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Bradley Storms Detroit In Pursuit Of WBC Title



bradley_points_at_beltDon’t try to convince Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley that the WBC title isn’t rightfully his, not while he has an undefeated record to say otherwise.

“Respectfully, it should be mine,” said Bradley at his training camp. “I still know that I won it.”

Palms Springs desert fighter Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) faces Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), the very man who took hold of that WBC title and after all of the shouts and bravado both will finally see who deserves that title and claim as the top junior welterweight in the world on Saturday Jan. 29, in Detroit. It will be televised on HBO.

“This boy’s in trouble,” Bradley says.

It all began a few years ago as Bradley began climbing up the ladder of recognition with surprising and convincing wins. On May 10, 2008, Bradley traveled to Nottingham, England to face then WBC champion Junior “The Hitter” Witter. Many feared his speed and power, but on that day the American fighter knocked the champion down and out-pointed him over 12 rounds to take the title.

It was Bradley’s first world title.

Then WBO titleholder Kendall Holt challenged Bradley who was not the favorite in that fight either. Though the Southern Californian was knocked down on April 4, 2009, he overwhelmed the New Jersey boxer and won by unanimous decision. Bradley now had the WBO and WBC titles.

Then trouble arrived with a capital T. The WBC ruling committee said that if Bradley fought the more experienced Nate Campbell instead of the lesser known Alexander, he would be stripped of the WBC title. Bradley opted to fight the dangerous Campbell in a more lucrative and recognizable match. That fight August 1, 2009 fight ended in a technical knockout, but was later changed to a no contest when the California State Athletic Commission ruled a bad cut was caused by a head butt and not a punch. So Bradley not only was stripped of the WBC title, he did not gain a win over Campbell.

It pained Bradley but he moved on.

Next for Bradley was then undefeated Lamont Peterson on December 12, 2009. After 12 rounds the Palm Springs speedster won by unanimous decision to keep the WBO title. That win was followed by another convincing win over undefeated welterweight Argentine slugger Carlos Abregu this past July.

Now comes Alexander, yet another undefeated fighter looking to beat Bradley who is considered by many publications one of the top boxers in the world pound for pound.

“I used to see Tim Bradley on Showbox (television). He looked like he was ahead of the game and ahead of me,” said Alexander during a conference call. “I had to catch up.”

Catch up he did with some impressive wins over England’s Witter and Colombia’s Juan Urango. Then came the squeaker win over Russia’s Andriy Kotelnik last August. Alexander doesn’t deny that fight was difficult and credits his trainer Kevin Cunningham for advising him to a win.

“In the Kotelnik fight he (Cunningham) told me to just box and I would get the victory and that’s just what I did,” Alexander says.

Bradley has the WBO title and Alexander the WBC title. The Palm Springs boxer believes the WBC title is rightfully his.

“I still know that I won it,” Bradley says with frightful earnestness. “That boy’s in serious trouble.”

Bradley wants his title back.

Julio Diaz

On the Bradley-Alexander under card, former two-time lightweight world champion Julio Diaz (37-6, 26 KOs) fights Mexico’s Pavel Miranda (16-6-1, 8 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout.

Diaz won a nationally televised match against dangerous Herman Ngoudjo last May but has been unable to obtain another bout after that win. The Indio-based fighter thinks it may have scared off opponents.

“Opportunities started slipping away from me,” said Diaz who trains in the same gym as Bradley in Indio. “A win gets me in the junior welterweight lineup. I want to fight a few more then fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. I think he’s over-rated.”

Fights on television

Fri. ESPN2, 7 p.m., Chris Arreola (29-2) vs. Joey Abell (27-4).

Fri. Telefutura, 11:30 p.m., Charles Huerta (16-1) vs. Raul Hirales (11-0-1).

Sat. HBO, 7 p.m., Timothy Bradley (26-0) vs. Devon Alexander (21-0).

Sat. Fox Sports, 8 p.m., Julio Cesar Chavez (41-0-1) vs. Billy Lyell (22-8).

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura



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



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



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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