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Pawel Wolak-Delvin Rodriguez Q 'n' A

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This Friday night, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO's) and Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO's) will step into the ring against one another, in their highly anticipated ten round jr. middleweight showdown, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and being broadcast live on ESPN's “Friday Night Fights” from the Roseland Ballroom in NYC.  The match-up has the boxing world buzzing in anticipation, as both Rodriguez and Wolak have exciting styles, and as anyone who has seen them before know, they always come to fight and leave everything they have in the ring.  Before the two combatants step inside the ring, they both sat down to give their take on the fight.

 

Q: Thank you guys for sitting down to talk to me before your big showdown.  I'll start with you Delvin, how has training camp been for this fight.”

 

DR: Camp has been absolutely great. I can honestly say this is probably the best camp I have ever had.  I haven't felt this good in a long time, if ever.

 

Q: What about for yourself Pawel?

 

PW: Camp was very good, and very tough, but that's the type of fight this is going to be so I knew I needed a tough camp to get prepared.

 

Q: This will be your first fight at 154 lbs. Delvin.  Do you think this is an advantage or disadvantage to you?

 

DR: I see it as a huge advantage for me.  Like I said before this is the best I have felt for as long I can remember.  I feel stronger and faster than ever my body is reacting so good from not having to cut the extra weight.  I have a lot of boxing inside me and I feel like before my body couldn't react to what my mind wanted it to do.  Now there is no hesitation, I do twelve rounds now and it feels like nothing.  I'm in the best shape of my life and everyone will see that this Friday night.

 

Q: Pawel, what is your take on him moving up in weight?

 

PW: I'd have to agree with Delvin, now that he doesn't have to cut weight I'm sure he will be more physically fit and stronger than before.  I'm expecting the best Delvin Rodriguez there is, and that's what I have prepared myself for.

 

Q: Pawel, you are rated among all four sanctioning bodies, some people question why you would take a fight like this.  What are you looking to prove in this fight?

 

PW: I know Delvin is a dangerous opponent, but this is very important to me to be fighting on ESPN against someone like Delvin.  Not only is this a huge test for me, but I know that every time Delvin fights on ESPN he draws huge ratings, so by fighting him I will be seen by a huge audience.  I'm looking to expand my fan base, and fighting on ESPN against a fighter like Delvin is perfect opportunity to do that.

Q: You have had some very unfortunate decisions go against you recently Delvin, do you view this as your opportunity to erase those decisions and start off fresh in your new division?

 

DR: Yes that's exactly how I feel.  This is great opportunity for me, I'm stepping up to 154 and in my first fight I have a chance to face a guy like Pawel where a win throws me right into the mix.

 

Q: You both are known for putting on exciting performances, without giving your game-plans away, how do you see the fight playing out this Friday night and can I get a prediction from both of you on the outcome?

 

DR: The only prediction I have is that it's going to be a great, and exciting fight.  I know it's going to be a tough fight and that's what I have trained for.  The way I feel right now and the way I have prepared I am very confident.  My boxing ability is going to come out and shine in this fight.  I know I must be on my A-game because Pawel is a very tough guy.  I can't fall asleep with, must be alert at all times and because of that I honestly feel that he is going to bring the absolute best out in me.

 

PW:I don't know what's going to happen, ask me after the first or second round I should know better by then, haha.  All seriousness though, I expect a hard, tough fight.  The pace will be set very early, and we will see how the fight plays out.  I expect the best of him and I know I am going to bring my best.  Look there are no secrets here, I think most people know my style and they know Delvin's style.  They know what I have to do and what Delvin has to do to be victorious in this fight.  Whoever can execute and whoever stays most true to their game plan will come out on top.

 

Q: Is there anything either of you would like to say in closing?

 

DR: Everyone should expect a great fight this Friday night.  Everyone knows that they are getting a great performance in this fight.  This fight is very important for both of us, and we are going to put our heart and soul into every round.   This is definitely one fight you won't want to miss.  I think this is going to be one of best fights on ESPN in a really long-time.

 

PW: I think Delvin said it all.  This is going to be a great fight.  This sport is all about entertaining the fans, that's exactly what this fight is going to be.  I hope everyone can make it out on Friday night, and if you can't make it to Roseland Ballroom be sure to watch it on ESPN's “Friday Night Fights”.

 

Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100 and $200 and can be purchased by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000, or visiting www.starboxing.com. Tickets may also be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet, calling Ticketmaster 1 (800) 745-3000, or simply by Clicking Here.  Doors open at 6:30PM, with the first bout scheduled for 7:00PM.  ESPN will begin live coverage at 9PM ET.

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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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