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Yes, Jose Luis Castillo Is Still Fighting

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GoldenboyJOSE LUIS CASTILLO VS. JOSE MIGUEL COTTO HEADLINES

MARCH 24 HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

UNDERCARD IN HOUSTON

 

PLUS, HOUSTON LOCALS OPEN UP

THE SHOW AT THE RELIANT ARENA

HOUSTON, March 22 – Living up to the old adage that everything is bigger in Texas, the March 24 HBO World Championship Boxing event featuring a hard-hitting doubleheader of Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia and James Kirkland vs. Carlos Molina will have an undercard just as exciting as the featured fights at Houston's Reliant Arena, with former World Champion Jose Luis Castillo squaring off against longtime contender Jose Miguel Cotto in a ten round welterweight bout, adding another chapter to the great fistic rivalry of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, plus a bevy of up and coming prospects doing battle prior to HBO hitting the airwaves.

Also in action on the undercard will be top Houston prospects (and twin brothers) Jermell and Jermall Charlo as well as Lanard Lane, plus Hollywood's Jamie Kavanagh and Orlando's Daquan Arnett.

Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia, a 12-round bout for Morales' WBC Super Lightweight World Title taking place on Saturday, March 24 at Reliant Arena in Houston, Tex., is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Box Latino and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Also featured will be a 12-round battle between James Kirkland and Carlos Molina for Kirkland's WBC Continental Americas Super Welterweight title which is presented in association with Warrior's Boxing and Promotions. The fights will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Reliant Stadium box office south ticket windows.

Few active fighters own the resume sported by Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico's Jose Luis Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KO's). A two-time lightweight world champion best remembered for his classic battles with former World Champions Diego Corrales and Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the 38-year-old Mexican warrior has also shared the ring with the likes of former and current World Champions Ricky “Hitman” Hatton, Joel “Cepillo” Casamayor, Julio “The Kidd” Diaz, Cesar Bazan and Jorge Paez. The winner of three of his last four bouts, “El Terrible” is prepared to put on a show against Cotto on March 24.

34-year-old Caguas, Puerto Rico native Jose Miguel Cotto (32-3-1, 24 KO's) is like Castillo in that he has been fearless when it comes to fighting anyone put in front of him. A veteran of over 15 years in the professional game who has thrown hands with former and current World Champions Canelo Alvarez, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi and Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, Cotto is 4-2 in his last six fights and when the bell rings in Houston, expect him to give his all to win not just for himself, but also for Puerto Rico.

Representing the city of Houston on March 24 will be two of boxing's premier prospects, unbeaten super welterweight twin brothers Jermell and Jermall Charlo. In a 10-round showdown, Jermell (16-0, 7 KO's), who has defeated fellow up and comers Luis Enrique Grajeda and Francisco Santana in recent bouts, will square off against 27-year-old Chicago product Chris Chatman (10-1-1, 5 KO's), who is unbeaten in his last seven contests. In a six round fight, Jermall (8-0, 4 KO's) takes on La Vista, Nebraska's Shawn Wilson (5-8, 1 KO).

Irish lightweight prospect Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh (8-0-1, 3 KO's) is a slick boxer with a fan-friendly style that has led him to an unbeaten record thus far in his professional career. A native of Dublin now fighting out of Hollywood, California, the 21-year-old will make his first appearance of 2012 in a six round match against Bradenton, Florida's Cesar Cisneros (3-3-2, 1 KO).

A proud member of the Houston Fire Department, 29-year-old Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KO's) specializes in putting fires out outside of the ring, but heating up the action inside the ring. In the ring, Lane owns victories over solid vets John Brown, Martin Tucker and Dairo Esalas with his lone career loss coming via a close decision to fellow prospect Mike Dallas Jr. in his most recent fight in July of 2010. Now, Lane is ready to make a triumphant return to the sport and his hometown in an eight round welterweight battle when he faces Waco's Milton Ramos (7-2-2) who has won five in a row.

In the four round bout slated to open the show, Orlando super welterweight prospect Daquan Arnett (1-0) meets Fabian Cancino (0-3) of San Antonio.

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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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