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Canelo Alvarez To Fight Kermit Cintron On Nov. 26

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739MEXICO CITY, October 26 – Just one day after formally announcing Adrien Broner's first world title fight against Vicente Rodriguez on November 26 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions are pleased to add another treat for fight fans to help celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by presenting a second world championship fight on the same night. That treat will come in the form of Guadalajara's undefeated WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defending his title against former World Champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron from the Bancomer Center in Mexico City, Mexico, which will also be televised live on the November 26 HBO Boxing After Dark telecast.

 

“Kermit Cintron is a worthy challenger for my title and I'm looking forward to fighting him at home in Mexico,” said Alvarez. “Everyone knows what happens when Mexicans and Puerto Ricans meet in the ring, and I expect that we're going to give the world a show to remember, but I guarantee that I will leave with my belt on November 26.”

 

“It's been a while since I've worn a world title belt around my waist and I can't wait to do it again in November,” said Cintron. “Alvarez is a good, young fighter, but I have the experience and the power to beat him. I know this fight is in his backyard, but I won't need judges for this one.”

 

“We know it is a huge undertaking, but thanks to HBO, we're able to deliver two world championship fights on the same night from Mexico and the United States on November 26,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “In pitting a young champion looking to continue his reign against a veteran who is eager to win another world title, Alvarez vs. Cintron looks to be an all out action fight to remember. In Broner vs. Rodriguez, we will see two young fighters battle it out as each tries to win his first world title. On November 26, fight fans in Mexico, the United States and those watching around the world, will not be disappointed.”

 

“We are delighted to offer our subscribers a holiday treat with an international flair, said Key Davis senior vice president of programming, HBO Sports.  “With two great fights from Cincinnati and Mexico, this show should provide sports fans with exciting boxing action on Thanksgiving weekend.”

 

Alvarez vs. Cintron is a 12-round bout for Alvarez's WBC Super Welterweight World Championship which will take place Saturday, November 26 at the Bancomer Center in Mexico City, Mexico and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions. “Home for the Holidays: Broner vs. Rodriguez” is a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Junior Lightweight World Title which will take place the same night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and R&R Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast will air at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT in the United States, with Televisa airing the fights in Mexico.

 

21-year old Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KO's) is already a world champion and looking to follow in the footsteps of the other greats from his boxing-rich nation. After making his mark on the world scene in 2010 with wins over Jose Cotto, Carlos “Tata” Baldomir and Lovemore “Black Panther” N'Dou and, Alvarez earned the WBC 154-pound World Title with a near shutout of tough contender Matthew “Magic” Hatton in March of 2011. He successfully defended his title by knockout with victories over Ryan Rhodes in June in his native Guadalajara and against Alfonso Gomez in September in Los Angeles. The charismatic young star will look to end his 2011 campaign with a victory over former World Champion Cintron.

 

Puerto Rico's Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KO's) has long been one of boxing's most feared knockout artists. The owner of the kind of power that thrills fans and leaves opponents timid, the former IBF and WBO Welterweight World Champion Cintron has traded punches with the best in the game, including Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, Antonio Margarito, Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo. Coming off of a win over Antwone Smith in August, the 31-year-old is ready to prove he can win another world title and on November 26, he gets his chance.

 

A full undercard will be announced shortly. For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.usbankarena.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.twitter.com/caneloOficial, www.twitter.com/CANELOTEAM or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Follow HBO Boxing newsat www.hbo.com/boxing,on Twitter @hboboxing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hboboxing.

 

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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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