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Roc Nation Sports announced moments ago that James Kirkland has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled February 25 pay-per-view matchup against Miguel Cotto due to injury.

Kirkland reportedly suffered a fractured nose in training. The entire card, which also featured junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux against Moses Flores in the co-main event, has been called off. How much consideration was given to finding a replacement opponent was not disclosed.

The cancellation prolongs the ring inactivity of both main eventers. Cotto last fought in November 2015, losing a competitive 12-round decision to Canelo Alvarez. Kirkland’s last bout was a one-sided, third-round knockout to Alvarez in May 2015.

Roc Nation has promised to refund all tickets purchased for the event.


I hate to speculate, but did anyone else immediately think of Ann Wolfe’s medieval training methods? Sure, we’ve seen fights get canceled from freak injuries like cuts in sparring, but it’s hard not to think Wolfe’s brutal sparring sessions on a shopworn fighter like Kirkland didn’t heighten the possibility of injury. See below from several years ago:

Yes, Kirkland battered him but that kind of sadistic “training” likely had him taking his fair share of lumps this time around, especially coming off a year-plus layoff. Hell, who says Wolfe didn’t do it herself?

We’ll see if Kirkland’s camp decides to elaborate on exactly how the injury occurred.

 

 

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Photo Credit: Miguel Cotto Promotions/Hector Santos Guia

Yesterday, Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland held their kickoff press conference to officially announce their February 25 pay-per-view matchup.

The fight is a comeback of sorts for both fighters. Kirkland last fought in May 2015, suffering three knockdowns in a blowout third round KO loss to Canelo Alvarez. Cotto’s last bout was also against Canelo in losing a 12-round unanimous decision.

Kirkland’s career has been mired by inactivity. February’s bout will represent only his third contest since 2013. He cites subpar preparation as the reason for the Canelo loss and believes reuniting with trainer Ann Wolfe, who guided Kirkland to his biggest career wins over Alfredo Angulo and Glen Tapia, will be the difference.

“I didn’t give it my all when I fought Canelo Alvarez,” said Kirkland. “I didn’t prepare the way I needed to but I’m not going to bring any excuses to the table. This fight is to show my team, my fans and everyone who has followed and supported me, that James Kirkland is still in the race. Kirkland is still here to make a stand. Keep my name alive, please attend and watch it come February 25. It’s going to be a war.”

Cotto vs. Kirkland takes place live on HBO from the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. Tickets go on sale December 22.

You will notice something very quickly about this list. 2015 wasn’t a year filled with rock ’em, sock ’em punches for three minutes. What the last 12 months did have were an abundance of exchanged knockdowns, usually due to the initial scorer getting extremely cocky (and sloppy). Here are five of the most dramatic ones.

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5. EDWIN RODRIGUEZ DANIEL JACOBS VS. SERGIO MORA, ROUND ONE

Jacobs drew “first blood” with a strong knockdown and rushed in for the finish. Mora returned the favor and we had a fight on our hands. Take note of the taunting back and forth once Mora gets his knockdown and Jacobs is getting the mandatory count.

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4. AMIR IMAM VS. FIDEL MALDONADO JR., ROUND 3

After being put down hard in the second, Maldonado came out strong and slid Imam across the canvas with a counter straight left. Maldonado also yelled at him while he was on the canvas. But Imam would have the last laugh over the next two minutes.

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Canelo Alvarez v James Kirkland

3. CANELO ALVAREZ VS. JAMES KIRKLAND, ROUND ONE

For a full minute, Kirkland looked like a beast. Then Canelo started hitting him back. Luckily for us, Kirkland is still highly entertaining even when he’s getting pounded.

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2. MARCO HUCK VS. KRZYSZTOF GLOWACKI, ROUND SIX

Glowacki got placed in unknown territory when he tasted the canvas for the first time. His response showed what he’s made of.

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1. EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. MICHAEL SEALS, ROUND ONE

Rodriguez pounced on Seals early and had the young fighter down quickly. Then Rodriguez started flexing and mugging to the crowd. You can guess what happened next.

 

 

There were a lot of “grown man naps” taken in 2015. This list compiles some of the brutal KOs witnessed over the last 12 months. Here at BeatsBoxingMayhem, we tried to rate them based on three categories — “cleanness” of the punch, level of the opponent KO’d, and the sheer force behind the shot. Enjoy and see if you don’t cringe a few times.

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10. DONOVAN DENNIS KO2 RAZVAN COJANU

Donovan Dennis got a trip to the Boxcino Finals off this counter left that sent Cojanu to dreamland.

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9. ERKAN TEPER KO2 DAVID PRICE

Price was slowly trying to rebuild himself after back to back KO defeats to Tony Thompson in 2013. He strung together four wins before being blasted out in two rounds by Teper. There’s a lot of controversy here since it was discovered five months after the bout that Teper failed a drug test. At press time, the EBU is still upholding the result but vacating the title Teper won.

