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“Action Heroes” Fighters Talk After Saturday Card

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APRIL 9 “ACTION HEROES” POST-FIGHT QUOTES

Erik Morales, Six-Time & Three Division World Champion

“I want to acknowledge everyone who came to see this fight.  I’m a good fighter. I fight for the people of Tijuana.

“I think he [Maidana] may have won a close fight, but not a clean win. I think that I won the fight because I landed the better punches.

“[I thought I could beat him]because I have a lot of speed. I have also have dignity and heart.

“I want a rematch. I thought I won. I’m better than him.

“I finished the fight with my heart. Long live Mexico!”

Marcos Maidana, WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion

“I am very happy to have won the title.

“We knew that Erik Morales was a great warrior and he was going to give a great fight. I never thought it was going to be an easy fight. I was expecting a war and that is exactly what happened.

“I was staying positive and trying to catch him with the counter [punch]. I was never tired.

“I would like the rematch, but there are other fighters in the division I would want to fight as well.

“It surprised me that he was able to take those punches. He was very difficult to knock out. In order to knock him out, you need a stick or a hammer or something.

“I like when fighters stand in front of me and are brave.

“Morales is a good fighter and a strong fighter.  He can continue his career because he’ll do well.

“I really did find this [fight] close, but I came out as the winner at the end.”

Robert Guerrero, WBA & WBO Interim Lightweight Champion

“I had a great camp coming out and training in Las Vegas. This was the first time training away in a long time and it prepared me well. Now that I am able to go out to a training camp, I can learn a lot more.

“I felt great out there. I won two titles tonight.

“I’m a warrior. Sometimes you have to beat the guy at his own game.  I got in there and I worked my jabs and punches.

“I was never hurt in the fight.

“One of the main things [I did] was keep the speed up and fire off shots.

“I’m ready for anyone. I want a shot at Marquez, the winner of the main event [Maidana], Zab Judah at 140 or Mayweather. Bring them all, I’ll take the best.

“I wasn’t shocked at all by the point deductions.  The referee gave strict instructions before the fight. He said he wasn’t going to mess around, so it wasn’t a surprise. He did a great job.

“He [Katsidis] got in more than two low blows, but you just have to keep going.

“He [Katsidis] is the toughest guy I’ve ever fought.

“You haven’t seen the best of Robert Guerrero yet.”

James Kirkland, Junior Middleweight Contender

“I don’t know why they stopped the fight.  There is not a three knockdown rule in Vegas.

“I’m really upset right now.  That was a messed up call. I was telling him I wanted to keep fighting. He [Ishida] wasn’t anything. He had no power. This was messed up.”

Nobuhiro Ishida, Former World Champion

“Thank you very much. It was an amazing opportunity to fight in Las Vegas and we appreciate it.

“As you know, Japan had a very big earthquake. It makes me happy and proud to come to the United States and win for my country.

“He [Kirkland] didn’t expect this from me.  He didn’t respect what we had.  Kirkland kept coming forward at me and so I kept going with my right, my right, my right and it worked.  I had my country on my side and now I’m ready for a world title shot.”

Paulie Malignaggi, Former World Champion

“It really felt good to be back in the spotlight and get a good ‘W.’

“I feel great that I got to go 10 rounds against a good fighter.  My last fight ended quickly, so this is what I wanted.

“I want to thank Golden Boy because a year after my Khan fight everyone thought I was done, and now I came out and won a big fight on a major network.

“I thought I fought smart and executed a good game plan. For anyone who wants to complain about how I don’t step up to the plate and pick up the pace, I want you to know that I am tired of that shit.

“I look forward to the future and I believe it is still bright for me.”

Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions

“I was telling everybody that you can never count out Erik Morales. I said to everyone ‘Look at what happened to Kelly Pavlik and Bernard Hopkins. Look at what happened to Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya.’

“Every single fight was a beautiful fight. Why don’t we do a rematch of the whole card?

“This is what pay-per-view is all about. Giving fans exciting fights all the time.”

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“Action Heroes,” featuring Erik Morales vs. Marcos Maidana in a 12-round junior welterweight bout, Robert Guerrero vs. Michael Katsidis in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBA and WBO Interim Lightweight Championships, James Kirkland vs. Nobuhiro Ishida in an 8-round middleweight bout and Paul Malignaggi vs. Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight bout, was 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 Tequila.  Guerrero vs. Katsidis was presented in association with Sampson Boxing.  The bouts were produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

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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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