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Final Quotes From Paul Williams, Tavoris Cloud, Arreola, King

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184PAUL WILLIAMS & NOBUHIRO ISHIDA,

TAVORIS CLOUD & GABRIEL CAMPILLO,

CHRIS ARREOLA & ERIC MOLINA,

PROMOTERS DAN GOOSSEN & DON KING

Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos

From American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (Feb. 16, 2012) – A packed crowd attended the final press conference on Thursday at American Bank Center Arena to witness the jarring between promoters Don King and Dan Goossen and the fighters participating in Saturday's SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event, live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). 

In the main event, former world champion Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KOs), of Aiken, S.C., will face Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) of Osaka, Japan. Ishida has won his last two bouts via first-round stoppage, including an upset over then-undefeated James Kirkland in April of 2011, while Williams owns victories over Sergio Martinez and Antonio Margarito. 

In the co-feature, undefeated Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., will risk his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight title for a third time when he faces former world champ Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) of Madrid, Spain.

For the first time in network history, preliminary boxing bouts will be televised LIVE on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).  American heavyweight contenders Chris Arreola and Eric Molina will square off with hopes that a victory will move the winner one step closer to a shot at a world title.  In another heavyweight matchup on SHOWTIME EXTREME, Malik Scott will take Kendrick Releford in an eight-round bout. 

While Williams, Ishida, Cloud and Campillo kept the proceedings mostly respectable and calm, Arreola, Molina, King and Goossen had plenty to say about who they think will be the last man standing on Saturday night.

DAN GOOSSEN:

“From top to bottom, it's going to be all action.  Paul Williams is nothing but action.  Saturday we're going to have a special treat in the Triple Threat.  And we're happy to showcase some other guys on SHOWTIME EXTREME, which is available in more than 99 percent of homes that subscribe to SHOWTIME.

“One thing I don't have to worry about with Chris is that he's a fighter – he was born to fight.  He's exciting.  He likes to go for the knockout by breaking you down.  And that's what Chris is going to do on Saturday night.  Break Molina down and knock him out. 

“Paul has consistently gone out there and took on any challenger.  No one wants to fight this guy.  Paul is all excitement – he throws punches and he doesn't stop. 

DON KING:

“It's going to be super sensational on Saturday night.  In the glory of the Alamo, Eric Molina has come here to persevere and knockout out Chris Arreola.  In the spirit of Texas, this young man will rise to the occasion.  The underdog will come and knock out Arreola.  Eric has the heart, he has the desire, he has the will to win.  And he has that Texas spirit. 

“Everybody avoids Cloud.  He is the embodiment of the sport of boxing.  This cloud is coming in with devastation.  He's coming out to seek and destroy. 

PAUL WILLIAMS:

“I'm going to go out there and do what I do best, get the job done and put on a hell of a show.  To Ishida, a win over me would mean everything.  It's all or nothing for him.  If you want it, you got to go through hell to get it.  Whatever he throws I'm going to throw five times more.  I'm going to show him how American boys do it.”

NOBUHIRO ISHIDA:

“I know Paul is one of the best fighters in the world but I'm going to put on a great show on Saturday night.  This is a great opportunity and I'm here in Corpus Christi to win.  I didn't come here to for second place.”

ERIC GOMEZ, Vice President and Matchmaker – Golden Boy Promotions

“This is going to be a great event – it's going to be very exciting.  We want to thank Dan and Paul Williams for giving us an opportunity.  After he knocked out James Kirkland people were asking, 'What's next?'  We're happy to take on a fighter like Paul Williams.”   

TAVORIS CLOUD:

“I've been in camp for a long time.  I didn't take my opponent lightly and come Saturday night there's going to be a lot of excitement in the ring.  Gabriel is a good fighter, but I just don't think he can take my title.  But we'll see on Saturday night.”

 GABRIEL CAMPILLO:

“I'm very happy to represent my country of Spain and win a title on Saturday night.  This is a great opportunity and I plan on giving Tavoris Cloud his first loss.  I was a champion before and I'll be a champion again.”

SAMPSON LEWKOWICZ, Campillo's Promoter

“Campillo is the underdog.  But the underdog will thrive and be the new champion.  He will surprise everyone with an upset and a victory.”

CHRIS ARREOLA:

“I never disrespect anyone but my job is to take those dreams away from Molina, those dreams of beating me and moving on to a world title. 

“Don King has been talking trash and it's going to be a great honor to shut his (Don King's) mouth on Saturday.”

ERIC MOLINA: 

“I feel so close to home.  This is the best camp we've put together and I feel more confident that I ever have.  I love being the underdog.  I've had 18 wins in a row since losing my first fight in the first round.  After that loss I dreamt of getting a chance like this. It took a lot of work to get here after that loss and all that work is going to pay off against Arreola on Saturday.”

The event is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions.  The Williams-Ishida bout will be promoted in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions.  The Cloud vs. Campillo bout will be promoted by Don King Productions in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC.

Tickets for the event are priced at $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 and are available at the American Bank Center box office and on Ticketmaster.com. VIP packages are also available by calling (817) 296-4546. 

 


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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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