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QUOTE CITY: Malignaggi and Broner Talk At Press Workout

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004 Malignaggi IMG 0534This Saturday, June 22, Live on SHOWTIME ® (9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT) From Barclays Center in Brooklyn; Preliminary Fights On SHOWTIME Extreme (7:00 p.m. ET/PT);
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. (June 19, 2013) – Ten of the boxers who will fight on the eagerly awaited Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi vs. Adrien “The Problem” Broner fight card this Saturday, June 22, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., worked out for the media Tuesday at a jam-packed Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.

Check out this little sizzle reel on the main event.

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No less than eight of the fighters who worked out will fight on either SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT) or on SHOWTIME EXTREME (7:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Hometown favorite Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s), of Brooklyn, will defend his WBA World Welterweight Championship against undefeated current WBC Lightweight and Two-Division World Champion Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s), of Cincinnati, Ohio, in what should be a hotly contested main event of a tripleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

In other important 12-round bouts to be featured on the telecast, Johnathon “Mr.” Banks (29-1-1, 19 KO’s) will try and make it two in a row over Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO’s), of Brandywine, Md., in a heavyweight scrap for Banks’ NABO and WBC International titles and Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (31-5-2, 21 KO’s), of Sydney, Australia, and Mexico City’s undefeated Marco Antonio Periban (20-0, 13 KO’s) will clash for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Championship.

Scheduled matchups on SHOWTIME EXTREME include Julian Williams (12-0-1, 7 KO’s), of Philadelphia, Pa., taking on Joachim Alcine (33-4-1, 19 KO’s), of Gonaive, Haiti in an eight-round junior middleweight fight, Marcus Browne (4-0, 4 KO’s), of Staten Island, N.Y., facing Ricardo Campillo (7-6-1, 5 KO’s), of Obregon, Mexico, in a six-round light heavyweight bout and, time permitting, Rau’Shee Warren (12-0, 2 KO’s), of Cincinnati, Ohio, squaring off against Jovany Fuentes (5-1, 4 KO’s), of Bayamon, P.R., in four/six-round bantamweight affair.

Saturday’s non-televised fights include Juan Dominguez (14-0, 10 KO’s), Brooklyn, N.Y., vs. Bradley Patraw (9-5, 5 KO’s), St. Paul, Minn.; eight rounds, junior featherweights; Frank Galarza (9-0-2, 5 KO’s), Brooklyn, N.Y., vs. Roman Barber (4-4, 3 KO’s), Wichita, Kan., six rounds; junior middleweights; Robert Easter (4-0, 4 KO’s), Toledo, Ohio, vs. Antoine Knight (2-3, 1 KO), Merrillville, Tenn., six rounds, lightweights; and Jamel Herring, Coram, N.Y., vs. Calvin Smith (2-3, 0 KO’s), Prichard, Ala., four rounds, lightweights.

Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges are available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-745-3000 and at the American Express Box Office. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

Here’s what the fighters said Tuesday:

Paulie Malignaggi

“We’re ready. Come get it. There’s not much more you can say to that. The harder he tries, the more ass whoopin’ he’s going to get. I want him to bring it. I want him to think nothing’s going to happen. He’s never been through what the deal is…deep water. He’s never been 12 rounds. He’s been 10 rounds once, and he struggled. He better try real hard to get me out of there early and he better succeed, because he’s going to end up in deep water. I’m ready for that kind of fight.

“I had a good camp. My legs feel good. You’ll see. It’s part of the plan. It’s one of the main things we’re doing. We’ll show him just how we live and show him just how weak he is. His power is overrated. I could have knocked out 20 garbage men or laundromat workers too, but I chose to fight real opponents in my career.

“I could care less about the odds. I could care less about anything. They’re going to ring a bell on Saturday night and it’s going to be me and Adrien Broner. He’s saying he’s coming to kick my ass. I’m coming to kick his ass. I think he’s looking at it too much like one-way traffic. We’re coming to beat each other’s ass. It’s not just him coming to beat my ass. He’s forgetting one thing: I’m coming to beat his ass and, that’s the plan on Saturday night.

“A few years ago I might have been saying, ‘man, why does everybody think I’m going to lose this fight? You know, I don’t understand it. I thought I was a good fighter. I feel like I’m a good fighter.’ Literally now, I could care less. I fight for myself and that’s the one thing I told myself I would do after the Amir Khan loss because nobody was going to think positively about me after that loss, and you know what? I’m going to stop trying to make everyone happy and just fight for myself. I have yet to lose a fight since and there’s reason for that.”

Adrien Broner

“Paulie is Paulie. You know, I’m gonna be honest with you, if you’re not on you’re A-game against Paulie, he can slip away from you. He’s a guy with some tricks up his sleeve, but we’re not here for a circus day. We’re here to fight.

“At the end of the day, Paulie’s going to fight the same. I don’t study tape. I don’t care what he brings, but whatever he comes to do Saturday night, we will be equipped and ready.

“There are some great fights out there, but we’re going to take it one at a time. The most important fight for Adrien Broner today is Paulie Malignaggi — Paulette. Paulie’s first on Saturday, then after that I really want to let the fans pick who I should fight next.”

Johnathon Banks

“I don’t consider the last fight with Mitchell an upset. For me to say it was an upset would be a discredit to myself. I don’t like upsets in my life. If I didn’t think 100 percent that I was going to win, I wouldn’t have taken the fight.

“I went after him (trying to get the fight). He didn’t come after me. I think his whole bandwagon, all his people that follow him, his fans, are mad. They thought it was an upset. Me, personally? I didn’t think it was an upset.

“I’ve always been a believer of ‘if something’s not broke why try to fix it.’ I think what I did last time worked perfectly and I plan to do the same thing this time.

