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Geale To Fight Rematch With Mundine

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GaryShawProductionsOctober 16, 2012 – Gary Shaw Productions has been granted an “Exception to Regulations” by the IBF on behalf of unified IBF/WBA middleweight champion, Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (28-1, 15 KOs), to participate in an optional IBF world title fight against Anthony Mundine (44-4, 26 KOs) prior to his mandatory defense.

“Now that we got the green light from the IBF to make this fight, I'm going to work hard to get everything completed,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “This might be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history as both fighters consider this a grudge match.”

Geale tasted defeat for the first and only time when these two fighters faced each other back in May of 2009. Geale lost a controversialsplit decision and he's looking to set the record straight once and for all.

“When Mundine and I first fought, I thought my hands were going to be raised after the fight,” said Daniel Geale. “It was close but I thought I was the better man that night. I've always wanted revenge against Anthony, and now I have the opportunity thanks to my promotional teams Grange Old School Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions.”

“Bill Treacy and Garrie Francisco have done an outstanding job of leading my team to where I am today, and the addition of international promoter Gary Shaw, was brilliant as you can see by my two wins in Germany. Team Geale defines the word team.”

Geale's managers comment on this highly anticipated rematch.

“Anthony should go in to hiding, Daniel will embarrass him” said co-manager Garrie Francisco.

“It's time for Daniel to put an end to the circus” stated Bill Treacy.

Mundine is a three time world champion and has gone (19-1) in his last twenty bouts and is currently riding a 4-fight winning streak. He captured the vacant WBA World super middleweight title against Sam Soliman in March of 2007 when he knocked him out in the 9th round. A year later, Mundine was victorious in the rematch winning a 12-round unanimous decision in May of 2008. Mundine is the only fighter in the history of boxing to have every fight on pay-per-view.

“This is a fight that all of Australia has wanted to see and I'm glad it has finally come together.” Mundine said. “I always said Daniel would be a world champion if he didn't have to fight me and that has proven to be the case. People are saying he is the best middleweight in the world, but he is not even the best middleweight in Australia. I beat him once and I'll do it again.”

Daniel Geale is unbeaten in his last seven bouts and is coming off an incredible triumph victory over, Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 16 KOs), a fight that took place in Sturm's native land of Germany. This was the second time Geale defeated a German fighter on their home soil, having previously dethroned Sebastian Sylvester in May of 2011.

Geale's trainer, Graham Shaw of Grange Old School Boxing, is confident that Daniel will be successful in their rematch with Mundine.

“Daniel is fighting at an incredible level these days. We never look past the next fight and for this bout we will be extremely focused. In the first fight with Mundine our preparation was solid and I thought we won.” said Graham Shaw. “Since that decision went against us we have moved on and successfully campaigned against the best fighters in the business and I expect Daniel to win the rematch as he has improved 200% and Anthony has not. Daniel now has two world titles and we will not leave this fight in the hands of the judges.”

Mundine is trained by his father, Tony, and he believes his son is prime and ready to take on Geale.

“Anthony has been working away at junior middleweight but this is a fight that can't be ignored,” Anthony's father and trainer Tony Mundine said. “He loves the big fights and I know that when the bell rings for round one, my boy will be ready to go.”

Both fighters hail from Australia and this long awaited rematch is sure to draw a huge attendance, as the last fight was staged at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, Queensland, Australia, and drew over 10,000 fans.

The bout between both indigenous Australian fighters, Geale and Mundine, will be available on Pay Per View. Gary Shaw will be having discussions with Anthony Mundine and Team Geale as to the official host site of this event.

A formal press conference featuring both fighters will be held in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, October 18 AEDT. Both fighters will be available for interview and photo opportunities. Details of this press conference will be announced in the coming days.

This event will be a promotion between by Grange Old School Boxing, Gary Shaw Productions and Black Venom Promotions.

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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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