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Demetrius Andrade Knows He Could Be A Buffoon, and Get More Press

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Demetrius Andrade looks around, listens, sees what flies, what builds buzz, and considers that one method to stir things up and boost his Twitter followers is to act like an arse.

I chatted with the WBO 154 pound champion, who gloves up next on June 14, at Barclays Center, and on HBO, against 25-1-1 Brit Brian Rose. Would his footprint in the sport be a bit bigger, I asked, if he was more Broner-ish, I wondered.

“You have to be yourself,” the 20-0 (13 KOs) Rhode Islander, a 6-1 southpaw, told me. “You can act like a buffoon, and get on TV. I’m not a buffoon, I’m not going out there to impress anyone like that. That’s his MO. Broner, he tries to follow (Floyd Mayweathers’) suit. You can’t be a follower, you have to be a leader. I want to be a leader. I’m me, I’m a comedian, it comes natural. You don’t need to be a fool for attention. I let my hands do the talking for me.”

Fair enough.

Now, that nickname. “Boo Boo.” Doesn’t strike fear in any heart, does it? Sounds like it belongs to a cartoon character. Who tagged him “Boo Boo” anyway?

“That was me being a s–t, running around the house, being a pain in the butt to my mom and dad,” said the 26-year-old, who grew up in Providence, and is looking to get into the mix Vinny Paz, and John Ruiz, as the top pugilistic dogs from New England in recent eras. “I was fighting with my brothers, climbing around…”

Andrade, promoter by Banner and Star Boxing, learned to fight initially scrapping with his brothers, one older, one younger, and he says all three boys can rumble, and that helped toughen him up. Will he need his A game to handle Rose, who is not someone who is known to the US fight crowd, or would a tussle with an Andrade brother be just as challenging?

“Is he a challenge? You’ll see June 14. My skills and my ability, I can do anything. He’s 25-1, you guys be the judge how good he is. Same with me, I haven’t seen much of him. Whatever the people say, they judge. The fans do the judging.”

Indeed. The fans signed off on a Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana fight, pretty much, because they liked how the Argentine handled Mayweather Lite, Adrien Broner. If Andrade can get a nice run going, and keep the momentum up from his November 2013 win over Vanes Martirosyan, he’d love to get his name in the mix, on the lips of fans, for a Floyd Mayweather scrap. Andrade said Floyd did what he needed to do against Maidana, and that the fight was entertaining, and that Maidana presents a high hurdle for anyone, with his bullrushes, his haymaker-hurling. Andrade scored it for Floyd, 9-3. And the Rose fight…Will that go the distance? Or will he score stoppage?

“My prediction? Damn boy…you better look out for these punches! The knockouts come when they come. Everyone can go. Some got that chin, or the body…I keep the combos pumping, pump the jab. The crowd will be like, ‘Day-um!’ This is my show. Provodnikov is the main event, but I’m striking while the iron is hot. The cream of the crop will rise in the long run!”

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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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