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Biosse-Gingras Is A Grudge Match

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 25th, 2013) — They keep saying it's not about them, but the war brewing between trainers Paul Andrade and Orlondo Valles might rival the battle in in the ring Saturday night between their respective fighters, Vladine Biosse and Rich Gingras.

Valles, who trained Biosse (15-2-1, 7 KOs) for eight years and is now working with Gingras (13-3, 8 KOs) in preparation of Saturday's New England Super Middleweight Title Bout at Twin River Casino, said there are no hard feelings between he and Biosse since the two went their separate ways earlier this year, but he doesn't share the same sentiment toward Biosse's new trainer, Andrade, the father of unbeaten Providence junior middleweight and former U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade.

“I don't like Paul,” Valles said matter-of-factly. “Who is Paul? Paul's never trained any champions.

“He had his son, and he didn't really train his son. He trained himself, and then Dave Keefe trained him. I've been around Paul for years. I don't like his style. I don't like the way he teaches. Paul is a one-dimensional trainer, just like when he trained [Andrade] and [Framingham, Mass., light welterweight] Danny O'Connor. They fight almost the exact same way. They're one-dimensional. I'm different; I watch a fighter, develop his skills and polish what he does best.

“Paul's not a good trainer. He's just a big-mouth.”

According to Valles, the rift between he and Andrade started following Biosse's loss to Marcus Upshaw in January when Biosse began seeking additional help outside of the gym from Andrade, who specializes in training southpaws such as Biosse.

“[Biosse] said he had gone to Paul a few times to work on his footwork, not that he was leaving me,” Valles said. “He asked if we could bring Paul in and I said, 'Absolutely not.' I told him he could stay with him. It's not like he left me. I'm the one who told him to go stay with Paul because I knew he had Paul working on his footwork and I didn't like it.

“Paul should've been a man and called me and said, 'Orlondo, Vla is working on his footwork with me.' He said I thought he knew. I didn't know.”

“I don't want to get into a, 'he said, she said,' because it's not about the trainers; it's about the fighters,” Andrade countered. “Vla had always worked with my son sparring. Originally, I thought we would all work together. I don't know what transpired between Vla and Orlondo, but I don't feel good about it. It put me in a funny position. Orlondo is my friend. I don't take people's fighters. I don't need to; I've always had my hands full with my son.”

Instead of working together, Andrade and Valles will be across the ring from one another Saturday night as Biosse and Gingras battle for Biosse's title in the main event of “Game On,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports. This will be Biosse's second fight under Andrade's tutelage; the first was in May when the Providence, R.I., native bounced back from the loss to Upshaw with a unanimous-decision win over Latif Mundy.

Gingras, a contestant on Season 4 of the reality television series The Contender now fighting out of Pawtucket, R.I., will bring a different set of skills to the table this weekend, putting Biosse's conditioning and Andrade's training to the test.

“We'll see if he listens,” Andrade said of Biosse. “He's a little thick sometimes and it takes him longer to catch on sometimes because he doesn't understand after all these years what I'm doing. Then when he gets it, he accepts it. He'll think things don't work and then when they do he'll say, 'I like this!'

“Hopefully, he does the stuff we're working on [Saturday].”

Andrade's ability to mold southpaws — starting with his own son, and O'Connor, who are a combined 48-1 — could be a factor in the outcome of Saturday's fight.

“Right-handers are so basic,” Andrade said. “It's a left, right, then a body punch. Then they stand back and get hit with a right hand. You've seen it a thousand times. They throw great combos, then they step back and get hit with the right.

“I like southpaws because I can put them on different angles. They can cut more angles than righties are used to. How to throw punches, foot position — there are just so many more things you can do with a southpaw. You just have to know how to train them to do it. The angles make a difference.”

After training Biosse for eight years and devising the game plans that were the key to his success against both Joey McCreedy and Joey Spina, Valles will now be on the other side of the fence Saturday drawing up the blueprint in an attempt to dethrone his former protégé.

“I know how to beat Vla,” Valles said. “I don't care if he went to California [to train] or wherever Paul took him. No one knows him better than me. I'm going to use that against him, and that's the way it's going to be. I've had Rich sparring against real good southpaws. Guys like [undefeated super middleweight] Edwin Rodriguez – real, professional guys that are good, not amateurs, and he's doing all of his rounds. I've been taking him all over, and we've been working all week long, even on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.”

Andrade put the odds for Saturday's fight at “50-50” with a strong emphasis on intangibles.

“Who really wants it more? Both fighters will have their career on the line. That's what it's about,” Andrade said. “We can only teach them so much, but how big will their hearts be?

“Vla will be different because I've had more time with him than Orlondo's had with Gingras. It's hard to fix someone in three or four weeks. It's just not enough time. Even in six months with Vla, I've only been able to correct a couple of things. How much different Gingras will be, I don't know. I'm sure Orlondo did a good job, but will he pay attention to what he was taught? I'm sure Orlondo told him to do the right thing, but there is a point where he has to trust what he is taught. Sometimes a guy gets punched and he'll go back to his old ways. It's up to the fighters. How much do they want it? Who will put it on the line 100 percent? We can yell and scream at them all we want, but they have to execute.”

Valles has not only promised a “new” Gingras on Saturday, he's gone as far as to predict a victory in what will be the biggest fight of Gingras' career. They say it's not personal. We'll find out for sure when the bell rings Saturday night.

“I know how to train. That's all I have to say,” Valles said. “Someone is getting knocked out. One thing about me is I don't lie and I know my stuff. It's going to be a war.

“If Vla can go past six rounds, I'll quit training.”

In the eight-round co-feature, Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Thomas Falowo (10-1, 7 KOs) will step up to face Jersey City, N.J., veteran Chris Chatman (10-2-1, 5 KOs. Joe Gardner (11-6-1, 1 KO) of Woonsocket, R.I., will also return to action Saturday night to face Portland, Maine middleweight Russell Lamour (4-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight bout (168 pounds).

“Game On” also features the professional debut of highly-touted Groton, Conn., female bantamweight Marcia Agripino, who will face Brooklyn's Vanessa Greco (1-2-3) in a four-round bout. Providence super middleweight KJ Harrison-Lombardi (1-0) will make his Twin River debut against Boston's Maceo Crowder (2-1) in a four-round bout and Hartford light middleweight “Jabbin'” Joe Wilson Jr. will make his professional debut against Saul Almeida (0-2) of Framingham, Mass., in a four-round bout. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets for “Game On” are $41.00, $76.00, and $126.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.shop.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

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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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