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Malignaggi Comes Up BIG To Help “Knockout Obesity”

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FORMER BOXING WORLD CHAMPION PAULIE “MAGIC MAN” MALIGNAGGI AND BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC ADAMS GO HEAD TO HEAD TO ‘KNOCKOUT OBESITY’

Malignaggi Presents $25,000 Donation to Charity Founder, Dimitrios Verteouris

BROOKLYN, NY (March 25, 2014) – Former Two-Time & Two Division Boxing World Champion and current NABF Welterweight Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi has donated $25,000 to local non-profit Knockout Obesity in support of youth and adult nutritional and physical education serving the Brooklyn community. The check was presented today to Brooklyn restaurateur and Knockout Obesity founder Dimitrios Verteouris at the famed Gleason’s Gym in Dumbo. Former New York Senator and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was in attendance.

“I was born and raised in Brooklyn,” said Malignaggi. “I have the ability to give back to my community, help make a difference, and Knockout Obesity is a program I believe in. I know it can make a huge difference in the community. Boxing is an optimum, great way to exercise and with diet and nutrition added to the mix, it’s a winning program.”

“Close to 60 percent of Brooklyn residents are obese, which causes health risks like heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes, ” said Adams as he prepared to enter the ring for a boxing tutorial with Malignaggi. “Nearly one-in-every-ten people living in Brooklyn has diabetes. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Brooklyn. We have to get moving! Make the time to exercise!”

With the aid of Malignaggi, Verteouris explained basic punches including the jab, cross, hook and uppercut, with Adams executing each move perfectly.

A former cast member on Food Network’s reality show, Fat Chef, Verteouris lost 82lbs in three months using boxing and his own healthy menu from Nature’s Grill. “Being overweight was something that held me back in life. Ever since meeting Paulie and being introduced to the Sweet Science my life has done a one-eighty,” Verteouris said. “I thank him for bringing me to the gym that day to show me what hard work and dedication can get you in life. I’m proud of my friend for achieving what he has, and for giving back to his community that made him the person he is today. The Knockout Obesity journey has just begun with big things to come!”

In order to expose others to his successful weight loss routine, Verteouris founded Knockout Obesity, which incorporates boxing into its health and fitness classes geared towards adults and children throughout Brooklyn. Initially a summer pilot program at The Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY), Knockout Obesity launched a year round program at all three of its community centers. Now, Knockout Obesity aims to implement similar programming throughout Brooklyn.

The need to focus on children was driven home by Dr. Wendy Scinta, a top expert on adult and childhood obesity who attended the check presentation. “Two thirds of adults are overweight and half of those are obese. One in three children struggle with their weight. We have to take matters into our own hands, one child, one family, and then one community at a time.” A former member of the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, Dr. Scinta has helped thousands of patients successfully lose weight with her BOUNCE™ program and book. As the weight loss expert for Knockout Obesity, she described the American obesity epidemic as one that has stalled without much improvement. Engaging children in schools, employing outreach programs in local communities centers, educating the population on proper eating and exercise habits, are all solutions to the problem.

Knockout Obesity has been featured by ESPN, The Insider, New York Daily News, New York Post, Metro NY, Hot 97 and more. www.KOobesity.com.

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(Left to right: Dr. Wendy Scinta, Medical Weight Loss of NY, PLLC, Dimitrios Verteouris, Knockout Obesity, Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, Paulie Malignaggi, NABF Welterweight Champion, Kelly Swanson, Swanson Communications)

Photo Credit: Katherine Kostreva

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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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