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WBC Boxers Foundation Fund Is Formed

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World Boxing Council Boxers Foundation Fund

The World Boxing Council (WBC) and the Nevada Community Foundation (NCF) proudly announce the formation of the WBC Boxers Foundation Fund. The Fund represents WBC President Jose Sulaimans lifetime dream of creating a well-funded vehicle to assist boxers in need:“Generations have grown up watching these great boxers becoming our heroes, they gave their hearts to our beloved sport. We all dream to be like them, and now is time to give them something back. We must do our best to support our heroes from the past who have fallen in hard times.”

The WBC raised the Fund’s $1 million dollars seed money in conjunction with Swiss watchmaker Hublot at the memorable Legendary Evening charity event held last September. Hublot’s CEO J.C. Biver said: “Our companies make so much money from sports, it is our duty to give back to those who made boxing such a great sport”.

The event celebrated the glory of twelve legendary former WBC world champions and culminated with an auction of 12 commemorative, special edition Hublot timepieces. Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the participants stated: “As a boxer, I realize how important it is to help or fellow boxers and the fact that the WBC and Hublot have come together, it’s such a great combination. I’m glad that this has started, they’re doing a great job and I support that.” Mike Tyson added: “It’s an amazing honor to be here with these great champions. When you talk about undefeated champions, Hublot is the undefeated champion- The best watch company in the world. You also got to take your hats off to the WBC for what they’ve done.”

The Nevada Community Foundation will administer the Fund. Ms. Maureen Schafer, Chairman of the NCF said about the Fund: “ Nevada Community Foundation is thrilled to play a role in stewarding the generosity of the WBC and boxing community in their noble endeavor to protect boxing’s champions who have provided the world with so much drama and entertainment over the years.”

Gian Brosco, President of the NCF added: “It would be impossible to overstate the excitement and camaraderie in that ballroom or the extraordinary generosity of Hublot and outpouring of support from former champions and friends, alike, for this worthy cause. On behalf of the board of directors of Nevada Community Foundation, we are humbled to be a part of this important work.”

The Fund´s mission is to provide assistance to eligible former boxers. Eligible boxers include all former titleholders of any WBC world, regional, national or minor belt and non-title holders who have made significant strides toward the glory of the sport.

The NCF has appointed a Selection Committee that includes, among other members, at least three outstanding individuals the WBC recommended: Messrs. Sig Rogich, Steve Crosson and Jim Nave. The Fund will provide assistance for recipients’ financial and medical hardship needs such as housing, basic living expenses, medical insurance and payment of medical costs not covered by insurance. The WBC and NCF estimate that the Fund will distribute approximately $100K-$150K to recipients yearly. The NCF is committed to prudently invest the undistributed principal plus any additional raised funds to enable support of eligible recipients in perpetuity. The WBC and NCF also expect that the Fund’s administrative expenses will be less than 3% of the Fund’s balance at any given time. The WBC is committed to continue its fundraising efforts toward feeding the Fund, and will call upon the generosity of promoters and current boxing heroes.

The WBC’s and NCF’s goal is to announce the inaugural grants by August 31, 2013. The deadline for hardship application submissions to the NCF is June 28, 2013. The application forms with instructions are available at the WBC website and can be accessed and downloaded by clicking on, or pasting the following link to your browser: www.wbcboxing.com/WBCFundForms/

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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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