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Erik Morales Weight Not An Issue, Allows Himself One Filet A Week

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APRIL 9 “ACTION HEROES” CAMP NOTES

Part 3 – Daily Diets

Las Vegas, NV (March 24) – With less than two weeks until the fight week festivities begin in advance of the April 9 “Action Heroes” pay-per-view event, four of the fighters on the stacked fight card are sticking to their workout and diet routines as their respective camps start to wind down.  Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Michael Katsidis “The Great” share their daily diets as we get closer and closer to “Action Heroes” at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.

ERIK MORALES – OBEYS HIS DIET, NOT HIS THIRST
Erik “El Terrible” Morales’ grueling training schedule, which takes place nearly 9,500 feet above sea level, is undoubtedly helping to prepare him for Marcos Maidana.  However, it is his simple diet that is keeping him on weight and ready for action.  Morales’ meal plan consists of a variety of vegetables, rice and chicken and a reward at the end of a grueling workout each week.

“I am not really on a rigid diet,” said Morales.  “I eat small amounts of healthy foods and work extra hard to burn off what I am eating.  I do allow one filet mignon a week to reward myself for running more and training harder than I ever have in my career.”

In addition to missing the comforts of home while training, Morales also misses a few of his favorite foods that even one steak a week cannot replace.

“When I am training, I don’t allow myself to drink Sprite, which is my favorite soda,” continued Morales.  “I also can’t have carne asada tacos, which will be the first thing I eat when I get home after beating Maidana on April 9.”

MARCOS MAIDANA – READY FOR ACTION IN “SIN CITY”
Coming off of a tremendous month of training camp in Mexico City, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana arrived in Las Vegas last week where he will finish training at the Pound for Pound Boxing Gym.

“It has been a great camp so far,” said Maidana’s conditioning coach Cruz “Pensa” Garcia.  “I felt going into camp as though five weeks at the high altitude of Mexico City was enough for Marcos.  We know Las Vegas very well, so it made sense to make the change and arrive a little early.”

Maidana combines strategic preparation in the gym with a healthy lifestyle outside of it as he prepares for his battle against Morales.  A typical menu consists of eggs, rice, pasta, ham, meat, chicken and various types of fish.  However, he has admitted that the indulgence he misses most is an Argentinean barbeque known as “asados.”  A traditional asado is a specific way of grilling different meats that are too greasy to eat during training.

“I am not concerned about any issues with my weight,” said Maidana. “I am focused on getting in the best shape possible.  I am happy to be back in the familiar setting of Las Vegas and can’t wait for April 9.”

ROBERT GUERRERO – FOOD FOR FUEL
Conducting his training camp in Las Vegas for the first time in his career, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is hoping that the change of scenery, coupled with his traditional training methods, will lead him to victory as he prepares for what he considers his toughest test yet.

In order to defeat his opponent, Michael Katsidis, Guerrero emphasizes the dual importance of keeping his mind on track and sticking to a healthy diet during training.

“My diet hasn’t changed much,” said Guerrero. “I’m eating a good amount of fruits and vegetables with protein.  I can’t eat any pizza or chocolate cake during camp, but I really crave that stuff from time to time.”

The sacrifice is worth what could be one of the biggest rewards of his career if he is able to defeat Katsidis on April 9.

“Katsidis brings great name recognition as a former world champion who has fought some of the fighters in the sport including Marquez, Diaz and Casamayor,” continued Guerrero. “I am going to be prepared for whatever he’s got and bring home a victory on April 9.”

MICHAEL KATSIDIS – PURE IN MIND AND BODY
To complement his humble lifestyle in Thailand, Michael Katsidis “The Great” incorporates a “standard practice” of a diet consisting of raw foods.  He regiments his diet so that he eats his food closest to its rawest form.

“I enjoy Natto and raw egg,” said Katsidis.  “Natto is a soy bean paste used in traditional Japanese breakfasts.  Most people hate the smell, but I can’t wait for the next day just so I can eat it again.”

Katsidis has disciplined himself to the point where he enjoys the sacrifice of his training camp diet, despite his craving for one luxury.

“The only thing I miss eating during training is chocolate,” said Katsidis.  “While Natto is good, chocolate is definitely better.”

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“Action Heroes,” featuring Morales vs. Maidana in a 12-round junior welterweight bout, Guerrero vs. Katsidis in a 12-round lightweight battle, Paul Malignaggi vs. Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight bout and James Kirkland facing an opponent to be determined in a 10-round middleweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino and Universum Box Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, AT&T, DeWalt Tools and Tres Generaciones.  Guerrero vs. Katsidis is presented in association with Sampson Boxing.  The bouts will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets for “Action Heroes” priced at $350, $250, $150, $75, $50 and $25 are on sale now and available to charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

A stacked slate of undercard bouts will be announced at a later date.  For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @boxlatino, @terrible100, @ChinoMaidana, @TeamGuerrero, @MickKatsidis, @PAULMALIGNAGGI or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing.  Follow HBO Boxing news at www.hbo.com/boxing, Facebook at www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter www.twitter.com/hboboxing.

The Morales vs. Maidana pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $44.95, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and will be available to more than 71 million pay-per-view homes.  The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD.  HBO Pay-Per-View, a division of Home Box Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry.  For Morales vs. Maidana fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.

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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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