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Mikey Garcia Works Out in NYC



Jan. 21, 2014, New York,NY — “GARCIA READY TO GO” — Undefeated WBO Jr. Lightweight champion and 2013 Fighter of the Year nominee Mikey Garcia shadow boxes during media day in New York City for his first defense of his new world title against two-time world title challenger and current No. 1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos of Tijuana, Mexico. Garcia vs Burgos will take place on Saturday, January 25 and will be televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark®. The Garcia – Burgos world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at and


Both camps participated in a media workout from New York earlier today. Here are the highlights.

Garcia camp is talking about fighting Pacquiao – your thoughts?

BURGOS:  I know they are talking about him, but it is not a reality.  He is not there yet.  Pacquiao?  Gamboa?  He is not there yet.  He has a long way to go.

Would you be interested in Gamboa and Pacquiao if you get by Garcia on Saturday night?

BURGOS:  I would like to face them, but I am a realist and I have a long way to go.  I am still maturing as a fighter. I am still a young fighter and I have a lot to learn.

You got a draw in your last fight.  Do you feel you need a knockout to win?

BURGOS:  I am not going to go for a knockout, but the knockout may come.  I am well prepared and I am in the best condition of my life so I will just go in the ring and fight my fight.

Does the talk of Garcia fighting Pacquiao motivate you?

BURGOS:  It motivates me and I am here to prove that he is not ready for that yet.  Garcia first has to beat me before he can think about guys like Pacquiao and Gamboa.  I respect and admire Garcia as a fighter, but he has to try to get by me first before he can think about fighting those other guys.

What are the deficiencies in Garcia’s game that makes you think you can beat him?

BURGOS:  I think Garcia is a good fighter and he has all the qualities to become a great fighter.  In the Martinez fight, where he got knocked down, we saw some things we can exploit.  I have power – more power than Martinez – and I am going to use that to my advantage.  Martinez showed us something when he knocked Garcia down and I have a lot more power than Martinez does.

What was your reaction when you saw Garcia get knocked down by Martinez?

BURGOS:  I saw something that was in my favor because he got knocked down by a shot that was not solid.  It was a good shot and he went down.  I know I have the power that can take him down too.

GARCIA:  I think I have the skills to beat him but, I know he as trained very hard to beat me so it will only make for a better fight.

Do you feel a need to make a statement fight at the Garden?

GARCIA:  I want to make sure I win first.  You know I’ve got to win.  I am going to try to please the fans, but I have to win as well.  A win is most important for me right now and being that I am in New York – last year was a great year for me, winning my first world title and this year I want to defend my title several times. So we start right here in New York.

Burgos said he saw you go down against Martinez and he feels he can capitalize on that – your thoughts?

GARCIA:  He probably could.  Anyone can drop an opponent with a good punch.  In that fight he caught me, and Martinez has a decent punch as well, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Burgos feels that because Martinez dropped me he could do it too.  He can feel that way but we will see Saturday night.

Has your bother, Robert, told you not to think about Gamboa and Pacquiao and that stuff?

GARCIA:  We don’t pay attention to that.  That’s just back-and-forth talk here and there.  That talk about Gamboa and Pacquiao doesn’t affect me.  Right now I am concentrating on Burgos – that’s who we have to beat and that is our focus, on Juan Carlos Burgos.

Does the name Pacquiao excite you?

GARCIA:  Yes it does.  It means that I am in consideration for that, but that’s not right now.  It will take come time to get there before it could happen.

What about Gamboa?

GARCIA:  Why no?  If the fight gets put together and all parties agree to terms of a fight, of course we are never going to say no to an opponent.  They would have to put it on paper with his promoter and he can talk to my promoter.  Gamboa can talk all he wants in Instagram and social media but that’s not going to get him the fight.

You were in Macau so what is your opinion on Pacquiao?

GARCIA:  He looked good, he looked sharp.  He was bobbing in-and-out and side-to-side with good footwork and good speed – it was definitely a good performance for Pacquiao.  Down the road maybe I could face him and it would be a good fight was well.

Have you seen any change in Pacquiao over the last couple of years?


The only thing I can say is that his power may not be there as it used to be.  He used to just steamroll over all of his opponents – knockout after knockout after knockout.  He has had a couple of fights where he hasn’t been able to hit a knockout, so that’s the only thing.  His skills are still there.  He has been fighting better guys so that may be why he hasn’t been hurting them.


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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura



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



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



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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