounded on late-replacement from Boston, Julio Garcia, 182, for three minutes, leaving him bruised and battered. In between rounds, with Garcia on his stool, the referee stopped the bout on the advice of the ringside doctor. Peterkin’s record increased to 14-0 (6 KOs), with Garcia dropping to 6-8 (3 KOs).

Brooklyn junior middleweight southpaw Shawn “Killa” Cameron, 154, backed up Daniel Calzada, 153¾, with a consistent jab to set up his straight left hand. Whenever he had Calzada against the ropes, Cameron would dig hard hooks downstairs. A game Calzada stood his ground on occasion, determined to trade. When fatigued, Calzada looked to smother Cameron’s attack, but Cameron dished out the leather on the inside as well, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. All three judges deemed Cameron the victor on unanimous scores of 58-56, upping his record to 8-0 (4 KOs). The hard-nosed Calzada fell to 10-13-2 (2KOs).

Bronx middleweight southpaw Chris “Golden” Galeano, 155¾, remained unbeaten, upping his record to 6-0, with a dominant six-round unanimous decision victory over Alex Mancera. Galeano kept Mancera, 156, at bay with a stiff jab while using it to set up popping straight lefts. As the fight wore on, Galeano began hooking off the jab. One of those right hooks cut Mancera over his left eye in round six. The judges tallied 59-55 twice and 58-56, all for Galeano. Mancera’s record fell to 7-6-1 (5 KOs).

Brooklyn’s Wesley Ferrer, 134¼, earned a six-round unanimous shutout over the tough Hilario Ramirez-Medina, 134½, in a lightweight affair. Ferrer focused his attack downstairs and remained the busier and more aggressive fighter throughout. The Brooklynite was on the verge of a knockout in the sixth round, but the bell saved Medina. All three scorecards read 60-54. Ferrer improved to 7-0 (4 KOs), while Medina fell to 2-5.

Super middleweights Steed Woodall, 161, and Jas Phipps, 160½, battled to a six-round draw. Early on, Woodall, now 6-0-1 (4 KOs), used proper footwork and an excellent jab to control the action. Phipps, now 4-5-1 (1 KO), of Tucson, AZ, picked up steam over the second half, finding success with his straight left. In the final stanza, the English/Irish Woodall, now living and training in Miami, FL, emptied the tank, unloading his full arsenal. Scorecards read 58-56 for Phipps and 57-57 twice, though most in attendance felt Woodall deserved to win.

Ukrainian dynamite power-puncher Ivan Golub, co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., now living and training in Brooklyn, stood toe-to-toe with Rashawn McCain for nearly the entire first frame, thrilling the crowd, in a middleweight contest scheduled for six rounds. In the midst of an exchange, Golub, 156½, landed a monstrous left hook to the temple to floor McCain, 155½, hard. The referee immediately waved the contest over at the 2:58 mark, leaving McCain with a 2-3 record, while Golub improved to 6-0 (5 KOs).

Light heavyweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, 173, of Brooklyn, ended a 17-month layoff to impressively knock out Kojo Issah, 173, of Frederick, MD, at 1:51 of round two. Following an action-packed opening round, Allen wrestled the awkward Issah out of a clinch to land two right hooks to the body dropping his adversary in a heap. Cringing in pain, Issah was unable to beat the count. Allen improved to 18-0-1 (11 KOs), with Issah’s record falling to 14-2 (7 KOs).

Belarus-native Ivan “Beast” Baranchyk, 138½, also now living and training in Brooklyn and co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., halted Ian James, 137½, at 1:55 of round one. After stalking James around the ring and pounding him with a vicious body attack, Baranchyk staggered his foe with a straight right. Looking to finish him off, Baranchyk landed a huge left hook to knock James out cold. Baranchyk is now 4-0 (3 KOs), leaving James at 3-12-1 (1 KO).

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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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