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hbo-ipad-serviceDEVON ALEXANDER AND MARCOS MAIDANA SET FOR

FEBRUARY 25 BATTLE AT ST. LOUIS' SCOTTRADE CENTER

 

ADRIEN BRONER TO MAKE FIRST TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST

UNDEFEATED #1 RATED CONTENDER ELOY PEREZ

 

DOUBLEHEADER TO BE TELEVISED LIVE ON

HBO'S BOXING AFTER DARK

 

ST. LOUIS, MO (January 16) – On Saturday, February 25, four of boxing's most compelling athletes will begin 2012 in pivotal HBO Boxing After Dark televised battles from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.  In the main event, the pride of St. Louis, Devon Alexander “The Great,” squares off against Argentinean knockout artist Marcos “El Chino” Maidana as the two junior welterweight stars move up to face off in a 10-round welterweight showdown.  The co-featured fight will see Adrien “The Problem” Broner make his first title defense when he puts his WBO Junior Lightweight World Title on the line against unbeaten number one rated WBO contender Eloy “Prince” Perez.

 

“The main event features two top junior welterweight stars looking to make a statement as they move up to the welterweight division,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions.  “Alexander will have his hometown fans cheering him on against Maidana, who is one of the most feared punchers in the game.  In the co-feature, you have two young, undefeated fighters squaring off with a flashy, fast and strong Broner taking on a hungry, motivated and relentless Perez.  These are must-win fights for all four fighters and a night boxing fans won't want to miss.”

 

“I'm extremely excited to make my welterweight debut in such a big fight,” said Alexander.  “Maidana is one of the best fighters in the game right now and I believe that if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.  Come February 25, I win this fight convincingly.”

“I'm excited to be preparing myself to fight back in the United States against an elite opponent like Alexander on Feb. 25,” said Maidana.  “It's a great opportunity to prove myself and I won't let it go.  I know it's a tough fight, but I love big challenges, especially in a new weight division.  As always, I promise all the fans another war in the ring.”

            “Get ready to come to swag class, because I'm taking Eloy Perez to school on February 25,” said Broner.  “I'm going to treat this fight just like the last 22.  I will train like it's the last fight of my life and will come out victorious.”

“I'm looking forward to fighting Adrien Broner on February 25 and to hearing the words “AND THE NEW…,” said Perez.  “Golden Boy Promotions gave me the opportunity to work with them two years ago and they have groomed me for this moment and I will not disappoint them.”

“I would like to thank Golden Boy and The Great Promotions for making such a great fight possible,” said Darryl Jones President of Boxing Operations of The Great Promotions.  “I believe Alexander vs. Maidana has 'Fight of the Year' potential.  Devon's having a tremendous camp and we are preparing for war.”

 

“Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana in a main event on HBO before a big crowd in St. Louis is a recipe for a terrific night of boxing action,” said Kery Davis, senior vice president of programming, HBO Sports.  “It is a great way to kick off the season for Boxing After Dark.”

“This is a terrific sports town and Devon Alexander ranks among our city's biggest sports heroes, both inside and outside the boxing ring,” said Mike McCarthy, CEO of Scottrade Center.  “We're thrilled to welcome Devon and his legion of fans back to Scottrade Center as the eyes of the sports world once again focus on St. Louis for what promises to be another unforgettable night of boxing.”

“Alexander vs. Maidana,” a 10 round welterweight fight taking place on Saturday, February 25 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with The Great Promotions and Universum Box Promotions and sponsored by AT&T and DeWalt Tools.  Also featured will be Adrien Broner vs. Eloy Perez in a 12 round fight for Broner's WBO Junior Lightweight World Title which is presented in association with R&R Promotions.  The fights will be broadcast live on HBO's Boxing After Dark at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. 

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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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