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All Access Ep 3: Floyd Says He Knows There Will Never Be A Better Boxer Than He

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In the third installment of Showtime’s All Access Mayhem documercial, Floyd Mayweather wins a bet, is watched by Alex Ariza and proclaims himself the best ever, without any doubt in his head. Fight night looms closer, but routines are still adhered to, and content must be netted for the All Access editor team.

With 10 days until fight night, we see prep for fight week. Floyd collects on a winning bet, $182,000, he says, on a college football game. No mention is made of any losing tickets. He is, it appears, the most successful gambler in the history of gambling.

We then see the notorious Alex Ariza, referred to as a “magnet for controversy.” Ariza marvels, during a visit to Floyd’s gym, at how hard works, while Floyd rails againt dis-loyalty, presumablely against Team Robert Garcia…but in a backhanded way at Ariza, too?

Brandon Rios and Garcia talk about Ariza, talk smack, maintaining that Ariza still stays in a house owned by Garcia. The trainer thinks Ariza is handing Floyd intel.

Maidana learns that Kenny Bayless will ref Mayhem and jokester Rios cracks that the word “break” will be omnipresent. Garcia says the same, whenever Chino gets into a rhythm.

Garcia’s dad Eduardo, an old master, will be in the corner on fight night. “You can knock Floyd out,” Eduardo tells Chino, and Floyd can’t do the same. “It’s like he’s tickling you,” says Maidana at Floyd’s lack of pop.

“His style is poison for Mayweather,” the wizened one says.

Floyd says he focuses on him, not so much his foe. He will strategize and figure out tactics that night, he says.

At midnight, he’s at his gym. Phones and cameras must go in your pocket at the gym. He says he has pushed himself heavy this camp, and has worked with six different sparring partners. Maidana types get the most work. He says his defense will be “extremely tight” for this fight. He will do “whatever is best for Floyd Mayweather,” which I take to mean pop and jet, less sticking around to trade and slip in tight, or block on the ropes.

He says he came from nothing and built an empire, some of which gets deducted on a $20,000 plus shopping spree. A Fatburger and fries will top off the night, at 4 AM. He wants the camera boom and All Access crew to give him space.

Garcia says Chino looks skinny. He says he’s 155. At breakfast, the team talks about how mortal Floyd is. “The world will be at your feet,” when and if you win, he is told.The gang goes to a go-kart track to blow off some steam.

At Floyd’s gym, it’s media day. He gets a hair trim, and then answers queries. Al Bernstein asks him if it’s taken a toll, having more fights in a year than in previous years. No, he says, he likes the activity. He’s juicing–no, not like that–and is ready to rock. The Money Team BBQ looks like fun, six days away from fight night. Wiffle ball is played, and it looks like innocent fun. Good stuff.

Garcia lays out the next few days, wraps Chino, and then they have the last day of sparring. “I want this win, I need this win so bad, it’s something huge, I know we can win. We made it so far with a fighter nobody every thought would be here. It’ll be the best, the best thing that’s ever happened to myself, to Chino, to the whole boxing world.”

Team Chino drives to Vegas. Floyd is there. We see him at a gala “appreciation” party, as a comedian cracks jokes at a fancy gathering. But Chino is not a jokey mode. “If Floyd fights back, this fight will be spectacular,” he says. Floyd says he won’t overlook Chino, who seeks to pull off “the ruination of a legacy.”

“I know there will never be another fighter, ever, in the history of boxing, that’s better than me, and I know it,” says Floyd, in conclusion.

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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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