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Conspicuous Consumption, Mayweather Style: All Access Ep. 1 Recap

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Floyd Mayweather talked about money, and his fame, and his legacy on the first installment of Showtime’s “All Access” show, likely growing the base of haters who will tune in to see him get his butt kicked up another 5%.

Marcos Maidana is Floyd’s latest foil, and we shall see if he can fare better than other foes on May 3, in Las Vegas.

Floyd still has a bunch of fancy cars and likes to flash wads of money to the camera. He said he has the best in property and has canoodled with the best women, and his man Leonard Ellerbe says he’s having a grand all time.

A car dealer says Floyd has bought 88 cars from him, but he’s not done yet, it looks like. He sometimes has a car for a week, then snaps up a new one, and rarely goes over 2,500 miles on the odometer. The legions eager to see him lose probably increased as he flaunted that conspicuous consumption, and you might be able to cast now ex fiancee Miss Jackson into the hater pile; we hear that their 4 year engagement is no more. Floyd says that she got too big for her britches, and didn’t know her place. She used to have piles of booty, but that has been cleared out, the cameras show. She is acting in LA, he says. “We still friends,” he says, but have just outgrown each other. I occasionally see they are sparring on Instagram and such, so I can’t testify how friendly they actually are.

Floyd sits with three ladies and tells them guys need to wear tight briefs so their testes don’t sag, down the line. He then brags in his bedroom, about how many babes he’s frolicked with.

Next, we see Floyd at a commercial shoot. He says he can’t overlook Maidana, and Ellerbe says Maidana is the hottest guy out there.

Floyd says he’s a “six grade dropout but I’m no fool,” that he can grow his money. He then says he doesn’t know Maidanas’ name.

In Argentina, Maidana, with his fiancee, we see the Maidana crew in action. He hits a soccer match and the fans chant “Chino!” He says he’s a fighter, and doesn’t even care if the fights are on TV. He does care about the birth of that baby, though. The lil lady will be named Emilia.

Trainer Robert Garcia isn’t present and when the baby is born, Maidana will come to the US.

We then see footage of Maidana vs. Broner, and note that Broner and Floyd share some traits. What about fates? The left hook that dropped Broner looked sharp and strong, and then we see another left hook dropping AB. Floyd said he’s upset what Maidana did to Broner. “Broner got outhustled by Maidana,” says Floyd, announcing that too much partying is detrimental to a fighter.

He tells kids at the gym not to look at any YouTube but of him. We see a six year old and an eight year old spar. Not sure how you feel about that, I don’t dig it…But the kids seem to like it, and both get a hundred dollar bill from “Money.”

Maidana, we hear, started boxing at age 15, not like Floyd, who was battling in diapers. Baby Emilia is then born. Maidana was there for the birth, he says. But he must get into fight shape, and must fully focus on beating Floyd. He says his son will attend the fight, with a grandma. The missus says she won’t go to see his fights.

Next, we see Floyds’ kids do a sleepover in Vegas. He puts them to bed, and heads out on the town, engages in some retail therapy. He says he’s glad God has chosen him to be…him.

Maidana, to the press in Argentina, says he knows he can KO with one punch.
“I don’t think he can retire undefeated,” Maidana says.

Floyd ends by saying that he’s beating guys young enough to be his sons.

Thoughts, friends?

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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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