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Alcine, Ex Champ, Signs With DiBella

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DiBella Entertainment signs former world champion Joachim Alcine

NEW YORK, NY (July 1, 2011) – DiBella Entertainment has added former WBA junior middleweight champion Joachim Alcine to its stable of fighters. Alcine, 35, is a Haitian-born Canadian who employs a very technical style of boxing but in a crowd-pleasing way. After an extended layoff, Alcine is ready to return to the ring and prove that he belongs among the junior middleweight elite.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring very soon,” says Alcine. “I’m out to prove to the boxing world, my fans and most importantly myself that I am still one of the best junior middleweights in the world. I know that as long as I take care of my business in the ring, my advisor Greg Leon and promoter Lou DiBella will get me the fights I want and need.”

Alcine joins Zsolt Erdei, Allan Green, J’Leon Love, Luis Rosa, and Delen Parsley Jr. as members of the DBE stable also advised by Greg Leon.

Said Leon, “I feel like I've been saying it every other week lately, but it's always a pleasure to work with DBE. Team Alcine looks forward to achieving great results under his promotional banner.”

It was after Alcine moved to Canada at the age of nine when he grew fascinated with the sport of boxing. However, due to having strict parents, it wasn’t until the age of 16 that Alcine took up the sport, acquiring an amateur record of 42-6 over the next eight years. Turning pro on May 28, 1999, Alcine dispatched Louis Bouchard at 2:44 of the opening round in Montreal. Word quickly spread about this rising prospect six months later when Alcine took on local amateur star Jason Naugler and won a majority four-round decision in his opponent’s hometown of Edmonton. Television caught wind of Alcine and began to air his early fights, recognizing that his style was well suited for such a platform. He also started to gain a following by appearing on the undercards of popular Canadian fighters such as Davey Hilton and Eric Lucas.

On May 25, 2002, with a record of 12-0 (8 KOs), Alcine fought the crafty and experienced Marcos Primera at the Lowes Speedway, in Charlotte, NC, in what was his introduction to an American audience, as the bout was televised by Showtime’s popular series, “ShoBox: The New Generation.” Not only was it Alcine’s United States debut, it was the first time that he fought outside of Canada. After outboxing Primera over 12 rounds, Alcine won a unanimous decision to earn the IBA junior middleweight title.

Over the next four and a half years, and 15 straight wins with 10 knockouts, Alcine would go on to acquire several other minor titles at junior middleweight, including the Canadian title, as well as the WBA Fedelatin, NABA, WBC International, and WBA Fedecentro belts.

Notable victories during this period include blasting out former Canadian junior middleweight and middleweight champion Stephan Ouellet in just 69 seconds, and stopping former IBF junior middleweight title challenger Carlos Bojorquez in seven rounds, and former WBA junior middleweight titlist Carl Daniels in six.

On July 7, 2007, Alcine got his first world title opportunity, making his third US appearance when he traveled to the champion’s home state of Connecticut, taking on the undefeated Travis Simms, at Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport. Maintaining his role as the aggressor throughout, combined with scoring a knockdown in the ninth frame, earned Alcine a unanimous decision as he picked up the WBA junior middleweight crown. In his first defense, Alcine thoroughly dominated Alfonso Mosquera before dropping him twice in the 12th round, on his way to the TKO victory.

It was in his next bout that Alcine lost his title to Daniel Santos via sixth-round knockout in a close fight, on July 11, 2008. However, in 2009, a refreshed Alcine bounced back with two impressive unanimous decision victories over quality foes Eric Mitchell in 10 and Christophe Canclaux in 12. These two wins warranted him a WBC eliminator against the hard punching Alfredo Angulo, but he would stunningly get stopped inside one round, on July 17, 2010.

Alcine, 32-2 (19 KOs), is looking forward to getting back on track under the DiBella Entertainment banner. His next bout is not yet scheduled.

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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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