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Final Quotes From Cloud, Mack, Powell, Coyne Ahead of Saturday's Don King Card

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press_st-3Final Press Conference in St. Louis? Before Don King’s World Championship? Fight Card In St. Charles on Saturday??‘Show Me Something Great… in the Show Me State’

ST. CHARLES, Mo.—Most of the principal fighters taking part in Don King’s history-making fight card on Saturday (HBO: 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., were on hand for the event’s final press conference.??King hosted the press conference, touting the event, St. Charles, St. Louis and Missouri.??“It’s a Lou think in St. Louis,” King said, “and out here in St. Charles were proud, and if you cannot hear us, we’ll say it a little louder.  ??“You see, this is the Show Me State.  What does that mean?  It means these fighters can talk all they want today, but come Saturday night they are going to have to show everyone what they are made of.”??Tickets priced at $25, $50, $125 and $300 are on sale and can be purchased at the Family Arena Box Office, all MetroTix outlets including online at metrotix.com or charge by phone at (314) 534-1111.  All tickets include parking.  The event is being promoted by Don King Productions.

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Devon Alexander? vs.? Lucas Matthysse, ?Special Super? Welterweight Attraction

Devon Alexander: “Lucas say he gonna knock me out.  The last guy that said that to me [Juan Urango] got knocked out.  I don’t talk trash.  I let my hands do my talking for me.  Just like our T-shirts today say, ‘R-E-D-E-M-P-T-I-O-N’ is going to happen on Saturday night.”

Kevin Cunningham (Trainer and manager of Devon Alexander):  “Devon doesn’t talk trash but I’ll say a few words.  Here is a shout out to Cory Spinks.  If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have all this big-time boxing going on in St. Louis right now.

“We had a tremendous camp up in Colorado, and on Saturday night, Devon will be victorious.”

Don King: “It’s a Lou think in St. Louis, and out here in St. Charles were proud, and if you cannot hear us, we’ll say it a little louder.  You see, this is the Show Me State.  What does that mean?  It means these fighters can talk all they want today, but come Saturday night they are going to have to show everyone what they are made of.”

Lucas Matthysse:  “Look, I traveled thousands of kilometers in training and flying here for this fight, and I didn’t come to take a picture with Don King.  I came to beat Devon Alexander, and I will.”

Eric Gomez (Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions, promoter of Lucas Matthysse):  “This is going to be a hell of a card.  Sechew Powell is good, Tavoris is like a young Mike Tyson, I’ve been watching heavyweight Bermane Stiverne for a long time, and I can’t wait for Saturday night.  This is truly a historic card that Don King has put together. 

“Thanks to Devon Alexander and his team.  We think Devon is one of the top three junior welterweights in the world, and we think Lucas can win this fight.  Lucas lost a close decision in the fight with Zab Judah, but he is ready to have the fight of his life on Saturday night. ??“This is a great opportunity for Lucas.  This is a great thing for him to be fighting Devon on HBO on Saturday.”

Tavoris Cloud? vs.?Yusaf Mack, ?IBF Light Heavyweight? Championship

Tavoris Cloud: “Missouri, it’s good to be back in the ‘Show Me’ State.  Yusaf Mack, he a good fighter, so I heard.  All that about him being the new champion ain’t gonna work.  It ain’t gonna work, no sir.  I’ll see Yusaf Mack in the ring on Saturday night.”

Yusaf Mack: “This city will be smokin’ when I get done with Tavoris Cloud on Saturday night.”

Ryan Coyne ?vs.? David McNemar, ?WBC-USNBC? Cruiserweight ?Championship/?WBA FEDELATIN? Championship

Ryan Coyne: “This was supposed the first world title fight for me.  Didn’t happen.  My opponent [WBA cruiserweight champion] Guillermo Jones may have stumbled while jogging and fell into Arby’s, if you know what I mean.

“I will only look forward now.  I plan to put on a great show on Saturday.  Fighting in The Family Arena is special for me because I grew up a few miles from here and I fought my last fight as an amateur here and my first fight as a professional.??” I give my opponent, David McNemar credit for stepping and taking this fight with me on short notice.  In a couple of days I’ll probably give him a hug for saving this appearance for me.”

David McNemar: I’m 38 years old and I’ve been in this fight game for most of my life, and it’s been a blast.  To be up here with all of these great athletes is truly an honor.  I’ll give Ryan Coyne the best I’ve got.”

Bermane Stiverne ?vs.? Ray Austin, ?WBC Silver Heavyweight? Championship

Bermane Stiverne: “I’m not much of a trash talker.  I don’t trash talk.  When it comes to boxing, I’m a business person, and I’ll take care of business on Saturday night.  I am a heavyweight contender, and I will be a heavyweight world champion some day.  I guarantee it.??“All that other talk you hear doesn’t mean a thing.  On Saturday night, everything will be taken care of in the ring.”

Ray Austin: “It’s great to be fighting on this show against Bermane Stiverne.  I plan to make the most of this opportunity.”

Cornelius Bundrage?vs.? Sechew Powell, ?IBF Junior Middleweight?Championship

Sechew Powell: “Cornelius Bundrage didn’t even arrive on time from Detroit to attend this press conference.  I will show up on Saturday night to take his title back to Brooklyn.”

Cory Spinks?vs.?Shakir Ashanti?, Super Welterweight?Attraction

Cory Spinks: “Thanks for coming out and listening to all us fighters talk trash.  Cory Spinks is ready.  Whoever this man is I’m fighting is in trouble on Saturday.  I am so eager to get back in the ring.  St. Louis will see I am ready to be a six-time world champion.”

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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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