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Aydin: “I Will Destroy Guerrero Like A Tank”

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GoldenboyNEW YORK (July 18, 2012) – Hard-hitting, undefeated Selcuk “Mini Tyson” Aydin has two goals when he faces former Three-Division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero for the vacant WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, July 28 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. – walk out of the ring a world champion and earn the respect of the American boxing fans.

“It's important to get the respect of the people in the United States because it's the capital of boxing,” Aydin said. “This is the pinnacle of boxing.”

The offensive-minded Turk will have his hands full against Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO's), of Gilroy, Calif., a once-beaten southpaw determined to prove he's a member of boxing's elite, when they square off in a 12-round battle in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event, live at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

The 28-year-old Aydin (23-0, 17 Kos'), of Trabzon, Turkey, has done the majority of his damage abroad, having fought in the U.S. just once, registering a 12-round split decision victory over Said Ouali in 2009 on ShoBox: The New Generation.

The WBC Silver Welterweight Champion knocked out 13 of his first 16 opponents – 12 of them within the first three rounds – earning him the nickname “Mini Tyson.” Using that power, Aydin is hoping to earn a new nickname on July 28: “The Ghostbuster.”

Aydin recently answered six questions:

This title shot has been a long time in the making – how does it feel to finally know your opportunity is near?

“I wasn't happy waiting such a long time, but I couldn't be happier that I have this opportunity now. I earned a shot at this a while ago. I had some issues with my management and a few other things. Those were some tough times not getting a chance to fight for the title. I'm happy that it's less than two weeks away. I know I'll be successful.”

What do you know about Guerrero and how do you feel about fighting in his backyard?

“I never heard of him before I got this fight. I never knew he existed. After I heard he wanted to fight me I researched him and saw that he was a good fighter, but before that I had never heard of him. I'm excited to fight on his turf and away from my home. It's no problem. All my friends and family who support me come with me to train. They'll be with me on fight night. In Trabzon, we always say that it doesn't matter where we are. We're happy to fight anywhere. Everywhere we go is Trabzon, doesn't matter if it's New York, LA or San Jose, everything is Trabzon.”

Advantage-wise, who do you think has the edge in this fight?

“When you come from a lower weight class you are faster, but it could be a negative because he won't be as strong at this weight. There is no advantage because we are both successful and have won many tough fights. He might have an advantage because he won't have to lose as much weight, but there won't be any advantage or disadvantage when we're both in the ring.”

Are you looking forward to fighting in the U.S. again on SHOWTIME and how important is it for you to make a name for yourself in the U.S.

“The United States is the capital of boxing. Every fight we win in the States is more important than anywhere else. This is the pinnacle of boxing. This is what I've been waiting for. To win the fight in U.S. is important because I'll gain the love of the people here. I've been boxing for 20 years as an amateur and a professional and I've been waiting for the respect in the States. That's why I need to win this fight. The money is important, but it also gives me a chance to earn the respect and become known in the capital of boxing.”

If you were Guerrero, what would you be concerned about in fighting you?

“I don't want to say what he should be concerned about. After the first punch he will see who he is facing. In the beginning of the first round everyone will see what happens. I'm going to knock him out. I won't be running away, but I'll be fast. It will be a good fight and I'll win. I'm like a tank. I go back and I go forward. I'll destroy like a tank.”

How mad were you to hit that referee in the amateurs? What, if anything,did you learn from that?

“I'm disappointed when anyone mentions that, but the referee that night was not fair. The fight was not fair. I was disappointed and I reacted against the referee. I feel bad about it, but every fighter wants to react when something isn't being done right in a fight.”

Guerrero vs. Aydin, a 12-round fight for the WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arena-Box Promotion and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will air live at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with co-featured events to be announced and preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Tickets, priced at $252, $127, $62 and $26, are available for purchase at the HP Pavilion box office, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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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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