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Canelo Aims At Floyd, Manny, Cotto

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GoldenboyLOS ANGELES (Aug. 29, 2012) — Incredibly popular Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez participated in a spirited open media workout Wednesday at TSB-44 in Santa Monica, Calif. as he prepares to defend his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against upset-minded breakout star Josesito Lopez in the main event of “Knockout Kings'' on Mexican Independence Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 15, live on SHOWTIME ® (9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

In front of a jam-packed gym working with trainer Chepo Reynoso and co-trainer Eddy Reynoso, the undefeated champion hit the heavy bags, performed calisthenic exercises, shadowboxed and sparred for five rounds during an intense one-hour workout.

Here's what Canelo, his trainer, and Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, said Wednesday:

CANELO ALVAREZ

“Every fight there's more and more pressure and more and more attention on me. The way I deal with it is to take it one fight at a time. Keep training and trying to get bigger every day. I want to learn and I'm still learning.

“I don't want to say I'm the best, but I am a world champion and I want to fight the best. I'd love to fight guys like Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, but first I have to get past Josesito.

“This is going to be a tough fight and a great fight for the fans. Josesito has a great chin. I feel I'll have to work him little by little and throw my best combinations to hurt him.

“He's my opponent and he's definitely earned the opportunity for this fight. He's durable, he's dangerous and he's coming to win. He's coming to win and to take my belt.

“I'm not even thinking of the $100,000 knockout bonus. I just want to win convincingly for all my fans. I'm dedicating this fight to them.

“My sole focus is on Sept. 15. Fighting on Mexican Independence Day weekend is a very big responsibility for me.

“Working in Santa Monica at this gym has been great. Everything has gone perfectly. I've had good sparring and I've been working with guys that are similar in size and style to Josesito.

“I'm relaxed and I feel no pressure. It's different for me now than it used to be. I don't have as much private time to myself; people know me and recognize me, but I fight for the people, my fans.

“I'm looking for a big win so that fans can celebrate happily and properly on Mexican Independence Day weekend. This is a very important date. I hope the fans come out and support us. This is a big night and I'm really looking forward to the fight.”

CHEPO REYNOSO

“This is a very important fight against a very durable and determined opponent. People don't believe in Lopez, but they didn't believe in him before he fought Victor Ortiz either.

“There are no weak opponents. We know that Josesito is capable of causing damage. That's why we have had 10 weeks of preparation for this fight. We don't want the same thing to happen to Canelo that happened to Ortiz.

“This has been a great camp from start to finish. There haven't been any problems. Canelo is very focused. He has tunnel vision.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA

“This is an amazing card, one that easily could have been on pay-per-view. The fact SHOWTIME stepped up to the plate is great for the sport and great for the fans. We are all very excited about it.

“The millions of fans watching live on SHOWTIME will see a great night of non-stop action and knockouts. The $100,000 bonus we're giving to the top knockout winner only gives more motivation to all the fighters. Actually, this bonus is so enticing I'm thinking about maybe coming back.

“You know Jhonny Gonzalez is thinking the bonus the way he fights. Ponce De Leon, Canelo, it's hard to pick who's going to be the eventual winner. Every fighter on this card possesses tremendous punching power and they can all lay down the hammer and it will be “goodnight” for their opponents when they do.

“Every fight from top to bottom is going to be exciting. I expect them all to end by knockout. They're all amazing matchups – the matchmaking was crucial to this card and I feel we did a great job.

“Fans are in for a real treat – a night of great action and knockouts. The fighters are motivated and ready to fight.”

“Knockout Kings,” headlined by Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC Super Welterweight World Championship against breakout star Josesito Lopez, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends his crown against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon in fight presented in association with Promociones Del Pueblo, former World Champion Marcos Maidana faces perennial contender Jesus Soto Karass in a fight presented in association with Universum Box-Promotion and Leo Santa Cruz defends his IBF Bantamweight World Championship against former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel. The Saturday, Sept. 15 quadruple-header, packed with Mexican pride and power, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets priced at $400, $300, $150, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available for purchase. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or 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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