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Paul Williams To Fight Erislandy Lara On July 9

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PAUL WILLIAMS AND RICO RAMOS FEATURED IN JULY 9 HBO EVENT
BOARDWALK HALL  CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY

“THE PUNISHER” LOOKS TO REBOUND AGAINST UNDEFEATED ERISLANDY LARA; “SUAVECITO” SEEKS WORLD TITLE VS. AKIFUMI SHIMODA

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Los Angeles, CA (May 26, 2011) – Former World Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to show the fans that his relentless offensive output will be back and better than ever, along with his winning ways since his most recent setback; and with the opening televised bout, Rico Ramos, will be seeking to win his first world title – both bouts being featured on an HBO “Boxing After Dark” at 10:15pm ET/PT doubleheader presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions on Saturday night, July 9, from the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall and hosted by Caesars Atlantic City.

Williams (30-2, 27 KOs) – a two-time holder of the WBO Welterweight belt who sustained a stunning second-round knockout loss at the hands of Sergio Martinez in his attempt to claim Martinez' WBC Middleweight crown last November – headlines the telecast in a schedule 12-round bout against undefeated and world-ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KO) in a battle of southpaws.

The opening bout of the featured doubleheader pits #1-ranked Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging the champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in another 12-round bout for the Tokyo native's WBA Super Bantamweight Title.

The 29-year old Williams (rated #2 WBC, #6 WBO & #8 IBF at 154 lbs.), who lives in Augusta, GA and defeated Martinez in their first meeting by majority decision back in December, 2009, was stopped by a devastating counter left hook in the second round of their rematch.  The lanky left-hander will be fighting for the first time since than looking to rebound against a challenger who has yet to taste defeat as a professional and is world ranked #5 by both the IBF and WBA.

The big question to be answered is whether or not the once-billed “World's Most Feared Fighter” can overcome the knockout adversity like other great champions before him, such as Tommy Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko, to name a few.   To find this out Williams has elected to take on a young, hungry tiger in Lara, with the amateur pedigree of all Cuban fighters and like other recent Cuban fighters ready and willing to take the fast track to stardom.

“I just need to get in the ring and show the fans rather than talk about what I know I can do.  Lara is tough and I know he'll be ready to do what he can to beat me, but I'll be ready to make my statement on July 9,” said Williams.

Lara, a 28-year old native of Guantanamo, Cuba currently living in Miami, FL, has registered knockouts in his last four victories, which preceded a draw against Carlos Molina (17-4-1) in his most recent outing in Las Vegas back in March.

On the big opportunity facing Lara, he said “We've been trained since little kids to be ready for this type of fight, and I will not let all my hard work throughout those years stop me from beating Williams and knowing what a win over a former 3-time world champion would mean for my career.”

Ramos, who will turn 24 on June 20, hails from Pico Rivera, CA and trains out of the Broadway Boxing Gym in South LA.  As an amateur he was a 2008 Olympic Team alternate.  “Suavecito” will be fighting in Atlantic City for the second time, having posted a unanimous-decision win over Alejandro Valdez in his most recent outing back in February.  While boxing fans have come to know Ramos through his many televised appearances, he will be making his HBO debut as he attempts to bring a world title back to the United States.

“I'm very excited to be fighting for a world title,” Ramos, who has switched back to former trainer Steve Jenkins for this bout, said.  “It's a blessing to be at the top of the rankings where I am right now and I am ready to become a world champion.  It will be my first time on HBO and I've been training real hard and will be ready July 9th.  I've seen Shimoda on tape and he is a really tough fighter. He moves well and punches hard, so I'll be prepared to give it right back to him.”

“I am very honored to be fighting in Atlantic City, New Jersey,” Shimoda, who will be making his first defense of the title he won by unanimous decision over Ryol Li Lee back in January.  “I look forward to putting on a great performance to defend my WBA belt in front of the American boxing fans.  I know this will be a tough fight since he is ranked number 1 in the WBA and the mandatory opponent for my title.  I am dedicating this fight to give encouragement to the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.”

“Like the rest of America, I'm waiting for Paul Williams to get back doing what made him such an exciting and formidable fighter,” said Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions.  “Paul is simply one of the most aggressive and fun fighters in the sport.  As for Ramos, it's always a thrill when you see a young fighter develop and fight his way to the top.  But it all means nothing without bringing that World Championship back home.  That's what we're here for.”

Tickets for this July 9 Goossen Tutor Promotions world championship boxing event go on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 27 and are priced at $300 $200, $100 and $50.  Fans can purchase tickets now at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as the BoardwalkBox Office.

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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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