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“THE MOMENT: MAYWEATHER VS. MAIDANA”
FIGHTER GRAND ARRIVALS FLASH QUOTES AND PHOTOS

LAS VEGAS (April 29, 2014) — Main event and undercard fighters for “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” made their grand arrivals Tuesday to the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby to officially kick off fight week activities leading up to this Saturday night’s SHOWTIME PPV® event.

FLOYD “MONEY” MAYWEATHER, 10-Time, Five-Division World Champion and WBC Welterweight World Champion

“We’re five days away from another big event; this bout is about two fighters coming together giving the people what they want to see.

“Maidana is hungry, he’s ready and he has a great knockout ratio. It’s all about keeping composure and sticking to the game plan.

“It’s the best fighting the best. I’m glad he believes in himself and that’s what it’s all about. It’s champion versus champion and country versus country.

“Saturday night you’re not going to see the same Floyd Mayweather. I’ll be right there going toe-to-toe.”

MARCOS MAIDANA, WBA Welterweight World Champion

“To see all these people here supporting me is amazing.

“I know people think I’m going to lose, but I come to win and I’m not afraid of anybody or anything.

“I have the support of the Latino people and I’m coming to win.”

AMIR “KING” KHAN, Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion

“It’s going to be a great event, my first time fighting at the MGM Grand, not in Las Vegas but at the venue.

“I worked very hard, I feel healthy and strong at 147.

“I’m not looking past Collazo. He’s a good, strong fighter. We just want to put on a show and the best man will win.”

LUIS COLLAZO, WBA International Welterweight Champion

“You can expect fireworks in the ring on Saturday.

“I love being the underdog. I’ve been the underdog my entire life. I may be underrated, but I’ve never faded.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity to be here. I’m going to give the fans a great night of boxing.”

ADRIEN “THE PROBLEM” BRONER, Former Three-Division World Champion

“I told Molina it’s work time. I’m going to beat him. Everybody knows Adrien Broner.

“It’s amazing to be on Floyd’s card. He’s going to do his thing and I’m going to do mine.”

CARLOS MOLINA, Junior Welterweight Contender

“There’s no pressure in this fight; we put in the hard work.

“We know what Broner brings and we’re ready to shock the world. We’re going to bring the heat and surprise a lot of people.

“I’m going to let my fists do the talking.”

J’LEON LOVE, Undefeated Super Middleweight Contender

“There’s no pressure. I’m training hard for the task in front of us.

“We know Marco is very tough, but I plan on coming out victorious.”

MARCO ANTONIO PERIBAN, NABF Super Middleweight Champion

“I’m happy to be here in Vegas. I plan to use this platform to grow my career.

“It motivates me to fight against a Mayweather Promotions fighter. You will see a new Marco Periban on Saturday.”

ANDREW TABITI, Undefeated Cruiserweight Prospect

“We’ll see what happens on Saturday night. I’m going to bring my speed, power and my technical skill.”

RONALD GAVRIL, Undefeated Super Middleweight Contender

“All I have to say is, next fight, next knockout.”

ANTHONY OGOGO, Undefeated Middleweight Prospect and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist

“I’m very honored to be here in Las Vegas. It’s a crazy place, but I love it and it’s where I want to fight.

“I’m going to put my heart and soul into this fight.”

ASHLEY THEOPHANE, Welterweight Contender

“It’s good to be back here for the biggest show that there is.

“It’s all about getting that win and moving on to the next.”

LANELL BELLOWS, Super Middleweight Prospect

“Fan’s can expect fireworks. I’ll be ready for war come Saturday.”

LADARIUS MILLER, Welterweight Prospect

“I’m honored to be here and I’m ready to bring my talent on May 3.

“Everyone should expect excitement in the ring.”

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THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” is a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana’s respective 147-pound titles. This is the third fight of Mayweather’s lucrative multi-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc. THE MOMENT is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts and AT&T. In the co-main event, Amir Khan faces Luis Collazo in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC silver welterweight world title. The pay-per-view undercard also features a 10-round junior welterweight fight between Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina as well as a 10-round super middleweight bout featuring J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

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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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