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Juan Diaz To Work Aug. 24 ShoBox

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ShoBoxNEW YORK (Aug. 13, 2012) – Former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz will join Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins as a special guest analyst on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, August 24.

Diaz, who retired in July 2010, will join the telecast team for a quintessential ShoBox doubleheader headlined by unbeaten bantamweight rising star Randy Caballero against Manuel Roman live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT from Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.

An articulate and personable young man, Diaz is no stranger to ShoBox, having fought on the popular, critically acclaimed boxing series early in his career. In a fight in which he gained valuable exposure and experience, Diaz won a 10-round unanimous decision over Peter Nieves on August 24, 2002, on ShoBox (exactly 10 years to the day of his upcoming announcing appearance).

Diaz would go on to face some of the best 135-pounders of his generation during an outstanding 10-year career that began when he was 16. A talented, all-action fighter, he made seven successful title defenses of the World Boxing Association (WBA) title between 2004 and 2007.

“I am really excited to join Barry Tompkins and Steve Farhood and the entire ShoBox team for this show,” Diaz said, who currently hosts “The Baby Bull Show” a weekly radio program on ESPN Deportes. “When I was a young fighter coming up, ShoBox represented the first step on the last road toward fulfilling my dream. When you walk out for your first ShoBox fight and you see that the crowd is a bit bigger and more enthusiastic than you’ve seen before, and you know that the entire country is watching on TV, you have a realization that becoming a world champion is now within your grasp.”

Said Gordon Hall, executive producer of ShoBox, “Juan Diaz fought on ShoBox and he can give our viewers a unique perspective of what it is like to fight on this series. He knows the struggles and challenges these young fighters face as they look to turn from prospect to contender.”

The talented, well-respected 28-year-old Diaz also appeared seven times on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Nicknamed “Baby Bull,” Diaz won the WBA lightweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over defending champion Lakva Sim.Diaz went on to also capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) 135-pound titles in 2007 with victories over Acelino Freitas and Julio Diaz, respectively.

In a shocker, Diaz lost the three world title belts on a 12-round split decision to Nate Campbell on March 8, 2008, the first defeat or his career. Diaz went on to face Michael Katsidis, Juan Manuel Marquez (twice) and Paulie Malignaggi (twice) in memorable fights, with his first fight against Marquez being named Fight of the Year. After Diaz lost a rematch with Marquez, the native of Houston, Texas retired at the age of 27 with a record of 35-4 (17 KO’s).

While fighting, Diaz maintained a full-time academic schedule, graduating from high school and receiving a degree from the University of Houston.

In the August 24 ShoBox main event, Caballero (15-0, 8 KO’s), of Coachella, Calif., will defend his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) bantamweight title Mexico’s Roman (15-1-3, 6 KO’s) in a 10-round bantamweight bout. In the co-feature, talented lightweight prospects Michael Perez (16-1-1, 10 KO’s), of Newark, N.J., and Fidel Maldonado Jr. (13-1, 11 KO’s), of Albuquerque, N.M., will square off in a 10-round bout.

“Randy Caballero has shown the promise of becoming a very special fighter,’’ Diaz said. “With a good showing against the equally hungry Manuel Roman, Randy will be on his road to a world championship. I’m also really looking forward to the co-feature with Michael Perez. Perez may have suffered one loss, but he still holds a lot of potential. He’s got another chance now to prove on the big stage that he is for real, but he’ll have his work cut out for him against Maldonado, that’s for sure.”

Caballero vs. Roman & Perez vs. Maldonado are presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

A full lineup of undercard fights will be announced shortly. For more information, visit www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.fantasyspringsresort.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.twitter.com/fantasysprings or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing or www.facebook.com/fantasyspringsresort. For information on SHOWTIME, visit http://Sports.SHO.com, www.twitter.com/SHOsports or www.facebook.com/ShoBoxing.

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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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