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Floyd-Maidana “All-Access” Debuts on Showtime Sat. at 9 PM ET

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NEW YORK (April 17, 2014) –The latest edition of the Sports Emmy®-nominated series ALL ACCESS returns to document the blockbuster SHOWTME PPV® event headlined by the welterweight world championship unification showdown between pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Argentine brawler Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on Saturday, May 3 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. MAIDANA, a four-part series from SHOWTIME Sports®, premieres this Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, preceding the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader headlined by Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov.

ALL ACCESS LIVE, a new 30-minute program featuring a live sit-down interview with Mayweather and Maidana, will debut on SHOWTIME on Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. ALL ACCESS LIVE will air immediately following WEIGH-IN LIVE on SHOWTIME (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT) and include behind-the-scenes access at the official weigh-in and an unedited, unscripted, live face-to-face meeting between the main event combatants a mere 24 hours before they square off in the ring.

ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. MAIDANA is narrated by Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile). The critically acclaimed original series documents the vastly different lives of Mayweather, the superstar, and Maidana, the upstart. The series chronicles the divergent paths of two men on a collision course toward the high-stakes, 147-pound world championship unification.

Episode 1 paints a vivid picture of the juxtaposition of the lives of the champ and his antagonist. ALL ACCESS reveals Mayweather, fresh off an $80 million payday for his 36-minute dismantling of Canelo Alvarez last September, purchasing yet another Bentley and Ferrari to add to his exceedingly lavish fleet of luxury vehicles. From palatial hotel suites for his childrens’ spring break to $100 tips at every turn, viewers are afforded unprecedented access in to the life of the highest-paid athlete in the world.

“Is it about the money? Absolutely. Is it about the fame? Absolutely. It’s everything wrapped in one. I want to be the best. Not just the best fighter, I want to be the best athlete, period.”

But while Mayweather is living a life that few could even imagine, the hungry Maidana is 5,000 miles away in Santa Fe, Argentina, once again embracing the underdog role. ALL ACCESS cameras take us behind the scenes of the fight that earned Maidana a shot at “Money”—a thrilling brawl against the previously undefeated Mayweather protégé Adrien Broner. Entrenched in Argentina, Episode 1 follows Maidana and his fiancée as they welcome their first daughter, Emilia, born March 11 at a Santa Fe clinic, and introduces us to a family man who simply wants to fight.

“I’m not intimidated by anything. Not the crowd, not the lights, not my opponent. I don’t really care about fame. I think if the fights were not televised or if we had to fight without an audience it would be better. I only want to fight.”

From the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip to the gritty capital of Santa Fe, ALL ACCESS welcomes viewers into training camp and prepares them for what promises to be an intense buildup to the biggest boxing event of 2014.

The final episode of the series, Epilogue, provides viewers with unprecedented access to Fight Week, reveals the drama of the bout from a new perspective, and lifts the curtain on the rarely seen, often uncelebrated aftermath of world championship prizefighting. The Epilogue of ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO, which chronicled the Sept. 14, 2013 blockbuster showdown between Mayweather and Canelo, was recently nominated for a Sports Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage.”

ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. MAIDANA episodes premiere on SHOWTIME with multiple encore presentations, including the cable television premiere on CBS SPORTS NETWORK. All episodes of the series will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and online at SHO.com/Sports.

SHOWTIME PREMIERES:

Ø Episode 1 premieres Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Ø Episode 2 premieres Saturday, April 26 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT immediately preceding the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader featuring Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz.

Ø Episode 3 premieres Wednesday, April 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Ø ALL ACCESS LIVE premieres Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

Ø Epilogue premieres Saturday, May 10 on SHOWTIME

CBS SPORTS NETWORK PREMIERES:

Ø Episode 1 premieres Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Ø Episode 2 premieres Monday, April 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

Ø Episode 3 premieres Friday, May 2 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT

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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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