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543WASHINGTON, DC (March 15, 2012) – On Saturday, May 19, 2012, fans at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev., as well as those watching around the world, will see one of boxing's most intense grudge matches re-ignited when World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Lightweight Super World Champion and (IBF) Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson faces former Two-Time World Champion Amir “King” Khan in the highly anticipated rematch of their December 10, 2011 fight in Washington, DC in which DC native Peterson scored a title winning but controversial split decision victory over the United Kingdom's Khan.

“Peterson vs. Khan II: No Doubt,” a 12-round Unified Super Lightweight World Title Fight for Peterson's WBA World Super Championship and IBF World Championship taking place Saturday, May 19 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Khan Promotions and Headbangers Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The fight will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 10:45 p.m. ET/7:45 p.m. PT in the United States and live on Sky Sports 1 HD in the United Kingdom at 11:00 p.m. GMT (beginning with David Price vs. Sam Sexton for the British Heavyweight title from Liverpool, followed by Peterson vs. Khan II).

Both fighters have agreed to be subject to Olympic style drug testing which will include random blood and urine tests.

Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges, are available for purchase at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino).  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandaylaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available for purchase online at www.sportscorporation.comor by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.

“I feel really good about my decision,” said Peterson. “I went over every option available to me in terms of the fights that were on the table. I weighed each one of them looking at the pros and the cons and at the end of the day this is the one that made the most sense all the way across the board. I want everyone to know that, as champion, it has always been up to me what fight to take next. I was not persuaded by any of the controversy or anything else. I just can't wait to fight. I told Khan after the press conference when I won that if it was up to me I would fight him on Sunday, but I had to get with my team to look at every option that was out there. I just want to be clear that I never said I wouldn't fight him, but I wanted to take a look at everything that was out there before I made a decision. I'm happy with the terms of the fight. It's at a neutral site and, when I beat him this time, he won't have anything to complain about.”

“I'm delighted that I have finally been given the chance to avenge the result of my last fight,” said Khan. “It's clear I wasn't happy with what went on in the previous fight, but that takes nothing away from how Lamont Peterson fought. He showed tremendous heart that night, but now I have the chance to prove once and for all that I'm the very best in the division. I'm going to take care of business inside the ring and this fight is going to be just as exciting as the last one. The only difference is going to be in the outcome.”

“I said before their first fight that this was an opportunity to see the two best super lightweights in the world compete at the highest level of the sport and neither Amir Khan nor Lamont Peterson disappointed the fans,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “To see them fight again so soon after their first match on neutral ground in Las Vegas is a treat for boxing fans around the world.”

“We are pleased with the decision to fight Khan for the second time,” said Barry Hunter, manager and trainer of Lamont Peterson. “I was extremely proud of Lamont with respect to this process. He took his time and looked at all of his options and he decided this was the best option available.   Our preparation for this fight will be the same, it is going to be a hard fight and we will be ready for the challenge.”

“The Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan rematch is one of the most anticipated fights of 2012 and we're delighted that HBO World Championship Boxing will be the television home for this encounter,” said Kery Davis, senior vice president programming, HBO Sports. “These two world class athletes are outstanding examples of perseverance and dedication.”

When some people say 'boxing saved my life,' it's nothing more than a cliché.  When Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO's) says it, the phrase has a literal meaning.  One of 12 children forced to grow up much too fast on the mean streets of Washington, DC, a 10-year old Lamont, along with his eight-year old brother Anthony, dealt with issues no child should have to.  Left homeless and to fend for themselves as their father was in prison and their mother battled her own issue s, the brothers found salvation when they met Barry Hunter, a local boxing coach who treated them like they were his own children.  Almost immediately, the brothers showed a gift for boxing.  With hard work, and eventually a stable living environment, they shined as amateurs with Lamont nearly making the 2004 Olympics.  By the end of 2005, the buzz was getting louder about Peterson; not just about his talent in the ring and his 15-0 professional record, but also about Lamont and his brother's amazing story.  A busy schedule of fights, an undefeated record and the compilation of numerous regional titles led to his steady rise in the 140 lb. ratings.  Peterson got his shot at a world title in April of 2009 when he took on fellow unbeaten Willy Blain for the WBO Interim Junior Welterweight Title.  A dominating performance by Peterson ended with Blain forced to retire due to injury in the seventh round.  Peterson finally had a world title belt in his possession.  In December of 2009, he got the opportunity to fight for the regular WBO title, but he was decisioned by Timothy Bradley and handed his first pro loss.  Peterson would bounce back with a win in his next fight in April of 2010 before fighting to a 10 round draw with future Welterweight World Champion Victor Ortiz in December of 2010 (at Mandalay Bay).  He earned his December 2011 world title shot against Khan with a 12th round knockout of Victor Cayo in an IBF elimination bout on July 29 of last year.  On December 10, 2011, his title fight against Khan captivated the boxing world and all of Washington, DC.  In one of the feel-good stories in all of sports last year, the hometown favorite but underdog Peterson won the unified world championship over the favored World Champion Khan not far from the mean streets that he and his brother had wandered homeless as children.  After the struggles he endured to get to the top of the boxing world, taking away the titles that Peterson worked so hard for will be an extremely tall task for Khan.

Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KO's), who despite being just 25 years old, is already a star in the United Kingdom, selling out huge arenas and racking up impressive pay per view numbers.  Considered one of the sport's future stars, Khan has sailed to the heights of the amateur and professional boxing worlds, however he is far from finished on his quest to becoming the best of his era.  An accomplished amateur who earned a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens at just 17 years old, the Bolton, England native took the professional game by storm in 2005 and, with the exception of a brief bump in the road in 2008 when he was upset by Breidis Prescott, Khan has since been unstoppable.  Khan first became a world champion in 2009 when he defeated WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Andreas Kotelnik in July of that year.  Khan defended the crown five times, first knocking out previously undefeated Dmitriy Salita in less than one round.  Next, in his United States debut at Madison Square Garden in May of 2010, he dominated the always tough Paul Malignaggi en route to an eleventh round technical knockout win.  On December 11, 2010 at Mandalay Bay, Khan battled Marcos Maidana in what was eventually named the Boxing Writers Association of America 2010 Fight of the Year.  The fight saw Khan dominate the early rounds, scoring a first round knockdown, but Maidana closed the gap in the later rounds.  Khan displayed some extremely impressive fortitude in surviving a vicious tenth round onslaught by Maidana in which the British star looked to be on the brink of being knocked out.  Khan made it out of the round on his feet and came out swinging in the eleventh and twelfth rounds, sealing the unanimous decision victory in an instant classic.  On April 16, 2011, Khan retained his title by defeating European Champion Paul McCloskey via technical decision in front of a sell-out crowd of over 17,000 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.  Next came a July 23, 2011 win over then IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Zab Judah, making Khan the unified 140 lb. world champion.  Next up was an IBF mandatory bout against Lamont Peterson, leading us to this much anticipated rematch.  There's more on the line than ever before for Khan who wants nothing more than to regain the titles he feels should still be his today.

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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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