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Seth Mitchell, Malignaggi, Mora & Tattoo In Vegas…AVILA

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Seth_Mitchell_hand_raised_2010LAS VEGAS-Heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell won by stoppage in round three on the eve before the big fight in Las Vegas.

Crowds seemed to get larger and larger inside the MGM Grand on Mexican Independence weekend. many of the peole likely lured to the space by the mega fight card that features Floyd Mayweather tangling with the much younger Victor Ortiz on Saturday. The card will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.

Champions gathered young and old at the MGM gambling palace. Fighters like Ken Norton, Ernie Shavers and Sugar Ray Leonard signed autographs and gave their insight on the welterweight world championship fight.

On Friday at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino, Michigan’s rising heavyweight Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs) disposed of Hector Ferreyro (21-11-2) at 2:17 of round three. The first round saw Mitchell pressure the Texan but was unable to land anything flush. By round two the right hands began to connect and though Ferreyro proved game he didn’t pack enough firepower to keep the former Michigan State linebacker from running him over.

Though the arena was not very crowded. a number of boxing celebrities showed up including a trio of defensive wizards, Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora, Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi and Winky Wright.

Brooklyn’s Malignaggi has a fight coming up on Oct. 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The former junior welterweight world champ now makes the Wild Card Boxing gym his base of operations and he’s ready for his showdown.
“I’m feeling good and ready to go,” said Malignaggi whose last fight was a decisive win over Jose Miguel Cotto. “Things are going good.”

Malignaggi is one of the more remarkable fighters in the prizefighting world. Though he lacks pure knockout power his defensive skills and granite chin enable him to rack up wins against much harder hitting opponents. He’ll be on the Bernard Hopkins light heavyweight title defense against Chad Dawson.

Next I ran into East L.A.’s Mora who said that 2011 has been the worst year of his career. After losing a disputed decision against Brian Vera in Texas, the former junior middleweight champion was in limbo. But things recently changed.
“It looks like I have a fight against Shibata Flores,” says Mora, who will be fighting at the middleweight level.

Flores has been training with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who fights Alfonso Gomez today at the Staples Center.

Mora hopes some other big things can occur including a match with middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez. If anyone can beat Martinez I’d pin it on Mora whose style can match anything the Argentinian southpaw can fire. Don’t sleep on Mora.

Sitting with Mora was famous radio personality Tattoo, who’s a huge boxing fan and very knowledgeable about the sport. Recently he recorded a conversation with Fernando Vargas that ended with the former world champion punching Tattoo, not once, but twice.

“I was on the ground for 10 minutes,” said Tattoo, who showed photos of his reddened stomach where the Ferocious one slammed his bare fist into the radio personality’s belly. “I couldn’t get up. I couldn’t do anything dude.”

Tattoo’s crazy video is up on Youtube.com under “Tattoo-Fernando Vargas. 

“Fernando was laughing at me,” said Tattoo about the after effects of receiving two body blows from the Oxnard bad boy.
Vargas wasn’t bullying. It was Tattoo who thought of testing Vargas punching power.

“I get crazy,” said Tattoo as he described the scenario. “I just yelled **** it.”

Tattoo comes out on MTV3 every Sunday at noon and presents the Top 20 videos. He also comes out on a show on www.bereal.tv.com with Tattoo and the Crew.

All three expect a tremendous fight between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz.

“Victor is going to knock him out,” says Tattoo.

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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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