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Sergio Martinez Only Wants Biggest and Best Fights to End Career



Sergio Martinez said fans should expect only the biggest and best fights possible from here on out. The 39-year-old faces Miguel Cotto this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, and said the popular Puerto Rican wasn’t the only megastar he’s interesting in fighting before he retires.

“I always want to fight the best,” said Martinez. “If the best present themselves to me, it’s better for me as a fighter.”

Depending on which way you think about it, fighting the best could mean either of two possible scenarios. Or perhaps even both. The best middleweight Martinez has yet to face is undefeated WBA champion Gennady Golovkin. The best fighter overall Martinez could conceivably meet at a catchweight is Pound for Pound superstar Floyd Mayweather.

I asked Martinez about both of them.

“Gennady Golovkin is a great champion. He’s one of the options for a future fight. But in terms of marketability, he’s not at the level yet of Miguel Cotto or Floyd Mayweather. Where a lot of people in boxing know him, outside of that, he’s not really mainstream.”

Martinez indicated he would rather face Mayweather, and it makes sense. While hardcore fight fans want to see if longtime lineal champion Martinez can stave off the young and hungry monster, Golovkin, a bout against Mayweather would generate exponentially more money and fame.

While Mayweather has never fought at middleweight before, Martinez said he believes an agreeable contract weight could be reached between the two camps fighters could be happy about.

Regardless, Martinez did not want to speculate what weight he might be willing to come down to in order to land a fight against Mayweather.

“When it comes to what weight I could fight Mayweather at, I would have to have a full team meeting with my management, with my doctors and my nutritionists to see what the safest weight I can go down to.”

Before you scoff at the idea of Martinez facing Mayweather, consider this: the rift between factions at Golden Boy Promotions as well as his refusal to work with Top Rank might mean Mayweather has to think outside the box relatively soon to find viable opponents.

Moreover, when Martinez faces Cotto on Saturday, he’ll also be facing a fighter who has never fought at middleweight. The fight was made because the two camps agreed to a contract weight of 159 pounds.

Martinez said he feels very comfortable fighting at the weight. Moreover, he said he was surprised Cotto would so readily agree to it, insinuating he might have been willing to come down much further if he had only been asked.

Martinez seems to think Mayweather would want him to come down much lower.

“I wouldn’t want to go down to a weight where I would basically just be a sitting duck with no energy. That would defeat the purpose of the fight. I don’t want to fight Mayweather for the paycheck. I want to fight Mayweather to beat him.”

While Martinez seems to be heading towards the end of the line as a fighter, he said age and injury haven’t deterred him from pressing forward. Moreover, he refused to speculate how much longer fans can expect to see him in the ring.

“I have one more fight left on my HBO contract. I’m going to honor that and then I will see how I feel afterwards.”

But Martinez said he feels fine as of right now. In fact, he was happy to report how quickly injuries suffered last year had healed, and he said he expects to knock out Cotto before Round 9.

“My physical therapy has been excellent…my injuries have healed faster than normal.”

Still, one may think nagging aches and pains might have an effect on Martinez come fight night. Will he be worrying about his body giving way as it has done after his last two fights?

“It doesn’t cross my mind at all.”



2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura



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



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



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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