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Boxing – Upcoming Title Fights, August through October

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The next three months should be exciting in boxing with a number of great title fights including Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14th in Las Vegas. That fight will be a WBA/WBC junior middleweight title unification bout. It is just one of many great title fights scheduled in the next few months. Let’s take a look at what is coming up from August through October in terms of title fights.

Aug. 10th

At Panama City, Panama: Anselmo Moreno vs. William Urina for Moreno’s WBA “super” bantamweight title and Oscar Escandon vs. Nehomar Cermeno is for the vacant WBA interim junior featherweight title.

At Mexico City: Adrian Hernandez vs. Atushi Kakutani for Hernandez’s WBC junior flyweight title.

Aug. 12th

At Tokyo: Shinsuke Yamanaka vs. Jose Nieves for Yamanaka’s WBC bantamweight title and Akira Yaegashi vs. Oscar Blanquet is for Yaegashi’s WBC flyweight title.

Aug. 17th

At Cardiff, Wales (HBO): Nathan Cleverly vs. Sergey Kovalev for Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title.

At Atlantic City, N.J. (HBO): Daniel Geale vs. Darren Barker for Geale’s IBF middleweight title and Jonathan Romero vs. Kiko Martinez is for Romero’s IBF junior featherweight title.

At Cancun, Mexico (Fox Deportes): Takashi Miura vs. Sergio Thompson is for Miura’s WBC junior lightweight title

Aug. 23rd

At Verona, N.Y. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes): “Friday Night Fights” season finale, Argenis Mendez vs. Arash Usmanee, for Mendez’s IBF junior lightweight title and Claudio Marrero vs. Jesus Andres Cuellar, 12 rounds is for the vacant WBA interim featherweight title.

At Bangkok, Thailand: Denkaosen Kaovichit vs. Nobuo Nashiro for vacant WBA interim junior bantamweight title.

Aug. 24th

At Carson, Calif. (Showtime): Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez for Mares’ WBC featherweight title and Victor Terrazas vs. Leo Santa Cruz is for Terrazas’ WBC junior featherweight title.

At Donetsk, Ukraine: Stanyslav Kashtanov vs. Jaime Barboza for Kashtanov’s WBA interim super middleweight title.

At Chubut, Argentina: Omar Narvarez vs. Hiroyuki Hisataka for Narvaez’s WBO junior bantamweight title

Sept. 3rd

At Takamatsu, Japan: Daiki Kameda vs. Rodrigo Guerrero for the vacant IBF junior bantamweight title.

Sept. 7th

At Los Angeles, California: Demetrius Andrade vs. Vanes Martirosyan is for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.

At Glasgow, Scotland: Ricky Burns vs. Raymundo Beltran, 12 rounds, for Burns’ WBO lightweight title.

Sept. 11th

At Osaka, Japan: Kazuto Ioka vs. Kwanthai Sithmorseng, for Ioka’s WBA “regular” junior flyweight title and Ryo Miyazaki vs. Jesus Silvestre is for Miyazaki’s WBA strawweight title.

Sept. 14th

At Las Vegas (Showtime PPV): Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, WBA/WBC junior middleweight unification and Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse, is for Garcia’s WBA/WBC junior welterweight title.

At Stuttgart, Germany: Marco Huck vs. Firat Arslan, is for Huck’s WBO cruiserweight title.

Sept.28th

At San Jose, Costa Rica: Bryan Vasquez vs. Rene Gonzalez for the vacant WBA interim super featherweight title.

Oct. 5th

At Moscow: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Alexander Povetkin, 12 rounds, for Klitschko’s IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight title.

Oct. 12th

At Las Vegas (HBO PPV): Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title and Orlando Salido vs. Orlando Cruz is for the vacant WBO featherweight title.

Oct. 19th

At Broomfield, Colo. (HBO): Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov is for Alvarado’s WBO interim junior welterweight title.

At Atlantic City, N.J.: Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat, 12 rounds, for Hopkins’ IBF light heavyweight title.

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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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