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Twitter Hitter Berto Scores TKO Win Over Mosley

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Have the contracts been signed, sealed, notarized, and  delivered? Is there any wiggle room? Could Sugar Shane Mosley still wriggle from from his May date with Manny Pacquiao? Because by the looks of the Twitter beef he’s having with Andre Berto, these two dudes have a score to settle, and if an in-the-flesh throwdown has half the action of their online battle, fight fans would be the beneficiaries.

Berto, the WBC welterweight champion, seemingly got the scuffle started on Saturday night, when still smarting from the Colts’ loss to the Jets in the AFC wild card game, he tossed a jab at SSM.

“Still mad,” he wrote to his Tweeple, and then promised he’d go to the bathroom and look at a “pic of this old man.” “This old man” was a doctored picture of Mosley, looking as ancient as Red Foxx on Sanford and Son.

“Don’t get mad at me because your team got knock off like you would lol,” Mosley replied, and the Twit hits started to fly.

“Look at this pic closely by time i finish wit u this pic will be a reality,” Berto responded.

Mosley, who will contend for the WBO welterweight crown on May 7,  scored the first solid toss, when he wrote, “By the time you fight anybody of note we will all be the old!!!!!!”

Berto returned fire. “U already old that’s why u want to fold,” he wrote.

Of course, followers of both fighters jumped into the fray, making it more like a WWE clustereff than a snap-swap with Queensberry rules.

Ant_robinson tagged in, and ripped off this suplex of words: “By the time March rolls around @SugarShaneM will have fought in 2 superfights while @andreberto is getting ready to fight a 36y/o gatekeeper.”

That reference was to the rumored Berto-Randall Bailey scuffle, which Berto shot down subsequently.

Ballbusta258  got into the act, and set this one up for Mosley on a tee: “@sugarshanem is still the man.. Who berto beat… ?” he wrote. “Himself,” Mosley Tweeted.

Antonio Tarver even popped up, to referee. He was assured by all that it was all in good fun.

The action continued on Sunday.

“Listen next game I’ll put up 100k and u just put up your retirement pitchen let’s go,” Berto wrote. Mosley was ready with a hook. “Berto Berto you know I make way more money than you that would’t be fair. keep your little Money i good. LOL,” he Tweeted.

Berto got his share of scoring blows, though. “Lol this twitter battle is alot more entertaining then that @SugarShaneM vs Mora fight and that mess was on PPV..SMH..REFUND PLEASE!!!!!” he said.

He elevated the nature of the ribbing, I’d say, when he referenced Mosley’s “old lady.” His followup was even more pointed. “Let me ask u a serious question are u still juicing up? ‘I mean on the roids? It’s just me and u talking nobody will know.”

When Mosley didn’t answer immediately, Berto wrote, “*Crickets* Awww I guess that’s a touchy subject hu.. Shane just do like Margartio say u didn’t know. We’ll all believe u lol.”

Mosley chose the high road, and said he’d finish up after watching some football, and recovering from the “low blow.”

Berto exulted. “Lol ok people it seems team @SugarShaneM has waved the white flag.. Win for #TeamBerto.. I hope everybody enjoyed it.. Have a beautiful day,” he wrote.

This is a brand new world, in case you didn’t know. Rivalries can get started virtually, between oceans. It can get ugly quickly, because as anyone who spends time online knows, people will say things on the computer they’d never dare utter in person.

I scored this one for Berto. Mosley started strong, and used his experience, and his “cornermen” to his advantage. But when Berto concentrated, and upped his game, and got more intense, he closed the show. Might that be the way it played out if these two went at it for real?

Oh yeah, follow me on Twitter. It’s one of my new year’s resolutions, to get a bit more onboard with some of the new media. My tag is @Woodsy1069. But be aware sometimes my political passion gets the better of me, and I share some of my Olbermannish views, so if that isn’t your thing, steer clear.

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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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