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Oscar On The USO Tour

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Oscar On The USO TourFrom Left to Right: Seth Mitchell, Danny Jacobs, Oscar de la Hoya & Adrien Broner visit the troops in the Middle East on the USO Tour.USO Tour Packs a Punch as Boxing's Biggest Ambassador, Former Ten-Time World Champion
Oscar de la Hoya Leads Team of Fighters
to Visit Troops in Middle East

Up-and-Coming Pugilists Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell Along to Deliver a Touch of Home to Service Heroes

ARLINGTON, VA. (March 10, 2011) – Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, who has a storied ring career and a history of performing community service, recently added a new title to his list of accomplishments – USO celebrity volunteer.  The 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist and former 10-Time World Champion in six weight divisions is currently participating in his first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East.  Joining De La Hoya are some of boxing's most exciting up-and-coming fighters in Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell.

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·        The group kicked off their tour by lifting the spirits of more than 500 service members stationed in Kuwait.  Busy signing autographs, sharing boxing techniques and extending their appreciation to America's heroes, so far the fighters have visited Camp Arifjan and are scheduled to visit more bases over the next few days.?
·        This is the first USO tour for all four boxers.?
·        De La Hoya earned the nickname “The Golden Boy” after taking home a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.  Additionally, the acclaimed boxer is a ten-time world champion in six weight divisions including junior lightweight, lightweight, junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.

·        De La Hoya, who currently serves as President of Golden Boy Promotions and counts his Los-Angeles based Oscar de la Hoya Amino High School, the Cecilia Gonzalez de la Hoya Cancer Center and the Oscar de la Hoya Children's Medical Center, both located at the White Memorial Hospital, as several of his many community projects.?
·        Broner, an undefeated lightweight from Cincinnati, Ohio, holds a 20-0 record with 16 knockouts.  On March 5, 2011, he scored his most impressive victory to date in capturing the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title by defeating former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon.
·        Jacobs, from Brooklyn, New York and a 2003 Junior Olympics National Boxing Champion, currently holds a 22-1 record with 19 knockouts.  He has held both the North American Boxing Organization as well as the North American Boxing Federation middleweight titles.
·        Mitchell, from Brandywine Maryland, is undefeated as a heavyweight and a former standout Michigan State linebacker.  He holds a 21-0-1 record with 14 knockouts.  In his most recent fight on March 5, 2011, he shut down his opponent Chales Davis in under two rounds, further proving himself to be the United States' best hope for a heavyweight world champion, the most recognized position in the sport.
Quotes:? ? Attributed to Oscar de la Hoya:
“As a professional boxer I know what it's like to have your mind and body pushed to the limit, and can relate to how our troops must feel.  The difference is when they are out here fighting for us, they don't get a break between rounds or to rest between fights, as they are on call and ready to defend our country at a moment's notice.  This USO tour is an eye-opening and very humbling experience for me.  I can't believe what sacrifices these guys are making and I only hope they know how much I appreciate their service.”

Attributed to Adrien Broner: 
“I'm a fighter, I get paid to take a hit but I've met some 'real' fighters out here on my USO tour.  I have to admit, compared to what I have learned our troops go through every day, I think my kind of toughness is different from theirs.  I don't think I know anyone as tough as they are.”

Attributed to Danny Jacobs:
“Man, what an experience!  I didn't know what to expect on this USO tour, but now that I've been here for a few days, all I can say is 'WOW!'  I've met some unforgettable people that are doing so much over here and am looking forward to meeting even more.”

Attributed to Seth Mitchell:
“I have nothing but respect for our men and women in uniform and I thank the USO for giving me the opportunity to go out and show them my appreciation.  So far, this tour has been awesome and I can't wait to return back home and tell everyone about it.”

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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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