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HBOmage001PACQUIAO/BRADLEY HBO ROADBLOCK
SET FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 9;
FIVE-HOUR BLOCK OF NONSTOP BOXING PROGRAMMING
BUILDS ANTICIPATION FOR THE EVENING’S EXPLOSIVE
PAY-PER-VIEW SHOWDOWN IN LAS VEGAS

HBO Sports transforms HBO and HBO2 into fight-day boxing destinations with a sensational five-hour block of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley Jr. fight-related programming just hours before their pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas. PACQUIAO/BRADLEY HBO ROADBLOCK happens SATURDAY, JUNE 9 (4:00-9:00 p.m. ET/1:00-6:00 p.m. PT).
The first four hours of the Roadblock air on HBO2, while “Fight Day Now!,” the final hour, airs on HBO. Presented from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, “Fight Day Now!” gives all the latest news and revealing insights from special guests as the main event approaches. Jim Lampley, who will be ringside to call the blow-by-blow action on the pay-per-view telecast later that evening, hosts the Roadblock.

PACQUIAO/BRADLEY HBO ROADBLOCK includes:
4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT: “Classic Boxing: Pacquiao vs. Barrera, 2003” (HBO2)
4:50 p.m. ET/1:50 p.m. PT: “Ring Life: Manny Pacquiao” (HBO2)
5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT: “24/7: Road to Pacquiao/Bradley” special (HBO2)
5:30 p.m. ET/ 2:30 p.m. PT: “24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley” episode #1 (HBO2)
6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT: “24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley” episode #2 (HBO2)
6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT: “24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley” episode #3 (HBO2)
7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT: “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao/Bradley (HBO2)
7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT: “Portrait of a Fighter: Timothy Bradley” (HBO2)
7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT: “Weigh-In Live: Pacquiao/Bradley” replay (HBO2)
8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT: “Fight Day Now!,” hosted by Jim Lampley (HBO)

Follow HBO boxing news at hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter at twitter.com/hboboxing.
“Pacquiao vs. Bradley” takes place Saturday, June 9 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT).
The executive producer of PACQUIAO/BRADLEY HBO ROADBLOCK is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; producer, Thomas Odelfelt; director, Bill McCullough.

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During the June 1st NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast, Freddie Roach commented, “I think Bryant Jennings is the best prospect America has right now in the heavyweight division.”

Jennings shared his thoughts on this, “I totally went crazy after I heard that! He had told me personally, but when he announced it on national television I was blown away. Freddie knows boxing.” When asked if he agreed with Roach, Jennings said, “I work pretty hard and I do see myself as one of the best , if not the best.”

Fred Jenkins, Manager/Trainer for Jennings said, “Bryant has the potential to be the greatest heavyweight of all time. He is still learning and that makes all things possible.”

Jennings' promoter, Russell Peltz,of Peltz Boxing, commented, “All you hear about is Tyson Fury, Seth Mitchell, David Price, and yet Bryant Jennings is the one they should be talking about.”

Bryant “By By”Jennings will face Steve “Freight Train” Collins on NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” June 16. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.

FIGHT INFO:The June 16th NBC Sports Network Fight Night card at Newark's Prudential Center features Tomasz Adamek vs. Eddie Chambers. Co-featured on the card will be Bryant Jennings vs. Steve Collins, Garrett, Indiana, 25-1,18 KO's.The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. The card is presented by Main Events in association with Peltz Boxing, Ziggy Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotions.

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Last weekend the renowned Resorts Hotel Casino in Atlantic City played host to a very successful All Star Boxing Legends Gala, and representing Find A Dream were world champion boxers Ray Mercer and Bobby Czyz.

Find A Dream is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization geared towards to providing a safe and supportive environment for youth and young adults of diverse social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. They strive to build gyms and educational facilities so youth can work toward a goal and have the resources to pursue their dreams.
“We are proud and honored to have two Directors/Board Members attend the gala and receive awards,” said Rod Ricciardi, President and Co-founder of Find A Dream. “Since the gala we have been in talks with four or five other world champions and promoters who are interested in coming on board and joining our efforts.”
Attending the tribute dinner were more than 80 of boxing top icons of the past and present, including world champion fighters, promoters, announcers, referees and more.
“It was truly a sight to see that many of boxing’s legends under one roof,” said Matt Howard, Vice President of Gomes Gaming. “We were extremely happy with the success of the night and that Resorts could be part of it.”
Find A Dream is a nonprofit organization unlike any other. They have partnered with professionals to deliver on their promise of positive change in young lives. Communities become stronger when youth is mentored through people of character with a true interest in pouring constructive, character-building activities and input into their lives.
To continue about Find A Dream, Ricciardi stated, “What we’re trying to do is help kids of any age and bring a positive influence into their lives. We are trying to do it through martial arts, boxing, to give kids discipline and structure.We are also opening up a music division, and want to offer the full spectrum of educational programs—computer and music classes, total career counseling and assisting young adults through high school and college. Our impact is felt every time an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good.”
Going forward Find A Dream will be looking to continue to stay active amongst the communities, and will hosting a variety of events and fundraisers with their team throughout the summer. To stay current on everything surrounding Find A Dream visit www.findadream.org of find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FINDADREAM.ORG.

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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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