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Amir Khan: “We Know How Good Lamont Is”

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images“CAPITAL SHOWDOWN: KHAN VS. PETERSON”

FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

 

Amir Khan, Unified Super Lightweight Champion

“I always said when I was younger, I wanted to fight in different states and different areas of the world because I want to be the best and prove that I'm the best.

“We know how good Lamont is. He's strong. He's only lost one fight in his whole career. It's going to be a tough night and you have a lot of support here, but I think we will have a lot more support [than people think].

“It's been a long time since you had a big fight in DC, and we want to bring big fights back here again.”

Lamont Peterson, #1 Rated IBF Super Lightweight Contender

“I've been talking for two months now. I'm tired of talking. I'm ready to fight.

“I don't like to be amped or crazy going into the ring because I'm a thinker. I just think about the game plan, go over that a few times and before I know it, they're raising my hand at the end of the fight. I just keep going over that over and over again until it's time to go.

“Khan has got his army here, so we really need DC to come out and represent!”

Seth Mitchell, Undefeated Heavyweight Contender

“I'm excited about the fight and I'm anxious. I'm tired of training.

“I'm not underestimating Timur at all.

“I'm confident. I know this is a big step for me. You don't get a record like Timur's without knowing how to fight and maneuver in the ring.

“I respect my opponent a lot, but come December 10, I'm pretty sure he won't respect me and I won't respect him either.

“I feel that it's my time.”

Timur Ibragimov, Heavyweight Contender

“I fought so many times in Moscow, Germany, but never in the capital of America. It's a big honor.”

Anthony Peterson, Lightweight Contender & Lamont's Brother

“It's been 15 months since my last fight. The Only thing I can say is keep your eyes open and don't blink, because I got a lot of stuff to get off my chest on Saturday.

“I'm frustrated that it's been so long since I fought, but it's been a learning experience.

“I've got to prove a point to myself and to everybody else. I believe the Peterson brothers are the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I'll believe it till I die, but we have to prove it to everyone else.

“We had to endure a lot more than the average kids, but we made up for that with Barry. He showed us how to live outside of boxing. He is my father.”

Freddie Roach, Boxing Hall of Famer and Amir's trainer

“I fought here on March 1 in 1986. Darryl Tyson kicked my butt, but we're gonna change that in the upcoming fight.

“Amir Khan is really ready. We had a great training camp and we'll see you all there Saturday night.”

Barry Hunter, Team Peterson Manager and Trainer

“It's not often that you have someone like Amir take a fight in the other person's hometown when you can have a fight anywhere else in the planet, but he chose DC, so he deserves all the thanks and praise in the world.”

 

Andre Hunter, Seth Mitchell's Trainer

“Seth has prepared very well and we know Timur is coming to fight. Seth is ready to go.”

Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions

“Saturday night, we will see the future of the heavyweight division in Seth Mitchell.

 “When Amir Khan won the Silver Medal in 2004, he already looked like a seasoned veteran. He had tremendous speed, power and foot work.”

Bernard Hopkins, Light Heavyweight World Champion and Golden Boy Promotions Partner

“DC is one of those towns that boxing needs to be back in. Everybody on this stage has the opportunity to prove why DC is now the place for boxing and that it is a fight town.

“Amir and Lamont, this is your time to shine. This is your opportunity to build your own legacy and your own careers starting Saturday.”

Greg O'Dell, President and CEO of Events DC

“We couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this fight.

“We want to make this fit for a 'King,' Amir Khan, but we also want to see some 'Havoc' from Lamont Peterson as well and we want to see our good friend Seth Mitchell cause a little 'Mayhem' when he's fighting.”

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“Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson,” a 12-round Unified Super Lightweight World Title Fight for Khan's WBA World Super Championship and IBF World Championship taking place on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools, AT&T and MicroTech. Also featured will be a 10-round heavyweight battle between Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and Timur Ibragimov. The fights will be telecast in the United States on HBO World Championship Boxing at 9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT and on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center doors will open on fight night at 6:00 p.m. and the first fight will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50 and $25, are available for purchase through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center Box Office will be open Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 10 from 12:00 p.m. until approximately 11:00 p.m.

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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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