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FLOYD MAYWEATHER, Six-Time World Champion in Five Weight Divisions

“I want to thank Victor Ortiz for stepping up to the plate and taking the test.

“I also want to say congratulations to Victor Ortiz.  It’s not easy to bounce back from a crucial loss.  He bounced back like a true champion.  I take my hat off to him.

“It’s not all about the money.  We all know I am going to make a ton of money.  He [Ortiz] is going to make some good money too.  I earned the right to make the money that I make.

“It starts here.  Someone has to give him the opportunity to take the thrown.  Why not let it be me?

“I don’t duck or dodge anyone.  This is for the fans.  This is for the Pacquiao fans too.  Do I want the Pacquiao fight?  Absolutely, if that is what the fans want. I want to give the fans what they want, but I have to take it one step at a time.  I cannot overlook Victor Ortiz.

“I don’t want to hear about him [Ortiz] losing before.  Right now he is the world champion.  This is about me facing the world champion and fighting the best.

“My main focus is Victor Ortiz.  I want to go to camp and dedicate myself.

“I want to give you excitement.  I want to you to enjoy HBO 24/7.

“Anything can happen in the sport of boxing.  If you beat me I want you to earn it.  I don’t want it to be tainted.

“This is not my last fight.  Hopefully I can give you 10 more fights.  I am closer to 40 than I am to 21, but I am not going anywhere.

“[To Ortiz] On Sept 17, I know you are going to be there and you are going to bring your best, and me and my team are going to bring our best.

“I have to have a lot of Mexican fans and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

“I want to thank HBO.  We have a relationship that goes far back.  I am loyal to the company that I am with.  I have been with HBO since the beginning of my career.

“My ultimate goal is to take the title from Victor Ortiz.”

VICTOR ORTIZ, WBC Welterweight World Champion

“I realize there is a lot of love/hate going on here.  Tell me one thing I haven’t already heard.  People who loved me left me.  I have been through a bunch of bull.  I am facing one of the best fighters of all of time.  That was a dream of mine since I was a little kid.  I am not supposed to be here according to statistics.

“I am newly crowned [champion] and I am not ready to give that up.

“It’s not a challenge when you are a champion.

“I have to thank my team for motivating me.  The times they wanted me to go to war, I went to war. Mayweather is a beast, but I’m a monster.  If Mayweather wants to box, I will box.  If he wants to bang, I will bang.

“At the end of the day, I am walking away from this fight with that championship.  I’ll be damned if someone is going to take that away from me.

“This is a dream to me.  I am not going to put this dream down.  I am going to run with it as long as I can.  I want to be like Bernard Hopkins and hold my title for as long as I can.

“I don’t need to match Mayweather word for word.  I am not a talker.  I never have been.  At the end of the day, we are going to have gloves and my punches are not as soft as my words.

“I am Mexican to the fullest and I am going to show the world how the Mexicans roll.

“I am tired of hearing that he is fighting Manny Pacquiao next.  He is fighting me next!”

“On September 17, there is going to be a repeat of what happened on July 7, 1985, when Roger Mayweather fought Julio Cesar Chavez.”

LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO, Mayweather Promotions

“This is another Mayweather experience.

“This is going to be the biggest fight of this year.

“Floyd Mayweather doesn’t need much of an introduction.  He is the biggest star in the sport. He is the biggest attraction in the sport.  He is the best fighter on the planet.

“Talk doesn’t win fights.  Skills do.  Last [time] I checked, there was only one undefeated fighter on this dais.

“Mayweather has been the best in the sport since day one.  He has been the biggest star in this sport since day one.

“He [Mayweather] is a Six-Time World Champion in Five Weight Divisions and he is back.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO, Golden Boy Promotions

“This is going to be a real fight.  It is a dangerous fight for both fighters.

“Year after year, Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions have put together the biggest fights of the year.

“Victor Ortiz has been surrounded by the same team.  He believes in them and they believe in them.  There is a friendship and a mutual respect there and that is the reason that they keep going from victory to victory.

“I have to applaud Floyd for taking the fight with Victor Ortiz.  He might have just challenged himself too much because he hasn’t fought in 16 months.  Victor Ortiz was active.  He is 10 years younger.  He can hurt Floyd Mayweather.  He has the power and that is the story line.  Is the star, the undefeated Mayweather going to remain undefeated, or is the power going to put a stop to that?”

DANNY GARCIA, Ortiz’s Trainer

“Floyd Mayweather is one of the greatest champions ever, but I have the current champion and on September 17 I will have the best pound-for-pound fighter.

“We are going to work very hard, we are going to have a good plan and fight a great fight.  We expect Floyd to give a great fight too.

“We want to dedicate this fight to the Mexican people.

“About two months ago we became the welterweight champion of the world and we felt amazing.  We will feel even more special when we become the pound-for-pound champion on September 17.”

ROLANDO ARELLANO, Ortiz’s Manager

“We are not making boxing history, we are making sports history.  We would like to thank Floyd Mayweather for giving a young lion an opportunity to take over his pound-for-pound kingdom.

“On September 17, we will declare war on Mayweather and Mayweather will declare war on us.

“This fight is one the greatest fight in the history of boxing.  It is going to have a local impact, a regional impact, a national impact and a global impact.  If you live on the moon, when Ortiz knocks out Mayweather you will about hear it.

“Victor Ortiz will change the course of boxing history, just as the Mexican warriors have before him.”

BOB HALLORAN, Director of Sports, MGM Resorts International

“It took 16 months for Floyd to go 10 min away [from home].

“This is the biggest turnout of media and fans since guess when?  The last time Floyd was in New York City.

“Regardless of whom you are rooting for, one man made this fight happen [Mayweather].  The reason he [Ortiz] is here is because he is a world champion, and this man elected him to be his next opponent.

“Mayweather is a minus 750 favorite and Ortiz is a plus 525 underdog.”

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“STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools and AT&T.  The 12-round mega-fight, which will be contested for Ortiz’s WBC Welterweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

An announcement regarding ticket availability will be made in the coming days.

HBO®’s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series “24/7” premieres an all new edition when “24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz” debuts Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

Contacts: Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications/Mayweather Promotions, 202-783-5500

Ramiro Gonzalez/Monica Sears, Golden Boy Promotions, 213-489-5631

Bill Caplan, Golden Boy Promotions: 818-831-0046 (O)/(818) 515-1616 (C)

Patrick Byrne, HBO Pay-Per-View: (212) 512-1361

Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International: (702) 650-7565

Media Credentials: www.magnamedia.com

Patrick Byrne

Manager, Sports Digital Content

HBO Sports/HBO Pay-Per-View

(212) 512-1361

patrick.byrne@hbo.com

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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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