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Rodriguez Headlines Foxwoods Oct. 21

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Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY – (10/5/2011) –  Some of New England's brightest and best boxing prospects will be showcased Friday, Oct. 21, in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), when DiBella Entertainment returns to the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.

The same market that has produced “Irish” Micky Ward, “Bad” Chad Dawson, Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, John “The Quietman” Ruiz and so many more world-class boxers during the past 20 years, will also feature a multi-talented quartet comprised of highly-touted super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, fan-friendly Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczewski, exciting Danny O'Connor, and gifted Luis “KO King” Rosa, on the “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right” card.  The N.E. Fab Four has an impressive combined record of 53-1.

“Edwin, Ryan K., Danny and Luis represent the new generation of New England boxers,” promoter Lou DiBella said.  “They all bring into the ring what real fans want – boxing skills, guts, and entertaining styles.  Each of these young fighters has a growing fan-base and we're hoping they'll all band together October 21st to cause another New England revolution.”

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.

Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), fighting out of nearby Worcester, Mass., has already graduated from prospect to legitimate world title contender.  The 26-year-old is now rated in all four major sanctioning bodies (IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #8 and WBO # 12) and has gained invaluable experience in the past year as a sparring partner for Carl Froch, Daniel Geale, Jean Pascal and Chad Dawson.

“La Bomba” headlines “Octoberfist” against another undefeated fighter and friend, New York City banger Will “Power” Rosinky (14-0, 8 KOs).  Also being broadcast live on Showtime is the 10-round co-feature, matching rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KOs) and always tough Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KOs) for the vacant NABF title.  Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Rodriguez and Rosinsky a history dating back to the amateur ranks, where they were, respectively, the 2005 USA Nationals middleweight and light heavyweight champions. Edwin was also the 2006 National Golden Gloves Champion, while Rosinsky captured the New York Golden Gloves Championship four times.  They were also members of the 2006 USA Boxing team that traveled to China.

Recognized as one of the most feared body punchers in boxing, four of Rodriguez last five fights ending in knockouts were the results of single punches to the liver and rib areas.  Rosinsky has fought a number of times on DBE's popular Broadway Boxing series but, unlike Rodriguez who will be fighting on Showtime for the third time, second in the main event, the Oct. 21, bout will mark the first appearance for Rosinsky in the national spotlight. 

Another undefeated fighter from Massachusetts, unheralded Quincy junior lightweight Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs), who stamped himself as an action-packed fighter to watch, belting James Lester around the ring from the opening bell for eight full rounds en route to a lop-sided win by decision in his last fight.

O'Connor (15-1, 4 KOs), a left-handed light welterweight from Framingham, Mass., was a 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate.  He and Rodriguez have traveled similar routes, first boxing at the Worcester Boys & Girls Club, and now as training camp roommates in Houston with former world title challenger and “Trainer of the Year”, Ronnie Shields, now serving as chief second for both of them.  O'Connor, who designs and makes his exotic Irish-flavored boxing trunks, bounced back from his only loss, ironically, to Bracero, with an impressive first-round knockout victory last month.

Unbeaten New Haven super bantamweight Rosa (8-0, 5 KOs) was another decorated NE amateur boxer.  He is mature beyond his years, largely due to his amateur experience, as well as having his father, Luis, as his coach. Rosa is the complete package in the ring, offensively and defensively, but he also has heavy hands. 

The complete undercard will be announced shortly.

Tickets for “Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right” 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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