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Mayweather, Ortiz Quotes From Last Press Conference

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MayweatherOrtizCityWalk_Blevins9“STAR POWER: MAYWEATHER VS. ORTIZ” FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Six-Time and Five Division World Champion

 

“I'm going to go in there with class and will leave there with class.

 

“Victor Ortiz said the fight won't go the distance.  So I say ok, it won't go the distance.

 

“I don't have to brag, I don't have to boast.  I'm going to go in there and execute the game plan.

 

“[To Oscar De La Hoya] You've done a hell of a job with Victor Ortiz's career.

 

“I've fought them all, never backed down, stayed focused and was always at my best.

 

“I want to thank the press and the media for keeping me relevant.

 

“[To Ortiz] You're an amazing athlete.  I know you're going to bring your best.  Let's give the fans what they want to see.

 

“[To Ortiz Trainer Danny Garcia]You say I'm a dirty boxer.  Boxing is a dirty sport.”

“Vicious” Victor Ortiz, WBC Welterweight World Champion

 

“I want to thank Team Mayweather for this opportunity, but let's not forget I am the current champion of the world and I will remain champion.

 

“Forty-one of those fighters [defeated Mayweather opponents]were not me.  Forty-one of those couldn't move like me.

 

“I am going to teach you what it's like to have a loss on your record.

 

“Somebody's scared, but I'm going to hold my hands up and I'm going to put you on your ass.”

Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion

 

“I'm very happy to be the main event at STAPLES Center.  I never thought I'd be a champion this young.

 

“Obviously Alfonso is a very good fighter.  I prepared very well.  It will be a tough fight, an exciting fight and the winners are going to be fans.”

Alfonso Gomez, Top-Rated Super Welterweight Contender

 

“This fight is the opportunity of a lifetime, fighting a boxer as popular as Canelo Alvarez and on a weekend like this – Mexican Independence Weekend.

 

“I'm going to take this opportunity to show my talent and show the world the type of fighter that I am.

 

“I feel his road to this fight has been paved for him to get here.  I have done it the hard way and have overcome every obstacle in my way to get to the same place.  I don't think he'll show me anything I haven't already seen.

 

“Golden Boy has given this opportunity to fight on this great fight card with Mayweather and Ortiz and if I beat Canelo I would love to give him the rematch.”

 

Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Six-Time and Three Division World Champion

 

“I am well prepared.  I know there have been some changes in terms of my opponent, but we have made the necessary adjustments.

 

“I'm very confident we are going to come out with our hands raised.

 

“It's going to be a great fight.  I'm ready.”

Pablo Cesar Cano, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender

 

“I am very happy to be here.  It is the first time, but I am sure it won't be the last.

 

“Ever since I started boxing, I have dreamt of this moment.  I've had dreams and have set goals, and now my dream is coming true and my goals are being met.

 

“I am hungry for a win.  I'm not here to test if I can do this.  I am here because I know I will win.

 

“My whole life in boxing has been about challenges.  I'm ready for this one.  I'm here and I'm ready for it.

 

“I know I'm very young and a lot of you might think it's too early.  I'm going to show you what I can do.  Viva Mexico!”

Jessie Vargas, Undefeated Super Lightweight Contender

 

“It is an honor to be on this fight card with such big legends of boxing like the best pound-for-pound

champion Floyd Mayweather, who is also my boss.

 

“I've been training hard for seven weeks and for seven weeks I've been waiting for this Saturday.  I feel strong and fast and look forward to coming out with the victory.

 

“I'm not just going to give you fans a great fight; I'm looking for the knockout.

 

“This is a great opportunity and I'm going take advantage of it.”

Josesito Lopez, Top-Rated Super Lightweight Contender

 

“I'm very excited for this fight.  I feel this is my time to shine.

 

“I've had a long tough training camp.  I'm ready and excited to show my talent in the ring.”

 

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“STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz”is a mega-event taking place Saturday, Sept. 17 from two world-class cities with three world titles at stake.  Floyd MayweatherandVictor Ortizwill face off in a 12-round fight for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight World Title from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.Canelo AlvarezandAlfonso Gomezwill do battle in a 12-round fight for Alvarez's WBC Super Welterweight World Title from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Also live in Las Vegas will beErik Morales vs. Pablo Cesar Canoin a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Title and an opening fight featuring undefeated rising starJessie Vargasagainst top contenderJosesito Lopez.  The mega event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools, AT&T and Southwest Airlines.  Alvarez vs. Gomez is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Morales vs. Cano is presented in association with Box Latino Promotions.  “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.  Fans in the United Kingdom can watch the fight live on Primetime, channel 480 on Sky, Virgin on Demand and streamed live via the websiteprimetimelive.co.uk at 2:00 a.m. BST (Sunday, September 18).

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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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