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Floyd on Last 24/7: “I Want To See More Blood”

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24-7-Mayweather-vs-CottoFloyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto both seem relaxed and able to enjoy the hectic nature of fightweek in the fourth and final episode of the Mayweather-Cotto 24/7 mini-series which ran on HBO Friday night.

We see Cotto in Orlando, at Freedom High School, at a pep rally for the fighter.
He provided a $25,000 scholarship to a Freedom student, and for sure will have a lot of Freedom kids rooting hard for him tomorrow.

Cotto leaves camp for Vegas, a party of ten who all have drawn-on mustaches for the flight. He says he will enjoy the whole fight week. He's fought in Vegas 11 times in 11 years as a pro.

Mayweather is in his house while Cotto is in a hotel. Floyd is under the covers with his missus, and says, “I'm not going to show you who I got under here…It's not a guy,” he says, an allusion to Cotto sharing a bed with pal Bryan Perez at training camp.

Floyd says, “But May 5, blood has got to get drawn. I'm going for the kill. If I see blood, it's motivating me even more. Cause I want to see more blood.”

He wonders if Cotto will look to survive or will be willing to go out on his shield.

We see a gig thrown for Floyd by his crew. There is dancing, while Floyd plays cards with Uncle Roger, who turned 51 last week. Roger says his diabetes is a factor, but he wants to live to be 150, to see his kids grow up. Floyd worries that Roger doesn't eat right, and he wants to better oversee his health. “I love him dearly,” he says.

On Tuesday, fans flock to see Canelo and Shane Mosley come to the MGM. The show introduces Canelo, and promoter Oscar De La Hoya gushes over him, saying he's happy to hand over the torch. I would say Pacquiao took the torch, and brought it elsewhere, but hey…

Canelo, in this mini 24/7, says he knows many doubt him, but he does not. Mosley says experience helps him. People who watched him just look to survive against Mayweather and Pacquiao have pretty much switched him off. He said he doesn't want to hear people ask him when he will retire; well, he talked a good game and then didn't do what his unwritten contract promised…try to win. That's weak in my book, no matter if he is headed to the Hall. A pro goes out and tries his best to win, bottom line, end of story.

Pedro Diaz weighs in, and says Cotto is sure of what he has. The sportbooks are sure he will lose. The fighter says he is enjoying the magnitude of the event.

At the Mayweather Boxing Club, Floyd is still working hard. He says his weight, 148, 152, whatever, doesn't matter, he will be ready to rumble. His crew offers predictions on what their guy will do. 50 Cent says Floyd will stop Cotto before the midway point of round nine, or so he hopes, and so he has bet. He notes that the bright side for Cotto is that he will be well paid for his whuppin.

Floyd says he is positive regardless of what's coming down the pike, even jail time impending. “Everything is a learning experience,” he says. He says he asks 'why me?' to the heavens, and thanks the above that he is “one of the chosen ones.”

Liev Schrieber offers some profundities in closing, and we see rehash hi-lights of the series. Fade to black…

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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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