Kirkland Wins Impressively

In what could possibly be in contention for “Round of the Year” undefeated junior middleweight prospect James Kirkland scored an impressive first round knock out power punching Allen Conyers Friday night at the Chumash Casino n Santa Ynez, CA. Kirkland, who did his best Mike Tyson impersonation complete with all black trunks and all black sock-less shoes, weathered some adversity when he tasted the canvas for the first time in his career.  Two straight rights from Conyers put the Austin, TX native on the seat of his pants early into the round. Kirkland would bounce up like a man possessed and proceed to let loose a full arsenal of debilitating shots before flooring Conyers twice as well as having the Bronx, NY naive doing his best interpretation of the “Zab Judah Dance”. Referee Ray Corona waived a halt to the contest at the 2:56 mark of the first round. Kirkland remains undefeated with a record of 21-0, 18 KO’s.  In defeat Conyers falls to 11-3, 9 KO’s. In the co-featured bout of the night fellow hard-hitting junior middleweight prospect Alfredo Angulo remaind undefeated with his obliteration of once durable Archak Ter-Meliksetain in one round. Ter-Meliksetain came out strong landing some wicked rights to the skull of Angulo.  All this seemed to do was awaken Angulo who responded with some artillery of his own in the form of swarming combinations. The onslaught was too much to bear and Ter-Meliksetain fell to the canvas.  While the Armenian fighter gamely rose to beat the count his bravery was rewarded with arguably the most beautiful left hook-straight right combo in the business.  Upon the impact of Angulo’s fully extended right hand Ter-Meliksetain hit the canvas as if he had been shot. Referee Dr. Lou Moret promptly waived a halt to the contest.  The official time of the stoppage was 1:19 into the first round.  With the win Angulo improves his record to 11-0, 8 KO’s while Ter-Meliksetain’s record falls to 16-6, 13 KO’s.

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.