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Edwin Rodriguez Fights Will Rosinsky on Oct. 21

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Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY – (9/26/2011) –  DiBella Entertainment returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino with ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader on Friday, October 21. To be broadcast live on Showtime, the fight will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdowns between Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO's) and Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO's) and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO's) takes on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO's) for the vacant NABF title.  Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Tickets are priced at $125, $85 and $50 and are on sale now.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.foxwoods.com or www.ticketmaster.com and by calling (800) 200-2882.  Doors open at 7PM, with the first bout scheduled for 8PM.  Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM ET.

“We're very excited to host this ShoBox doubleheader featuring Edwin Rodriguez and Will Rosinsky, two undefeated, world-class fighters,” said Scott Butera, President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “This fight is a unique addition to our October entertainment line-up, and we always welcome the opportunity to showcase Foxwoods in front of a national audience.”

Rodriguez and Rosinsky were both decorated amateurs winning 2005 middleweight and light heavyweight US Amateur Champions respectively.  Rodriguez was also the 2006 National Golden Gloves Champion, while Rosinsky won the New York Golden Gloves Championship four times.

“This is going to be an all-around tremendous card on October 21st,” said Lou DiBella, founder and President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), the promoter of Rodriguez. “The main event will feature Edwin, one of hottest up-and-coming stars in all of boxing, facing his toughest
opponent to date in Will.  Both of these guys were stellar amateurs and now are undefeated up-and-coming prospects set to go toe-to-toe in what is going to be a can't-miss fight.”

Rodriguez, who is already rated in all four major sanctioning bodies in the super middleweight division (IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #8, WBO #12), burst onto the professional scene in early 2008, scoring a first-round TKO over Samuel Ortiz Gomez.   The Worcester, MA native has lost only a handful of rounds and earned 19 victories, picking up the WBC USNBC title in the process.  In his first fight after shoulder surgery in August 2010, Rodriguez looked sensational, stopping Chris Traietti in the second round.

“I am thrilled to be fighting on Showtime again as the main event.  I am looking forward to showcasing my skills and letting the world know that I have arrived and am ready to take on the best fighters in the world,” said Rodriguez.  

Rosinsky turned pro in August 2008 with a first-round knockout over Valetine Fortanelly on another DBE-promoted show. Rosinsky has fought a number of times on DBE's popular Broadway Boxing series, but the bout on October 21st will be his first in the national spotlight.

“At this point in my career, I felt that accepting this fight was the perfect decision,” said Rosinsky. “I feel that I will really be able to showcase my skills as a professional fighter, and what better than to do it on Showtime. Edwin is a talented boxer and an up-and-coming super middleweight prospect like myself. A lot of people, especially fans of the sport, will be eager to see us go toe-to-toe. I have no doubt that this fight will be a great one to see. I'm thankful to Lou for giving me this opportunity and I know that this will be a huge stepping stone in my career.”

This is not the first nationally televised, world-class fight to take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Earlier this year, Foxwoods hosted the World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight title fight between then undefeated champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, which was broadcast live on HBO. Hailed by many industry experts as fight of the year, 24 year-old underdog Ortiz won the welterweight by unanimous decision.

“Edwin Rodriguez is inarguably the best super middleweight prospect in America,” said SHOWTIME boxing analyst Steve Farhood.  “He's at a sensitive point; he's on the verge of becoming a legitimate contender.  His next couple of fights are crucial, and he needs not just to win, but to look like a future world titlist.”

The undercard will feature some of the New England area's most promising and exciting fighters including Quincy, MA's undefeated super featherweight Ryan Kielczewski (11-0), and Framingham, MA's light welterweight prospect Danny O'Connor (15-1).  The complete undercard will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $125, $85 and $50 and are on sale now.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.foxwoods.com or www.ticketmaster.com and by calling (800) 200-2882.  Doors open at 7PM, with the first bout scheduled for 8PM.  Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM 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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