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8. MAIRIS BREIDIS KO5 MANUEL CHARR

With the heavyweights, all it takes is one punch. In this case, it was an uppercut.

 

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7. ANTONIO RUSSELL KO2 HAROLD REYES

Talk about starting your career with a  bang. For his pro debut, Antonio Russell sent Harold Reyes’ brain into another dimension.

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6. OLA AFOLABI KO5 RAKHIM CHAKHIEV

Chakhiev got a bit too wild with his punches and paid dearly for it. The count wasn’t necessary.

 

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5. GABRIEL BRACERO KO1 DANNY O’CONNOR

Danny was done before he even got started. One punch thrown sloppily and Bracero got him right outta there in round one…

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4. TAKASHI UCHIYAMA TKO2 JOMTHONG CHUWATANA

Uchiyama’s nickname is “KO Dyaminte.” It’s well-deserved.

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3. JAVIER RODRIGUEZ KO5 QUINCY WESBY

Coming in, Wesby was on a five-fight losing streak and winless since 2013. You’d think he’d chill on the taunting. He didn’t and appropriately got put to sleep.

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2. IZUAGBE UGONOH KO2 WILL QUARRIE

Want a sure-fire way to end up on a KO list? Knock your opponent out the ring.

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Canelo Alvarez v James Kirkland

  1. CANELO ALVAREZ KO3 JAMES KIRKLAND

Canelo had been trying to get a Kirkland fight for years. Why? The Mandingo Warrior represented the perfect style matchup. A come forward fighter with suspect defense but loves to trade punches. Canelo had a field day right down to the final shot that made Kirkland do a 180.

[Video] 2 Days: Canelo Alvarez

Posted: October 26, 2015 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Fight News
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HBO’s 2 Days special follows Canelo Alvarez for the lead-up and aftermath of his third round KO of James Kirkland. Canelo returns to the ring on November 21 to face Miguel Cotto for the WBC middleweight championship.

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Photo Credit: RoundByRoundBoxing

Photo Gallery: Ed Mulholland/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images

HOUSTON, Texas —  The promised fireworks happened and only one man was left standing. Canelo Alvarez weathered an early James Kirkland storm and unleashed vicious shots that scored three knockdowns in route to a third round KO at Minute Maid Park.

Kirkland was the forward aggressor for most of the fight and had Canelo pinned to the ropes within seconds. Canelo stayed calm and delivered heavy hooks downstairs between Kirkland’s pauses. Canelo’s most potent weapons were his left hooks and right hands, which made up the majority of the 79 power shots he landed. A left hook hurt Kirkland first, and a flush right hand followed in short order that put him down.

Kirkland rebounded in round two by getting inside and maintaining a high punch output. But Kirkland’s shots had lost much of their steam, allowing Canelo to carry the round with thudding body shots and straight rights that snapped back Kirkland’s head.

In the third, Canelo closed the show in devastating fashion by bringing Kirkland to his knees with a succession of straight rights followed by an uppercut. Kirkland rose but was sent careening to the canvas for a third and final time via a right hook.

The brutality of the short fight was emphasized in the punch stats. Canelo landed 60% of his power shots (79 of 132). Of Kirkland’s 42 connected punches, 41 were power shots.

The win clears 50 percent of the path to a fall showdown with middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, who has to complete the rumored agreement by defeating Daniel Geale on June 6. Beyond Cotto, Canelo affirmed in his post-fight interview that he’s open to facing other stars like Gennady Golovkin.

“I’m ready for any rival. I don’t run from anyone,” said Canelo.

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FULL FIGHT

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HOUSTON, TX — We’re almost at the finish line for the pre-fight promotion surround Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland. The two main fighters held their final press conference yesterday with select quotes to the media. The co-feature bout pits veteran Humberto Soto against Frankie Gomez.

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CANELO

Thank you all for being here. I want to say thank you for all of the support you have been giving me. We have worked very hard to come out with this victory.

It’s very easy to say words, but once we are in the ring, let’s let the fists do the talking.

 

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KIRKLAND

I have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. We had this fight set up once before but it was canceled due to an injury.

My training camp has been outstanding. Canelo brings a lot to the game; he has a great team backing him. I would like to thank the fans, HBO, and everyone who will be at the fight. Thank you. Team Kirkland!

 

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This is excitement. Originally, I was just passionate about boxing, I was just a fan, but now, to be a part of what could possibly be the biggest fight of the year, that is really exciting.

I want to thank everyone, Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, HBO, and everyone working behind the scenes to make this fight happen.

One of my up and coming fighters for SMS Promotions, Ryan Martin, will also be fighting on May 9.

We will definitely get a chance to see some action on May 9 at Minute Maid Park. It’s the perfect place for this fight.

 

 

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