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SHOWTIME Sports® Presents ALL ACCESS: BRONER vs. MAIDANA, Classic Fights And Exclusive Bonus Content In Buildup To Dec. 14 Mega-Event

ALL ACCESS Series Featuring Welterweight World Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner And Marcos “El Chino” Maidana Premieres Saturday, Dec. 7 on SHOWTIME®

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NEW YORK (Nov. 26, 2013) – SHOWTIME Sports will premiere the latest chapter of its acclaimed documentary series ALL ACCESS: Broner vs. Maidana, replay classic fights from seminal moments in each fighter’s career and offer additional exclusive behind-the-scenes content—all in the buildup to Saturday, Dec. 14, when Adrien “The Problem” Broner and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana headline the highly anticipated four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® event in San Antonio, Texas.

ALL ACCESS: Broner vs. Maidana, a two-episode series, will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME—immediately preceding the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast headlined by Zab Judah vs. Paulie Malignaggi—with replays on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME® and CBS Sports Network. Following its premiere, ALL ACCESS also will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

ALL ACCESS: Broner vs. Maidana features intimate moments with the polarizing pugilist known as “The Problem,” and delves into the life of the dangerous “El Chino” Maidanaas the two elite welterweights prepare for the most significant fight of their respective careers.

Flashy, flamboyant and already a three-division champion at just 23-years-old, the undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion Adrien Broner has been called the future of boxing. Now, in his first ALL ACCESS, Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) shares an in-depth look into the life of “AB.” From backyard sparring sessions when he was just five years old, to candid moments with his family, Broner reveals a side of himself seldom seen by boxing fans. ALL ACCESS also takes viewers behind-the-scenes of Broner’s fledgling career as a hip-hop artist, and chronicles his transition from the celebrated life of entertainment to one of seclusion as he settles into training camp in preparation for Marcos Maidana.

Meanwhile in Oxnard, Calif., the fearless Argentine, Maidana (34-3, 31 KO’s) is focused on his next world title shot. With experience against the world’s best fighters, Maidana knows what to expect when he squares off with Broner. As such, Maidana is hard at work with renowned trainer Robert Garcia perfecting his aggressive style. All three of the pair’s fights together thus far have ended in knockout victories. But the stakes are high for this bout against the talented world champion. Go inside the highs and lows of Maidana’s biggest wins and most heartbreaking losses. And experience the unlikely relationship that has led Maidana to this resurgence and the brink of another world title. Watch as the former WBA Junior Welterweight Champion pushes his body to the limit for a chance to silence the brash Broner, a man whose very essence contradicts everything the humble Argentine stands for.

SHOWTIME Sports will offer ALL ACCESS bonus segments as well as classic fights featuring Broner and Maidana on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, CBS SPORTS NETWORK and online at Sports.SHO.com.

Classic Fights Listings

Broner vs. Malignaggi (Monday, Dec. 2 at 9p ET/PT, SHO EXTREME)

Broner vs. Vicente Escobedo (Monday, Dec. 9 at 10:30p ET/PT, SHO EXTREME)

Maidana vs. Josesito Lopez (Monday, Dec. 9 at 10:50p ET/PT, SHO EXTREME)

Maidana vs. Jesus Soto Karass (Monday, Dec. 9 at 11:15p ET/PT, SHO EXTREME)

Available at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND and SHOWTIME ANYTIME beginning Dec. 1.

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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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