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NOTE: ShoBox Runs Back to Back Cards in NY, This Fri. and Sat.

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 ShoBox Runs Back to Back Cards in NY, This Fri. and Sat.Gutierrez, left, has the experience edge and Gonzalez is the touted prospect. (Tom Casino)

NEW YORK CITY SPECIAL SATURDAY EDITION OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Del Valle Takes On Nguyen and Gonzalez Battles Gutierrez

Saturday, June 11, Roseland Ballroom, New York City

Live on SHOWTIME at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast)

NEW YORK (June 8, 2011) – Only days before an unprecedented weekend of back-to-back, coast-to-coast editions of ShoBox: The New Generation, Saturday’s fighters gathered in front of a media-packed room at The Parlour Restaurant on 30th Street in Manhattan. As their forthcoming bouts will take place on the eve of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, Boricua prospects Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle and Jonathan Gonzalez vowed to put on memorable performances for fans in attendance at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and viewers watching from home on SHOWTIME live at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the featured attraction, the promising Del Valle (12-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., and his toughest foe to date, Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) of Vietnam, collide in a 10-round featherweight affair.  The card co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions will include a 10-rounder that pits 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, the power-punching Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), of Rio Piedras, against Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs), of Miami, in a junior middleweight match.

Here’s what the participants had to say:

Luis Orlando Del Valle

“I’ll give credit to Dat Nguyen for taking this fight and, no disrespect, but this is my time. Thanks to my promoters and to SHOWTIME for putting my fight on television. I will make the most of this opportunity and excite the fans.

“Dat, no matter what you do, no matter how many punches you throw per round, the result will be the same: ‘Orlandito’ Del Valle will be on top.

“Years ago when I was an amateur, SHOWTIME announcer Al Bernstein said that I would be one of those faces you’d see fighting on TV one day. Now, here I am on SHOWTIME.”

Dat Nguyen

“Thanks to SHOWTIME for giving me this TV opportunity. I've always said to my team that I wanted to fight the best opponents. But sometimes, I couldn’t get the best. I had to fight guys that I needed to push to the edge…fighters that weren’t ready to fight with me. Del Valle won’t be like that. I chose my own route to get to this fight and I’ll make the most of it.

“I'll put on a great fight to entertain the fans. I know they’ll be mostly Puerto Ricans in the crowd but they want to see a great fight and I promise to bring that to them.

“Thanks to Buddy [McGirt] for showing that he believes in me. It means a lot to me that he saw something in me and wanted to train me. It means a lot that he’s here today.”

Jonathan Gonzalez

“I'm thankful for this opportunity…for my first fight in New York. I'm ready to fight ten rounds but it won't last that long.

“I've fought 13 fighters and I've knocked them all out. Gutierrez will be 14. They call me ‘Butter’ and I’ll make him melt in the ring.”

Richard Gutierrez

“Thanks to my team for working with me on this fight. Everybody knows me. My nickname is ‘The Bull.’ I'm going to show everyone why they call me ‘The Bull.’ This will be a demonstration of ‘The Bull’ doing his thing against Gonzalez. Don't miss it.

“Gonzalez hasn't fought anyone. When he gets in the ring on Saturday, he'll be in there with a real man.”

Promoter, Gary Shaw

“I want to thank SHOWTIME and [SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President & General Manager] Ken Hershman. The network is doing a ShoBox in Santa Ynez on Friday night (11 p.m. ET/PT) and then turning around to get back to New York on Saturday for the Roseland show, which is unprecedented for the series. Ken Hershman saw the value in these fighters. He saw the value to SHOWTIME and its viewers.

“I really believe that all [the Puerto Rican boxers fighting at Roseland this weekend] will be taking a picture together again one day…but they will be holding world title belts.”

The telecast’s blow-by-blow announcer will be Curt Menefee with Steve Farhood handling the expert analysis.

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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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