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Darchinyan Fiery Before April 6th Scrap

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GaryShawProductionsHere is a Q n A with Vic Darchinyan, who challenges Shinsuke Yamanaka on April 6, in Japan.

JM: Vic, you are challenging Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC bantamweight championship on on April 6th in Tokyo, Japan. What's your game plan heading into this fight?

Vic Darchinyan: “My game plan is to knock him out and win. What else would everyone like to hear me say? I’m going to go out and fight a good fight. Give my fans in Japan a great action fight and win the world title. I have many fans from Japan that respect how I fight. I good go out and box for points and win fights by running but I respect that my fans spend good money to see me fight and the reason why I am known around the world is because I come to knock my opponent out.”

JM: What do you think of Yamanaka as a fighter?

Vic Darchinyan: “I have watched two of his fights and you can see that Yamanaka is a warrior. He doesn't take a backward step, he’s always there trying to knock out his opposition. His last opponent was very tough and had a lot of wins behind him but Yamanaka wasn’t intimidated he just kept coming and coming and got the KO. This is what boxing is all about. I love watching Japanese fighters fight; they like to bring everything to the ring. It’s been my dream to fight in Japan all my career, I’m very grateful to the WBC, Mr. Honda, Gary Shaw and my manager Elias Nassar for making a dream come true.”

JM: Are there any weaknesses that you see in Yamanaka that you wish to expose?

Vic Darchinyan: “The biggest weakness Yamanaka has is he has never fought Vic Darchinyan. I am going to take him places he has never seen before. I will throw punches that won’t stop coming and won’t stop hitting his head or body. That’s his weakness. I’m going to test his chin and his body, the same way he is going to test mine. He is very quick and has a good jab and he has a knockout punch. I have to go out and fight smart and stick to the game plan. In my last fight I knew I had to go to the body but when I get into the ring I just want to destroy my opponent. If I don’t stick to the plan of breaking him down I risk losing the fight, but if one punch lands on the mark I promise another hundred will follow.”

JM: What would a win mean in this point in your career?

Vic Darchinyan: “I have my chance to win my 9th world title.* It means everything to me, to my family, to my team. I still can’t believe I will be fighting in Japan for the WBC belt. My dream my entire career was winning the WBC belt. I won it against Mijares in 2008 and I would love to win at 118 especially in Japan. A lot people have doubted my power at 118. Everyone that watched the fight against Abner Mares saw what happened, Mares is the Undisputed Champion of the low blow. I make mistakes like everyone. Nobody is perfect. But the one thing everyone knows is I have never said no to fight. I will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. I have never knocked back a fight.”

*Editor's note: Darchinyan is counting belts, not championships: he won the IBF 112-pound championship in 2004, the IBF 115-pound championship in 2008, then added the WBA super championship and WBC championship by defeating Cristian Mijares in a 2008 unification bout. He has also won IBO championships at 112, 115 and twice at 118 pounds, but some of these titles were earned in bouts with multiple belts at stake.

JM: What can the fans expect from you on April 6th?

Vic Darchinyan: “They can expect to see a monster in the ring. I am coming to fight for my Japanese fans. I am coming to knock Yamanaka out. What else can I say? I want to be World Champion for the rest of my life.”

JM: Have you ever contemplated a Nonito Donaire rematch?

Vic Darchinyan: “I will always want to fight him but Nonito Donaire doesn’t fight anyone that is going to throw a punch back. All the bullshit with the Donaire rematch fight, I signed the contract one day after I was told about the fight, he waited for three months to sign and he only wanted to sign it after my team said we are not waiting anymore because I need to fight. Look at who I have fought and look at who he has fought. I fight for titles and test myself against the best, Donaire fights for Bantamweight titles against junior flyweights. He is managed very well because he keeps on fighting bums. I wanted to fight Montiel for years, he was offered the fight ten times always had an excuse, Montiel jumped in the ring after I bashed Arce, he was offered a fight and he was chicken. Now Donaire wants to fight Arce. I bashed Arce from start to finish; Arce has got nothing now the same as before. I watched Arce’s fight against Angkota, Arce is ready for the rubbish and Donaire wants to fight him and they want to call it a super fight they should call it Super Rubbish because the fans are too smart they know when a fighter is fighting bums. And Donaire and Arce are fighting bums. I will fight anyone, that’s why I am fighting in Japan. I am fighting a tough, undefeated champion in his country against thousands of fans against me, who else does that, only true warriors will fight anyone.”

JM: Who are some other fighters that you would be interested getting in the ring with?

Vic Darchinyan: “Anyone who wants to fight me. I would love to rematch Abner Mares or Moreno at Bantamweight and I would also like to fight Nishikoa or Rigondeaux at Super Bantamweight. I would fight anyone who has a belt that’s the best way to answer the question.”

JM: Closing thoughts for the fans?
Vic Darchinyan: “Thank you for all your support I truly appreciate it. Get ready for April 6th in Japan because there is going to be a knockout.”

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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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