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Demetrius Andrade Gets Step Up Test in Grady Brewer

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Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, Bobby Hitz/Hitz Boxing, Joe DeGuardia/Star Boxing, and Prizefight Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Friday, August 19, 2011, at the Horseshoe Casino, located at 777 Casino Center Drive in Hammond, Indiana. The main event, co-featured bout, and other selected fights will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes – ESPN’s Spanish-language network – and ESPN3.com, the network’s broadband platform service. It is the final fight card of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” 2011 season.

 

In the main event, scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division, former two-time world amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade, 13-0 with 9 knockouts, of Providence, Rhode Island, will step up in class against his most accomplished and dangerous opponent yet as a pro – veteran Grady Brewer, 28-12 with 16 knockouts, of Lawton, Oklahoma.

 

Promoter Art Pelullo said, “Demetrius has practically grown up as a pro on ESPN. We think he’s the top young prospect in boxing and a future world champion, and it’s fitting that his first big test as a pro and in his first 10 rounder be on ESPN Friday Night Fights finally for 2011. Grady Brewer is a very dangerous fighter who has real ability as a puncher and the tenacity that is needed to win big fights. He proved that in his last fight when he knocked out undefeated prospect Fernando Guerrero.”

 

Doug Loughrey, Director for Programming & Acquisitions at ESPN said, “We are proud to have this bout as the 2011 FNF season finale main event. It will be an interesting contest as Demetrius is stepping up with Grady Brewer as an opponent. We have seen both fighters this year on our network of platforms and we are confident this televised card will continue to deliver excitement for our boxing audiences.”

 

Andrade, 23 years old, finished his impressive amateur career representing the United States in the 2008 Olympics. He was also a gold medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Chicago, the 2005 and 2006 U.S. National Championships, and the 2006 and 2007 National Golden Gloves Championships, among many others. A pro now for over two and a half years, he has stayed active in the ring and made good progress, and feels that he’s ready for the next level of competition.

 

Brewer, an 11-year pro, won the 2006 season of the reality series, “The Contender.” He has derailed the progress of up-and-coming prospects more than once – Brewer is coming off a fourth-round TKO win against previously unbeaten prospect Fernando Guerrero (21-0 at the time) in his last fight on June 17, and he TKO’d previously undefeated Anthony Thompson (15-0 at the time) in February, 2004. Brewer also has to his credit wins against current IBF junior middleweight world champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (W10, Nov. 2008), and former IBF junior lightweight world champion Steve Forbes (W10, Sept. 2006),

 

The co-featured bout, scheduled for 10 rounds in the lightweight division, could stand as a main event on its own – former WBC lightweight world champion David Diaz, 36-3-1 with 17 knockouts, of Chicago, will battle rising contender “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy, 20-1-1 with 10 knockouts, of Philadelphia.

 

Diaz was born and raised in Chicago, and is a local hero. A 1996 U.S. Olympian, he won the WBC title in August, 2006, and made a successful title defense against Mexican legend Erik Morales at the Allstate Arena a year later. Lundy is coming off an exciting 10-round decision win against former two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez in his last fight on April 1.

 

More exciting fights will be announced. All bouts subject to change without notice.

 

Doors open at: 6:00 P.M. (all times Central time)

First fight at: 7:00 P.M.

 

Tickets prices: $90 Ringside, $40 Orchestra (main level), $30 Mezzanine (balcony).

Tickets available at: www.fanfueled.com and www.thevenue-chicago.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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