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Khan-Peterson Press Tour Quotes

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PetersonKhanIILonPC Hoganphotos(1)Khan and Peterson met the press in LA, London and DC to hype up their rematch.

Lamont Peterson, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion

“I am happy the rematch is happening. Too many times the fans want to see a rematch and you don't see it until five or six years later when the fighters are past their prime. This will be a great fight for the sport of boxing.

“I had other fights on the table that were interesting to me, but the fans seemed disappointed [with those fights]. I like to think I am the people's champion and the fans wanted to see this fight and I wanted to do it for them.

“Since I stepped out of the ring, I have wanted to get back in there with Amir.

“I'm feeling very confident that the fight is in Vegas. I don't want to leave any doubt that I'm the better fighter. I know there wasn't any cheating going on [in the first fight] and I want to prove that.

“Amir Khan believes he won the last fight, and I believe that I won, so we're both going in this with something to prove. This will be an exciting fight. I am confident I will win again.”

“The only difference [in my life] since I won the belts is sometimes I forget that my name is Lamont Peterson because everyone is calling me 'champ.'

“I felt like everything was going my way in the first fight, so I am not going to change much in my preparation.”

 

Amir Khan, Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion

 

“I really believe I won the first fight and it brought a fire back inside me which I haven't felt in a long time.

“I know I made mistakes, so we're going back to the drawing board to fix them. I'll be a different fighter in this fight because I'm hungrier and more focused than ever. Sometimes when things don't go your way it makes you work harder.

“We had a great fight the first time. I want those titles back and that is the reason I wanted this rematch. This is a fight that the world wants to see.

“Bernard Hopkins said to me, 'Whenever you walk into someone's backyard it's harder to win the fight,' and he was right.

“May 19th is going to be explosive and the best fighter is going to win. This could be one of the best fights of 2012.

“In every fight there are adjustments to be made, so we are going to change a few things and bring some new moves to the ring to be prepared for Lamont Peterson on May 19th.

“Peterson is a good fighter. He's tough and he's strong and that is what makes me want to get in the gym and work harder…so I can win on May 19th.

“I am glad this fight is in Vegas. All I want is a fair and neutral fight. We want to make sure the referees and judges are neutral so that there is no doubt who is the best fighter.

“I walk the streets and people still call me the champ and I can't wait until May 19th to win the championships back and make my fans proud.”

Barry Hunter, Peterson's Manager and Trainer

 

“We had a choice and took our time to make the right one for this particular time in Lamont's career.

“They [Team Khan] are good guys. They treated us well in the U.K., but like they say, 'The British are coming.' We have to hold it down and get [our fans] to Vegas.

“If you miss this fight, you are going to miss a legendary one. I have “No Doubt” in my mind that the second fight is going to be better than the first.”

 

 

Freddie Roach, Khan's Trainer

“We had a great fight last time. This time, we are going to make some new moves. We will make small adjustments with Khan but they will make a big difference.

“I am a fight fan and I am looking forward to this fight.”

 

“Where going to the Philippines so he'll be training with Manny Pacquiao. It helps him prepare mentally, because if he can do it with Pacquiao, then he can with Lamont Peterson.

 

 

Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions (Khan's Promoter)

“Will Amir Khan prove to everyone there was a “Doubt” or will Lamont Peterson show there is 'No Doubt' in May?

“With 'No Doubt,' I feel that this fight will be the 'Fight of the Year' because their styles are perfect for each other.”

 

 

David Itskowitch, COO of Golden Boy Promotions (Khan's Promoter)

“Each one of these young men is looking to leave “No Doubt” as to who the champion really is.

“It is going to be a fight that will be very similar to the first fight in terms of action in the ring.

“Making rematches often isn't easy. Both of these guys agreed to concessions in order to make this fight happen and they should be commended for getting it done.

“Lamont Peterson has a great story. Not far from where he was wandering the streets homeless as a little kid, he wins a world title. That is a pretty amazing.”

“Amir Khan is not only well known for his in ring abilities, but he is also known for his charity work in the U.K. and Pakistan. He is a great guy. On May 19th he will be looking to regain the titles that he feels are rightfully his.

 

 

Asif Vali, Khan Promotions

 

“Without a doubt this is what people want. This is what the fans want. This is what the media wants and this is what the public wants.

“May 19th, you will see a great fight. The first fight was great no matter what happened inside and outside of the ring. The second fight is going to be even better.”

“We're ready to go and as the title says leave 'No Doubt.' In the last fight I have “No Doubt” that Amir won and I have “No Doubt” that Amir is going to take his titles home on May 19th for himself and the fans.

“We'll make sure it's fair and we'll make sure the two boxers will have the chance to do what they do best inside the ring.”

Jeff Fried, Headbangers Promotions Attorney (Peterson's Promoter)

“I see what the secret to the Petersons' success is. It's family and their values.

“I want to let you know that there is true professionalism up here and may the better man win on May 19th.

“We're not much for talking. We're about backing up our words with actions and that's what Lamont will do May 19th.

“Our view of 'No Doubt' is not so much to erase a controversy, it's to put an exclamation point on what happens May 19th. You have not seen Lamont at his best.”

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“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).

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.

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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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