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Tomasz Adamek: “I’m Not A Chicken”

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WISLA CLUB, GARFIELD, NJ – Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs, held court with the press Thursday at the Wisla Club in Garfield, NJ to announce his upcoming fight with Tony Grano, 20-3-1, 16 KOs, scheduled for August 3rd. The pair of heavyweights will collide in a 10-round opening bout that will be nationally televised by NBC Sports Network, as part of the popular Fight Night boxing series, beginning at 10:30PM EDT.

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Bloodworth, Adamek, Duva and Rozalski at 6/27 presser

Credits to Main Events – Mike Gladysz

The fight card, nicknamed “Three To See” will be held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, and will deliver three televised 10-round feature bouts, as well as a full slate of undercard attractions. In addition to Adamek-Grano, the other TV fights are middleweight Curtis Stevens, 24-3, 17 KOs, against Saul Roman, 37-9, 31 KOs in the main event, plus Eddie Chambers, 36-3, 18 KOs, versus Thabiso Mchunu, 13-1, 10 KOs, in a cruiserweight fight.

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Photo credits to Main Events/Mike Gladysz

Grano was not present at the press conference because he is away at training camp in Florida. However, Adamek, his trainer Roger Bloodworth, and co-promoters Kathy Duva, of Main Events and Ziggy Rozalski, of Ziggy Promotions, all addressed the media.

“We are going to see Tomasz Adamek perform again, and we all know what that means,” Kathy Duva said. “Excitement, action, fun, thrills. He’s going to fighting a hometown fighter. Tony Grano comes from Connecticut. So for a change, there’s going to be people on both sides cheering.”

“Main Events is a very good company to work with,” Ziggy Rozalski said. “Kathy, thank you very much for putting us on NBC Sports Network because that’s a big thing for us. Thank you very much.”

“I’m glad to be back, especially on NBC,” trainer Roger Bloodworth said. “It’s a good showcase; a lot of people get to see the fight. Tomasz has been off for a while, but he has not been idle. We’ve been working on a lot of things. It’s been a good camp so far. I anticipate a good fight. This Tony Grano comes to fight, and Tomasz comes to fight. So I’m expecting a great fight.”

“After a busy last year, there was time for a rest,” Adamek said. “I was resting for a couple of months, but I came back to the gym with Roger and we’ve spent over 10 weeks in the gym (already). I’m fresh and ready for a comeback. I’m sure Tony Grano is a good fighter. He is a puncher, but I’m not afraid. I’m not a chicken. I want to beat him. He brings everything into the ring, but I’m ready for everything. I respect every opponent, but I want to win this fight and I’m looking for title fights again. That is my goal.”

“Tomasz is a guy who finds a way to win, and that is an enormous asset,” Duva added. “He is a tremendous performer. He has held two world titles – at light heavyweight and at cruiserweight. He has fought so many heavyweights that we’re literally running out of people for him to fight in that division. We’re waiting for some of the young guys to start coming up, and that’s what Tony Grano is. He is someone who is younger and looking to make his mark. It’s going to be the biggest fight of his life, and that presents challenges.”

FIGHT INFO: August 3rd “Three To See” card at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT. In the main event Curtis Stevens and Saul Roman will clash for 10-rounds in a middleweight war. Also co-featured will be a 10-round cruiserweight battle between Eddie Chambers and Thabiso Mchunu. Heavyweight, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will take on Tony Grano, Hartford, CT, 20-3-1, 16 KO’s, for 10-rounds.

NBC Sports Network Fight Night will telecast the August 3rd show beginning 10:30PM EDT.

Tickets are priced at $120 and $35 plus facility fees and can be purchased by calling Mohegan Sun Box office 860-862-8499 or toll free at 888-226-7711 ext 8499. For ADA accessible sales, call Mohegan Sun Box Office at 860-862-8499.

 

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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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