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Robert Guerrero-Marcos Maidana On For August 27

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A CHAMPIONSHIP HOMECOMING ON AUGUST 27

MARCOS MAIDANA HEADS TO ROBERT GUERRERO'S BACK YARD

IN WHAT IS SURE TO BE A “FIGHT OF THE YEAR” CANDIDATE

HBO Boxing After Dark Event To Be Held At HP Pavilion In San Jose, Calif

SAN JOSE, July 7 – After co-headlining an explosive pay-per-view card in April, two of boxing's toughest fighters will collide in what is sure to be a “Fight of the Year” caliber fight when WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana meets WBA/WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Saturday, August 27 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif for Maidana's title.  Maidana has proven to be one of the toughest fighters to ever emerge from Argentina and will take on anyone, anywhere, any time, which is why he will travel to Northern California to take on Three-Division World Champion Guerrero in his backyard.  The explosive showdown between Maidana and Guerrero will headline the HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast and promises to be a classic battle.

“I am happy that yet another great matchup has been set for me,” said Maidana.  “Like I always say, I am willing to face the best out there.  Robert Guerrero is a great champion and I am sure he will bring all of his skills to the ring on August 27, but I will be ready for him.  I'm already working hard in training in Puerto Rico to be stronger than ever when I fight him.  I know it will be a great fight.”

“Words can't describe how I feel knowing that I'll be fighting Marcos Maidana as the main event on HBO at the HP Pavilion in San Jose,” said Guerrero, who will be fighting at home for the first time since 2009.  “Bringing a championship fight to the Bay Area is a dream come true and it excites me most that Bay Area boxing fans will get to witness one of the most anticipated fights of the year.  I'm thrilled to be the current WBA and WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion; however, moving up in weight to battle one of the most feared fighters in the 140 lb. division for my sixth world title in four weight classes is a challenge I'm looking forward to.”

“We have been looking to bring a world title fight to the Bay Area for a long time, and now we have one with Robert Guerrero facing Marcos Maidana in San Jose,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.  “Not only is this a great matchup between two exciting fighters, but there is a lot on the line in this fight for both men.  This bout looks like it could be one of the best of 2011.”

“This is one of the most exciting match ups in the incredibly talented 140-pound division,” said Kery Davis senior vice president programming HBO Sports.  “A terrific match-up like this is what HBO Boxing After Dark is all about.”

Maidana vs. Guerrero, a 12 round fight for the WBA interim super lightweight world championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Universum Box Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T.  The HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast will air at 10:30pm ET / PT.

Tickets, priced at $252, $127, $62, $26, will go on sale on Friday, July 8 at 10:00am PT and may be purchased at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Santa Fe, Argentina's Marcos Rene “Chino” Maidana (30-2, 27 KO's) has been one of boxing's most amazing success stories over the last few years.  A fighter who toiled in obscurity for many years, he broke out onto the world stage with his sixth round technical knockout over current WBC Welterweight World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in 2009.  His exciting and aggressive style combined with concussive punching power has been an immediate hit with fans around the world.  In 2010, he engaged in the “Fight of the Year” against Amir “King” Khan and his April 2011 battle with Erik “Terrible” Morales is a frontrunner to take the same honors this year.  On August 27, Maidana will look to top his win over Morales with an even more spectacular victory against Guerrero.

An inspiring young man in and out of the ring, Gilroy, California's Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO's) has captivated the boxing world ever since his professional debut in 2001, and he is far from finished.  In fact, it seems that Guerrero sets the bar higher for himself with each fight, always passing each progressively more difficult test with flying colors.  Already a World Champion at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, the 28-year-old Guerrero's list of conquests includes Joel “Cepillo” Casamayor, Jason Litzau, Vicente Escobedo and Michael Katsidis “The Great.”  The southpaw sharpshooter who is becoming as well known for his charity work outside of the ring as he is for his work inside the ring, will close in on a spot at the top of the pound-for-pound list should he turn back his toughest opponent to date in the hard-hitting brawler Maidana.

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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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