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David Price Fights Audley Harrison on Wealth TV

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WealthTV Full Logo Blk jpg 627x1000 q85SAN DIEGO (September 21, 2012) – WealthTV, the latest destination for boxing's premier live events, has secured the live United States television rights for the United Kingdom heavyweight showdown between a pair of former Olympians, rising star David Price and battle-tested veteran Audley Harrison, on October 13 (starting at 3 p.m. ET) from Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

Price vs. Harrison continues WealthTV's commitment to become a major player in live telecasting of world-class boxing, as well as the network's focus on the heavyweight division. In July, WealthTV showcased world heavyweight contender Tyson Fury's (19-0, 14 KOs) fifth-round technical knockout of veteran Vinny Maddalone. The Price-Harrison announcement comes on the heels of WealthTV's entertaining “Ironbound Throwdown,” a Main Events card featuring top heavyweights Tomasz “Goral” Adamek against Travis “Freight Train” Walker that aired September 8.

In what many in the boxing community are describing as the best heavyweight round of boxing in recent years, two-time, two division world champion Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29 KOs) was floored by a well-trained Walker in the second round. Adamek recovered and dropped Walker (39-8-1, 31 KOs) with both fighters ending the round on their feet, along with the crowd. Adamek battled back to finish Walker in the fifth round. WealthTV's live Sept.8th airing also included two other fights featuring two of America's premier rising heavyweights, United States Boxing Association heavyweight title-holder Bryant “By-By” Jennings (15-0, 7 KOs) and former two-time IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (25-4, 12 KOs), who moved up to heavyweight for the first time, in winning fashion. Jennings was impressive, ending his fight with Chris “Special K” Koval (25-10, 18 KOs) in the opening round, and Cunningham pitched a near shutout en route to a dominating win by 10-round decision over Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (21-11-4, 10 KOs).

“We anticipate upwards of 30 to 40 fights on WealthTV through 2013,” WealthTV President Charles Herring commented. “We're pleased with our programming, thus far, but we're actively looking for more opportunities to feature top-quality, world-class fights and fighters on our growing network.”

The 6' 8″ undefeated Price (13-0, 11 KOs), a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist, defends his BBBofC British heavyweight title for the first time against southpaw Harrison (28-5, 21 KOs), who captured a Gold Medal in the super heavyweight division at the 2000 Olympic Games.

The 29-year-old Price, already rated No. 21 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), captured the BBBof C heavyweight title last May, stopping former Commonwealth (British) champion Sam Sexton in the fourth round. Price is on the fast track in the heavyweight division, while Harrison's career is at the crossroads.

Harrison emerged from the 2000 Olympics with great expectations that were never attained. The highlight of his professional career was a 12th round knockout of Michael Sprott in 2010 for the European heavyweight championship. In his next fight, however, Harrison was knocked out in the third round by then World Boxing Association (WBA) kingpin David Haye, whose chief sparring partner, ironically, has been Price.

Other British title fights will air as part of the Price-Harrison card. “This fight continues our heavyweight trend on WealthTV,” WealthTV Director of Live Events Thomas Morris noted. “The heavyweight division has traditionally driven boxing and boxing fans, particularly Americans, who love watching the big guys bang.”

WealthTV recently announced that it has exclusive U.S. rights to broadcast the popular GYM “Fast & Furious” series in Canada, and Hennessy Sports' “Next Generation” series from the United Kingdom.

The first installment of the new season of the “Fast & Furious” series is scheduled for the night before the Price-Harrison fight – Friday, Oct. 12 – live from the famed Bell Centre in Montreal, headlined by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title eliminator between dangerous Quebec favorite Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (18-1-0, 15 KOs) and American power-puncher Donovan “Da Bomb” George (23-2-1, 20 KOs). The winner between these two powerful hitters will automatically become the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Carl Froch.

Other stars in the making slated to fight on the Oct. 12 “Fast & Furious” show on WealthTV include undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) champion Kevin Bizier (17-0, 12 KOs), unbeaten North American Boxing Organization (NABO) light heavyweight titlist Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (9-0, 5 KOs), and middleweight knockout artist David Lemieux. (Plus undefeated Colombian heavyweights, now living in Montreal, Didier “Big Daddy” Bence (5-0, 2 KOs) and 2008 Olympian Oscar Rivas (11-0, 6 KOs).

WealthTV is available on Verizon FiOS TV (channels 169 and 669 in HD), AT&T U-Verse TV (channels 470 and 1470 in HD), along with more than 100 cable systems across the country. A live feed can also be found online at www.wealthtv.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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