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Here is Full 3/14 Montreal Fight Card

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Full March 14th Card Unveiled

Intriguing fights from top to bottom   

Montréal, Friday, February 27th 2015 

A very memorable evening awaits all Quebec boxing fans live from the Montreal Bell Centre on Saturday, March 14th 2015 beginning at 7 PM.  InterBox and Main Events are proud to announce this breathtaking card stacked with Champions and blue-chip prospects from top to bottom, that will culminate with the much anticipated WBO/WBA/IBF Unified World Light Heavyweight showdown between Champion Sergey Kovalev and Quebec's own Jean Pascal.  This card will feature eight bouts.

David Theroux vs. Lukasz Janik  – 4-6 rounds

In the evening's swing bout, InterBox's youngest boxer David Théroux (5-0-0, 3 KO) from Sorel-Tracy in Quebec, will lace up the gloves against Lukasz Janik (13-9-1, 7 KO) from Poland in a Welterweight bout scheduled for 4-6 rounds.  Janik is no stranger to Montreal, having already faced IBF mandatory title challenger JoJo Dan (34-2-0, 18 KO), as well as Yves Ulysse and Steven Butler.  David, who signed a promotional contract with InterBox last December, will be looking for his 6th win in a row.

Dmitry Mikhaylenko vs.  Felipe De La Paz – 10 rounds

Having made his debut in America just over a year ago, Dmitry Mikhaylenko (18-0-0, 7 KO) from Russia is coming to Canada for the first time with one clear objective in mind :  To remain undefeated.  Dmitry will be facing Felipe De La Paz (14-3-2, 5 KO) from Mexico.  Mikhaylenko is on everyone's must watch list, as talks have already begun with Main Events to match him with InterBox prospect Yves Ulysse Junior.

Ulysse Junior vs. Miguel Antoine – 8 rounds

Highly talented and undefeated Yves Ulysse Junior (5-0-0, 3. KO) from Montreal will be looking to keep his winning streak alive as his career enters « Phase II » vs. Miguel Antoine (17-1-1, 9 KO) from Barbados.  Team Ulysse asked for a good test, and this is exactly what the promotion has offered them.

Nadjib Mohammedi vs. Lee Junior Campbell : A 10 round test

IBF Mandatory contender Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3-0, 22 KO) was kind enough to pass his turn at a crack at IBF gold, paving the way for Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal to dispute this title on March 14th.  This was a strategic move by Nadjib, a Main Events boxer, who will be fighting under the orders of highly touted trainer Abel Sanchez for the first time.  Sanchez , who also trains Gennady « GGG » Golovkin (32-0-0, 29 KO), will be looking to build some chemistry with Nadjib in a 10-round fight vs. Lee Junior Campbell (8-1-0, 4 KO).   The risks are huge, as Nadjib would lose his position as IBF Mandatory contender with a loss on March 14th.

Dierry Jean vs. Carlos Manuel Reyes – 10 rounds

After a required break from action, Dierry Jean (27-1-0, 19 KO) is ready to reclaim his spot at the top of the 135 lb division.  Dierry, from Montreal and supported by the Eye Of The Tiger Team, is overcome with impatience to box in his Home ring.  Dierry's only loss came in a World title fight vs. champion Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KO).  He will fight against Carlos Manuel Reyes (24-3-1, 16 KO).

Isaac Chilemba  vs.Vasily Lepikhin : Titre NABF 175 lb title bout – 10 rounds

Rated among the World`s Top 10 Light Heavyweights, Isaac Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KO) has been slowly but steadily rebuilding his career since his decision loss to Tony Bellew (23-2-1, 14 KO) 2 years ago in London.  Known as an udefeated boxer`s worst nightmare, Isaac has been collecting the undefeated records of his opponents in brilliant fashion.  Isaac will be looking to add another undefeated record to his mantle piece when he takes on Vasily Lepikhin (17-0-0, 9 KO) on March 14th.  Lepikhin, who is now co-promoted by German Titov, Main Events and InterBox, will be boxing in Canada for the first time in his career.  Rated #7 WBO and #12 by the WBA in the Light Heavyweight division, Lepikhin will look to put his career on the fast track with a win over Chilemba.

Vyacheslav Glazkov vs Steve Cunningham : USBA title and IBF Heavyweight Eliminator – 12 rounds

Main Events and InterBox announced last January 14th that Steve Cunningham (28-6-0, 13 KO) would  face Vyacheslav Glazkov (19-0-0 12, K.-O.) for the right to face Wladimir Klitschko (63-3-0, 53 KO) in an IBF Heavyweight title bout.  Cunningham, a ring veteran at 38 years of age, brings his 18 years of ring experience into his first fight televised by HBO.  Glazkov is an undefeated Main Events boxer who has quietly joined the ranks of the top heavyweight boxers in the World. This bout, the semi-final bout of the evening, is highly intriguing as the stakes are very high.  Win and make millions…lose and start to rebuild again.

Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal : Unified Light Heavyweight title bout – 12 rounds

Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KO) is set to defend all his belts against former WBC and The Ring champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO).  This event will mark Sergey's 5th consecutive defense of his WBO title, which includes a defense against Ismayl Sillakh (21-2-0, 17 KO) on November 30th 2013 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City.  Sergey added the WBA and IBF titles in his last fight vs. Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KO) last November 8th 2014.  Jean Pascal will be looking to break Sergey's rhythm in the ring and to dictate the pace of the fight, as he did in 2011 when he shocked the World by beating Chad Dawson, who was undefeated and on top of the Pound for Pound ratings at the time.  Pascal's objective :  Win all the belts!

About Kovalev vs. Pascal 

Kovalev vs. Pascal is a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship Titles. The fight will be televised as part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing® on March 14, 2015 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Tickets are on sale now at the Bell Centre ticket office, at www.evenko.ca, by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980). This event is a co-promotion of Main Events and InterBox, presented by Vidéotron in association with Mise-O-Jeu.     

Road to Kovalev-Pascal premieres this Saturday night, February 28, at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT on HBO.    

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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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