“(Attitude-wise, whether he’s fighting or training) Nothing really changes. I take it all in there with me. You can’t do it all in one night, but you can do a lot of good things at one time. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve been very fortunate to grow up around the highest level of boxers. When these days come, when I’m in against guys with big records and knockout ratios, it doesn’t affect me at all because I’m used to being around them, so it plays no part with me.

“Our last fight was on the big stage, the biggest stage for me (to that point). I feel the same pressure-wise (this time). There is no pressure. I was the underdog the first fight. I’m the underdog the second fight, but I don’t mind. I embrace it. A lot of people still think this guy could come back because they listen to what he’s saying. He’s talking more than I am. He’s saying he’s coming back bigger, better, stronger, but I believe you’re going to see the same thing as the last time.”

Seth Mitchell

“It’s been a long time coming. I’m excited about the fight. It’s been postponed, cancelled, but now the day is finally here, so I’m just excited about getting in the ring.

“You can’t stay at 100 percent when you have this many delays, but me and my trainer have done a great job of staying in the gym but not over-training. I haven’t been out of the gym for more than three weeks in over six and a half years. I’m just a gym rat.

“Banks capitalized on some of my mistakes and got the victory. I just had to go back to the drawing board and take it as a learning experience to try to get better. I truly believe that I’ve gotten better, but I’m not one to talk a lot because everyone says that they’ve gotten better. I just have to go out there Saturday and show it.

“I believe in myself more than anyone else. That’s my nature and character. I’ve said it numerous times that if Banks had outclassed me and out-boxed me for five or six rounds then we wouldn’t have this immediate rematch. I feel like I am a better fighter than JohnathonBanks. I feel that November 17 was not the best Seth Mitchell to show up and on the 22nd, I’ll show that I am a much better fighter.

“I’ll show that you can lose and bounce back.”

Sakio Bika

“We’re working to get better every single day. We’re just improving. We’re training and working on my footwork.

“When I heard (about this fight), I had to see this Mexican fighter that weighed 168 pounds. He’s big with a good record, so I had to check him out.

“For me, I’ll fight anybody. I always like to fight a new opponent. If they want me to fight at light heavyweight, I will take it on and show the world I’m the best.”

Marco Antonio Periban

“I’ve been training for two and a half months and it was my hardest training camp ever, so I’m definitely ready.

“This is obviously an important fight. Movement is the main key for me along with my jab and fighting at a distance. I feel I’m faster than he is.

“I’m really looking forward to fighting in the United States again and fighting on Saturday.”

Julian Williams

“It feels good to be fighting in the main fight on SHOWTIME EXTREME. It shows that I’m moving up and that I’m not in the same place I was last year. I’m an exciting fighter. Most of the time I’ve been on SHOWTIME, I’ve gotten knockouts. I come to bring it. I’m from Philadelphia, so I’m not afraid to get my face messed up to get what I want. I’ll have Philly fans at the fights for sure on Saturday.

“The magnitude of this card is huge. I bring great boxing and excitement to the mix. I have other tools in the closet that still haven’t come out, but I feel I’ll be headlining one of this huge cards in due time.

“My opponent is a former world champion and I’ve seen a couple of his fights. He’s a good fighter. He has a lot of experience. I think he is going to be a little cocky when he sees that he has more knockouts than I have fights, but that’s why I’m so prepared.

“I’m expecting a big fight. I’m looking to make a statement. I’m confident and just looking for an excellent fight and performance.”

Marcus Browne

“Consistency is everything for my career. I’m staying busy and consistent because at the end of the day, you have to stay active to understand and grow as a fighter.

“It’s a blessing to stay here, build a fan base and be able to put butts in the seats at Barclays Center.

“At the end of the day, I have to thank God for keeping me healthy. That’s just what we train to do. I grind hard and put my all into boxing.

“I’m going to give people a great, humble performance.”

Rau’Shee Warren

“This will be an exciting night. I’m in the swing bout on SHOWTIME EXTREME, but I’ve got people back home that want to see me fight so we’ve got to make sure and give them all a heads-up as to what will happen. That’s really what we’ve been thinking a lot lately, making sure they know if I’ll be fighting on TV.

“Saturday’s a big night, but there’s no pressure. I’ve been training with my bro, Adrien (Broner). That’s what we’ve always been doing since we were young. We always bring a lot of people out to the fights and now the world can see us. He’s going to demolish this Paulie guy.

“I hope my fans keep rooting for me. I’ll keep showing up for them. I try to do something different every fight. I’m going to change my hair color again. You’ve got to show them something different. They’ve seen a lot of speed. I’m going to bring a lot of power now.

“I’m going to take my time and keep doing what I’ve been doing in the gym with my coach and my staff and see if I can come home with a win.”

Frank Galarza

“It feels great to have people believing in me and supporting me. We can only go up. We’re here to grow and keep fighting.

“I’m here to put on a show. I always put on a show every time I fight. We’re going in there to do whatever we have to do. That’s what we’re here to do…win.

“You’re going to see a much different fighter. I’m much more accurate, much more aggressive, but smarter.

“I’m here to show Golden Boy and everyone else that I have a fan base and a great following. I sell tickets and that’s the main goal. It’s good to see Golden Boy being active in Barclays Center and I’m looking forward to future events.”

Jamel Herring

“I feel really great. Training camp has been great in Colorado Springs. I want to thank everybody in Colorado Springs for their help and support. I’m just ready to get in there and represent where I’m from.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve fought in New York. I grew up on Long Island, but I haven’t fought here since I fought Daniel Jacobs in the amateurs before I joined the Marine Corps in 2003. I still have family on Long Island, so I will have be a big following for me on Saturday.

“I just want to put on a great show. It’s an honor to still have a great fan base on Long Island and I’m just ready to show that Long Island has great fighters as well.”

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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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