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Andrade Responds To Criticism From Atlas

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282This Friday night, Providence, Rhode Island's Demetrius Andrade will be looking to stay undefeated as he makes his 7th appearance on the popular ESPN “Friday Night Fight” series when he takes on Omar Bell (8-1, 5KO's) at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.  Andrade-Bell is the opening televised bout on the Star Boxing promoted show.  Andrade-Bell is scheduled for eight rounds in the jr. middleweight division.  Also featured on the card is a ten round jr. welterweight showdown between Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (15-1-3, 10KO's) and “Khanqueror” Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19KO's).

Before Andrade (12-0, 8KO's), who was a 2007 Amateur World Champion and 2008 US Olympian, steps into the ring, he took the time to sit down and talk about his upcoming fight, and also touch on his career up to this point.

Q:  How has training camp been for this fight?

DA:  It's going great, everything is good and I've been training down in Florida and I've been getting really good sparring and my training is going good and I'm excited to get back in there…

Q:  What do you know about your opponent Omar Bell?

DA:  I know he's a busy fighter that's coming off an upset win and he's got a big right hand but when the sound of the “bell” rings…. Well, you know I've gotta take care of business.  Hopefully I ring his “BELL”

Q:  This will be your fourth time fighting at Mohegan Sun since turning pro.  Is it special to you to be able to fight so close to home? DA

DA:  Yea it's great, I love to have my fans support and it's great to see everybody and be close to home.  It doesn't get much better than fighting at Mohegan.

Q:  This will be your 7th time fighting on ESPN.  It is no secret that some boxing insiders, especially Teddy Atlas have been critical about the opponents you have faced, and how you have been progressing.  Can you give us your thoughts on those two matters?

DA:  I know Teddy has some issues with my competition, but maybe everyone just looks bad when they get in with me.  I know I can't worry about everything that everyone else says.  Some of my competition has been weak but most of the fighters have had good winning records and I'm barely 23 and when it's time for me to step it up,  I'll do my thing and hopefully everyone will be happy with my performance.  The main thing is I'm still winning and I'm learning so right now that's all that's important to me.

Q:  With the skill level you have, it is almost a lose lose situation for you sometimes in that if you knock your opponent out people say you should have been matched tougher, if you work on things with them and dominate them in a decision, they say you should have taken him out.  Does this affect your game plan, or mind-set going in to your fights?

DA:  No way,  I'm not worrying about what everyone else thinks and I can't change what I do, besides I couldn't make everybody happy even if I wanted to, haha.  I'll just do my best and keep winning…  

Q:  What kind of performance can we expect to see out of you on the 22nd?  Will you be looking for the knockout?

DA:  A Winning performance, that's all I'm going to guarantee.

Q:  Give me your take on the recent upsets that took place including David Lemuiex and James Kirkland.  Do you think they bounce back and just had bad nights, or do you feel they were exposed?

DA:  I just found out about Kirkland, I can't believe that!  Lemuiex who?  I don't really know him so I can't really say but we're all just one mistake from losing so I'm just glad to still be undefeated.

Q:  Thank you for sitting down with us, is there anything you want to say in closing?

DA:  I want to thank my promoters Joe DeGuardia with Star Boxing and Artie Pelullo with Banner Promotions, and everyone else on my team.  I'm going to do my thing this Friday night and hopefully my fans will be happy.  Also, I just want to thank everyone for their support and tell my family that I love them.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1 (800) 745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.  Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Star Boxing office at (718) 823-2000 or visiting www.starboxing.com.  Tickets are also available for purchase at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  Tickets are priced at $80, $50 and $35.

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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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