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Kid Shamrock Returns

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BobbyCassidyplaypic_lxThe acclaimed Off Broadway production KID SHAMROCK returns with an exclusive run of 10 performances at the TADA Theater from Friday, November 25 to Sunday December 4. The heart-wrenching and inspiring true story of middleweight contender “Irish” Bobby Cassidy will be directed by former WBO heavyweight champion of the world, Michael Bentt.

“KID SHAMROCK rocks, rolls and provides a raw slice of what we think it is to be a fighter,” said Bentt. “A fighter intuits that after every congratulatory pat on the back, (literal or metaphorical) a shot, or a punch delivered from the blind side awaits. It’s the nature of the game and the nature of life; It takes maniacal and monumental courage to endure and get up every morning, which is why the storytelling in KID SHAMROCK is truly transcending.”

Examining the depths of a fighter’s soul and celebrating the proud tradition of the sweet science, KID SHAMROCK provides a rare glimpse into the mindset of the fighter. And providing that glimpse are fighters themselves. The cast is replete with former boxers, including John Duddy, Seamus McDonagh, Wayne Kelly and Cassidy himself.

“These fighters have shown a tremendous amount of heart inside the ring,” said executive producer David Schuster. “Guess what? They display the same heart and courage on the stage. The fighters, the actors, they lay it on the line every night.”

The cast is anchored by veteran actor Vinny Vella (The Sopranos, Casino), the show-stealing Patrick Joseph Connolly and the explosive Nick Roman.

Each performance provides a message of perseverance and hope. As such, the cast and crew of KID SHAMROCK would like to extend a sincere thank you to Maxim Group LLC for sponsoring an evening in which tickets will be given away exclusively to teenage fighters from boxing gyms in the New York area. We applaud Maxim Group’s desire to expose young men and women to such important life lessons played out on the stage.

Praise for KID SHAMROCK:

“The boxing scenes may well be the best-choreographed fight action ever seen on a New York stage, on or off-Broadway,” — George Kimball, The Irish Times

“Kid Shamrock packs a punch,” — The Irish Voice

“For boxing, today it’s Off Broadway, tomorrow Broadway!” — New York Daily News

“Poignant … superbly written,” — Brian Doogan, The Ring magazine.

For more information: Email Kidshamrockplay@gmail.com

or call Gary D. Morgan 646-772-8704

Twitter: @KidShamrockplay

facebook.com/KidShamrock

The TADA Theater:
15 West 28th Street
NY, NY 10001
(Between Broadway and 5th)
Phone: 212. 252.1619

The Cast

John Duddy – The recently retired middleweight contender had a 29-2 (18 knockouts) as a professional boxer. Among his victories, John has wins over former IBF world champion Yuri Campas and former European champion Howard Eastman. As an amateur fighter, The Derry Destroyer notched over 100 wins and was national champion of Ireland. Immensely popular in New York City and Ireland, Duddy’s fights were social events not to be missed by the boxing crowd. Upon his retirement from the ring, John turned to acting and scored a role in the critically acclaimed television series, “Lights Out.” John also calls fights for the BBC and the MSG Network. He was voted one of Ireland’s 10 Most Beautiful People.

Seamus McDonagh – A former New York Golden Gloves champion, Seamus turned pro and became a cruiserweight and heavyweight contender while fighting regularly at Madison Square Garden. In 1990, he fought Evander Holyfield for the United States heavyweight title on HBO. The St. John’s graduate has a long list of acting credits. He has appeared in the films “2by4” (Sundance Film Festival) and “The Shankill Road,” and “Whatever Happened to Rocky Sullivan.” He also appeared Off Broadway in, “Bobby Sands’ M.P.”

Vinny Vella – A veteran actor and New York City institution, Vinny is most famous for his role of Jimmy Petrille on HBO’s emmy-winning series, “The Sopranos.” He also played Artie Piscano, in the Martin Scorcese-directed film, “Casino.” Among Vinny’s other film credits are, “Kill the Irishman,” “Find Me Guilty,” “Analyze That” and “This Thing of Ours.”

Patrick Joseph Connolly — His film credits include, “Gardener of Eden,” which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival, was directed by Kevin Connolly and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. He also appeared as the truck driver in the final scene of the final eposide of the HBO hit series, “The Sopranos.” His stage credits include, “Prisoner of Second Avenue,” and “A Letter from Ethyl Kennedy.”

Bobby Cassidy – Bobby fought from 1963 to 1980 and the southpaw was world-rated in the junior middleweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. In 1975, he was ranked number one in the world as a light heavyweight by the WBC. As a trainer, Bobby led two fighters to the world title, Donny Lalonde and Lonnie Bradley. As an actor, Cassidy has appeared in three films, Rocky, Uncle Joe Shannon and This Thing of Ours.

Wayne Kelly – A former pro fighter and longtime sparring partner of Bobby Cassidy, Kelly is now a world-reknowned referee. He has officiated over 50 world title fights.

Director Michael Bentt – A modern-day renaissance man, Bentt has excelled in both athletics and the arts. As a fighter, Michael is the former WBO world heavyweight champion, winning the title via first-round knockout of Tommy Morrison on HBO in 1993. He is one of the most decorated amateur fighters in U.S. history, winning four New York Golden Gloves titles and five U.S. national championships. He earned a bronze medal in the 1985 and 1987 World Championships. In 2001, Bentt played the role of Sonny Liston opposite of Will Smith in the MichaelMann-directed, “Ali.” His other film credits include, “Public Enemies,” opposite Johnny Depp and “State Property 2,” opposite Damon Dash. His TV credits include, “Saturday Night Live,” “JAG” and “Sons of Anarchy.” In 2003, he was the first actor-in-residence at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, where he played the title role in Othello, The Moor of Venice. Michael has also written about boxing for HBO.com and Bert Sugar’s Fight Game. Kid Shamrock marks Bent’s directorial debut.

Executive producer, David A. Schuster – David grew up in Bayside, Queens, New York and was a 1977 graduate of Cardozo High School. He received his BA in Communications from University Of South Florida (Tampa) in 1981. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, David was a manufacturer of designer jeans in the garment industry. For the last 10 years he has been involved with investment banking and raising money for different projects and businesses, including independent films. As a result of his life-long interest in both boxing and the cinema he has formed “Winner Take All Productions.” Among WTA’s first projects was a feature-length documentary on the plight of Cuban boxers. Winner Take All is currently in pre-production for a feature film on Roberto Duran.

Producer, Gary D. Morgan – Gary is an actor/director/producer whose credits include stage, film, and television.

Playwright Bobby Cassidy Jr. – A sportswriter for two decades, Bobby has covered a variety of major sporting events, including the World Series, U.S. Open, Belmont Stakes, Stanley Cup Playoffs and more than 100 world title fights. His work has appeared in Newsday, the New York Post, Time Out NY, ESPN.com and The Ring. He has authored or co-authored four books. In 2006, he directed the documentary short film, “Pride and Passion: Negro Leagues Baseball,” which screened at the Coney Island Film Festival.

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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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